The Grey Goo Tournament Series is a championship contest for the Grey Goo game.
Registered participants have an opportunity to compete in a series of events to determine a Grey Goo Grand Prize winner. The contest consists of an online Preliminary Open Tournament, online Qualifying Events and the final Main Event. The Main Event will take place in San Antonio, Texas.
This tournament is sponsored by Grey Box, a division of Redux! Games, LLC, ("Sponsor"), located at 3262 Westheimer Road, Suite #655, Houston, Texas, United States of America.BACK TO TOP
The Grey Goo Tournament Series (the "Tournament") is open to individuals who have an internet connection and are at least the age of majority at the start of the Tournament, a Steam account in good standing, available for free at https://store.steampowered.com/join/, and who own or are authorized to use a current copy of Grey Goo prior to September 3, 2015 ("Participant"). Individuals who must purchase a copy of Grey Goo are not eligible to participate in the Tournament. Void in embargoed locations, where translation or bonding is required, and where otherwise prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, Valve Corporation, Six Foot, LLC, Petroglyph Games, Inc., and each of their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, manufacturers or distributors of promotion materials (collectively, "Program Entities"), and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are not eligible to enter. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. By participating, Participant agrees to be bound by these official rules ("Official Rules") and the decisions of the judges and/or Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to this Tournament. Passports, visas, and relevant travel documents to the United States of America must be secured by Registered Participants (defined below) at their own expense.BACK TO TOP
Tournament begins at 5:00 PM GMT on September 3, 2015, and ends at 9:00 PM GMT on January 31, 2016 ("Tournament Period"). Sponsor's computers, located in Central Daylight Time, are the official time-keeping device for the Program. All entries must be submitted during the Tournament Period according to the computer time on Sponsor's server.BACK TO TOP
To be eligible for Tournament play, beginning on September 3, 2015, potential players can enter by accessing the entry link at https://www.greygoo.com/ggts, and entering the requested information. Entries close on November 21, 2015. All persons who have properly registered by the entry deadline shall be considered "Registered Participants" and may participate in the Preliminary Open Tournament, as outlined below.
All contact information provided must be current, accurate and valid. No other methods of entry will be accepted.
One entry per natural person. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Registered Participant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Tournament. Any submission of robotic, automatic, or programmed entries, or any entries submitted through other unapproved methods are void. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false or fraudulent. Program Entities are not responsible for incomplete, late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, void, corrupted, garbled, illegible, or unintelligible submissions and those Submissions are void and will not be accepted; nor are the Program Entities responsible for any problems, bugs or malfunctions Registered Participants may encounter when seeking to enter their Submissions. Participants are solely responsible for compliance with these Official Rules and any other terms and conditions that may apply.BACK TO TOP
On September 3, 2015, the in-game 1v1 Leaderboard will be reset. During the Tournament Period, Registered Participants will compete in ranked, online matches of Grey Goo in order to obtain placement on the 1v1 Leaderboard ("Preliminary Open Tournament"). There is no rule governing the number of matches that may be played in the Preliminary Open Tournament. The top sixteen (16) highest scorers will receive invitations to the Qualifying Event One; the next four (4) highest scorers will be considered alternative qualifiers should one (1) or more of the sixteen (16) highest scorers be unable to continue in the tournament).
The Preliminary Open Tournament will remain open through each qualifying event ("Qualifying Event"), as outlined below. Participants who either are not selected for a Qualifying Event, or who are selected, but are not finalists for the Main Event (below) may continue to try to increase their Preliminary Open Tournament score for a chance to compete in a subsequent Qualifying Event. Finalists of a Qualifying Event may not participate in another Qualifying Event.BACK TO TOP
Qualifying Event One: On September 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM GMT, the then sixteen (16) highest scorers on the 1v1 Leaderboard will receive invitations to move on to Qualifying Event One ("Invitees"). The next four (4) highest ranked Registered Participants will be named alternates for Qualifying Event One ("Alternates"). An Alternate is a Registered Participant who is placed on a standby list for a Qualifying Event and the Main Event.
Invitees and Alternates for Qualifying Event One will have until 5:00 PM GMT on September 23, 2015 to accept to their invitations in the manner outlined in the invitation, and confirm their availability to participate in Qualifying Event One. In the event an Invitee cannot participate and/or has not responded by the cutoff, s/he will lose his/her Invitee status and an Alternate will move into an Invitee position. All other lower ranked Invitees who have responded will move up one in placement, and the highest Alternate who has responded will be named the 16th Invitee. Note that Invitees who fail to respond for any reason may continue to compete in the Preliminary Open Tournament for another chance to move to a Qualifying Event.
If fewer than sixteen (16) combined Invitees and Alternates do not respond by the cutoff, the vacant positions will not be filled. Byes (uncontested win) will be awarded starting with the highest seeded Registered Participant until the bracket is balanced. Invitees who have properly accepted their invitations shall be deemed "Semi-Finalists" during any Qualifying Events.
