This page defines the standards of fair and consistent play as set by both Riot Games and Kami-Con. It specifically governs the rules of Organized Play, which are separate from Pro Play, Challenger Circuit Play, or Ranked Play.
Tournament Officials are to be impartial and transparent when making official decisions. They must communicate clearly with the players, especially when issuing specific instructions or penalties. Individuals participating in Organized Play Events are held accountable for reading and agreeing to abide by Tournament Rules. Failure to adhere to these regulations or communicate with Tournament Officials will incur penalties. Certain situations are subject to be dealt with differently based on the resources available and the discretion of Tournament Officials.
Active Roster: The members of a team currently playing in a match.
Bans: Champions removed from play by both teams during the draft process
Game of Record (GOR): A game of record (GOR) refers to a tournament game where all ten players have loaded onto the map and the game has progressed to a point of meaningful interaction. Once a game reaches GOR status, no incidental restarts are permitted and the game is considered official from that point. After the establishment of GOR, game restarts will be allowed only under limited conditions with same picks and bans unless otherwise instructed by a Tournament Official. An official GOR is one that has already passed 5:00 in game play time.
Picks: The process of drafting champions.
Players: Members of a team playing in the tournament.
Racism: Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior. There is zero tolerance for racist remarks or slurs during the tournament.
Roster: A complete team lineup, made up of both the active roster and substitutes.
Shoutcasters/Streamers: Tournament support staff charged with providing quality video and commentary to spectators. Shoutcasters and Streamers work with tournament officials to ensure their casting doesn't jeopardize the fairness of tournament matches in progress.
Spectators: Anyone physically present at a tournament, watching online or attending an event is classified as a spectator. Spectators are responsible for upholding good sportsmanship as well, and should never interfere or distract players or tournament officials during matches. If spectators believe they have observed a rules or policy violation, they are encouraged to alert a Tournament Official as soon as possible, so those in charge of infractions can sort things out with minimal interference to the tournament.
Tournament Officials: The Authority for determining rules, infractions, and administering penalties. In addition, they are the final authority for enforcing any tournament procedures. These include, but are not limited to: administering penalties, rules, infractions, tracking teams' active rosters, enforcing first pick and side selection during games, ensuring champion drafting is correct, properly guiding end of game procedures, and ensuring match outcomes are accurately recorded. Tournament Officials include Moderator and Organizer Staff positions.
Players in clear violation of the Summoner's Code during a tournament can incur penalties in addition to the normal in-game sanctions that come from Riot Games or the Tribunal.
The tournament is best of one game. Round start time will be set by the Tournament Officials as either a designated time or the end of the previous round. All tournament officials and players have to be ready at their rounds' designated start time. It's the Tournament Officials' responsibility to ensure this info is publicly available. It is the team's responsibility to make sure the team is in on time and available at the round start time.
Setup time is the first ten (10) minutes after the Tournament Brackets have been sent out with both
teams having five (5) players per team. Teams should use this time to ensure they're fully prepared.
During this time, players need to:
Players are allowed to pause as part of their allotted pause time per game, or if they are directed by a Tournament Official. During any pause or stoppage, players can't leave the match area unless they're officially authorized.
Officials may pause a game at their discretion. ANY PAUSE THAT IS NOT A TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL DIRECTED PAUSE IS TO BE REPORTED TO A Tournament Official. FAILURE TO DO THIS WILL RESULT IN A WARNING OR MORE SEVERE PUNISHMENT. A game can only be restarted by the approval of a Tournament Official. The pause time of both teams will be reset to seven minutes per team at the start of the new match.
Resuming the game:
The pausing team cannot resume play until they get clearance from the enemy team and all 10 players have stated they are ready to the Tournament Official. Only the team whose pause time is being used can unpause the game. The opposing team cannot unpause another team's pause.
If a player pauses outside of their allotted pause time (after their seven minutes is up), they will receive a warning, and if it occurs again, it may result in a disqualification.
Player communication during stoppage:
Unlike the LCS, players on both teams are allowed to discuss gameplay or strategy with their teammates during an authorized pause. Players are not allowed to talk to anyone not on their team or tournament officials without approval from a Tournament Official. The only exception for this rule is to inquire and inform the opposing team of why the game was paused.
There may be instances where "Staff Time" is incurred which does not affect the pause time of either team. Tournament official pause time, otherwise known as "Staff Time", will be incurred by the Tournament Official and both teams will be informed when this occurs. The teams DO NOT determine when "Staff Time" starts or ends. Tournament Officials will determine if a pause is justified or not. If it is not justified, the Tournament Official will take the necessary actions and may issue a warning /ban loss/disqualification.
In certain cases Tournament Officials may need to end a game or a match before its normal conclusion.
Typical causes for this is issues with League Client Server Stability. The organizers use the following
method to determine the match winners where a natural conclusion of the game is not possible.
The following procedure will be used in the event of League of Legends Servers going down:
Tournament violations generally fall into two categories: honest mistakes on the part of a player or
team, and intentional violations aimed at securing advantage.
