The American Video Game League (AVGL) organizes collegiate esports events.
1. OFFICIAL RULES
Teams and players are responsible for reading and understanding the rules. Any rule violations can result in suspension, match forfeits, league ban, or any other punishment that AVGL moderators deem appropriate. Alterations to these rules can be made at any time and updates will be posted on the news page. Not being aware of a rule is not an excuse for breaking one.
These are the general AVGL rules that govern all games. Each game has a subset of specific rules for that league, tournament, or event. Those rules can be found on the event page. If there is a rules on an event rule set that contradicts a rules on this overall rule page, then the rule on the specific event page is to be followed.
All players are required to uphold and observe a universal level of sportsmanship. Any unsportsmanlike action can include, but is not limited to, racism, profanity, rude/vulgar acts, abusive remarks, or disrespect of an official in game, on social media, or any other form of communication. Player handles and team fall under these same provisions and cannot be similar to another user's handle, team name, admin or moderators name, or a different organization. Sportsmanship misconduct on any form of communication or social media can result in a ban from the league.
Sportsmanship violations can be reported as a dispute. In the case of poor sportsmanship, mute or ignore the enemy player and finish out the match.
3. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
All players who wish to participate in any AVGL game must register an account on http://avglcollege.org. Required profile fields must be filled out and a ".edu" email address is required. Be sure to use the confirmation email you are sent or you will not be able to login.
Players must be enrolled as full time undergraduate or graduate students at a US or Canadian college or university throughout the entire length of the event or league. A general rule is that a student carrying 12 or more credit hours at a time is considered full time, however, the specific definition varies depending on individual school policies. Players can contact their college or university to find out the qualifications of full time status which is in place for financial aid and tax purposes. All participants must be high school graduates and cannot still be attending high school, even if enrolled in certain college programs. The AVGL will confirm these qualifications when necessary.
Players who attend a community college are eligibile. Do NOT register if your college or university is unlisted on the registration page. Contact us before and we will add your school to the list. If you are listed under the wrong school, then contact us immediately and we will add your school to the list.
All players must be current students at a North American college or university. Further proof of identity will be requested upon qualification for playoffs/championships. Failure to provide requested proof will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all prizes.
Students who are on academic probation or suspended from their college or university are not eligible to participate. If such a suspension or probation occurs mid-season, then that player cannot finish out the remainder of the season.
Players are ineligible to play a game if they are part or have recently been part of a professional event. The definition of professional will be included in specific event rules. Players who have previously been professional in one game can still compete in a different game.
Your handle and username cannot change anytime during an event, league, season, or tournament.
4. TEAM CAPTAIN
Team Captains are in control of every aspect of the team. Team Captains have the right to edit team information, add or remove members on the team, schedule matches, report scores, and file disputes. Every team is required to have a Team Captain. The Captain takes responsibility for the eligibility and actions of all the players on their roster.
Terminating a captain will require confirmed emails from every other starting player on the roster. Once the original captain is terminated, a new captain will be assigned based on the votes from the remaining players.
5. TEAM NAMES
Team names should include an abbreviation of your college or universities name followed by a separate, unique title. For instance, Boston University can go by “BU Terriers” or “BU Dota Dogs” or any variation including “BU” in the beginning. Team names cannot be changed once the season begins or roster locks. Team names cannot be products, brands, or imitations of products or brands. If players are from various schools, then the team will be considered under the name of the captain's school.
6. TEAM ROSTERS
Teams are commited to one team. If you want to play in multiple games, you must be on multiple teams. Players cannot be added to the roster once rosters are locked.
Maximum players vary by game title and can be found in that games rule set.
Players allowed to team together vary by game title and can be found in that game's rule set.
Players are not eligible to play in a match unless they are on that team’s official roster. Teams must have a full starting roster in order to participate in matches. Failure to present the full roster will result in a forfeit of the match.
