Northeast Esports Championship

Nodwin Gaming, the pre-eminent esports entity of our country, announced a dedicated championship solely for the gamers of Northeast India. After almost 10 months since its announcement, the registrations have finally begun.

Back in January, current Nodwin Gaming Business Development Executive Anup Dustakar made the public announcement during Indian Gaming Show Bangalore, calling it his passion project. Anup said, “starting from the months of February and March, we’ll start seeing more and more qualifiers that are organised in these particular states and these cities.”

In his public presentation, he also mentioned that we’ll see the first qualifier being held in Shillong. But nothing went as planned and the events weren’t surprising as many speculated such mishaps beforehand.

Due to uncertain and unmentioned reasons, the project was put on hold, with no news or notice being shared with the community. During the initial months, Anup met with a severe accident, which might have been one of the prominent causes of the event’s delay.

The Northeast Esports Championship was initially announced to feature FIFA 18, Clash Royale and Dota 2 as its main disciplines denying the inclusion of CS:GO, one of the widely popular titles in the region. Players started questioning, discussing and reaching out to Nodwin representatives, requesting them to include CS:GO.

Soon after, I created an unofficial Facebook page for Northeast Esports Championship and made a post appealing the audience to “like” the post if they wanted CS:GO to be included. The page barely had 200 likes, but every follower voted.

This led to some misunderstandings and I was asked to either delete the page or give the admin rights to Nodwin Gaming. I did as they asked me to. Since then, we didn’t hear anything about the project, until recently, when Sagar Vyas re-announced it. This time around, he’s leading it.

Northeast Esports Championship is finally happening. Here’s everything you need to know about it –

Registration – Click Here

What is it?

Northeast Esports Championship is an initiative by India’s leading esports entity Nodwin Gaming to promote esports and connect the regional community with the rest of the country.

Which games?

Unlike what they initially announced, Northeast Esports Championship features Mobile Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and FIFA 19 (only 1v1).

What are the requirements?

All Participants should be of Indian Nationality and domiciled in the following 8 states of North East (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura) and currently residing in India with valid proofs at the time of registration and should be over 14 years of age as of 30-09-2018 – Terms and Condition, 2

All participants under 18 years of age need to have a NOC from their parents/guardians agreeing to the participant travelling to for the qualifiers and Finale both in Guwahati and Mumbai. The Organisers shall only be responsible for providing the stay and travel for the travelling participants for Mumbai – Terms and Condition, 3

FOR CS:GO ONLY – Having a valid unique “STEAM ID” is necessary for all the players to play the
tournament. Sharing of STEAM ID or Ghosting is not allowed. Individuals involved in the same will be disqualified. – Terms and Condition, 11

When cheating is uncovered, The Team will be disqualified from the current
Tournament. The use of the following programs will result in a cheat ban:
Multihacks/Account Sharing  – Terms and Condition, 3.2.2

CS:GO players will have to follow the official rulebook issued for the championship. You can go through the rulebook by clicking here.

Prizes

The winning CS:GO team will grab a prize of ₹2,00,000, while the runner-up team gets ₹1,00,000.

Mobile Legends champions will receive ₹1,00,000 followed by ₹50,000 for the runners-up team.

The FIFA19 champion receives ₹25,000, followed by ₹15,000 for the runners-up and ₹10,000 for the third-position holder.

