2019 AUSTIN FC eMLS CHALLENGE

CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

ELIGIBILITY: The 2019 Austin FC eMLS Challenge Open Qualifier (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of Central Texas (the “Territory”) who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related), Austin FC (“AFC” or “Sponsor”) and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest are not eligible to participate or win a prize. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Void outside Territory and where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation.

OBJECTIVE: To select eight (8) amateur players to participate in the 2019 Austin FC eMLS Challenge taking place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Valhalla Esports Lounge in Austin, TX, through the Open Qualifiers taking place on Sunday, October 27, 2019 and Monday, October 28, 2019. The objective of the 2019 Austin FC eMLS Challenge is to scout the inaugural Austin FC eMLS player which will represent the Austin FC in eMLS 2020.

HOW TO REGISTER: Registration will be open from Thursday, October 17th, 1:00pm CT to Saturday, October 28th, 2019, 6:59pm CT (“Registration Period”). During the Registration Period, there is one (1) way to register (as defined below). No other method(s) of registration will be accepted. Limit one (1) registration per person per online qualifier. All information submitted as part of the registration will become property of Sponsor and used as provided in the MLS Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, each of which can be found by visiting http://www.mlssoccer.com/terms-service and http://www.mlssoccer.com/privacy-policy (both of which are incorporated herein by reference).

  1. Registration Method: During the Registration Period, go to https://smash.gg/austinfcemlschallenge and click on the banners, buttons and/or links to access the online registration form and complete the required fields, which will include:

    • Entrant name
    • Phone Number
    • E-mail address
    • Date of Birth
    • ZIP code

    By submitting the registration form and all other requested information as directed, you will be registered to compete in the Open Qualifiers (as defined below). NOTE: In the event that you do not complete and submit the registration form as described above, you will not be able to compete in the Open Qualifiers. Entrants must fully complete and submit all non-optional data requested on the registration form to be eligible. By completing the registration form, you will be given the option to receive commercial e-mails from the Austin FC Entities; however, eligibility to participate in the Contest is not dependent upon registrants consent to receive such e-mails and consenting to do so will not increase your chances of winning.

OPEN QUALIFIERS: At the end of the Registration Period, all registrants will be eligible to check-in to participate in the Open Qualifiers currently scheduled to take on Sunday, October 27, 2019 (the “Sunday Open Qualifier”) and Monday, October 28, 2019 (the “Monday Open Qualifier”). Check-in begins at 12:00PM CT and ends at 12:59PM CT for the Sunday Open Qualifier. Check-in begins at 7:00PM CT and ends at 7:59PM CT for the Monday Open Qualifier. For both the Sunday Open Qualifier and Monday Open Qualifier, check-in will be on a first-come first-served basis and will close once one-hundred (120) players have checked in, or no later than (i) 12:59PM CT for the Sunday Open Qualifier or (ii) 7:79PM CT for the Monday Open Qualifier, whichever occurs sooner (respectively). For clarity, more than one-hundred twenty (12)) players may register for each Open Qualifier, but only one-hundred twenty (120) will playing during each Open Qualifier. Registration is mandatory prior to check-in. If a player does not fill out the registration form during the Registration Period, that player will not be permitted to participate in the Open Qualifier. In order to participate in the online qualifiers, the player must be available to participate in this on-site tournament at Valhalla on November 13th from 7pm – 10pm CT. Should one of the eight players who qualify from the online qualifiers not be able to attend the on-site portion, the person that the player beat to qualify will be invited to attend, and so on until a final roster of eight (8) is achieved.

OPEN QUALIFIER RULES: Eligible entries will be judged in accordance with the Tournament Rules, which can be found at: https://smash.gg/austinfcemlschallenge. At the conclusion of the Sunday Open Qualifier and Monday Open Qualifier, the eight (8) players that make it to the semi-finals (i.e., four (4) from the Sunday Open Qualifier and four (4) from the Monday Open Qualifier), respectively, will be deemed winners. Sponsor reserves the right to not award the prize if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. The decisions of Sponsor are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES: Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any registrant it deems to be inappropriate, not in keeping with Sponsor’s image or that is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, in its sole discretion, including but not limited to any entry that: (i) defames or invades the publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringes upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third party rights; (ii) promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; (iii) is sexually explicit, lewd, or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity; (iv) is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; (v) appears to duplicate any other submitted entries; (vi) contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as costumes, distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses or street addresses; (vii) contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission; (viii) excepting those of Sponsor, contains or references any names, products or services of any company or entity, or promotes any brand, product or service of any company or entity; (ix) contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission; (x) contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead; (xi) communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate or otherwise contains content which Sponsor in its sole discretion decide is inappropriate or objectionable; and/or; (xii) violates any law, rule or regulation.

EIGHT (8) OPEN QUALIFIER PRIZES: Each Winner will receive the following (the “Prize”):

  • One (1) spot in the 2019 Austin FC eMLS Challenge (ARV: $100)
  • One (1) bag of Austin FC swag/gear (ARV: $100)

Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Prize: $200. Transportation to/from venue is not included and is the sole responsibility of each Winner. Each Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including but not limited to lodging accommodations, any transportation costs, luggage fees, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of each Winner. All Prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Winner’s guest(s) must be of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence, unless accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian or unless the child or legal ward of winner.

The Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions or substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole and absolute discretion. MLS game, event, and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of Austin FC, as applicable, and may be subject to change. Exact seat locations will be determined by Sponsor. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as prizes will govern in the event a game, event or exhibition, as defined by Austin FC, is not played due to weather, an Act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance, work stoppage or any other reason. Winner and his/her guest(s) agree to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Prize. Sponsor reserve the right to remove or deny entry to Winner and/or his/her guest(s) who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at any game, event or exhibition. Released Parties (as defined below) will not be responsible for weather, Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other event that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any MLS game, event or exhibition.

NOTIFICATION: Each potential winner must comply with the Tournament Rules and these Official Rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Each Winner will be notified in person. Each Winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number (if applicable) and/or other identification to Sponsor and may be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, within five (5) days of date of issuance. A disqualification will result, the Prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be selected from among all remaining eligible entries if all required documents are not properly executed and returned within the specified period of time. Refusal or return of such documents as non-deliverable or Winner’s noncompliance with these Official Rules will also result in disqualification and forfeiture of the Prize and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate Winner to be selected from among all remaining eligible entries.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY/PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to (i) be bound by these Official Rules, including all entry requirements, and (ii) waive any and all claims or cause of action against the Sponsor, Major League Soccer L.L.C., Soccer United Marketing LLC (together with Major League Soccer L.L.C., the “MLS Entities”) and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, representatives and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, “Released Parties”) arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any Prize, including, but not limited to: (a) interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties that may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prize[s] or in any Contest-related materials, (b) incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (c) late, lost, stolen, incomplete, misdirected, damaged, garbled, delayed, or undelivered registrations; (d) injury or damage to entrants' or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website; (e) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize; (f) cancellation or postponement of any MLS game, event or exhibition; (g) any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any Prize. Furthermore, by participating in the Contest and submitting a registration, each entrant (i) grants to the Released Parties permission to film, photograph, video record and otherwise record the entrant’s image, voice, or any other aspect of the performance during the Contest and the right (but not the obligation) to use, assign and/or license to others the entrant’s name, likeness, image, biographical information, voice and/or photograph, in whole or in part (the “Rights”), in any media in any manner now known or hereafter developed throughout the world in perpetuity for any promotional, trade, publicity or advertising purposes related to the Contest or similar promotions conducted by Released Parties without further compensation or permission, except as prohibited or restricted by law; (ii) releases the Released Parties from any and all liabilities arising out of distortion, optical illusions, or faulty mechanical reproductions of your likeness; (iii) understands and agrees that all photographic plates, negatives, and recordings containing the Rights are and shall be the property of the Released Parties, and the entrant has no right to inspect or approve any materials containing the Rights; (iv) represents that it is not necessary for Released Parties to obtain permission from or to pay any third party in connection with the Rights; (v) agrees that Released Parties may contact the Participant for marketing purposes and send the Participant information regarding their products. Each Winner, by acceptance of Prize, grants to Sponsor, the MLS Entities and each of their respective designees the right to publicize such Winner’s name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and prize information in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without additional compensation or consideration, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Registrations generated by a script, macro or other mechanical or automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process will be disqualified. The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in MLS and Austin FC. This Contest may not be used for any form of gambling. In the event that the Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify Participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, Released Parties shall have no liability to any Participants who are disqualified due to such an action. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website or attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intend to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this Contest is unlawful and subject to legal action by the Sponsor, the MLS Entities and/or their respective agents. Sponsor and the MLS Entities shall have the sole right to disqualify any entrant for violation of these Official Rules or any applicable laws relating to the Contest, and to resolve all disputes in their sole discretion. Released Parties (i) make no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind concerning any Prize, and (ii) disclaim any implied warranty. All disputes will be resolved under applicable U.S. laws in the County of New York, state of New York without giving effect to choice of law or conflicted law principles (whether of the state of New York, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of New York. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any terms of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

The Sponsor and the MLS Entities, as applicable, reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Contest for any reason, including should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of the Contest. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor may elect to identify the Winners and award the Prizes from among all non-suspect, eligible registrations received up to the time of such cancellation.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR AND MLS WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH ENTRANT, AND SPONSOR AND THE MLS ENTITIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

All registrations must include a valid e-mail address for the entrant. If only one registration per person is permitted, in case of multiple registrations received from any person, only the first entry received from such person will be considered. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a Winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. The “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the applicable ISP or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

WINNERS’ LIST: For a list of Winners (available after November 13, 2019), mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 2019 Austin FC eMLS Challenge Winners’ List, Austin FC, Attn: JP Lococo, 1835-A Kramer Lane, Suite 600 Austin, TX 78758. Winners’ list requests must be received by December 31, 2019.

SPONSOR: Austin FC, 1835-A Kramer Lane, Suite 600 Austin, TX 78758