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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Southeast Asia Cup 2021

Official Rules

MSC 2021 Operating Committee

April, 2021

Table and Contents

  1. Introduction and Purpose
  2. Tournament Structure, Schedule and Prize
  3. Team Member Eligibility
  4. Team Names, Team Logos and Player Names
  5. Roster Rules
  6. Safety Protocols
  7. Match Process
  8. Competitive Patch & Match Server
  9. Game Rules
  10. Player Equipment
  11. Venue and Competition Area Layout
  12. Sponsorship
  13. Code of Conduct
  14. Compliance with Penalty Rules
  15. Spirit of the Rules

 


 

  1. Introduction and Purpose

    • These official rules of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2021 (abbreviated as MSC 2021) apply to each of the Teams who have qualified to play in the MSC 2021 from June 7, 2021 to June 13, 2021. These rules also apply to the Teams' Team Coaches, Managers, Owners, Starting Lineup, Substitutions (collectively "Team Members") and other employees.

    • This rule only applies to the official MSC 2021. It does not apply to any other competitions, tournaments or any other activities organized by Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

    • These rules have been enacted to ensure the maintained stability of a complete Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament system, and the fairness of competition between professional teams. Standardized rules benefit all parties who are involved in the professional play of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, including the teams, players and general managers.

    • These rules shall not restrict the competitive performance of Players. The articles of any Player or Team's agreement will be determined by each Team and Player themselves.

  2. Tournament Structure, Schedule and Prize

    1. Definition of Terms
      1. Game. An instance of competition on the map designated by MSC 2021 that is played until a winner is determined by one of the following methods, whichever occurs first: (a) completion of the final objective (destruction of a base), (b) Team Surrender, or (c) Team Disqualified, (d) MSC 2021 official deems a team has won.
      2. Match. A set of Games that is played until one Team wins a majority of the total Games (e.g., winning two Games out of three ("BO3"); winning three Games out of five ("BO5")). The winning Team will either receive a win tally in a league format or advance to the next round in a tournament format.
    2. Tournament Format
      1. Tournament Stage
        1. MSC 2021 is divided into 3 split:
          1. Group Stage Phase 1
          2. Group Stage Phase 2
          3. Main Event
      2. Group Stage Phase
        1. Grouping Rules
          • Twelve teams will be assigned to three lottery pools.
          • During the draw ceremony, one team will be drawn from the first pool, one team will be drawn from the second pool, and 1 team will be drawn from the third pool for a group of 3 teams for the tournament.
          • First pool contains 4 teams. The teams are the Champion of MPL ID Season 7, the Champion of MPL MY Season 7, the Champion of MPL SG Season 1 and the Champion of MPL PH Season 7.
          • Second pool will contain 4 teams. The teams are the 2nd place of MPL ID Season 7, the 2nd place of MPL MY Season 7, the 2nd place of of MPL SG Season 1 and the 2nd place of MPL PH Season 7.
          • Third pool will contain all the other 4 teams.
          • When the lottery draw ceremony is starting, three lottery bowls will be shown, containing the seeded teams of all the first to third pools. The groupings are arranged in alphabetical order - A, B, C and D from left to right. The draw is chosen randomly from each pool, starting in the order from the first pool, second pool and lastly the third pool.
          • Each group shall consist at maximum, only one team from each region division. If a drawn seeded team does not comply with the restriction set, the seeded team shall skip that particular group, and is placed into the next group that do comply with the restriction. As an example, if an Indonesia team from the first pool is placed into Group A, should another Indonesia team from second pool is also drawn for Group A, that second team shall skip Group A and will go to Group B if Group B does not have any Indonesia team in it.
          • Four groups (A, B, C and D) consisting of 3 different teams each in a group. Teams will compete among each other in each group in a Best of 3 (“Bo3”). Each group will consist of 3 series minimum (without any tie breakers).
          • 4 teams will proceed to the playoffs: First place of each group will proceed to upper bracket playoff, while other 8 teams will proceed to the Group stage Phase 2.
        2. Point System
          • For the group stage phase 1, a point system is used to determine the ranking of the teams in a group. The Team will be given 1 point for winning a BO3 Match and 0 point for losing a BO3 Match.This point system does not apply to tiebreaker matches.
      3. Tiebreakers In the event that multiple teams are tied in the standings at the conclusion of Group stage phase 1 (as defined as having the same points),
        1. if the points ranking in the BO3 Match is the same, the tied Teams will be ranked by the “game point”. The Team will be given 1 point for winning a game and deducted 1 point for losing a game;
        2. in the event of equal amount of game points, the tied Teams will be ranked by head-to-head record;
        3. if multiple teams are tied and are unable to determine the winner through rankings and head-to-head record, then There will be the additional match(BO1).
        4. if MSC 2021 operating team decide to make the additional match. Then the addition match format will be as follows:
          1. If there is a 3 way tie based on the match points and game points, the team that took the shortest time to win their matches will by pass to the next round. The 2 remaining teams will then have a BO1.The loser of the first BO1 will be the 3rd place of that group, while the winner of the first BO1 will then move on to have another BO1 with the team that took the shortest time to win their matches in the group stage. The loser will be the 2nd place of that group while the winner will then represent the group and move on into the Main event winner bracket.
        5. in the event of exceptional cases or other unforeseeable circumstances, the Operating Committee will voice the final decision.
      4. Group Stage Phase 2
        • Eight teams will be assigned to 4 matches (BO3). The 4 matches arrangements will be as follows:
          • 2nd Place of Group A vs 3rd Place of Group C (Match 1)
          • 3rd Place of Group A vs 2nd Place of Group C (Match 2)
          • 2nd Place of Group B vs 3rd Place of Group D (Match 3)
          • 3rd Place of Group B vs 2rd Place of Group D (Match 4)
        • Winner of each match will proceed to the Lower Bracket of Main Event.
      5. Main Event.
        • The 1st team from Group A, B, C, D from Group Stage Phase 1 will move to Upper Bracket, and the winner of Group Stage Phase 2 will move to Lower Bracket. The arrangement will be as the Bracket Image below.
    3. Prize
      1. Prize. Teams participating in MSC 2021 will be awarded with rewards as follows:
        Position Prize
        Champion $ 70,000 USD
        2nd Place $ 30,000 USD
        3rd Place $ 15,000 USD
        4th Place $ 7,500 USD
        5-6th Place $ 5,000 USD/ each
        7-8th Place $ 4,000 USD/ each
        9-12th Place $ 2,000 USD/ each
        Finals MVP $ 1,500 USD
      2. Trophy and medal. The champion team will be awarded with one MSC 2021 Trophy and seven MSC 2021 Medals. The trophy and medals will be issued via delivery within one month after MSC 2021 ends.
      3. Taxes. Each Team shall respectively be responsible for its own applicable taxes that may be imposed with respect to the receipt of any reward or prizes.
      4. Team shall be responsible for its bank transaction fees.
      5. Payment. The prizes for MSC 2021 shall be paid to the teams respectively within one months after the closure of MSC 2021 and the designated receiving accounts are provided by the teams (whichever is later).
  3. Team Member Eligibility