7. TEAM DESIGNATED GAME AND RINGING/SMURFING
Each team is assigned to one game and can only participate in one league for that specific game. Players on that team can only participate on that team for that game and league. However, players can participate on other teams for other games. Players can be on a maximum of one team per game title. This applies for everyone on the roster including starters, substitutes, and coaches. If you are not playing on a team, you must remove yourself from that roster before rosters are locked.
Players can only play on their accounts for the roster they are on. Any team caught using a ringer, smurf, or non-rostered player will have any affected matches overturned. Falsify, misleading, or assuming someone else’s identity is considered fraud and all legal action may be taken against an individual attempting to gain prizes through such actions. The team captain, full roster, and the player in question will face a lifetime ban from all AVGL leagues, tournaments, and matches.
Ringing/smurfing penalties include participation by a non-college or university student. All teammates are subject to lifetime ban.
8. MATCH SCHEDULING
Scheduling varies by league and format of the event. Please refer to the event rules for scheduling instructions.
While communicating via other third party applications (In-game, Skype, STEAM, etc.) is commonplace, the AVGL will only accept communication logs from the AVGL match page as evidence in the case of dispute.
9. MATCH START TIMES
Match start times and related rules vary by event and can be found on the event's rules page.
If no rules are stated, then 15 minutes is the alloted time for a match to start before the team without a full roster forfeits the match. A team must have a full roster present to receive the win.
Failure to show up for a match or leaving a match early may be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and punished accordingly. If a team does not show up for 2 matches without warning, then that team will be removed from the event. Teams who do not show up for 2 matches may not be removed from the event if an admin confirms that teams had legitimate reasons to miss the matches or did everything in their power to attend and was unable.
10. MATCH REPORTING
The winning team must report the score. Once a score is reported, it cannot be altered except by a moderator. If a mistake made or rule is violated regarding the score then a dispute must be filed.
Failure to report the score within 24 hours of completion will result in the assumption that the match never took place.
Throwing or purposefully losing a game or match is not allowed for any reason. Doing so may result in suspension or a ban.
If a match is underway and a player must leave for personal or emergency reason, then the player will notify the opposing team in a sportsmanlike manner and forfeit the full match.
In the event that the other team does not show up, then the admin of the team that is present should state in the match Chat Log that the other team did not show up. The admin will then set the score.
11. CONNECTIVITY ISSUES
Players are solely responsible for their own connectivity during matches. DDoS protection is the responsibility of the players and match scores will not be altered based on connectivity.
In the event of a server issue that does not allow a match to be created, please make a dispute to notify the moderators and start the match as soon as possible.
Issues will occur and we encourage sportsmanship and fair play from both sides when dealing with and offering understanding regarding these problems.
Please read all listed rules here and on the game’s set of rules before filing a dispute.
Only the Team Captain has the right to dispute a member(s) or team that they feel is in violation of the rules. All disputes must be filed within 24 hours of the completion of the reported match.
Lying, withholding information, or filing false disputes will result in suspension or greater penalties.
There will be gray areas in all games when handling disputes so we ask that players be understanding with moderators and game directors who will make the best possible decision for fair play based on the situation.
The AVGL reserves the right to arrange shared or exclusive casting and broadcasting of any match for any AVGL event. Media partners may be given the right to contact teams directly for server information to facilitate casting. Teams failing to cooperate with the AVGL’s media partners or AVGL staff may receive a forfeit loss or be removed from the event. The AVGL also reserves the right to sites to post AVGL matches regardless of participating teams’ approval. Teams or players that fail to play their matches or refuse to cut personal broadcasts because of the above can and will be forfeited, not awarded any refunds for entry fees paid for the said event and potentially suspended.
Teams are allowed and encouraged to arrange their own match coverage when the AVGL is not broadcasting the match.
Individual players who are participating in a match are allowed to personally broadcast from their point of view whether the match is being officially broadcasted or not. If this player is substituted out of the match, then they must immediately stop broadcasting. We encourage players to stream from their personal account and link their Twitch account by filling in their Twitch name in the appropriate profile field.
All outside casters must have a delay with the built-in game delay. It is the responsibility of both teams to verify that the coverage delays are set properly before starting the match. Matches that begin without the proper delay will be accepted as is, and cannot be disputed after the fact.