For All Qualifying Events, Registered Participants will be seeded into Pools (as outlined in Section 12) based on their ranking in the following manner:
Pool One: First, Eighth, Ninth, and Sixteenth
Pool Two: Second, Seventh, Tenth, and Fifteenth
Pool Three: Third, Sixth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth
Pool Four: Fourth, Fifth, Twelfth, and Thirteenth
Each Pool will play in a double elimination format tournament to determine advancement. In each Pool, the highest seed will play the lowest seed in the first round, and the other two (2) seeds will play each other. Play will then continue with the winners of each match playing, and the losers of each match playing. The matches will be a "best of one" match until the four (4) highest scoring Semi-Finalists remain.
In the event a Semi-Finalist loses two matches during Pool play, s/he will be eliminated from contention. The two (2) Semi-Finalists with the most losses will continue to play each other until only one (1) remains. A total of four Semi-Finalists will advance to the finals of Qualifying Event One and at this time will be deemed "Finalists" for the Main Event.
When the Pools have been resolved, the emerging four (4) Semi-Finalists will then participate in a "best of three" single elimination tournament against one another for Qualifying Event prize determination.
Upon conclusion of the "best of three" matches in Qualifying Event One, Finalists will be awarded Qualifying Event Prizes and remaining Semi-Finalists may forfeit further game play or return to the Preliminary Open Tournament for a chance to compete in another Qualifying Event.
Qualifying Event Two will be operated exactly as Qualifying Event One, and will take place on October 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM GMT, with invitations extended to the then highest scoring Registered Participants on the 1v1 Leaderboard as of October 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM GMT. The invitees and alternates must respond to the invitations, by October 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM GMT.
Qualifying Event Three will be operated exactly as Qualifying Event One, and will take place on November 21, 2015 at 9:00PM GMT, with invitations extended to the then highest scoring Registered Participants on the 1v1 Leaderboard as of November 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM GMT. The invitees and alternates must respond to the invitations, by November 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM GMT.
At the close of Qualifying Event Three, there will be twelve (12) Finalists, each of whom will receive a Qualifying Event Prize and advance to "The Main Event" as defined below.
Qualifying Event Prizes: Upon conclusion of the Qualifying Events, each of the twelve (12)Finalists, will also receive the following prize, depending upon their final ranking:
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $300
4th Place: $200
Additional Travel Prize: In the event any Finalist or Wild Cards (as defined in Section 9 of these Rules) agrees to move forward to the Main Event, by properly accepting an invitation to The Main Event, s/he will also receive airfare to the Main Event at PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, United States of America, and a five (5) night stay in a hotel for the purposes of competing in the Main Event as defined in these Rules. This Additional Travel Prize is only available to Finalists and Wild Cards who have timely accepted their invitation to come to San Antonio.BACK TO TOP
Upon completion of Qualifying Event Three, the top eight Registered Participants as determined by the 1v1 Leaderboard who have not otherwise been selected as Finalists will be deemed "Wild Cards" and will be allowed to participate in the Finals held in San Antonio, Texas. A Wild Card is a Registered Participant who has been invited to take part in the Main Event without reaching Finalist status, and who has accepted that Invitation. Wild Card and Finalists are eligible to receive the "Additional Travel Prize" once they have accepted the invitation to The Main Event.
The next eight highest ranked Registered Participants as determined by the 1v1 Leaderboard who have not been named Finalists or Wild Cards will be named Alternates. Alternates are not eligible to receive the Additional Travel Prize unless they advance to Finalists or Wild Card status, through invitation from Sponsor.BACK TO TOP
Finalists, Wild Cards, and Alternates will have until December 1, 2015 ("Main Event Deadline") to accept and confirm their availability, as outlined in the invitation, to participate in the Main Event. In the event that a Finalist or Wild Card cannot participate for any reason, or has not responded by the Main Event Deadline, s/he will lose his/her Finalist or Wild Card status. All other lower ranked Finalists who have responded will move up one in placement, and the highest ranked Wild Card will move up to the vacant Finalist slot. All other lower ranked Wild Cards will move up one in placement, and the highest ranked Alternate will gain Wild Card status. Upon confirmation of participation, each Finalist and Wild Card will be awarded a flight from the "major" airport nearest their residence to San Antonio, Texas as outlined in paragraph 7 of these Official Rules. Finalist and Wild Cards will also be given a badge to PAX South, provided by Six Foot.
Alternates who have not been upgraded to Finalist or Wild Card status may attend PAX South at their own expense.
If fewer than twenty (20) combined Finalists, Wild Cards, and Alternates do not respond by the cutoff, the vacant positions will not be filled. Wild Cards and Alternates will be promoted to fill vacancies.BACK TO TOP
Finalists and Wild Cards are required to check in with Tournament Officials at a TBD place in or near San Antonio, Texas on January 28, 2016 at 5:00PM to confirm they have arrived in San Antonio. Failure to do so without attempting to make alternate arrangements will result in disqualification. Wild cards will be promoted to fill vacancies. In the event of an odd number of Wild Cards, the top seeded Wild Card will automatically be awarded the thirteen seed.
