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Learn how you can participate in our esports leagues and play for charity.
So you want to participate in a ggTO league? Just follow these 7 quick steps to get set up on the various platforms and tools we use that make participating in our tournaments incredibly easy and straightforward.
1 Join our Discord community.
Discord is what we use to connect gamers and esports enthusiasts in Toronto. Want to talk about the latest pro match, find someone to team up with and compete, or keep tabs on an ongoing tournament? This is where you go to do it!
2 Assemble a team.
If you'd like to participate in our corporate league, you'll need to form a team of at least five (5) individuals to compete. Unfortunately, we won't be able to mix and match members from other companies on the same team at this point but don’t fret! We will be announcing another type of league in the coming months.
3 Elect a team captain.
Your team captain will be responsible for registering your team for the tournament, collecting funds, and coordinating with ggTO's administrators to make sure your matches go smoothly.
4 Give to game.
Go to your chosen tournament's registration page on Eventbrite* to pay your team's fee to participate. This is usually expensed or paid for by your company's HR/finance department. Need some help convincing them? We've got you covered!
5 Register your team to the tournament on Battlefy.
Once ggTO receives your donation, we will grant your captain access to the tournament on Battlefy** to get your team set up and registered.
6 Wait for more information and prepare for the start of the tournament.
After the deadline for team registrations has passed, the ggTO team will work our magic to put together a tournament bracket and try our absolute hardest to match your team with another team of a similar skill level to keep things as fair and balanced as possible. In the meantime, you can take this opportunity to whip your team into top esports shape and jam out to Eye of the Tiger.
7 Play for charity.
The most important part of ggTO. Good luck and have fun!
* Eventbrite: We are currently using their events and ticketing platform to collect all registration fees for our charitable tournaments. Unfortunately, they charge us a service fee to facilitate this which costs us 1% + $0.99 per team registration up to a maximum of $19.95. We are actively searching for another solution as well as considering building our own to minimize these costs and maximize all proceeds to go to charity.
** Battlefy: Battlefy is an online tournament management platform that makes it easy for us to manage our charitable tournaments and offers the following features: bracket visualizations, player notifications, livestream consolidations, and more. At this time, there is no cost associated to using their platform.
Code of Conduct
We strive to create a fun, inclusive, and welcoming for everyone inside and outside of ggTO. To ensure this and we uphold our reputation of being friendly and respectful Canadians, please follow the following guidelines.
1 Be nice and respect all players, teams, companies, and communities (both publicly and privately).
You never know if or when your games might be livestreamed or casted so don't say mean things and don't disparage any companies, their employees, or products.
2 Help others whenever you can.
We want to create an environment that is as inclusive and welcoming as possible — especially for those who are new to esports and competitive gaming. That means helping people pick up the ropes and have a fantastic experience before, during, and after all games.
3 Don't take things [too] seriously and have fun.
While you're playing high energy, adrenalined-filled esports and competing in a tournament... don't forget that, at the end of the day, it's just a game. So what if you're competing to come out on top as the best team ever in the history of esports in Toronto? Don't be a sore winner (and a sore loser).
Being Team Captain
A good team captain can make or break a team’s experience in the ggTO. On average, the time commitment of being a team captain can take a 2-3 hours per week so make sure you’re up for the commitment or find help before you sign up!
Forming Your Team
Find players at your company! See player eligibility in General Rules. Even if you know enough people to form a team, please try the following and help your company form multiple teams:
- Post about ggTO in internal communication channels (e.g. Slack, email lists, intranet, etc.);
- Walk around your office and broadcast this for all to hear; or
- Sit at a lunch table with interns and new graduates and ask if they play any games.
Registering Your Team
- Select a team name which must include your company name. If your company will have multiple teams you will also need an additional identifier or title. Do not use your company logo or other trademarks without obtaining written permission.
- Pay the registration fee through Battlefy. The account which registers and pays is the captain and this cannot be changed without Battlefy’s help.
- Setting up practice times and scrimmages as desired.
- Ensuring all the players show up on time for their matches.
- Ensuring matches are properly recorded (as required in game rules).
- Handling disputes between players and bringing disputes to the attention of the ggTO organizers when necessary.
- Organizing and submitting the player lineups (as required in game rules).
