Last Updated: 1/30/19

Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 - Official Rules

  1. OVERVIEW
    1. Event: Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 (the “Tournament”)
    2. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Ave NE, Redmond, Washington 98052 (“Sponsor”)
    3. Date and Time : Qualifier Pool Play (the “Ink Pools”) will be held February 10, 2019, the Qualifier Finals (the “Qualifier Finals”) will be held March 2, 2019, and the Final Event will be held March 30, 2019 (the “Final Event”). See timing in Section 3 below for more information.
    4. Game: Splatoon 2
    5. Platform: Nintendo Switch
    6. Teams: The Tournament is a team competition and participants must form a team of four people to compete and up to one optional alternate player (your "Team"), as described in Section 4 below. Each player may only be on one Team.
  2. ELIGIBILITY

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN; PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE ODDS OF WINNING. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE TOURNAMENT, YOU MUST (1) BE A LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (INCLUDING D.C.), CANADA (INCLUDING QUEBEC), OR MEXICO, AND LOCATED IN THOSE TERRITORIES WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE TOURNAMENT; (2) BE AT LEAST 13 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF ENTRY IF A RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA, AND AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD IF A RESIDENT OF MEXICO; AND (3) HAVE LEGAL ACCESS TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING BEFORE JANUARY 22, 2019 AND DURING THE TOURNAMENT: (a) A NINTENDO SWITCH SYSTEM AND SPLATOON 2 GAME FOR NINTENDO SWITCH, (b) A NINTENDO SWITCH ONLINE MEMBERSHIP AND (c) HAVE EASY AND REGULAR ACCESS TO A CONSISTENT, RELIABLE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION. Employees, officers, directors, and agents of Sponsor and Battlefy, Inc. (“Battlefy”), together with any of their respective parent companies, affiliate companies, subsidiaries, advertising and fulfillment agencies (together “Related Parties”) and their immediate family members and persons living in their same household are not eligible to participate in the Tournament or to win any prize. All players (or if player is under the age of 18 or under the legal age of majority in the player’s state or province of residence ("Minor"), player’s parent or legal guardian) must complete the online registration process to enter the Tournament. All players must agree to and comply with these Official Rules, and any other Tournament rules and restrictions provided by Sponsor. Participation in the Tournament constitutes player’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. A player’s failure to comply with such terms, conditions, and rules may lead to his/her disqualification from the Tournament at Sponsor’s discretion. By permitting a Minor to participate in the Tournament, such Minor’s parent or legal guardian represents and warrants that he or she has read, understands and agrees to the terms and conditions of these Official Rules on behalf of both the parent or legal guardian and the Minor. Any player under the age of 18 or the legal age of majority in the player’s state or province of residence must have a parent or legal guardian present with them at any time they are participating in a Local Event or the Final Event (including during wait times and when the Minor competes). Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations apply.