The twelve (12) Finalists will be granted the top twelve seeds based on their ranking in the 1v1 Leaderboard on January 22, 2016. The eight (8) Wild Cards will play single elimination matches to determine seeds thirteen (13) through sixteen (16). In the case of an odd number of Wild Cards, the top seeded Wild Card will automatically be awarded the thirteen seed and the remaining Wild Cards will compete for seeds fourteen (14) through sixteen (16). The Wild Card matches will be seeded based on the Registered Participant ranking on the 1v1 Leaderboard.
Thirteen Seed: WC1 vs WC8
Fourteen Seed: WC2 vs WC7
Fifteen Seed: WC3 vs WC6
Sixteen Seed: WC4 vs WC5
Players will then be seeded into Pools (as outlined in Section 12):
Pool One: First, Eighth, Ninth, and Sixteenth
Pool Two: Second, Seventh, Tenth, and Fifteenth
Pool Three: Third, Sixth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth
Pool Four: Fourth, Fifth, Twelfth, and Thirteenth
Each Pool will play in a double elimination format tournament to determine advancement. In each Pool, the highest seed will play the lowest seed in the first round, and the other two seeds will play each other. Play will then continue with the winners of each match playing, and the losers of each match playing. The matches will be a "best of one" format.
In the event a Registered Participant loses two matches during Pool play, s/he will be eliminated from contention. The remaining Registered Participants with the most losses will continue to play each other until only one Registered Participant remains. This Registered Participant will advance to the finals of the Main Event.
When all Pools have been resolved, the emerging four (4) Registered Participants will then participate in a single elimination tournament against each other. The pool number the Registered Participant emerged from will determine that Registered Participant's seed in the finals. Each match in the finals will be a "best of three" series.
There will be a single elimination match to determine third and fourth place. It will be a best of three series.BACK TO TOP
Four (4) Registered Participants will be separated into a "Pool" where they will play one another "double elimination" -style until one remains in each pool, four total. These four (4) will play a "best of three" single elimination bracket. Seeding determined by rank on Leaderboard.BACK TO TOP
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All rules set forth in Section 8 apply to the Main Event. The additional following rules also apply
For the Main Event, winners will be notified on-site after the Main Event. For the Qualifying Events, winners will be notified by phone or email after the respective Qualifying Event, as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion ("Notification"). Winners will be required to respond (as directed) to the Notification within the time outlined in the notification. Winners also may be sent a declaration of eligibility / liability / publicity release ("Release"BACK TO TOP
No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize, provided however that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. Actual value of travel prize may vary based on point of departure and airfare fluctuations. Prize may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s) and/or gift card(s) in Sponsor's sole discretion. Choice of airline(s), hotel(s) and/or itineraries shall be at the discretion of Sponsor and/or its prize suppliers. Once airline tickets, hotel reservations and/or other reservations have been issued, they shall not be changed, re-sold, endorsed, exchanged, transferred or in any other manner modified by Registered Participant. Travel must be initiated no later than January 28, 2015 (in a time and manner sufficient to check-in with Tournament officials in a TBD location in or near San Antonio, Texas) and must be completed by February 1, 2016. Airfare extensions shall be at the sole cost of Registered Participants. Travel arrangements are subject to availability and to the terms and conditions of the airline, the hotel(s), Promoters and ticket provider(s). Participant is solely responsible for any other unspecified expenses and costs related to the travel prize, including without limitation meals, ground transportation, gratuities, incidental hotel expenses, excess baggage charges, upgrades, and any and all federal, state, and local taxes on prize, including special airport taxes and fees. Participant must have all necessary identification and travel documents and is solely responsible for all expenses and costs related thereto, including, without limitation, costs and expenses related to passports and visas. Participant is responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) that they may wish to obtain (at their own expense) and hereby acknowledge that neither Sponsor nor any of its prize suppliershave or will obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance. If Participant is unable to participate in or accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Participant. Additional restrictions may apply to the issuance or redemption of prizes. Neither Sponsor nor any of its prize suppliers will replace any lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates.
Any and all activities related to the prize, including without limitation flying, are at the Participant's own risk and subject to whatever restrictions are imposed by the entities that govern such activities. A respective liability/publicity release and a signed release must be received by Sponsor before airline tickets and accommodations will be booked or permitted. In the event that Participant does not provide such releases and permissions to travel, Participant will forfeit the Prize, including all portions thereof.
All national, provincial, federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of Registered Participants, some of whom, may be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the ARV of any awarded prize. Participants are solely responsible for any other unspecified expenses and costs related to prize. All activities related to the prize, are at the Participants' own risk and subject to whatever restrictions are imposed by the entities that govern activities. Participants are not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize, provided however that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. If prize is awarded but goes unclaimed or is forfeited by recipient, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's discretion, an alternate Participant will be selected. Program Entities or any of prize suppliers are not responsible for, and will not replace, any lost, late, misdirected, damaged or stolen prizes.BACK TO TOP
All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Tournament.BACK TO TOP
For a copy of these Official Rules or of the winner(s), send your request in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: "Grey Goo Tournament Series," Grey Box, a division of Redux! Games, LLC, 3262 Westheimer Road, Suite #655, Houston, Texas, United States of America. Requests must be received within ninety (90) days of the end of the Tournament.BACK TO TOP