Mortal Kombat Pro Kompetition
Official League Rules
The Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition, North American League, Interkontinental Kombat & Liga Latina competitions (the “League”) are sponsored and brought to you by RTS Management Inc. (“RTS”). The League is comprised of competitive esports gaming tournaments, featuring Mortal Kombat 1 (the “Title Game”), developed by NetherRealm Studios (“NetherRealm”) and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (“WBIE”).
The League is comprised of certain online and offline Tournaments for the Title Game which award Points to Players and aggregate such Points in a Points Leaderboard to determine the rankings of Players in the League. Tournaments fall under five (5) tournament categories: Pro Kompetition (Offline), North American League (Online), Interkontinental Kombat (Online), Liga Latina (Online) and Final Kombat (Offline) (each category and their individual events a “Tournament” and together, “Tournaments”).
As set forth more fully in Section 3, entitled “League Format”, the League consists of such Tournaments, with twenty (20) Players qualifying from their respective Points Leaderboard & the Final Kombat Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) receiving an invitation to participate in the year-end Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Final Kombat event.
The League and any Tournament is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, WBIE.
These Official League Rules (“Official Rules”) govern the League. The Official Rules are in addition to the rules that govern how the Title Game is played (the “Gameplay Rules”). The Gameplay Rules are set forth in Section 8, entitled “Gameplay Rules”.
Each person who participates in a Tournament in the League is referred to as a “Player”. All Players must be at least 17 years old (or such older age, if greater, as may be required in such Player’s country of residence, by the applicable laws for the location where the applicable tournament is being held, or by the age restrictions set forth in Section 4 of these Official Rules). If the Player is under the age of majority in his or her state or country of residence or by the age of majority for the location where the applicable tournament is being held (a “Minor”), such Minor Player represents and warrants that he or she has received permission from his or her parent or legal guardian to register for and participate in the League, and all references to “Player” shall include that Minor Player’s parent or legal guardian. Each Player unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions that RTS and the other “League Entities” (as defined below) make about the League, including without limitation decisions about how to interpret or implement these Official Rules and administer the League, and such decisions shall be final and binding in all respects and not subject to challenge or appeal. Any aspects of the League or incidents that affect the League that are not outlined in these Official Rules may be addressed and resolved by RTS and the other League Entities at the time of the incident and their decisions on such matters shall be final and binding and not subject to challenge or appeal.
These Official Rules are subject to change, as determined by RTS in its sole discretion. The most recent version of these Official Rules will be posted on https://www.mortalkombat.com/esports (the “League Website”), and RTS may also use other means to communicate with those Players who have registered for the League using the contact information associated with their account or provided during registration. If a change would affect a Player’s place or standing in the League if they were applied retroactively, that change will be applied only prospectively unless RTS determines in its sole discretion that such changes must be applied retroactively for legal or other reasons. Entry into the League does not constitute entry into any other tournament, competition, contest or sweepstakes.
These Official Rules were drafted in English, but may be translated into other languages. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between any translated version of these Official Rules and the English version of these Official Rules, the English version shall prevail, govern and control.
2. CERTAIN DEFINITIONS
Match – A match is a number of Games (defined below) between two (2) Players. The Match winner is the Player who wins the majority of the Games.
Best-of-X – means a Match has X number of Games, and the Player that wins a majority of the Games is declared the winner. Once a Player wins the number of Games needed to reach the requisite majority, then that Player will be declared the winner of the Match, and any Games that have not been played at that point will not be played. For example, in a Best-of-Three Match, once a Player wins 2 Games, that Player will immediately be declared the winner of that Match.
Game – a single Title Game competition between two Players.
Brazil – Brazil
Mexico – Mexico
Europe East – Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine (except individuals located in Crimea).
Europe West – Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France (not including its overseas collectivities or regions), Germany, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands (not including its municipalities or the other constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom of Great Britain (not including its overseas territories) and Northern Ireland.
Latin America North – Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Puerto Rico.
Latin America South – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
League Entities – RTS, WBIE, Warner Bros. Discovery, the Tournament Organizers, NetherRealm, any official sponsors of the League, and each of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities, assigns, licensees, vendors, agents, and representatives, and the officers, directors, employees, managers, partners, agents, successors and assigns of all of the foregoing.
Match – Tournament play between two Players that may involve multiple Games, as described in Section 3, entitled “League Format”.
Middle East – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Georgia, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Israel, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
North America East – Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
North America West – Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Manitoba, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Oregon, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Yukon.
Oceanic – Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
Points – means the numerical points awarded and assigned to a Player based on their performance in a Tournament, as further set forth in Section 3.2, allowing them to be ranked against other Players. The more Points a Player accumulates, the higher on the Points Leaderboard he or she will be. RTS will track and update Points totals for each Player upon completion of each Tournament on the respective Points Leaderboard.
Global Points Leaderboard – means the global leaderboard that tracks Points earned in any Tournament and a Player’s ranking in the Pro Kompetition League.
Regional Finals – means the online finals Tournament in each Region inviting the top eight (8) Players in accordance with the respective Regional Points Leaderboard where the winning Player is invited to the Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Final Kombat.
Regional Points Leaderboard – means the regional leaderboards that tracks Points earned in regional specific Tournament and a Player’s ranking in the North American League, Interkontinental Kombat & Liga Latina Leagues.
Round Robin – means a phase of the Tournament where each Player plays against every other Player in the group.