  3. TIMING
    Phase Start Date & Times End Date & Times
    Registration Period January 22, 2019 at the time this Tournament is publicly announced February 10, 2019 at 9 a. m. PT
    Qualifiers/Ink Pools Period February 10, 2019 at 9 a. m. PT When 8 Teams remain in Tournament (verified by Sponsor), These teams will be eligible for the Qualifier Finals.
    Qualifier Finals March 2, 2019 at 9 a.m. PT When 4 Teams remain in Tournament (verified by Sponsor). These Teams will be eligible for the Final Event.
    Final Event March 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PT When 1 Team remains in Tournament (verified by Sponsor).
  4. HOW TO REGISTER
    1. Individual Registration: During the Registration Period, all players must register through Battlefy to participate. Visit battlefy.com/splatoon2 and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form, which may include, among other things, your full first and last name, home address (no P.O. Boxes), phone number, date of birth, email address, in-game name, 12-digit Nintendo Switch Friend Code, Nintendo Account user ID and Nintendo Switch Support Number. Each member of a Team must register to join the Team through battlefy.com and must agree to the Official Rules.
    2. Teams: Each Team will consist of 4 players and up to one optional alternate player (a “Team”). The alternate, if any, must be identified during the Registration Period before the start of Ink Pools Period. Alternates may be swapped in-between games but must be in the game before the game begins. The Team captain ("Captain") should register a team via Battlefy and invite the other team members to join the Team through Battlefy prior to the Ink Pools. Captain must provide accurate Nintendo Switch Friend Code and other information requested by Battlefy.
    3. Limits: Each player may only be on one Team. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address or Nintendo Account user ID. Use of any robots or other system to automate participation, or otherwise participate unfairly, is prohibited and may result in disqualification in Sponsor’s discretion. In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address or Nintendo Account ID used to register will be deemed to be the entrant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.
  5. TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE, WINNERS, AND SCORING
    1. Ink Pools (February 10, 2019)
      1. Structure: All registered Teams will participate in a single elimination bracket in the Turf War game mode until 8 Teams remain. Each match will be best of 5 sets, with one Team advancing. The bracket will be posted on Battlefy at this battlefy.com/splatoon2. These 8 remaining Teams (each, a "Finalist Team") will be eligible for the Qualifier Finals. Four of which will advance to the Final Event. Seeding will be determined prior to the start of the Tournament. Battlefy to determine seeding based on player ranking and/or play history.
      2. Check-In: The Captain of each Team must "Check-In" for the tournament during the hour leading up to the start of the Ink Pools. The check-in step can be fulfilled from the Tournament portal located at this battlefy.com/splatoon2. The Captain will have 10 minutes after each match starts to click "Ready Up" on Battlefy.com and begin setting up the game. If a match has not started within 15 minutes after the round has opened, the Captain is expected to contact support using the "Report Match Issue" button. Support must also be contacted in case of delays during a match. If a match has not been completed 40 minutes after the round has opened and no contact with support has been made by either Captain, both teams will be disqualified. During Ink Pools, one representative from each Team must be in the support chat located at this https://discord.gg/qk7Wd6Y.
      3. Hosting: The Teams should mutually agree upon who will host considering the fact that the player from the Team with the most stable and fastest internet connection (wired internet connection is preferred) should host. If the Teams cannot agree upon who should host or if there is a dispute on which Team should host, then the Team with the higher seed number (if any) will host. Team Captains must become friends with one another by adding each others’ Friend Codes and accepting the friend request. The list of Friend Codes for each team will be located on the match page accessible from the Battlefy tournament bracket or the player guide accessible from any page on the tournament. The host must be a player from one of the two Teams. Players participating in Spectator View cannot act as host. The host for each match will create a Private Battle and all other players on the two Teams participating in the match will join the Private Battle room. The host is encouraged to create a Password for the room and share with opposing team to limit non-participants from accidentally joining, but this is not required. Players using Spectator View in a match must not be members of either Team, including alternates.
      4. Required Gameplay and Settings: Once the two designated Teams are in the Private Battle room, the host must select Turf War with the following settings:
        • Stage : Stages will be pre-determined by Sponsor and displayed on the Battlefy bracket and the Tournament chat before the start of the match.
        • Weapons/Gear: Anything player has unlocked may be used, except that Splatfest Tees are not allowed to be worn. Any player wearing a Splatfest Tee may result in an automatic loss for their Team in Sponsor’s discretion.
        • Settings: The host must press X Button for more options, and then set the following settings:
          • No Secondary abilities: OFF
          • Use amiibo Gear: ON
          • Use amiibo User Name: OFF
          • Reset Options Every Match: OFF
      5. Reporting Scores: Each Captain is responsible for reporting the score on the corresponding match page accessible from the Battlefy bracket once a match is complete. It is advised that the winning Team should report the score. Using the Capture button on the controller, each Captain or a designated member of his or her Team should take screen shots and/or video of the victory screen in case of a dispute on the reporting. If you have any problems, please request help from a Tournament administrator via the Report Match Issue button on Battlefy or via the Tournament chat.
      6. Disconnection: If a player disconnects during a game after at least 5 seconds have transpired, the Team must finish the game without that player. If a disconnection occurs in the first 5 seconds of a match, the match must be restarted. In the event of a dispute, the team that experiences the disconnection is responsible for providing video evidence of the disconnection via the Nintendo Switch Capture feature.
      7. Verification: Your Team will not be eligible to advance to the Qualifier Finals until you are verified by Sponsor, you complete and return any Release Forms requested by Sponsor, if any, and you follow the instructions contained in the notification received by Sponsor.
      8. Alternate Winners/Finalists/ Tiebreaker: The order of alternates will be determined by the number of games each Team lost after bye rounds (bye rounds are any rounds where any Team has a bye (not scheduled to play). In the case of a tie, the tiebreaker will be determined by the highest number of won games in the match that each Team was eliminated. In the event of a further tie, the tiebreaker will be determined by average percentage of turf inked in the final round played. Captains must provide screenshots of the results screen including percentage inked using the in-game capture feature in order to eligible for this tie breaker. In the event of a further tie alternates will be determined at Sponsor’s discretion.
    2. Qualifier Finals (March 2, 2019)
      1. Structure: The top 8 remaining Teams from the Ink Pools will be eligible to participate in the Qualifier Finals, which will be a single elimination, best of 7 bracket posted on Battlefy at battlefy.com/splatoon2. Seeding will be determined by Battlefy prior to the start of the Tournament. Battlefy to determine seeding based on player ranking and/or play history. The Qualifier Finals will result in four Teams advancing to the Final Event.
      2. Check-In: The Captain of each Team must "Check-In" for the tournament during the hour leading up to the start of the Qualifier Finals. The check-in step can be fulfilled from the Tournament portal located at this battlefy.com/splatoon2. The Captain will have 10 minutes after each match starts to click "Ready Up" on Battlefy.com and begin setting up the game.
      3. Match Support: If a match has not started within ten (10) minutes after the round has opened, the Captain is expected to contact support at this https://discord.gg/qk7Wd6Y . Support must also be contacted in case of delays during a match. If four (4) players on a Team are not available to play within ten (10) minutes of when a match is scheduled to start, that team will be subject to disqualification in Sponsor’s discretion. During the Qualifier Finals, one representative from each Team must be in the support chat located at this https://discord.gg/qk7Wd6Y.
      4. Hosting: Sponsor will host battles as a 9th and 10th player using the Spectator View feature. Sponsor will provide the Captain of each Team in the Qualifier Finals with the Friend Codes of the Spectator systems that will host the Qualifier Finals.
      5. Required Gameplay and Settings: The Qualifier Finals will have the following settings:
        • Mode: Ranked Battle modes (Tower Control / Splat Zones / Clam Blitz / Rainmaker / Splat Zones / Rainmaker / Tower Control)
        • Stage Selection: Stage selection will be pre-determined by the tournament organizers and announced before the bracket starts
        • Sets: Best of 7
      6. Disconnection: If a player disconnects during a game, the Team must finish the game without that player.
      7. Tournament Master: Sponsor will designate a tournament master ("Tournament Master") before the Qualifier Finals start. All instructions and decision by the Tournament Master are final and binding, and may not be appealed.
    3. Final Event (March 30, 2019) (“Final Event”)
