General CMG Rules
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It is the responsibility of all members to know and understand all rules before scheduling any matches or entry to any tournaments. Rules are subject to change at any time.
If any rules or settings are incorrect, follow your games guidelines and be sure to capture in-game proof to present of what you're claiming. For example, A 1v1 Fornite match played on Squads requires in-game proof of their being teams of 3/4 instead of teams of 2 for us to take any action.
-Host of each map is listed in the match details page provided to you. For kill based Fortnite & Blackout "Best of" matches see the section at the bottom of this
-1nD(1 and Done) the best-ranked team in a wager/ladder or the team with the best/lowest seed in a tournament will host a single map match.
-Best of 3 or 5 (Bo3, Bo5) where you play a series of maps to win the majority of maps listed ( win 2/3 or 3/5 to win). The host will switch off from map 1 as described in the 1nD scenario above to the other team until the last map which is TBD (To Be Determined)
-Best of 3 or Best of 5 the last map is TBD and is determined by the total number of applicable values earned by each team during the previous 2 or 4 maps, for instance in Fortnite Team A had 6 kills across map 1 and 2, whereas team B had 7 In this instance team B would host map 3. These values vary by game so be aware of your game's rules, for instance in Call of Duty titles; This would be determined by the team with the most rounds.
-If the game has dedicated servers, the host must choose a server appropriate for the designated region of the match and host player. You may choose either NA or EU as those are the only regions supported by CMG. Failure to choose one of those server options can result in forfeiture. Do not host on Asia or Oceania.
- Host Invites the host of your match must add and invite their opponents though it’s encouraged everybody to do so to expedite the match getting played speedily.
-Ties In the event the total number of applicable score points won are tied, the team with the best rank on the leaderboard in a wager/ladder or lowest seed in the tournament on the leaderboard will host. You can find team rank by visiting the team page of each team.
Note: leaving a best of 3 or best of 5 matches before it's completion to play any other matches or tournaments may result in a forfeiture of your map/match.
For kill based Fortnite & Blackout "Best of"
WHO HOSTS IN A TOURNAMENT: The team with the lowest seed will host the 1st map, the highest seed team will host the 2nd. In a Best of 3 or 5, the host of final map is determined by which team had the most accumulated kills, if the kills are tied then host goes to the lowest seed.
WHO HOSTS IN A WAGER/LADDER: The best-ranked team will host the 1st map, then worst rank will host the 2nd. In a Best of 3 or 5 the host of final map is determined by which team had the most accumulated kills if the kills are tied then host goes to the best-ranked team
If you post a non-kill based game mode wager/ladder match it will be canceled if it is not played as a single 1nD in the case of a Best of 2, Or a series in the case of Best of 3, Best of 5 where you play to win the majority of maps. (Applicable to Survival Deathmatch)
1. A team has 15 Minutes from the scheduled match time to show for matches; failure to do so could potentially result in a forfeiture of the match. In the situation that the opposing team does not show up for the scheduled match, you MUST contact Live Support (Link located at the bottom right of all pages).
2. When alerted to a no-show the administrator will then contact your opponent at the 15-minute mark after the scheduled match start time. Your opponents will then have an additional amount of time to respond to the administrator and Join/Host (The additional amount of time is based on the administrator’s discretion).
3. Failure to follow the directions and the set deadlines from the administrator will result in a forfeiture of the match.
4. We do not accept messages between players as proof (Xbox/PSN messages, Twitter, etc.)
1. A team has 15 minutes from the scheduled match time to show for matches; failure to do so could potentially result in a forfeiture of the match.
2. In the situation that the opposing team does not show up for the scheduled match. You may then begin to record no show proof after the 10-minute mark after the scheduled match time. The proof video must be 5 minutes or longer that clearly shows a timestamp and you inviting your opponents multiple times then you can then report your win after that 5 minutes of recording. If your opponents then dispute the match, you can submit your proof in a wager match dispute ticket. If the proof is not clear enough the match may be cancelled.
3. We do NOT accept messages between players as proof (Xbox/PSN Messages, Twitter, etc.)
4. If a team does not have their full roster in the game by the no show time, the hosting team must begin with whatever players are in the lobby. If the team without the full roster in the game refuse to play, they will be forfeited. If the hosting team does not start the game and it is not played out, the match will be cancelled.
1. Proof may be acquired by recording situations and all matches. Keep in mind, may the situation arise where the opposing team makes a dispute, and you are unable to provide valid proof of winning the previous match, you risk the match being canceled.
2. All proof must be recorded with the capture device or uploaded using the console's (Xbox One / PS4) "share" system.
3. If you do not use the consoles DVR feature, you risk your proof being considered "Insufficient." We HIGHLY suggest you use your consoles DVR feature for proof.
4. If you are unsure what proof to gather in a certain situation, please note this in the ticket or ask the live support admin if your match is to be dealt with through live support. If we require additional proof the ticket may not be closed immediately; we will reply to the ticket so please check comments as much as possible.
1. When providing proof, you must post/send the direct URL in the ticket or live support. If the URL link supplied is not accessible the proof will not be counted or used in judgement of the ticket.