Tournament – an individual event in the League, including Online Tournaments, Offline Tournaments, Last Chance Qualifier and the Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Finals.
Tournament Organizers – the respective organizer of each Tournament, any entity involved in supplying or fulfilling prizes, and any other entity involved in implementing, producing or managing a Tournament, in whole or in part.
Winner – any Player that is officially declared a Winner as set forth in Section 10, entitled “General Prize Restrictions”.
3. LEAGUE FORMAT
3.1.1. Selection; Classification of Online Tournaments
The League is comprised of (a) Pro Kompetition global offline events (“Offline Tournaments”); and (b) North American League, Liga Latina, and Interkontinental Kombat regional online Tournaments operated and managed by RTS (“Online Tournaments”).
RTS will select in its sole discretion the Offline Tournaments that participate in the League and award qualifying Points to Players who compete. All Offline Tournaments that are included in the League, aside from the Mortal Kombat Pro Kompetition Finals, are categorized as either “Premier” or “Ranking”. These designations are determined by RTS in its sole discretion, and may take into account the location, size, and prestige of such Tournaments.
All Tournaments will be “double elimination” brackets, meaning that a Player will not be eligible to move forward if they lose two (2) Matches in the bracket. All Matches are Best-of-Five.
3.2.1. Placement Points
All Tournaments included in the League will award Points which are used to rank the Players on a Points Leaderboard in accordance with the tables below:
|Offline Tournaments||Online Tournaments|
3.2.2. Pro Kompetition Global Leaderboard
The Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Global Leaderboard Point calculation is the combined score of a Player’s three (3) highest Offline Tournament placements and their two (2) highest Online Tournament placements.
If two or more Players have the same number of Points, the tie in rank will be resolved by applying the following tie-breaking mechanisms, listed in order of application:
1) Aggregate number of Points earned from Offline Tournaments within eligible event allocation;
2) Highest placement earned at an Offline Tournament;
3) Highest placement earned at an Online Tournament;
4) Aggregate number of Points from of all attended Offline Tournaments & Online Tournaments;
or 5) Coin flip.
The schedule that corresponds to each League phase is outlined throughout this Section (such period referred to herein as the “League Period”).
3.3.1. Regional North American League Online Tournaments
- NA East & NA West - RQ1 Brackets (Feb. 3, 2024)
- NA East & NA West - RQ1 Top 8 (Feb. 4, 2024)
- NA East & NA West - RQ2 Brackets (Mar. 9, 2024)
- NA East & NA West - RQ2 Top 8 (Mar. 10, 2024)
- NA East & NA West - RQ3 Brackets (Apr. 6, 2024)
- NA East & NA West - RQ3 Top 8 (Apr. 7, 2024)
- NA East & NA West - Regional Finals (May 5, 2024)
3.3.2. Regional Liga Latina League Online Tournaments
- Mexico - RQ1 Brackets (Dec. 5, 2023)
- Mexico - RQ1 Top 8 (Dec. 6, 2023)
- Latin America North - RQ1 Brackets (Dec.12, 2023)
- Latin America North - RQ1 Top 8 (Dec. 13, 2023)
- Latin America South - RQ1 Brackets (Dec. 19, 2023)
- Latin America South - RQ1 Top 8 (Dec. 20, 2023)
- Mexico - RQ2 Brackets (Jan. 2, 2024)
- Mexico - RQ2 Top 8 (Jan. 3, 2024)
- Latin America North - RQ2 Brackets (Jan. 9, 2024)
- Latin America North - RQ2 Top 8 (Jan. 10, 2024)
- Latin America South - RQ2 Brackets (Jan. 16, 2024)
- Latin America South - RQ2 Top 8 (Jan. 17, 2024)
- Brazil - RQ1 Brackets (Jan. 27, 2024)
- Brazil - RQ1 Top 8 (Jan. 28, 2024)
- Mexico - RQ3 Brackets (Feb. 6, 2024)
- Mexico - RQ3 Top 8 (Feb. 7, 2024)
- Latin America North - RQ3 Brackets (Feb. 13, 2024)
- Latin America North - RQ3 Top 8 (Feb. 14, 2024)
- Brazil - RQ2 Brackets (Feb. 17, 2024)
- Brazil - RQ2 Top 8 (Feb. 18, 2024)
- Latin America South - RQ3 Brackets (Feb. 20, 2024)
- Latin America South - RQ3 Top 8 (Feb. 21, 2024)
- Mexico - Regional Finals (Mar. 6, 2024)
- Latin America North - Regional Finals (Mar. 13, 2024)
- Latin America South - Regional Finals (Mar. 20, 2024)
- Brazil - RQ3 Brackets (Mar. 23, 2024)
- Brazil - RQ3 Top 8 (Mar. 24, 2024)
- Brazil - Regional Finals (Apr. 13, 2024)
3.3.3. Regional EU, Oceania, & Middle East Online Tournaments
- Middle East & Oceania - RQ1 Brackets (Jan. 19, 2024)
- Middle East & Oceania - RQ1 Top 8 (Jan. 20, 2024)
- EU East & EU West - RQ1 Brackets (Jan. 20, 2024)
- Middle East & Oceania - RQ2 Brackets (Feb. 9, 2024)
- Middle East & Oceania - Top 8 (Feb. 10, 2024)
- Middle East & Oceania - Top 8 (Feb. 10, 2024)
- EU East & EU West - RQ2 Brackets (Feb. 10, 2024)
- EU East & EU West - RQ2 Top 8 (Feb. 11, 2024)
- Middle East & Oceania - RQ3 Brackets (Mar. 15, 2024)
- Middle East & Oceania - Top 8 (Mar. 16, 2024)
- EU East & EU West - RQ3 Brackets (Mar. 16, 2024)
- EU East & EU West - RQ3 Top 8 (Mar. 17, 2024)
- Middle East & Oceania - Regional Finals (Apr. 20, 2024)
- EU East & EU West - Regional Finals (Apr. 21, 2024)
3.3.4. Pro Kompetition Global Offline Tournaments
- East Coast Throwdown (October 20-22, 2023 in Stamford, CT)
- Ultimate Fighting Arena (November 24-26, 2023 in Paris, France)
- Brazil (TBD) (Q1 2024, Brazil)
- Combo Breaker (TBD 2024)
3.4. Mortal Kombat 1 Final Kombat
The Mortal Kombat 1 Final Kombat is the final championship event of the League. It is an invitational Tournament featuring twenty (20) Players from the eligible qualification methods; nine (9) Players from the Pro Kompetition Global Points Leaderboard, two (2) Players from the North American League Regional Finals, four (4) Players from the Interkontinental Kombat Regional Finals, four (4) Players from the Liga Latina Regional Finals, & one (1) Player from the Last Chance Qualifier event at the Mortal Kombat 1 Final Kombat. Players will be invited in order of their rank. If any Players decline, invitations will be extended to the next eligible Player of their qualification method until all spots are filled. Further information for the Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Finals will be available at https://www.mortalkombat.com/esports.