Qualifiers

CS:GO ONLINE QUALIFIER, 12th November
Registration closes on 11th November, 6:00 pm

1. SILCHAR QUALIFIER, 10th November, 10 am to 8 pm
GAMERS POINT, Ambicapatty Rd, Tarapur, Silchar, Assam 788004

2. AIZAWL QUALIFIER, 11th November, 10 am to 8 pm
CHECKING FOR DETAILS

3. IMPHAL QUALIFIER, 13th November, 10 am to 8 pm
XMG GAMING LOUNGE, Thangal Bazar, Near Sani Mandir, Opposite to SK Tyres, Imphal 795001

4. KOHIMA QUALIFIER, 14th November, 10 am to 8 pm
CHECKING FOR DETAILS

5. GUWAHATI QUALIFIER, 16th November, 10 am to 8 pm
HOPPERZ ARENA, A.K. Complex, Near BSNL Office, Wireless, B.N. Saikia Road, Dispur, Guwahati 781036

6. SHILLONG QUALIFIER, 17th November, 10 am to 8 pm
CHECKING FOR DETAILS

SEMIFINALS, GUWAHATI, 18th November, 10 am to 8 pm
HOPPERZ ARENA, A.K. Complex, Near BSNL Office, Wireless, B.N. Saikia Road, Dispur, Guwahati 781036

FINALS, Mumbai, no further details available.

Proper Rules

Important rules are highlighted as such.

CS:GO Map Pool

The map pool includes the following maps:
  • Train
  • Inferno
  • Nuke
  • Mirage
  • Cache
  • Overpass
  • dust2

Best-of-One Matches –

  • The below VETO system will be used for selection of the map which will be played in a BO1 Game. A knife round will be played to decide starting sides.
    1. Team who loss the toss bans the first map.
    2. Team who wins the toss bans the second map
    3. Team who loss the toss bans the third map
    4. Team who wins the toss bans the map.
    5. Team who loss the toss bans the two maps – Fourth & Fifth.
    6. Team who wins the toss bans the map 6th map
    7. Remaining 7th map will be played

Best-of-three Matches

  • The below VETO system will be used for selection of the map which will be played in a BO1 Game. A knife round will be played to decide starting sides.
    1. Team who wins the toss bans the first map.
    2. Team who loses the toss bans the second map
    3. Team who wins the toss picks the first map to be played
    4. Team who loses the toss picks the second map to be played
    5. Team who wins the toss bans the 5th map.
    6. Team who loss the toss bans the 6th map.
    7. Remaining 7th map will be played.
  • Format: Single Elimination – BO1
  • Platform: SoStronk
  • Teams are required to be ready for their match 45 minutes prior to the match time.
  • The schedule will be emailed to the team 12 hours prior to their games.

MOBILE LEGENDS

1: Player Requirements

  • Players below the age of 16 are required to acquire parent’s consent to participate.
  • Players are not allowed to join more than 1 team.
  • Players must be available for all tournament dates, including potential post-tournament interviews or other tournament events.
  • The act of registering for this tournament implies full acceptance of all terms, conditions, rules and regulations stated, in its entirety.
  • All teams representing their States will need to have at least 3 local citizens and all team members must reside in their represented country. All members are required to display the flag of the country the team is representing(India in this case).

2: Team Requirements

  • Team captains are expected to have WhatsApp installed on their mobile device.
  • A team must consist of the following members:
    1. 5 main players (Necessary)
    2. 1 reserved player (Optional)
    3. 1 manager (Optional)
  • Team ownership is determined by the leader/captain appointed by the team during registration.
  • Teams are prohibited to replace any of the registered players including the reserved player) throughout the event.
  • By registering, Teams acknowledge that all usage of photos, videos, and any form of recording during the tournament have been given legal consent by the players for media and marketing purposes.

3: Team Names, Team Tags, and Player Names

  • Team Names may include upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers 0-9, underscores, or single spaces between words only. Team Names must not exceed 12 characters including spaces.
  • Teams will be permitted 1 team name tag in front of each player’s Hero Name. These tags must be upper-case letters or numbers 0-9 only. Team tags must not exceed 4 characters. Example: MyA.ABC
  • Heroes Names may include upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers 0-9, underscores, or single spaces between words only. Player Names must not exceed 12 characters including spaces. No additional special characters will be allowed for team names, player Names, or tags. Player Names and Team Names may not contain vulgarities or obscenities; MLBB hero derivatives or other similar character names; or derivatives of products or services that may create confusion.
  • All Team Tags, Team Names, and Player Names must be approved by organiser officials in advance of use in play. Name changes are not allowed except under certain extenuating circumstances but must be approved by organiser officials prior to use in an organised game. Any cosmetic change to logos, team names, etc. must be made 72 hours in advance of the first regional organiser game of the week. Organiser officials have the ability to deny a team name if it does not reflect the professional standards sought by the organiser and the team will be required to change their name.