      1. Structure: The four (4) remaining eligible Teams from the Qualifier Finals will compete in a round robin for seeding, and will then compete in a single-elimination tournament to determine a winner.
      2. Requirements and Check-In: To play in the Final Event, each player on the Team must sign a participation agreement and check-in with the Sponsor at the PAX Arena in Boston by 10:30 am, local time (or another time communicated by Sponsor) on March 29, 2019. If a member of a winning team of the Qualifier Finals does not sign a participation agreement, does not check-in by the check-in time prior to the start of the Final Event, or is otherwise unable to participate in the Final Event, Sponsor may select an alternate player (in the Sponsor’s discretion) to participate in the place of that player. Participants in the Final Event are required to arrive in Boston by March 28, 2019, and must be available for the Final Event on March 30, 2019, as well as for pre-Final Event activities that may take place in Boston on March 29, 2019.
      3. Round Robin: The round robin will have the following settings:
        • Mode : Turf War
        • Stage Selection: Stage selection will be pre-determined by the tournament organizers and announced before the bracket starts
        • Sets : Best of 1
      4. Seeded Round: All four (4) Teams will be seeded according to performance in the round robin. Seeded Round will have the following settings with single elimination:
        • Mode: Ranked Battle modes (Tower Control / Clam Blitz / Splat Zones / Rainmaker / Tower Control)
        • Stage Selection: Stage selection will be pre-determined by the tournament organizers and announced before the bracket starts
        • Seed 1 v Seed 4
        • Seed 2 v Seed 3
        • Sets : Best of 5
      5. Conclusion of Final Event: Remaining two (2) Teams will move on to the finals of the Final Event. Finals will have the following settings:
        • Mode: Ranked Battle modes (Tower Control / Rainmaker / Clam Blitz / Splat Zones / Splat Zones / Rainmaker / Tower Control)
        • Stage Selection: Stage selection will be pre-determined by the tournament organizers and announced before the bracket starts
        • Sets:Best of 7
      6. Tournament Master: Sponsor will designate a Tournament Master before the Final Event starts. All instructions and decision by the Tournament Master are final and binding, and may not be appealed.
      7. Prizing: The top Team in the Final Event will win prizes, as set forth in Section VI below.
  6. PRIZING AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”)
    1. Qualifier Finals Prizes
      1. Prize: Each individual on the four (4) top Teams from the Qualifier Finals will receive a Qualifier Finals prize. In order to receive the Qualifier Finals prize, at least four (4) players on the Team must agree to participate in the Final Event scheduled to take place at PAX East in Boston on March 30, 2019, and must sign a participation agreement. Each eligible winner on the four (4) top Teams from the Qualifier Finals will receive the following:
        • A slot to compete in the Final Event, scheduled to take place on March 30, 2019 at the PAX Arena (415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210)). Four (4) Teams will compete in the Final Event;
        • A PAX Thursday Only Badge, a PAX Friday Only Badge, a PAX Saturday Only Badge and a PAX Sunday Only Badge to attend PAX East (ARV $231 US);
        • One (1) round-trip coach class airline ticket from a major U.S., Canada or Mexico commercial airport near the winner’s home to the metro Boston area for the winner (however, at Sponsor’s discretion, if the winner lives within reasonable driving distance of Boston, he or she may receive round-trip ground transportation to Boston in lieu of the airline tickets) (ARV $1,000 US);
        • If winner is a Minor, one (1) round-trip coach class airline tickets for a guest (the “Travel Guest”) that must be the winner’s parent or legal guardian, from a major U.S. commercial airport near the winner’s home to the metro Boston area for the Travel Guest (however, at Sponsor’s discretion, if the Travel Guest lives within reasonable driving distance of Boston, he or she may receive round-trip ground transportation to Boston in lieu of the airline tickets) (ARV $1,000 US). If winner is not a Minor, winner will not be eligible to receive this element of the prize;
        • three (3) nights lodging in a hotel chosen by Sponsor in Boston (one standard room, double occupancy) – check-in March 28, 2019 and check-out March 31, 2019 (however, at Sponsor’s discretion, if the winner lives in the Boston area, he or she may receive round-trip ground transportation to the Final Event in lieu of the hotel accommodations) (ARV $780 US); and
        • $75 per diem per day provided to winner only (ARV $300 US)
      2. Total ARV of each Qualifier Final prize: $2,311 per prize awarded to each player on the four (4) winning teams from the Qualifier Finals. Actual ARV depends on the city of departure/arrival, date/times of travel, and whether Travel Guest accompanies winner in accordance with these Official Rules. Any difference between actual costs and ARV will not be awarded.