4. GENERAL ELIGIBILITY AND PLAYER EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
Tournaments are open only to individuals who are seventeen (17) years of age or older on the date they register for a Tournament located in the USA or Canada, unless otherwise specified. Tournaments located outside of the USA or Canada (e.g., Europe, Oceanic, Middle East, Mexico, and South America), will be open only to individuals who are eighteen (18) years of age or older on the date they register. All participating individuals who are not of the local age of majority, either in their country or residence or by the applicable laws for the location where the applicable tournament is being held, must have their parent or legal guardian execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability Release form to compete.
Online Tournaments are open to legal residents of Brazil, Europe East, Europe West, Latin America North, Latin America South, Mexico, North America East, and North America West, as indicated above in Section 3.1.1. Individuals who are not legal residents of such applicable areas are not eligible to participate.
Individuals must qualify and be eligible to participate in Offline Tournaments, Online Tournaments, and the Last Chance Qualifier under the terms of the applicable rules of such Tournaments. Players in the Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Final Kombat will receive a formal invitation from RTS or the Tournament Organizer to participate in accordance with these Official Rules. Individuals that do not receive an invitation to the Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Final Kombat are not eligible.
Players must be able to provide proof of eligibility. Please also note that potential Winners will ultimately need to provide proof of residency and tax form information before they are officially declared the Winner. Section 10, entitled “General Prize Restrictions”, provides more information. Each Player will be known publicly by his or her real name, or gamertag or other name they use in the Title Game or otherwise choose a username (in either instance, the “username”). Each Player represents and warrants that their username and logo will not violate or infringe upon the trademark, copyright, publicity rights or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person or entity and will otherwise comply with the Code of Conduct described in Section 7.
Any Player who is a Minor must get permission from his or her parent or legal guardian to enter. The form of that permission will be determined by RTS or Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion. In addition, if a Minor is going to physically travel to a particular Tournament location, he or she must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at that Tournament location, and RTS or the Tournament Organizers may require additional proof that the Minor has permission from his or her parent or legal guardian to participate. The form of that additional proof will be determined by RTS or Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion. The League and/or Tournament is void where prohibited by law.
Officers, directors and employees of RTS, any League Entity, or the Tournament Organizers, and each of their immediate family members (spouses and siblings, parents and children and their spouses) or persons living in the same household are not eligible to participate in the League without express written permission from RTS. RTS reserves the right to deny participation for any individual for any reason that RTS deems appropriate for the League in RTS’s sole discretion, including but not limited to avoiding the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Players must supply their own controller and may optionally bring their own headphones (“Player Equipment”), but use of Player Equipment at a Tournament is solely at the discretion of the Tournament Organizers. Consoles and monitors will be provided by Tournament Organizers.
During a Tournament, Players may not bring, use, or wear any headsets, earbuds, microphones or other Player Equipment the Tournament Organizers have unapproved . Player Equipment that is suspected by the Tournament Organizers of providing an unfair competitive advantage will not be approved for use. At their discretion, Tournament Organizers may disallow the use of any individual piece of Player Equipment for reasons related to a Tournament’s security, operational efficiency or effectiveness.
Each Player is responsible for obtaining any visas or other travel documentation needed to participate in a Tournament and the costs thereof shall be borne by the Player.
Each Player shall be deemed to have made and entered into all of the representations, warranties and agreements contained herein and shall be jointly and severally obligated and bound thereby. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, all of RTS’s or Tournament Organizers’ rights pursuant to these Official Rules relate to and are exercisable against the Player. If any right of disqualification arises as to any Player, then the right of disqualification may be exercised to such Player as RTS or the Tournament Organizers may elect in their sole discretion. Any Player who elects to end his or her participation in the League or Tournament, and/or is disqualified from the League or Tournament, will not be permitted to re-enter the League or Tournament in any capacity.
