Code of Conduct & Community Guidelines

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Generation Esports Administration
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This article explains the values that all users in GenE Collegiate are expected to uphold at all times. 

 

Character

  • All students are expected to maintain and uphold an inclusive environment where all individuals feel safe, regardless of any personal expression of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, physical appearance, religion, or political alignment. Violation of this inclusivity is not permitted.
  • Students and coaches should remember that, at all times, they represent their institution. Poor behavior reflects poorly on their institution, esports program, and self. 

 

Conduct

  • Offensive Expression.  The expression of oneself in an offensive manner towards other people or their actions is not permitted.  Offensive expression includes, but is not limited to, actions or words that are insulting, mocking, disruptive, or antagonistic.
  • Taunting.  It is forbidden to make excessive use of specific character movements or actions that are not directly related to competitive gameplay to ridicule, jeer, insult, or otherwise deride players in-game.   Use of such movements or actions beyond what may be reasonably considered typically acceptable celebration will not be tolerated and is subject to a minor violation.
  • Offensive Language.  The use of language, nicknames, or other expressions – whether verbal or written – that insult another player’s sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, or religion is not permitted.
  • Offensive in-game names or handles.  The use of nicknames, team names, skins, or any other game device that may be offensive as described above is not permitted.
  • Doping. The use of performance-enhancing drugs is prohibited.
    • Any unprescribed use of pharmaceutical substances is considered doping.
    • Drugs taken to conform to one’s gender identity are exempted from the doping prohibition.
  • Alcohol or Drugs. The use of alcohol or illegal drugs, including tobacco and cannabis, during an official match is prohibited and violators will be sanctioned.
  • Harassment.  Harassment is forbidden.  Harassment is defined as systematic, hostile, and/or repeated acts taking place over a considerable period of time, or a singular egregious instance, which is/are intended to isolate or ostracize a person and/or affect the dignity of the person.
    • Verbal harassment.  The use of words or actions that make another person uncomfortable, including, but not limited to, name-calling, spreading rumors, telling unsolicited jokes, or spamming messages is not permitted.
    • Physical harassment.  Unwelcome or hostile touching of another person is not permitted.
    • Sexual harassment.  Sexually harassing other players, team members, or other associated parties is forbidden.  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances.  The assessment is based on whether a reasonable person would regard the conduct as undesirable or offensive.  There is zero tolerance for any sexual threats or coercion or the promise of advantages in regards to sexual favors.
    • Stalking.  Unwanted and repeated surveillance of another is not permitted.  This would include and is not limited to, checking phone or social media information to gain knowledge or otherwise monitor another individual, and repeatedly contacting or following another individual.
    • Discrimination and Denigration.  Offending the dignity or integrity of a country, person, or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory, or denigratory words or actions on account of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability status, gender identity, language, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation, or any other reason is forbidden.
    • Violent Language.  Language or actions referring to physical or sexual violence is forbidden.
    • Violent Actions.  Acting in a threatening or violent manner is forbidden.
    • Private Information.  Sharing account information or any other private information that could put yourself or others at risk, also known as doxing, is forbidden.
    • False reporting. Intentional reporting for issues that do not directly violate the Code of Conduct or Game Rules will be considered harassment.
    • Hazing.  Imposing humiliating or otherwise strenuous tasks as a condition of joining or otherwise being included in a Generation Esports event is expressly forbidden.

 