4: Sponsorship

  • Teams are allowed to acquire sponsors throughout the league. Sponsorship acquisition is unrestricted. However, sponsors who fall under the ensuing limited categories are strictly prohibited. The organiser officials have the ability to update the category list at any time. The following is a nonexclusive list of limited sponsors:
  • Gambling Websites: defined as any website that aids or abets the wagering of funds on a sport/e-sport event and/or allows for the wagering of funds in casino games including poker.
  • Non-“over-the-counter” drugs
  • Account sharing/skin selling websites
  • Firearms, handguns, or ammunition providers
  • Websites displaying or related to pornographic imagery or products
  • Products or services from direct competitors
  • Tobacco products

5: Tournament Schedule and Rules

  • The tournament schedule will be available on Toornament.com.
  • Admins will contact Team captains via WhatsApp with both Team captains of the upcoming match in the group.
  • Teams are expected to be in the game stage and in-game lobby at the designated time. There is a maximum 10-minute waiting period.
  • If one team is not ready at the designated time, their opponent is awarded a default win by contacting an admin (after the 10-minute waiting period) and having him check the lobby.
  • Teams may not remake matches.
  • All results must be reported to the respective admins right after the match. The winning Team’s captain is required to upload the match result screenshot in the match WhatsApp group.

6: General Conduct

  • Players will conduct themselves with sportsmanship and in a reasonable manner, maintaining a friendly and polite demeanour to spectators, competitors, members of the press, tournament staff, and to other participants of the event.
  • Players will refrain from the use of vulgar language during the entire competition. All rules of conduct also apply to chat through the game console.
  • Players are expected to compete in a professional manner. Throwing a match, halting play without cause, or showing a flagrant lack of effort will be construed as a violation of player conduct, and will result in match penalties, forfeit and disqualification from the tournament.
  • The organiser has the right to apply penalties, disqualify and dismiss any registered player from the tournament, at their discretion, at any stage of the tournament, for any reason, with no prior warning to the players.

7: Ingame Rules

  • The application used is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (Developer: Moonton)
  • The game mode used is Custom Game: Draft Mode.
  • The first team to destroy the opposing team’s Base wins.
  • If any player disconnects during a match, the game continues. The disconnected players are required to reconnect as soon as possible.
  • In the case of a server crash, the game can be continued from a new draft.
  • Each team will get 2 disconnects (DC) pause chances upon noticing the host. If someone in your team gets disconnected in the game for unexpected reasons, one of your team members needs to type “PAUSE” in chat ASAP and the game will be paused automatically. The host will NOT pause the game unless notified with “PAUSE” in chat. Each pause chance will last 3 minutes Max (2 pauses duration). If the disconnected person is able to come back before the 3-minute mark, one team member have to notify the host on Discord right away, and the host will notify both teams 10 secs before resuming the game.
  • If any player’s client is out of synchronisation, we shall REMATCH only if the game is within the first 5 minutes. If the game is outside of the first 5 minutes, we shall discuss with both teams and come to a conclusion based on the actual situation. Considering factors include gold differences at the point of incidence, KDA, the general trend of the game and so on.
  • If your team runs out of DC pause chances, and someone DC-ed, the game continues as normal, so make sure your team come to the tournament ready and prepared. Typing during the game in All Chat is strictly prohibited except for asking for “PAUSE”. Trash talking during the game will immediately result in TEAM DISQUALIFICATION in this tournament and a Loss in the specific game.
  • Hacks, mods, or 3rd party apps are not allowed. Admins may examine a player’s device if cheating is suspected.