Please note that RTS or the Tournament Organizer may require a Player to execute and deliver “Winner Forms” (as defined in Section 10) at any time during the Tournament, including as a condition of participating in a particular Match or phase of the Tournament.
5. HOW TO APPLY TO PLAY IN A TOURNAMENT
Players can find information regarding each Tournament at https://www.start.gg/ProKompetition . By entering any Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Rournament, players are automatically included in the Global Points Lederboard based on their placement as outlined in section 3.2.1.
There is no registration process for the Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Final Kombat. Each Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Final Kombat participant shall be determined by the Global Points Leaderboard, Regional Finals, and Last Chance Qualifier, and will be at the invitation of RTS or the Tournament Organizer, as provided in these Official Rules.
6. PLAYER APPEARANCE RELEASE
By participating in the League and/or Tournament, each Player hereby irrevocably grants RTS and the other League Entities and each of their respective licensees, successors and assigns, permission to stream, film, photograph and record the Player’s performance in the League or Tournament itself and in other League or Tournament-related activities, including the Player’s name, username, logo, avatar, gamertag or equivalent, voice, statements, likeness and other personal characteristics, information and so-called publicity rights as they appear therein (collectively, the “Appearance”) and the right, but not the obligation, to distribute, exploit or otherwise use such Appearance, in whole or in part, in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the Universe in perpetuity (except for Players who are known to be residents of France, which will expire within 5 years from date of participation), for any purpose related to the promotion of the Title Game , including but not limited to, advertising, marketing and promoting the League, the Tournament, the RTS Website, the League Website, the Title Game, the Tournament Organizers, the League Entities and future tournaments.
As between each Player on the one hand, and RTS, on the other hand, the Appearance shall be deemed a work-made-for-hire for RTS prepared as a work specifically ordered and/or commissioned by RTS, and therefore, RTS shall be the author and exclusive copyright owner of the Appearance for all purposes throughout the Universe. If under applicable law the foregoing is not effective to place authorship and ownership thereof and all rights therein in RTS, then by way of assignment and transfer of present and future copyright and otherwise, each Player hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells and assigns to RTS, all of his or her right, title and interest in and to the Appearance throughout the universe in perpetuity. Each Player agrees to execute such further documents and to do such further acts as may be necessary to evidence, effect, perfect, register, or enforce RTS’s ownership of such rights.
RTS and the other League Entities shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, dub, duplicate, fictionalize or otherwise alter the Appearance for any purpose which RTS or the other League Entities deem necessary or desirable. To the fullest extent allowable under any applicable law, each Player hereby irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights or “droit moral” rights (which shall include, without limitation, any similar or analogous rights under applicable laws of any country in the world [including, without limitation, the so called right of paternity (droit a la paternite) right of integrity (droit au respect de l’oeuvre) right of withdrawal (droit de retrait or droit de repentir) and/or right of publication (droit divulgation)] he or she may have in the Appearance, and agrees that he or she will make no claim of any kind against RTS or the other League Entities as a result of any of the uses described above, and irrevocably and unconditionally waives and releases RTS and the other League Entities from any and all claims, demands, and liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of or in connection with such use including, without limitation, any and all claims, demands, or liabilities for invasion of privacy, infringement of the right of publicity, defamation (including libel and slander) and any other personal and/or property rights. Each Player expressly acknowledges that RTS and the other League Entities and other Players will contribute to the Appearance and other works that will embody all or part of the Appearance. Accordingly, if under any applicable law, the above waiver or assignment by a Player of “moral rights” or “droit moral” is not effective, then each such Player agrees to exercise such rights in a manner which recognizes the contribution of and will not have a material adverse effect upon such other parties.
RTS shall have the right to freely assign its rights hereunder, in whole or in part, to any person or entity. RTS shall retain the rights granted in the Appearance even if the Player is disqualified or fails to meet the eligibility requirements.
7. CODE OF CONDUCT
All Players are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship and maintain respect for one another and for all League or Tournament staff and spectators. Players must follow all instructions of RTS or the Tournament Organizers. Players may not text/email or use social media during a Game or Match. Players are expected to play at their best at all times within the Tournament and to avoid any behavior inconsistent with the principles of good sportsmanship, honesty, or fair play. Any Player behaving inappropriately, or not competing in compliance with these Official Rules (including the Gameplay Rules), as determined by RTS or the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion, may be immediately disqualified from the League or Tournament and forfeit all potential prizes. Further, RTS and the Tournament Organizers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to ban disqualified Players from any future tournament or event organized by RTS or the Tournament Organizers. Behavior that is considered to be inappropriate and in violation of the Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Interfering with the operation of the Tournament, the League, the RTS Website, or the League Website;
- Acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Tournament or League, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person;
- Engaging in collusion (e.g., any agreement between two  or more Players or to pre determine the outcome of a Game or Match);
- Cheating of any sort through any means;
- Intentionally delaying or slowing gameplay or tampering with gameplay in any other known or unknown manner;
- Offensive, vulgar or obscene usernames, avatars, logos, branding or gamertags;
- Sexism, ageism, racism or any other form of prejudice, bigotry, or hate speech;
- Engaging in violence or any activity which is deemed in the judgment of RTS or the Tournament Organizers to be immoral, unethical, disgraceful, or contrary to common standards of decency;
- Threats of violence or acts of aggression, weather direct, indirect (veiled) or conditional against any person or group of persons, within or outside the league
- Using an alternative tag and/or hides their identity in order to manipulate the bracket, seeding, or production. The only exception to this rule is if the player notifies a TO before the deadline for entries.