While each game has its own distinct set of rules, the following are a few universal rules that apply to all games in ggTO's esports leagues.
All registration fees go to support ggTO and the charities it supports. Companies will often reimburse registration fees so here’s an example letter to HR that you can use to help make your case. Registration fees (CAD) vary based on company sizes:
- Less than 20: $100.00
- 21-50: $200.00
- 51-200: $500.00
- More than 200: $1,000.00
The person who registers on Battlefy will be responsible to pay the registration fee and is, oftentimes, the captain of the team. Registration fees will be refunded in full if the request is made prior to the close of registration (may vary based on the game and type of tournament). Teams disqualified for any reason will forfeit their registration fees in full and may be excluded from participating in future seasons.
In order to be eligible to compete in a ggTO tournament, players must possess each of the following criteria:
- Players must be employed at your company at least 30 hours per week;
- Players must have an active email address at your company domain and may be required to validate this at our request. Invalid emails may result in disqualification without a refund;
- Interns and co-ops are allowed but must remain at the company for the entire duration of the season;
- Contract workers may only participate if they have received explicit permission from the company HR department to participate as well as an active email address at the company;
- Players who become ineligible during the season must be removed from the team and may no longer play in matches
- Team rosters are immutable and can only be changed in extreme circumstances at ggTO's discretion.
Players may stream their matches or have others stream for them. Stream cheating is not allowed and using a stream delay is encouraged to avoid the temptation. Observers able to see both teams' perspectives are discouraged and require the explicit approval of both captains or the ggTO organizers.
Only players actively playing in the game may be in a voice chat together (e.g. 5 players for League of Legends or Overwatch). No other players, including other members on the team roster, can be in the same voice chat. Failure to adhere to this rule may result in penalties.
The winning team’s captain must submit results to the tournament page on Battlefy no later than 11:59 PM EST on Sunday. Failure to submit results will lead to a warning for the winning team and in some cases a double loss. We strongly encourage the winner of each game to record screenshots of the post-game lobby victory screen and save the replay.
Penalties and Infractions
The following are examples of infractions that could result in penalties, assessed on a case by case basis by ggTO organizers. Possible penalties include but are not limited to: in-game penalties, match forfeiture, player bans, team bans, or other penalties at the organizer’s discretion.
- Cheating, exploiting bugs, or using methods to gain an unfair advantage.
- Releasing lineups late (as specified by game).
- Not showing up for your match.
- Mean, hurtful, demeaning, or insulting behavior.
- Starting or contributing to flame wars.
- Using an ineligible player.
- Communications that is deemed not safe for work (NSFW).
Teams are responsible for their own technical issues including hardware and internet. Matches will not be rescheduled because of player side technical issues and will continue after pauses (as provided in game specific rules) are exhausted even if the issue is not yet resolved.
Pauses may not be used to grief opponents or to strategically provide an advantage. Remember to take screenshots and video if you believe pauses are being abused.
In the event of technical issues with the game servers an attempt will be made or reschedule and replay the match. The ggTO organizers may assign a tie (half-win) if, at their sole discretion, the match cannot reasonably be rescheduled.
Questions and Disputes
We strongly encourage players to take videos or screenshots of gameplay, score screens, and chat logs with timestamps enabled as well as save replays (where applicable) to use in the event of a conflict.
Mention the game lead and/or admins with an @ on Discord in #help-and-feedback channel if you require assistance during the season.
A team may submit a dispute within 12 hours in the event that they believe their opponents broke any of the game rules, the referee unfairly awarded a win to their opponents upon an in-game disconnect, referee or opponents did anything that violates the spirit of the rules, or that the incorrect match result was submitted. ggTO organizers will review any disputes.
All participants must adhere to the decisions and rules of the tournament organizers, admins, and referees. All decisions are final, except in cases where the option to appeal is clearly stated. Conversations, either verbal or written, between organizers, admins, or referees, and participants are confidential. Publicly posting or sharing these conversations with outside parties is strictly forbidden, unless permission is obtained.
If an agreement to change a rule is made between captains, ensure the agreement is saved in writing in case a disagreement arises.
Changes and Unforeseen Circumstances
We reserve the right to change these rules and to make additional decisions outside the defined ruleset as necessary. Rule changes will be posted on the ggTO Discord and all relevant parties will be notified.