Integrity

  • Unfair Play.  The following actions will be considered unfair play and will be subject to penalties or punishments at the sole discretion of Generation Esports.
    • Sandbagging.  Intentionally playing below one’s competitive abilities, also known as sandbagging, is expressly forbidden.
    • Collusion.  Collusion is defined as any agreement among two or more Generation Esports participants to disadvantage opposing Generation Esports participants. Collusion includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: 
      • Pre-arranging to split any form of prizing.
      • Sending or receiving signals, including electronic, from a confederate to/from any other individual.
      • Deliberately losing a game for compensation, or any other reason, or attempting to induce another Generation Esports participant to do so. 
    • Soft Play.  Soft play is defined as any agreement among two or more Players to not damage, impede or otherwise play to a reasonable standard of competition in-game.
    • Coercion. Any attempt to manipulate a match or outcome through threats or intimidation of other participants or members of Generation Esports administration will result in removal from Generation Esports Tournaments.
    • Deception. Any attempt to mislead or deceive other participants or members of Generation Esports administration will be penalized.
  • Cheating/Hacking. 
  • Cheating is defined as acting dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.
    • Multihacks- The use of any program to give the player an advantage through the use of code processing. Advantages can include Faster movement/attacks.
    • Wallhack- Code enabling a player to cheat by modifying the properties of walls, as by making them transparent or nonsolid.
    • Aimbot- Code used to provide varying levels of automated target acquisition and calibration to a player.
    • Triggerbot- Code that activates/modifies a player's trigger speed or timing in any way.
    • Colored Models- Code that modifies an asset’s colors to make them more or less visible than intended.
    • No-Recoil- Code that modifies the intended in-game recoil automatically without any player action.
    • No-Flash- Code that removes any in-game animation as intended to gain any form of advantage.
    • Sound changes- Modifying any game's in-game sound outside of the developer’s intent to gain an advantage.
    • Macros- Use of hardware or software to bind multiple actions to a single command or keypress.
    • Hacking. Hacking is defined as any modification of the game client by any person, specifically in relation to a Generation Esports function or activity. 
    • Exploiting. Exploiting is defined as intentionally using any in-game bug or any feature not working as intended, at the sole discretion of Generation Esports officials, to seek an advantage. 

 

Violations

There shall be three types of violations with three separate escalation paths for punishments. Repeated infractions are subject to escalating penalties, up to and including disqualification from future events.

Minor Violations - Minor violations include, but are not limited to, the following infractions

  • Incorrect lobby settings (game must be reset with proper settings)
  • Use of illegal skins

Major violations - Major Violations include, but are not limited to, the following infractions:

  • Using an ineligible player
  • Playing on an incorrect account (eg.)
    • Smurfs
    • Unregistered/unlinked account
    • Incorrectly named account
  • Hacking or otherwise modifying the intended behavior of the Game client.
  • Playing or allowing another Player to play on an account registered in another person’s name (or soliciting, encouraging, or directing someone else to do so).
  • Using macro keys or similar methods to automate in-game actions.
  • Intentionally disconnecting from a Match without a legitimate reason for doing so.
  • Betting or gambling on your own performance, the performance of your Team, or the results of the Tournament or any phase of the Tournament.
  • Making any modification to the Game that has not been disclosed to and authorized by the Tournament Organizers.
  • Changing In-Game Player or User Name to a name other than Player’s registered User Name.
  • Use of Gentleman’s Agreements in an official tournament or match

Egregious violations - Egregious violations can lead to instant removal from the tournament and any future Generation Esports sanctioned event. Egregious violations include, but are not limited to, the following violations:

  • Collusion (e.g., any agreement between two or more Teams or Players on different Teams to predetermine the outcome of a Game or Match), match-fixing, bribing a referee or match official, or any other action or agreement to intentionally influence (or attempt to influence) the outcome of any match or Tournament.
  • Using any kind of cheating device, program, or similar cheating method to gain a competitive advantage.
  • Intentionally exploiting any game function (e.g., an in-game bug or glitch) in a manner not intended by the game developer in order to gain a competitive advantage.
  • Using distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks or similar methods to interfere with another Player’s connection to the Game client.
  • Accepting any gift, reward, bribe, or compensation for services promised, rendered, or to be rendered in connection with unfair play of the Game (e.g., services designed to throw or fix a match or session).
  • Interfering with the operation of the Tournament, the Rules Website, or any website owned or operated by Generation Esports.
  • Engaging in any activity that is illegal in the jurisdiction where the affected Player is located.
  • Using any Tournament facilities, services, or equipment provided or made available by the Tournament Entities to post, transmit, disseminate or otherwise make available any communications prohibited by this Code of Conduct.
  • Harassment
  • Drug use

Escalation of minor violations-

  • 1st offense - written warning
  • 2nd offense - loss of game where the violation occurred
  • 3rd offense - loss of match

Escalation of major violations-

  • 1st offense - removal of offending player and if applicable, a replay of the match where the violation occurred. If this is not possible, match forfeiture.
  • 2nd offense - removal from league/permanent disqualification

Egregious violations can lead to instant removal from the tournament and any future Generation Esports sanctioned event.

 

Cooperation

  • All institutions, coaches, administrators, and students are expected to cooperate with Generation Esports in regard to community guideline violations and any ongoing investigations into reports. Failure to communicate or tell the truth will be subject to removal from any Generation Esports sanctioned event and banned from future competitions.

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