- Engaging in any activity that is illegal in the jurisdiction where the affected Player is located;
- Offering any gift or reward to a Player, RTS or Tournament Organizer for assistance designed to provide a competitive advantage to the person offering the gift or reward or designed to impose a competitive disadvantage on any opponent;
- Betting or gambling on your own performance or the results of the League, the Tournament or any phase of the League or Tournament;
- Making any modification to the Title Game that has not been disclosed to and authorized by RTS or the Tournament Organizers;
- Intentionally using any in-game bugs or so-called “hacks” to seek an advantage;
- Using any language or wearing any clothing or apparel that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, defamatory or otherwise offensive or objectionable, or promotes or incites hatred or discriminatory conduct;
- Using any Tournament facilities, services or equipment provided or made available by RTS or the Tournament Organizers to post, transmit, disseminate or otherwise make available any communications prohibited by this Code of Conduct;
- Taking any action or performing any gesture directed at an opposing Player, official or spectator, or inciting any other individuals to do the same, which is insulting, mocking, disruptive or unsportsmanlike;
- Touching or otherwise interfering with lights, cameras or other studio equipment;
- Engaging in any other type of behavior or conduct deemed inappropriate by RTS or the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion; or
- Otherwise violating these Official Rules.
Any Player who violates the Code of Conduct may be disqualified, and RTS reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such Player to the fullest extent permitted by law.
CAUTION: ANY DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR EQUIPMENT USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE TOURNAMENT OR LEAGUE, TAMPER WITH THE TITLE GAME OR THE TOURNAMENT FORMAT, OR OTHERWISE UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE LEAGUE OR A TOURNAMENT MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, RTS AND THE TOURNAMENT ORGANIZERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO COOPERATE IN THE PROSECUTION OF ANY SUCH PLAYER(S) AND TO PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THEM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED IN EQUITY OR UNDER THE LAW.
8. GAME PLAY RULES
These are the “Gameplay Rules” governing how the Title Game is played during the Tournament.
8.1.1. Game Settings
- Game Version: PlayStation 5
- Rounds: First to Two
- Timer: 90 Seconds
- Stage Select: Random
- Delayed Final Blow Armor: Off
- For clarity this is the default behavior for Final Blow Armor behavior and is the same behavior by default in both Kombat League and Tournament game modes.
- All accessibility options are permissible during online tournament play
8.1.2. Match Rules
- Matches: Best of Five
- Online Connectivity: Wi-Fi is banned. Ethernet cable connections only. Players may be required to provide speed tests demonstrating no packet loss and low jitter to Tournament Organizers. A speedtest or other networking requirements will be determined by individual tournament rules with final determinations made by Tournament Organizers. This applies to Online Tournaments only.
8.1.2. Match Procedure
The following steps outline the process of playing a Match.
- Players select their sides.
- Players select their Characters and Kameo Characters. Either Player may invoke Double Blind Character Selection (as defined in Section 8.1.5).
- The Players play the first Game of the Match.
- The losing Player of the preceding Match may choose to change Characters. The winning Player may choose to change their Kameo Character if the losing Player changes Character.
- The next Game is played.
- Repeat steps 4 & 5 for all subsequent Games until the Match is complete.
All characters already publicly released may be selected for Matches. If a new character is released, that character may only be selected if it is available at least fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the Tournament.
8.1.4. Side Selection
Players may mutually agree who sits on the left and right side, corresponding to Player 1 and Player 2 respectively. If Players cannot agree, they will play Rock Paper-Scissors to determine who picks their side.
8.1.5. Double Blind Character Selection
Either Player may request that a double blind selection occur. In this situation, a Tournament Organizer will be told, in secret, each of the Players’ choices for the first round. Both Players are to then select their first round character, with the staff validating the character selections.
8.1.6. Permitted Controllers
All standard arcade sticks, leverless or otherwise, and controllers are permitted. Standard SOCD modes are not currently restricted but may become restricted at the discretion of the Tournament Organizer at a later time. Any controller with game altering functions beyond the norm (e.g. turbo buttons) or that has cardinal directions mapped to multiple buttons are not permitted. Custom controllers or arcade sticks of any kind that assign macro functions beyond what is assignable within the Title Game is not permitted. Additional controller types may not be permitted at the discretion of the Tournament Organizers. Wireless controllers other than officially licensed PlayStation controllers are not permitted. Players that use wireless controllers but do not un-sync their controller after a Match are subject to disqualification at the discretion of Tournament Organizers.
8.2. Match Obligations
All Players must be physically present by the Match start time. Players that are not ready to play within ten (10) minutes of the Match start time are subject to penalties including a possible Match forfeiture.
Players may not voluntarily forfeit a Match without prior authorization from Tournament Organizers and, even with authorization, are subject to further penalties for forfeiting.
8.2.3 Self Disqualifications
In the event of an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances players may self-disqualify themselves by notifying the tournament organizer in advance of their Match. All self-disqualifications are irreversible. A repeated pattern of self-disqualifications or other abuses of this rule can result in penalties as listed in section 8.9.
8.3. Match Disruptions
If a Player either intentionally or accidentally pauses the Game by either pressing the start button or unplugging his or his opponent’s controller, the Player who paused forfeits the current Round.