Prizes are stated prior to the start of the league.
15. PRIZE DISTRIBUTION
For scholarship, every member that is on a team roster and has played in at least 1 single game is entitled to receive an equal share of any prize that team the team has won. Payment distribution can be altered only if all players on the roster agree to the changes. All monetary winnings are paid out as scholarship or school supply payments and not in the form of direct cash or in-game prizing.
For product prizing, the starting players who participated in the most matches will receive a prize.
Should a member not wish to receive prize money, they must contact AVGL Support and request to forfeit their earnings to their entire team or a specific teammate.
16. CLAIMING PRIZES
If an individual or team qualifies to receive event prizing, the following policies must be observed.
Physical Prizes: All individuals eligible to receive physical prizing (computer cases, graphic cards, etc.) will need to submit an AVGL earnings form. These forms will not only provide as acceptance of your prize, but will provide AVGL with the physical address for the delivery of the prize. The AVGL will pay for all costs associated with domestic shipping of the prize but will NOT pay for international shipping. Any physical prizes NOT claimed within 30 days of the conclusion of the event will be forfeited.
Scholarship Prizes: All monetary rewards will be paid out as scholarship winnings directly to your college or university via check. An AVGL Scholarship Payment Form must be filled out within 30 days after the final championship. This form will require proof of identity and that the player is a student. All players on a team must submit their prize claim form before any prizing for that team will be sent out. This is to ensure that all player identities on that team are confirmed as full time students with their school. If a student has already made their final payment to their school, then the AVGL will work directly with that individual to provide a product of equal monetary value.
Each winner, by entering in any AVGL event or contest, consents to the inclusion of his or her name on a list of winners made available to any and all sponsors.
17. FOREITURE OF EVENT PRIZES
CHEATING IN AN AVGL EVENT CONSTITUTES A FORM OF FRAUD. In the circumstance that a player is awarded monies or product and then later found to be cheating at any point by a retroactive examination of the player, that player will be required to repay the AVGL the full amount of money earned or full market value of product distributed at the time of distribution. Any money collected by the AVGL in this fashion will be redistributed to the community via another event. Players who were awarded monies or prizes and then later found cheating in an entirely separate event will not be required to make reparations. Legal action will be taken for reparations.
In the event that a player is suspended for any infraction which provides unfair advantage to his/her team during any playoff, tournament, or other bracket-based event (i.e. non-season play) -- for example, cheating suspension -- the entire team will forfeit ALL Prizes to which the team would otherwise be entitled. If a team is disqualified from any bracket-based event for any reason, the entire team will forfeit ALL Prizes to which the team would otherwise be entitled. All AVGL bans handed out to a player results in the forfeiture of all prizes earned or owed to the player.
18. BETTING, FANTASY, WAGERS
Any form of betting, fantasy esports, wagering money on or affiliated with ANY AVGL event is strictly prohibited to ALL AVGL members. There is zero tolerance policy regarding this matter. It does not matter if you do not play the game, know the players, or have any involvement, if you are an AVGL member then you cannot wager anything on or within AVGL events.
19. OTHER GOVERNING EVENT TERMS
To the extent permitted by applicable law, all events, contests, and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the state of Massachusetts, USA.
If a team attempts to manipulate or exploit an AVGL rule in any way other than for its intended use, the AVGL staff reserve the right to make a final decision and interpretation on the rule in question for the given event match and/or dispute.
These Official Rules are subject to any requirements/limitations imposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
All AVGL events and contests are subject to applicable Federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.
Members agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the AVGL, which are final and binding in all respects.
The AVGL reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify any contest or event, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond the AVGL's reasonable control affect the administration, security or proper play of the event or contest or the AVGL otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the event or contest as planned. The AVGL reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found in violation of the Official rules, tampering with any of our software applications, or tampering with the registration process or the operation of any event or contest.
AVGL’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
The AVGL reserves the right to ammend, alter, or clarify these rules at any time.