While the first category is usually covered by a tournament infraction, intentional cheating is a much more serious matter. Penalties can apply to the team as a whole, or to an individual within a team.
Consequences can also apply to either a single match or persist for the duration of the tournament. Teams can't waive penalties assigned to their opponents. Rules are rules, and they need to be enforced regardless of how confident or charitable the opposition may feel.
Warning: An official, recorded notice to the player or the team for a minor tournament infraction. Tournament Officials record warnings to ensure further infractions get assigned appropriately escalated penalties.
Ban loss: This penalty removes the offending team's ability to make a 3rd Ban choice during champion select. (They must allow the timer to run out naturally.)
Game loss: Severe infractions may force a team to take an automatic loss in a current or upcoming game.
Disqualification: The most serious infractions might warrant disqualification from the tournament. In
most cases, the disqualification applies to the entire team. A team disqualified from a tournament
forfeits any prizes they may receive unless told otherwise. In certain cases, the Tournament Official has
the option to disqualify a single player on the team instead of the entire team.
The Tournament Official has this option only when he or she can determine that a player's infraction did not affect the opposing team, and the player committed the infraction without the involvement of the rest of the team. This typically happens when the player commits the Unsporting Conduct — Severe infraction. In this situation, the team may continue in the tournament if there is an available substitute. If the team does not have a substitute player, the team may not continue in the tournament and must drop.
Tardiness: This infraction occurs when the team's not ready to play at the beginning of a game. Teams need to be on time and ready to play when each game starts. When teams are late, they delay the whole tournament. Teams get a ten minute grace period before they accrue one of two penalties. If the team is more than 10 minutes late, they receive a warning/ban loss. Penalties for tardiness can escalate over the course of a tournament if recurring.
Outside Assistance: Outside assistance occurs when a team communicates with spectators, opposing teams or anyone else during a game and, at a Tournament Official's determination, inadvertently gains an advantage over their current opponent. This infraction assumes the offending player wasn't deliberately trying to cheat. Intentionally looking for any unfair advantage during the match is covered under Unsporting Conduct — Cheating. The penalty for outside assistance is a disqualification of the offending player or team.
Cheating: Jump to Cheating section
Poor Conduct / Etiquette: Jump to Conduct and Etiquette section
Pausing Violations: Jump to Pausing section
noted otherwise, successive penalties for the same infraction should follow the following escalation
Warning Ban loss Disqualification.
Players have a right to expect fair and balanced treatment during a tournament. Those players who knowingly do something against the rules to gain an advantage are cheating. Cheating doesn't need to be successful to qualify as a violation.
Examples of cheating include, but aren't limited to:
The penalty for cheating is a disqualification from the tournament.
Every player has the responsibility to follow official tournament instructions and announcements. If
officials have to repeat themselves over the course of running a tournament, it can cause delays and
unwarranted disputes over the rules. The penalty for failing to follow official tournament
announcements is a warning/ban loss. Failure to follow tournament instructions directed at the team or
a specific player is a separate infraction that falls under "Unsportsmanlike Conduct — Major Infraction".
Unsportsmanlike conduct is disruptive to the tournament and may negatively affect the competitiveness, enjoyment, or integrity of a tournament.
There are four levels of Unsportsmanlike conduct punishments based on the following infractions, i.e.:
A Tournament Official has the final authority to determine if a player or team's behavior crosses the line into Unsportsmanlike conduct using the infractions above as a guide. You don't have to be enrolled in the tournament to receive warnings or punishments for your behavior.
Spectators are welcome at tournaments as long as they don't interfere with players and officials. They must follow the rules and spectator guidelines outlined in this document. Spectators will be held accountable to the Summoner's Code when in each Twitch Chat channel. Any violations or inappropriate behavior will be penalized accordingly.
The penalty for jokes / remarks perceived to be racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive is at the discretion of the Staff member handling the issue.
The use of racial or homophobic slurs during the tournament can result in disqualification and a permanent ban from future Kami-Con tournaments.
Tournament officials have a right to expect that their direct instructions are followed without having to
Aggressive behavior has no place in the tournament setting, particularly when it is directed at a specific individual. Needless to say, the safety of all tournament participants is of paramount importance.
Examples of this infraction include, but are not limited to:
The penalty for any aggressive behavior is disqualification from the tournament. In addition, it is appropriate for the Tournament Official to ask the offender to leave the tournament. Depending on the severity of the offense, the perpetrator may be banned from Kami-Con, removed from the BJCC and/or face inquiry from the authorities.
Players have a responsibility to adhere to the rules stated above and communicate effectively and respectfully with teammates, enemy team members, and staff alike. Appropriate communication with the tournament officials and one another leads to a more transparent tournament experience for everyone involved. Players can communicate with teammates and players on the opposing team as long as they don't violate any of the rules outlined in this document.
The prize will be distributed the end of the tournament in person directly following the conclusion of the final round. Note: This only applies to Kami-Con sponsored prizes, any additional rewards given by Riot or other sponsors will be distributed at their discretion.