Tournament Organizers may order a Game or Match restart due to exceptional circumstances, such as if a bug significantly affects a Player’s ability to play or a Game or Match is unable to finish.
Stalling, or excessively delaying the Game or Match, may result in a Game or Match forfeit at the discretion of Tournament Organizers.
Players may designate one (1) individual to be their coach during each Match. Players may consult with the coach for a maximum of one (1) minute in between Games in a Match. Deliberately giving or receiving advice to/from any other person during a Game or Match is not allowed and may result in penalties for both parties.
8.5.1. General Cheating
Any cheating, as determined by the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion, will result in an immediate forfeiture and additional penalties depending on the severity of the infraction.
8.5.2. Account Sharing
Players may not share an Online Console ID or Account for Online Tournaments, and any such sharing is deemed cheating. If found decisions regarding prize fund will be subject to the Tournament Operator. Bans can be issued by the Tournament Operator or RTS.
8.5.3. Region Falsifying
Disguising, forging, or falsifying information in order to enter a Regional tournament outside of your home region of residence, whether through the use of VPNs, or by providing false registration information, will result in an immediate disqualification and additional penalties as determined by the tournament organizers. This includes extreme circumstances such as traveling to another region to compete in an online tournament. Players must participate in a regional tournament based on their current country of residence.
8.6. Names, Logos, and Branding Restrictions
Tournament Organizers reserve the right to reject, in their sole discretion, names, logos, avatars or branding that violate the Code of Conduct, including without limitation, any that:
- Infringe upon the rights of any 3rd party rights without explicit written permission
- Resemble or are identical to a brand or trademark
- Resemble or are identical to another identity or person
- Resemble or are identical to the name or persona of League Entities or other Players.
8.7. Dress Code
All Players must wear appropriate attire at the Tournament. Jerseys and all other attire worn at the Tournament are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 8.6 above.
8.8. Sponsorships; Other Content
Players have the ability to acquire sponsorships. However, sponsors or content falling under the following categories may not be displayed during official Tournament play:
- Brands in categories that have been granted exclusive sponsorship rights for the League or Tournament by RTS or the Tournament Organizers
- Religious programming, political matters
- 900 numbers
- X-rated material
- Habit-forming drugs, drug related paraphernalia
- Herbal remedies or “miracle cure” products
- Tobacco products
- Any adult-oriented products or services (including adult-oriented pay per view programs and male enhancement products)
- Salacious products or services or other material which would generally be considered obscene or indecent
- Content that a reasonable person would deem objectionable, indecent, vulgar or offensive
- Content which promotes discrimination, hate, violence, the use of illegal substances, illegal activity, mail fraud, pyramid schemes, or investment opportunities or advice not permitted by applicable law
- Content which is unlawful, pornographic, libelous, defamatory, or violates a third party’s privacy or publicity rights
- Content which constitutes hate speech
- Content which discriminates, ridicules, advocates against, harasses, or attacks an individual or group on the basis of age, color, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability
- Any other activity that contravenes any applicable laws or regulations (including lotteries, illegal gambling products or other illegal wagering activity)
Players who break the rules in this document are subject to penalties including (but not limited to) the following:
- Match Restart
- Loss of Game
- Match Forfeiture
- Removal from the League
- Temporary Player Bans
- Permanent Player Bans
Any penalties imposed on a Player may be made available to the public by RTS and the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion.
8.10 Live Streaming
During online tournaments, Players are encouraged to live stream their participation understanding that the Rules extend to their live streamed content including their Appearance and expected behavior as outlined by the Code of Conduct. Live streams during offline tournaments that cause disruptions or otherwise violate the Code of Conduct are prohibited. Conduct, remarks, and other content reported to tournament organizers that take place on a player’s live stream, whether during a tournament or not, can result in penalties such as removal from the league.
Prizes are available for Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition, Interkontinental Kombat, Liga Latina, North American League and the Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Final Kombat. The prizes will be awarded and paid to the Player in accordance with the chart below. Payments will be made in United States dollars subject to the “General Prize Restrictions'' described in Section 10 below.