      3. Winner Notification for Qualifier Final prize: The potential winners of the Qualifier Finals will be notified via email approximately two (2) to ten (10) days following the end of the Qualifier Finals using the contact information provided upon registration. To claim a prize, a potential winner (or if a Minor, his or her parent or legal guardian) must follow the instructions contained in the notification and respond within two (2) days. If a potential prize winner does not claim the prize or return the Release Forms specified below within such period of time, or is unable to travel on the dates specified by Sponsor for the Final Event, such winner’s prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner or, if Team does not have four (4) members without such winner, prize may be awarded to alternate team (e.g. the Team that came in the next place), at Sponsor’s discretion, provided sufficient time remains to verify an alternate winner or Team, as applicable; otherwise, prize will not be awarded.
      4. Prizes Involving Travel: The airline(s), ground transportation (if applicable), airports, and hotel(s) will be chosen by Sponsor at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Trip packages, dates and times of travel, and accommodations are subject to availability, and travel restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Each winner and his or her Travel Guest (if winner is eligible to receive travel for a Travel Guest in accordance with these Official Rules) must travel together on the same trip itinerary, must travel on the dates specified by Sponsor, which are subject to change, and are solely responsible for having any required travel-related documents (including valid government-issued photo identification and/or any required passport or visa) prior to departure and fulfilling all other travel and security requirements; or prize will be forfeited in its entirety and may be awarded to an alternate winner, at Sponsor’s discretion, provided sufficient time remains to verify an alternate winner; otherwise, prize will not be awarded. Once the Travel Guest is determined, he/she cannot be changed without the express approval of Sponsor (which may be withheld for any reason). Sponsor will pay only the nightly rate and taxes for the hotel (all other incidental hotel expenses are the responsibility of the winner). Each winner is responsible for all expenses, incidental travel costs, and all other costs not expressly provided in the prize description set forth above, including, but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidentals, passport costs, visa fees, and entry/exit fees, taxes, insurance, and other expenses. If winner is a Minor, winner’s Travel Guest must be the winner’s parent or legal guardian and accompany Minor at all times during the Trip. Sponsor will not be responsible if the winner or Travel Guest misses any portion of the trip for any reason. No insurance is provided as part of the trip, and obtaining any insurance (such as travel insurance, health, accident or medical insurance, or property loss or damage insurance) is the sole responsibility of the winner and his or her Travel Guest. The winner is responsible for the conduct and behavior of his or her guests, unless the winner is a Minor, in which case the Travel Guest is the winner’s parent or legal guardian, and the Travel Guest is responsible for the conduct and behavior of the winner. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers, or certificates. No responsibility is assumed for any cancellation or rescheduling of the Final Event, in whole or in part. If the Final Event is postponed or cancelled for any reason, winner will not receive opportunity to participate in Final Event as part of prize, and the remaining elements of prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’s prize obligation to winner and no substitute or additional compensation will be awarded.
    2. Final Event Prizes. Each member of the first place winning Team of the Final Event will receive a collectible item (ARV $500 US each).
    3. Total ARV of all available prizes: $38,976 US.
    4. In General: This is a skills-based tournament. Odds of winning depend on skill and number of eligible players participating in the Tournament. No alternative prize, cash, or other substitution shall be permitted, but Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value, should the prize become unavailable for any reason. Arrangements for the fulfillment of the prize will be made by Sponsor. Prizes are non-transferable. The prizes will be awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). All federal, state, and/or local taxes applicable to the prize shall be solely the responsibility of the winners. Prizes will be delivered as soon as practicable by Sponsor upon verification/confirmation of the winners. Prizes won by a Minor will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian on the Minor’s behalf; however, only Minor may compete in the Final Event.
  7. LICENSE GRANT