2. For proof to be considered valid, it must have the full scoreboard with gamertags and all applicable game information including the proof method used for the game, with the proof being clear enough for staff to read it.
3. Submitting fake, irrelevant, or old proof may result in a temporary suspension from CMG.
4. Any conversation may not be considered valid proof; this includes, but is not limited to: Twitter conversations, PMs, AIMs, Skype, or messages through Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. This means messages are NOT a form of valid
If a match gets escalated and the proof is unavailable within 48 hours of the match being finalized you risk the match being cancelled as we can not accurately decide the winner.
1. It is the responsibility of all teams involved in a match to report scores at the completion of their match. For wagers and ladders, teams must report the match within 120 minutes of completion. If a team reports within 120 minutes and the opposing team fails to do so, the outcome will be determined by the reporting team. The match outcome may not be overturned unless extensive proof has been supplied to our support team promptly.
2. If a team reports a win for no reason, it may result in a forfeit of the match, and they risk being banned. Teams should in this instance accept their loss to avoid further complications if they did in fact lose.
3. Ladder/Wager matches: if you report the loss for your team, CMG will not reverse and cancel the match. It is the responsibility of the reporter to report the correct score.
4. Tournament matches: if you do not win a match, we ask that you, please report the loss or accept your opponent’s report. Members that do not report or accept the report may be banned from competing in tournaments. Thank you.
1. In the case of a dispute, teams must submit a ticket with valid proof of their claims. If a team does not submit a ticket, in a reasonable amount of time, they are risking receiving the loss for the match. If a ticket is submitted late or not submitted at all, the match outcome will not be able to be overturned.
1. Tickets are handled in the order they are received. Please contact CMG support regarding any tickets that have been submitted. If the member that submitted the ticket is an Elite member, then they will have said that the user disagrees with any call the ticket may be escalated. The same admin and tickets will not review ticket. Escalation can only occur once per ticket.
Checkmate Gaming (CMG) is not liable to members that cannot make it to their match on time for ANY reason. It is the sole responsibility of each member to play their match on time. Issues include but not limited to; issues with game updates, server outages, network connection, power outages, online subscription deactivation, or emergencies. For all issues please visit live support located in the support tab of all tournaments.
We will no longer be sending no show messages through the PlayStation or Xbox messenger system. We have implemented a twitter linking that is now part of the joining tournament process. From this point forward, no show messages will be sent through Twitter. If your Twitter is not properly linked, and open to being contacted you may risk forfeiture.
YOUR GAMERTAG MUST BE CORRECT (in the event it does not match your match details page, it is the admin's discretion to forfeit the match)
The Gamertag or user identification that is active when tournament bracket generates is the Gamertag that will be displayed in the match details. If a member changes their Gamertag after the bracket generates, it will not update in the match details. Members are responsible for playing with the gamertag that is displayed in the match details.
Please note: If a member changes their Gamertag after the bracket generates, their Gamertag will update on their profile page. However, it will NOT update in the match details. Again, the gamertag that is displayed in the match details is the Gamertag that must be used.
PC Members playing in either PC or console tournaments if allowed must have their twitter linked at all times on the CMG account
Fortnite: If a match is started on incorrect gamertags, then teams have 30 seconds from the bus departing Spawn Island to leave the match before the results will stand as though played out normally with everything being correct.
A Clan Tag or proof identification system unique to your game can be found to the match details page. This is currently not required however, it does help to identify fake proof, as such if used correctly it will ensure accuracy in your match. We highly recommend you use the system we have supplied.
Please follow the regional guidelines for your tournament or wager matches, if it is an NA tournament or wager only NA players may compete same goes for an EU only tournament or wager, if you are found violating this you may be forfeited and in severe cases banned.
Teams can consist of all members being from North America or Europe. Teams can also be comprised of both North American and European players. You may choose either NA or EU as those are the only regions supported by CMG. Failure to choose one of those server options can result in forfeiture. Do not host on Asia or Oceania.
Due to routing distance/ping, we cannot guarantee adequate connection. Members that enrol into Global tournaments agree to these Conditions and understand connection issues are outside of CMG's control. Please follow the lag guidelines for your game in question if your issue is covered under them.
Amateur is defined as 0 gold trophies in the console/game in question. Any gold trophies for a console and game combination disqualifies you from entering that combination as an amateur on CMG. Example, If you have won a gold on PS4 Fortnite then you are no longer an amateur for PS4 Fortnite however, if you have never won a gold on XB1 Fortnite then you are still an amateur for XB1 Fortnite just not PS4 Fortnite.
Account ringing in a tournament will result in a ban as it is against the competitive nature of an amateur tournament.
If a user is found to be cheating via software or hardware in a CMG match in any way they risk forfeiture and a ban. The user can also be requested to replay their match with specific instructions from the admin. The particular instructions can include allowing an admin to spectate, or issue a handcam unless explicitly outlined as allowed, for instance, the use of a keyboard and mouse is allowed on Fortnite as the game itself allows the use of it, However, it is not for any other console game. (See below for more detail)
To ensure fair competition, CMG holds the right to modify any match-related rules listed herein on a case-by-case basis. Teams who manipulate these rules maliciously and at the expense of other members can be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes but is not limited to any form of cheating or exploitation of the game.