9.1. Pro Kompetition Global Event Tournaments
RTS will award Ten Thousand US dollars ($10,000) for each Global Event Tournament, according to the following table:
|Standing||Prize Money (USD)|
|5th (two Players)||$350|
|7th (two Players)||$200|
|9th (four Players)||$150|
|13th (four Players)||$100|
9.2. Regional Qualifier Events
RTS will award Two Thousand Five Hundred US dollars ($2,500) for Regional Qualifier Events, according to the following table:
|Standing||Prize Money (USD)|
|5th (two Players)||$100|
|7th (two Players)||$75|
9.3. Regional Finals Events
RTS will award Five Thousand US dollars ($5,000) for Regional Finals Events, according to the following table:
|Standing||Prize Money (USD)|
|5th (two Players)||$150|
|7th (two Players)||$100|
9.4. Mortal Kombat 1 Pro Kompetition Finals
RTS will award One Hundred Thousand US dollars ($100,000) for Final Kombat, according to the following table:
|Standing||Prize Money (USD)|
|5th (two Players)||$5,000|
|7th (two Players)||$2,500|
|9th (four Players)||$1,500|
|13th (four Players)||$1,000|
|17th (four Players)||$500|
10. GENERAL PRIZE RESTRICTIONS
Each Player that has been declared the winner of a prize in the Tournament will not be an official winner (each such individual, a “Winner”) unless and until they execute (or, if the potential winner is a Minor, their parent or legal guardian executes) an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where imposing such condition is legal, a Publicity Release and any required payment information and tax forms (“Winner Forms”) in order to receive payment. If a Player (or a Minor Player’s parent or legal guardian) fails or refuses to sign and return all the Winner Forms within ten (10) days (or a shorter time if required by exigencies) after receiving them, the Player may be disqualified. In the event a Player is disqualified, RTS or the Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the affected prize to the Player that last lost to the disqualified Player. Within sixty (60) days of receiving an executed copy of the Winner Forms, RTS or the Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will deliver to Winner the applicable prize(s). Failure to take delivery of any prize may result in forfeiture, and such prize awarded to an alternate Winner. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned until after a Winner has complied with all his or her obligations under these Official Rules. No substitutions may be made for prize(s), except by RTS or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, who reserves the right to substitute a prize in whole or in part with another prize of comparable or greater value if the intended prize is not available for any reason as determined by RTS or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, in their sole discretion. By participating in a Tournament, Winner acknowledges that League Entities have not and will not obtain or provide insurance of any kind relating to the prizes. Winner will be responsible for all taxes (including but not limited to federal, state, local and/or income) on any prize won and on the value of any items or value transferred to the Player by RTS or the Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, and will be required to provide his/her Social Security number, IRS Form W-8BEN, IRS Form W-9, or equivalent information for tax reporting purposes (at a time to be determined in RTSs or Tournament Organizer’s sole discretion, as the case may be, and which may be prior to participation in a particular round or prior to receipt of any prize by Player). RTS or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will file an IRS Form 1099 or equivalent tax withholding documentation for the retail value of any prize or other items of value transferred to the Player by RTS or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, in accordance with IRS requirements, and RTS or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, may also share such documentation with a state or local government agency as required by law. Refusal or failure of a Winner to satisfy the requirements of all necessary and appropriate tax, withholding or other required compliance terms (including Social Security number, IRS Form W-8BEN, IRS Form W-9, or equivalent information), as determined by RTS or Tournament Organizer in their sole discretion, will result in the Winner forfeiting the prize(s) and an alternate Winner being selected in accordance with these Official Rules. RTS or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will award prizes subject to any applicable withholding taxes, and the amount of the prize transferred, as reduced by any applicable withholding taxes, will constitute full payment of the prize. Winners who do not claim the prize, or satisfy the information or documentation requirements within six (6) months of the close of the Tournament or such earlier time as designated by RTS or Tournament Organizer, are void, and the League Entities shall have no further liability or responsibility to such Player(s) in connection with the prizes.
Any prizes pictured in advertising, promotional and/or other League or Tournament materials are for illustrative purposes only. The actual prize may vary. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between the description of a prize contained in any such materials and the description of a prize contained in these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control. All details and other restrictions of any prize not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion.
11. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
RTS and the other League Entities make no warranties, and hereby disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize (including, without limitation, the Grand Prize) furnished in connection with the League or Tournament. WITHOUT IN ANY WAY LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING AND WITHOUT ABROGATING THE RTS POLICIES OR THE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR THE TITLE GAME OR OTHER AGREEMENTS THAT APPLY TO THE TITLE GAME, THE LEAGUE ENTITIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, WITH REGARD TO THE TITLE GAME SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT AND THE OPERATION OF THE LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, AND THEIR EQUIVALENTS, UNDER THE LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION.
12. IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ – GENERAL RELEASE AND LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
Each Player knowingly consents to participate in any or all League or Tournament activities under his or her own free will and without duress or undue influence of any third party.
BY ENTERING AND/OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATING IN THE LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT, EACH PLAYER, ON BEHALF OF HIMSELF OR HERSELF AND HIS OR HER HEIRS, HEREBY RELEASES, DISCHARGES AND HOLDS RTS AND THE OTHER LEAGUE ENTITIES HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED AND UNSUSPECTED CLAIMS, DEMANDS, CAUSES OF ACTION, COSTS, LOSSES, INJURIES, LIABILITIES AND DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION MENTAL AND/OR PHYSICAL INJURIES OR DEATH AND DAMAGES TO OR LOSS OF PERSONAL PROPERTY, DUE IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO PARTICIPATING IN THE LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT, ATTENDING OR PARTICIPATING IN ANY LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT-RELATED EVENT OR ACTIVITY AND/OR THE USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE.
RTS and the Tournament Organizers are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information or other materials, on, associated with or utilized as part of the RTS Website or the League Website, and RTS and the Tournament Organizers assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to the RTS Website or the League Website or the field of play in the Title Game. Although RTS and the Tournament Organizers attempt to ensure the integrity of the League and Tournament, RTS and the Tournament Organizers are not responsible for the actions of Players in connection with the League or Tournament, including a Player’s attempt to circumvent the Official Rules or otherwise interfere with the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the League or Tournament. Without in any way limiting the generality of the foregoing, each Player agrees that RTS and the other League Entities shall not be responsible or liable for, and are hereby released from, any and all claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, relating to any of the following:
- incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible registrations or the failure to receive registrations due to any cause, including without limitation human or technical problems, failures, or malfunctions of any kind, whether originating with Player, RTS, the Tournament Organizers, or otherwise, that may prevent or limit a Player’s ability to participate in the League or Tournament or send or receive messages requiring action or response by such Player;
- any computer system, gaming console, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, hacks, unauthorized access, delayed computer transmissions or network connections which may result in alteration of Game play or affect Game results; and
- any problems or technical malfunction of any network or lines, servers or providers, equipment, or software, including any injury or damage to Player Equipment resulting from participation in the Tournament.