FIFA 19

Game Rules:

  • Categories: Solo
  • Platform: PS4
  • Game: FIFA 19
  • Game difficulty: Legendary
  • Halftime: 5 minutes (Semi-Finals & Finals)
  • NO RE-ENTRY

Game Settings:

  • Mode: Kick Off
  • Time of Day: 08:00 PM
  • Season: Summer
  • Time of Day: Day
  • Weather: Clear
  • Game Speed: Normal
  • Team : Club /Nation
  • Multiplayer Camera: Tele Broadcast
  • Camera settings: Default
  • Time/Score Display: On
  • Radar: 2D or 3D
  • Injuries: ON
  • Offsides: ON
  • The following team and controller settings will be used:
  • Tactics: by default (Only tactics of the game will be allowed)
  • Passing Power Assistance: OFF
  • Defending: Tactical Defending
  • FIFA Trainer: OFF

General Rules:

  • All competitors are required to stay within the tournament area or inform the organisers in the event of stepping out.
  • Players not present at the designated start time for any match will be disqualified, and their opponent shall be granted a 2-0 score. Players are encouraged to be in the designated play area 15-minutes prior to game time.
  • Players will be shown their designated station, shall set up the game and immediately begin play. Each Player will have 2 minutes to configure controls, line-ups and settings in accordance with the rules described above under Match Settings and Tournament Rules. Custom packages cannot be used, nor can anything else that is not available in the in-game pause menu.
  • Players shall be responsible for keeping track of the game situation so if a game is interrupted, the situation can be restored. In all situations possible, tournament referees will monitor the game situation so that it may be restored in the event of game interruptions.
  • No replays or game interruptions, except for designated pauses to report scores (if any), will be allowed.
  • No coaching allowed (for example, people in the audience may not advise a Player while playing).
  • In case of any kind of unfortunate event or disconnection, disc error or electricity failure, the score will remain the same regardless of the game played but the half in which the problem occurred will be played again.
  • You CANNOT pause game unless the game is stopped i.e. If it’s a throw-in or ball is in your own keeper’s possession. If you pause the game intentionally, you may be warned or disqualified at the referee’s discretion. A second warning will disqualify you automatically. You have 40 seconds after the pause.
  • Any participant deliberately attempting to sabotage or damage equipment to restart matches will be immediately disqualified from the tournament.
  • Any persons who attempt to disrupt matches with verbal or physical abuse to referee/admin or competitors will be disqualified from the tournament and may be removed from the venue.
  • Refusal to play a match or committing any disruptive behaviour that can delay the tournament will result in forfeit of the match regardless of contestant tournament standings.
  • Players must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining a friendly and polite demeanour to spectators, members of the press, tournament or league officials, and to other Players.
  • Players will refrain from using vulgar or offensive language.
  • Abusive behaviour, including harassment and threats, is prohibited.
  • Physical abuse, fighting or any threatening action or threatening language, directed at any Player, spectator, official or any other person is prohibited.
  • Abuse to game stations, controllers or any tournament equipment is prohibited.
  • Any action that interferes with the play of a game, including but not limited to purposely breaking a game station, interfering with power, and abuse of in-game pausing, is prohibited.
  • Referees will be on site to monitor all gameplay. Referees will begin the play and will record scores for each game. Referees will be identified by a special ID tag.
  • A player can pause the game to change strategy and players only two times per game and when the game is stopped (ie: offside, touchline, fouls etc).
  • Exceptionally player can pause the game each time one of his players is sent off or is injured to change him and his strategy.
  • In case of any conflict, the decision of the organisers is final and binding. Rest of the game settings to remain default.
  • In case of any other dispute, referee/admin’s decision will be final.
  • The tournament rules may be subject to change at short notice on the spot.

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