    Sponsor, Battlefy and their agents may broadcast, stream, film, transmit, publicly display, record and/or take photographs during the Tournament, and may use the resulting footage, recordings or photographs for a range of purposes, including, without limitation, for marketing and promoting Sponsor, Battlefy and their respective products and services. By participating in the Tournament, player (and if such player is a Minor, his or her parent or legal guardian) hereby consents to being filmed, recorded, photographed and having his or her gameplay broadcast or streamed during the Tournament, and grants Sponsor, Battlefy and those acting under their authority (and agrees to confirm that grant in writing) the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to publish, reproduce, perform, distribute, stream, adapt, edit, modify, translate, create derivative works based upon, and otherwise use and display any or all of the details of such participation without additional compensation, including player’s name, player name, Mii character, photograph, voice and/or likeness, and any of the film, photographs or recordings taken pursuant to this paragraph without further notice, review or approval, without territorial, time, media or medium or other limitations, for any and all purposes, including, but not limited to, marketing and advertising purposes, except where prohibited by law.

  8. RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY

    BY PARTICIPATING IN THE TOURNAMENT, PLAYER (AND, IF PLAYER IS A MINOR, HIS OR HER PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN) AGREES THAT HE/SHE VOLUNTARILY ASSUMES AND ACCEPTS ANY AND ALL RISKS RELATED TO HIS/HER PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT AND RELEASES THE RELEASED PARTIES (DEFINED BELOW) FROM AND HEREBY WAIVES, ANY AND ALL CLAIMS RELATED TO THE TOURNAMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DANGERS, HARM, INJURIES AND/OR LOSSES THAT MAY OCCUR TO PLAYER AND/OR HIS/HER PROPERTY DURING SUCH PARTICIPATION WHETHER UNDER A THEORY OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), WARRANTY OR OTHER THEORY.

    PLAYER (AND IF PLAYER IS A MINOR, PLAYER'S PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN) FURTHER AGREES THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL SPONSOR, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS OR ANY OF THE RELATED PARTIES (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR PROPERTY, ARISING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OUT OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, EVEN IF ANY OR ALL OF THE RELEASED PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES: PLAYER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT OR ANY RELATED ACTIVITY; PLAYER’S ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE OR USE OF ANY PRIZE; ACCESS TO OR USE OF ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOURNAMENT; OR FOR ANY PRINTING, PRODUCTION, TYPOGRAPHICAL, HUMAN OR OTHER ERROR IN THE ADVERTISING, OFFERING OR ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANY PRIZE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOURNAMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

    Released Parties are not responsible for illegible, lost, late, damaged, destroyed, inaccurate, delayed, incomplete, unintelligible, non-delivered, misdirected, stolen entries or for incomplete, inaccurate, lost, interrupted or unavailable network, satellite, telephone networks or lines, cellular towers or equipment (including handsets), computer online systems, Internet connections, computer equipment, software, viruses or bugs, servers or providers, or other connections, availability or accessibility; or for unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; or miscommunications, failed computer, telephone, cellular, satellite, or cable transmissions, lines or other technical failure; or for jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions, computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; or for any other errors of any kind, whether human, technical, mechanical, electronic or network, including, without limitation, any errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Tournament or in any related materials; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to player’s or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Tournament or downloading materials from any related websites. Without limiting the release provided above, and for greater certainty, Released Parties will not be liable for (a) any incomplete or inaccurate information, whether caused by wireless device users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Tournament, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of entries; (b) the theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; (c) any problems with or technical malfunctions of telephone networks or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, viruses or bugs; (d) any failure of any message to be received by or from Sponsor for any reason including but not limited to traffic congestion on the Internet or wireless waves or at any website or combination thereof; or (e) damage to a player’s or other person’s system or equipment occasioned by participation in the Tournament.

    Without limiting the foregoing, to the maximum extent permitted by law, each player (and if player is a Minor, player's parent or legal guardian) waives all rights they may have under California Civil Code Section 1542, which reads as follows: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the Release, which if known by him must have materially affected the settlement with the debtor.” By participating in the Tournament, player (and if player is a Minor, player's parent or legal guardian) waives any and all rights to bring any claim or action related to his/her participation in the Tournament in any forum beyond one (1) year after the first occurrence of the kind of act, event, condition or omission upon which the claim or action is based.

    SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

  9. GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    The Tournament and these Official Rules shall be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the State of Washington, U.S.A. Players agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel any Tournament or any player’s participation therein for any reason, including, without limitation, if viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control affect the administration, security or proper execution of the Tournament or Sponsor otherwise becomes (as determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion) incapable of running the Tournament as planned. THE DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS, AND PRIZES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, WITHOUT NOTICE, AT SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION. Sponsor will not be responsible for problems with the gaming or other Tournament equipment. In the event of the ROM freezing or other equipment, hardware or software failure during one of the Tournament’s games/rounds, Sponsor may take whatever action it determines necessary or desirable (in the sole discretion of the Sponsor) to correct or remedy the failure or impact thereof, including but not limited to switching to a different system on-stage and/or restarting the game/rounds with the same or similar settings.

    Each player participating in the Tournament (and the parent and legal guardian of each, if a Minor) represents and warrants to Sponsor that the player’s participation in the Tournament will not reflect negatively on Sponsor, its brands, products or services. All players (and if player is a Minor, player's parent or legal guardian) agree to behave in an appropriate and respectful manner towards other participants, spectators, press and any members of event staff. Unsportsmanlike conduct (e.g. excessive trash talking, disruptive behavior) may result in an immediate disqualification from the Tournament or the Final Event, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor

    Players who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of a Tournament or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Tournament or any other player (in each case as determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from the Tournament. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons whose eligibility is in question, who do not comply with these Official Rules, who are otherwise ineligible to participate in the Tournament, or for any other reason determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Tournament or related websites, as solely determined by the Sponsor, will be disqualified, and Sponsor reserves the right to terminate such player’s eligibility to participate in this or any other promotion offered by Sponsor. Entries generated by robotic, programmed, script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process will be disqualified. Should any portion of the Tournament be, in Sponsor‘s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to modify, suspend or terminate the Tournament, and determine winners from all non-suspect, eligible player entries received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.

    All players, including winners, may be required to sign and return releases, participation agreements, tax forms or other documents requested by Sponsor (collectively, the "Release Forms"). If a potential winner is not present or otherwise cannot be contacted, is ineligible or disqualified, or fails to timely return the completed and executed agreements as required by Sponsor, the winner’s status may be forfeited and an alternate winner may, at Sponsor’s discretion, be designated, provided sufficient time remains to verify an alternate winner; otherwise, prize will not be awarded. Travel Guests must complete, execute and return a release and waiver, assumption and hold harmless agreements, and publicity release, together with other such documentation as Sponsor may request, prior to issuance of travel documents. If potential winner is a Minor and his or her Travel Guest does not complete, execute and return a release and waiver, assumption and hold harmless agreements, and publicity release, together with other such documentation as Sponsor may request, the winner’s status may be forfeited and an alternate winner may, at the Sponsor’s discretion, be designated.

    These Official Rules may be distributed by Sponsor in other languages. In the event of a conflict between the English version of these Official Rules and any version of these Official Rules distributed in another language, the English version of these Official Rules shall control

    Sponsor is the sole sponsor of the Tournament. If you have any questions about these Official Rules, or the Tournament, please send them to: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052. Attn: Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019

  10. QUEBEC RESIDENTS

    Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement

  11. PRIVACY

    By participating in the Tournament, you acknowledge and agree that Sponsor, and Battlefy may collect the personal information submitted by you and use the information pursuant to Sponsor’s privacy policy. Information collected from U.S. residents is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://www.nintendo.com/corp/privacy.jsp. Information collected from Canadian residents is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://www.nintendo.com/corp/privacy_ca.jsp. Information collected from Mexican residents is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy at https://www.nintendo.com/es_LA/privacy-policy.

  12. WINNERS LIST AND OFFICIAL RULES

    A winners list will be available to view at www.events.nintendo.com at the conclusion of the Tournament. You may also request a copy of the winners list or Official Rules by writing to Nintendo at the address provided above.

  13. COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK NOTICE

    © 2019 Nintendo of America Inc. All rights reserved.