Each Player hereby agrees to indemnify and hold RTS, the Tournament Organizers and all the League Entities harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all third party damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable outside legal fees and costs (collectively, “Third Party Claims”) relating to or arising out of any breach of any of the warranties, representations, covenants, obligations or agreements of the Player under these Official Rules.
Except for matters for which Player is obligated to indemnify the League Entities hereunder, RTS will indemnify and hold each Player harmless from and against any Third Party Claims arising from production, distribution and exploitation of the League.
The Player or League Entity seeking indemnification (the “Indemnified Party”) shall promptly notify the League Entity or Player, as the case may be, responsible for indemnification (the “Indemnifying Party”) of the existence of any Third Party Claim giving rise to indemnification under these Official Rules. In the event of a Third Party Claim, the Indemnifying Party shall have a reasonable opportunity to defend the same at its own expense and with its own counsel, provided that the Indemnified Party shall at all times have the right to participate in such defense at its own expense. If, within a reasonable time after receipt of notice of a Third Party Claim the Indemnifying Party fails to undertake the defense, the Indemnified Party shall have the right, but not the obligation, to defend and to compromise or settle (exercising reasonable business judgment) such Third Party Claim for the account and at the risk and expense of the Indemnifying Party. The Indemnified Party shall make available to the Indemnifying Party, at the Indemnifying Party’s expense, such information and assistance as the Indemnifying Party shall reasonably request in connection with the defense of such Third Party Claim. The Indemnifying Party will keep the Indemnified Party informed of the status of the Third Party Claim and will not settle such Third Party Claim without the Indemnified Party’s prior written consent unless the settlement includes a full and complete release of the Indemnified Party and its parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities and each of their respective officers, directors and employees. The indemnification obligations hereunder shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of the League and Tournament.
14. FORCE MAJEURE
RTS reserves the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the League, a Tournament or any part thereof if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the League and/or Tournament is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures, malfunctions or other causes have destroyed, corrupted or undermined the administration, security, fairness, integrity, proper play or feasibility of the League, a Tournament or any portion thereof as contemplated herein. In the event RTS is prevented from continuing with the League or Tournament by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within RTS’s or the Tournament Organizers’ control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), RTS shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the League or Tournament.
RTS or the Tournament Organizers, in their sole discretion, may require the replaying of any Game or Match, or declare any Game or Match or other phase of the League or Tournament null and void by reason of any of the foregoing. In the event RTS or the Tournament Organizers determine, in their sole discretion, that any individual Game or Match or other phase of the League or Tournament, has been tampered with or that the validity of any Game, Match or other phase of the League or Tournament has been compromised for any reason, it may eliminate that Game, Match or other phase of the League or Tournament, and may conduct the League or Tournament on the basis of the remaining Game, Match and/or other phases of the League or Tournament.
15. TRANSFER OF PLAYER INFORMATION
These Official Rules are governed by the state and federal laws that apply to the State of California, United States of America. Except as otherwise provided herein, any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the operation of the League or Tournament or otherwise, will be resolved by litigation in the courts located within the City and County of San Francisco in the State of California, United States of America. You, as a Player, hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue of such courts, will accept service of process by mail, and hereby waive any jurisdictional or venue defenses otherwise available to you. Any dispute or claim relating in any way to these Official Rules, the terms thereof, or the League or Tournament will be resolved by binding arbitration as described in this paragraph, rather than in court, in the City and County of San Francisco, California, except that (a) Player may assert claims in a small claims court if your claims qualify, and (b) either Party may bring suit by submitting to the courts in the aforementioned jurisdiction and waiving such Party’s respective rights to any other jurisdiction to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights. There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages), and must follow the terms of this agreement as a court would. For Player to begin an arbitration proceeding, Player must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing the claim to RTS’s registered agent, Corporation Service Company, 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 150N, Sacramento CA 95833. Arbitration shall be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its rules, including the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes. Payment of all filing, administration, and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA’s rules. RTS will reimburse those fees for claims totaling less than $10,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Likewise, RTS will not seek attorneys’ fees and costs from Player in arbitration unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Player may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on submissions, or in person in the county in which Player is located, or the agreed upon jurisdiction described above. The Parties agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, the Parties each waive any right to a jury trial.
17. WINNER’S LIST / OFFICIAL RULES
To obtain the list of the winners, visit the League Website within six (6) weeks after the end of a Tournament. These Official Rules will be posted on the League Website during the League Period.
18. INVALIDITY / HEADINGS
These Official Rules and the other agreements referenced herein constitute the full and complete agreement and understanding between each Player and the League Entities in connection with the League and replace and supersede all prior negotiations, agreements or understandings that may have been entered into between such Player and such League Entity with respect to the subject matter hereof. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except by a written instrument signed by RTS. The waiver of any term, condition, or breach of these Official Rules shall not be deemed to be a waiver of that breach or any other term or condition in the future. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision in these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Headings and captions are used in these Official Rules solely for convenience and ease of reference, and shall not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of these Official Rules or any provision hereof.
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