    1. General Rules
      1. Formation. Each Team is required to maintain 7~8 members, including one General Manager and one Head Coach (no Head Coach is acceptable), five Players across their starting lineup ("Starter") and one substitute Player ("Substitute") during the entire MSC 2021.
        For the teams from MPL regions, its lineup shall not include members from this team unregistered in nearest MPL season.
      2. No Moonton Employees.
        Team Members shall not be employees of Moonton or any of its affiliates, agencies or other contractors at the start of or at any point during the MSC 2021. “Affiliate” is defined as any person or other entity which owns or controls, is under the ownership or control of, or is under common ownership or control of another party. “Control” shall mean the power, through any means, to determine the policies or management of an entity, whether through the power to elect, appoint or approve, directly or indirectly, the directors, officers, managers or trustees of such entity or otherwise.
    2. Player Eligibility
      1. Player Age.
        For MPL teams or qualified teams that are not from MPL regions,player age shall follow the rules of each respective region participating for MSC 2021 qualifiers. For directly-invited teams that are not from MPL regions, players must be no younger than 14 years old.
      2. Regional Residency Requirement.
        1. Team Formation. At least three (3) out of the five Players on the starting lineup of a Team are required to be Citizens of the countries or regions where the MSC 2021 qualifier competitions are held. A team is allowed to have no more than two non-resident players who are living in the country or region during the whole tournament.
        2. Citizenship. A Player is considered a “Citizen” if the Player is a lawful permanent resident in the region or country or a holder of ID cards of the region or country upon the legal status in that region or country.
        3. Single Residency Status. A Player may only be a Citizen of a single region at any point in time. 
      3. Work Eligibility.
        Work eligibility shall follow the rules of each respective region participating for MSC 2021 qualifiers.
    3. General Manager or Head Coach
      • Each Team is required to maintain one designated General Manager, who is responsible to travel with the Team to all domestic events. If a team designates a General Manager or a Head Coach, they must undergo registration and approval from MSC 2021 officials before being published on the official MSC 2021 website.
      1. Registration and Approval. The designation of General Manager/Head Coach by the Team shall go through the registration and approval formalities with the Operating Committee. Any publishing of such designation by any Team or Team Member before being approved by the Operating Committee is prohibited and will be subject to penalties.
      2. Single Capacity. The General Manager/Head Coach can only represent one Team in one region and cannot be affiliated with more than one Team in any capacity in MSC 2021 (including but not limited not being the Starter, Substitute or General Manager for any Team).
      3. Presence. The Head Coach is allowed to be on-site during the Draft Pick Phase for every Game that its Team participates in.
      4. In case of emergency, (please refer to Emergency in Substitution for more information), the General Manager/Head Coach could be temporarily registered as a substitute player.
  4. Team Names, Team Logos and Player Names