Effective 12:00 AM EST 11/28/18
PS4 tournaments, ladders, and wagers may only be played by PS4 players - A keyboard & mouse may not be plugged into the console forcing a PC lobby to be entered. This is a full forfeit.
Xbox One tournaments, ladders, and wagers may only be played by Xbox players - A keyboard & mouse may not be plugged into the console forcing a PC lobby to be entered. This is a full forfeit.
Cross-Play tournaments, ladders, and wagers may only be played by PS4/Xbox & Switch Players. PC Players may not compete. - A keyboard & mouse may not be plugged into the console forcing a PC lobby to be entered. This is a full forfeit.
PC tournaments, ladders, and wagers may be played by any available Fortnite platform without any controller restriction.
No warm-up replays for fun or practice games are allowed. If a match is played before the scheduled time, it will not be considered a warm-up and may count as the official results. We recommend you do not play your opponent again for fun after your official match as your opponent could use this to submit fake proof.
In some titles such as Call of Duty before your match start time you may request a free for all on your host's connection to test for lag.
If any of these supplied rules contradict with rules found for the individual game rules supplied by CMG you are to follow the specified rules designated for the game itself.
Rules are subject to change at anytime
Any attempt to play a non-supported game or mode on CMG may result in an unfavorable decision in the event of a dispute.
Black Ops 4: Blackout Rules
Players in a 1v1 join up as a doubles team and queue up to play together
Players in a 2v2 queue up as a quad team of 4,
Failing to host on the proper mode, duos on a 1v1, and quads on a 2v2 will result in a forfeit if the non-hosting team can supply proof in-game proof of it being on the wrong playlist.
In both instances, the players then play the game mode supplied in the match details such as Survival, Battle Royale, Dropzone etc. Read the game modes below for mode-specific information.
The team with the most kills at the end of the match will achieve the win
If kills are tied in a 1nD(One and Done) the last team standing will achieve the win.
All maps must be played and the kill count is tallied at the end of the games. The team with the most kills after the games combined determines the winner. If both teams have at least one member standing, achieve an in-game win and tie in kills & in the event of a kill tie in a Best of 2,3,5 a map will be replayed until a winner is determined.
The match is played as a regular Battle Royale Match except for the leader of each CMG team (First on the match details) plays in the Squads lobby of the opponents.
Both teams are to invite the team leader to their lobby of 3 to begin the match. - We recommend it be a team leader for ease of invitation but if another member is going to be the odd man we ask they please reach out to their opponents quickly, we also recommend that they be a co-leader to assist in reporting the match easily.
Each of the two Squads lobbies will consist of 3 team members and one Odd-Man from the other team at the end of the match the odd man will be in contact with their teammates and be able to accurately report the match.
The winner is determined the same as Battle Royale, the team with the most kills will win.
Kills from all 4 members of the team are to be counted.
In the instance both Squads lobbies make it into the same Blackout match they are allowed to hunt each other freely (you still can not Sabotage inside your Squad)
As there are two sides to this match in the event of forfeiture one side of the match can be disqualified and the other still count.
If you kill, damage or hinder your CMG opponents in any way you are at risk of being forfeited or in rare instances the match may be replayed at the administrator's discretion.
The act committed must have had an immediate and drastic effect on the match, this must be clear and visible in your proof.
In order for sabotage to occur, you must have had a chance to win mathematically.
In all instances communicate with your opponent to figure out the winners, please supply your opponents with video proof of your claims attempting to falsify or fake your win in any way can result in an immediate ban.
If kills are tied in a 1nD(One and Done) the last team standing will achieve the win.
If both teams have at least one member standing, achieve an in-game win and tie in kills & in the event of a kill tie in a Best of 2,3,5 or 1nD a map will be replayed until a winner is determined.
Disconnection 30 seconds after the touchdown or when up in kills can be replayed if and only if valid proof of a disconnect is supplied. If in a 2v2 and your teammate disconnects with valid proof in order to get a replay you must also leave the match immediately.
If in a 2v2 and your teammate disconnects and you are up in kills and can supply legitimate proof of a disconnect you must leave immediately and come to live support and supply this proof to a live support administrator so they can issue a replay if the proof supplied supports this. In a ticket supported match please do the same but supply this proof of disconnect and being up in kills.
GLITCHES & LAG
If you experience lag or a glitch that affects your game you must play out your match and an administrator at the end of your match will decide based on the proofs you've supplied whether or not to issue a replay or cancel.
There is a known glitch that causes kills to be awarded after a victory and players disconnect from the server, These kills do not count.
Any cheating will not be tolerated and will result in a forfeit and ban if caught.
30 seconds after the last player in the CMG match has been fully killed(not knocked) the score will finalize as that. Meaning if in a 1v1 and my opponent is dead and I die after them, 30 seconds after my death the score is finalized. In a 2v2 after the 4th player has died the 30 seconds begins then.
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