    1. Team Names and Team Logos.
      1. Teams are not allowed to have the same or similar names and Team logos cannot be similar-looking and must be unique in design. Moreover, Team names and logos must only contain English characters, numbers, space, plus sign (+), minus sign (-), underline (_) and single quotes (‘’).
      2. When applying with the Operating Committee for the use of any Team names, the Team shall also provide a short name of the contemplated Team name, which must not exceed 4 characters including space, which must only contain English characters, numbers, space, plus sign (+), minus sign (-), underline (_) and single quotes (‘’). Unless otherwise specified by the Team, the League is entitled to use, at its own discretion, the full Team name and/or the short Team name on any occasion.
      3. The verification of the images or the names of sponsors are allowed to be shown in Team Logos and Team Names but they cannot be the same as the trademark and the name of the sponsors.
      4. The Operating Committee reserves the final right to approve Team names and logos.
      5. Except in the case of duplicate names or naming violations, any Team obtaining the qualification for MSC 2021 is not allowed to change its Team Name or Team Logo from the day when it obtains the qualification till MSC 2021 ends.
    2. Player Name 
      1. Player name must only contain English characters, numbers, space. Player Names cannot contain a sponsor's name.
      2. In case of duplicated names, the player should change the name after consulting the authority.
    3. Common Restrictions
      • No additional special characters will be allowed for Team names, Logos or Player Names (including underscores, slashes, etc.). Team Names, Logos and Player Names may not contain: vulgarities or obscenities; names related to the hero characters in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang or other similar characters; or other contents that may create confusion.
    4. Review
      1. Approval. All Team Names, Logos and Player Names must be approved by the Operating Committee in advance of use in tournaments.
      2. Changes. Changes to the Team Names, Logos and Player Names are not allowed except under certain extenuating circumstances, and must be approved by the Operating Committee prior to use in an MSC 2021 Game. Any cosmetic change must be made before the designated date. The Operating Committee has the right to deny a Team name if it does not reflect the professional standards sought by the MSC 2021. The Operating Committee reserves the final right to approve names and logos. 
  5. Roster Rules

    1. Active Roster
      1. Formation. Starters and the Substitute form the "Active Roster". No individual may simultaneously hold two or more of the roles listed above.
      2. Single Team Exclusivity. A Player/General Manager/Head Coach is only allowed to compete for the one Team that they have an agreement with. A Player/General Manager/Head Coach will not be allowed to compete for more than one Team simultaneously and therefore cannot be listed on the Active Roster of more than one Team.
      3. Disclosure. The Active Roster will be displayed on the official website of MSC 2021 and be updated upon proper filing of documentation. Once a conclusion of the Player Services Agreement is confirmed, the updated Active Roster will be placed on the website. The Active Roster of the Teams on that website will be considered the most up-to-date information that could be applied within a reasonable time. 
    2. Submission of Active Roster
      1. Time. At a time designated by the Operating Committee before the start of each split, each Team must submit their Active Roster to the Operating Committee, including five members of the Starters and 1 Substitute. In the event that a General Manager selects to modify the starting lineup, the General Manager must make a request to modify the starting lineup in compliance with the Official Rules. Any request to modify rosters shall be made in advance of any proposed effective date of any such change.
      2. Late Request. If a request is submitted too late for the Operating Committee to make reasonable arrangements for a new Player to travel to an MSC 2021 Match, the League may, at their discretion, hold the Team responsible for the incremental costs of such Player's travel, regardless of any other rules to the contrary.
      3. Review. The Operating Committee reserves the right to approve or deny any request to modify Active Rosters, based upon the eligibility of the Players involved and the compliance with these Rules of such request.
    3. Substitutions
      1. First Game. Requests to modify the starting lineup for the Team's first Game may not be submitted any later than 2 hours prior to the start of that broadcast and/or webcast.
      2. Substitutions during Match. A Team may substitute Players between Games of a Match. The Team must notify an MSC 2021 referee and have the substitute approved no later than 8 minutes after the previous Game. For example, if a Team wishes to substitute a Player in for Game 2, then the General Manager must notify and seek approval from an MSC 2021 referee no later than 8 minutes following Game 1.
      3. Emergency. In the event of an emergency, a Team will be given certain time to find an immediate Substitute upon approval of the Operating Committee. In cases where a team is unable to find a substitute player before the competition commencement, the Team will forfeit. The Operating Committee will determine if an event qualifies as an emergency. A substitute player, who could be the chief coach or any other player who hasn’t participated in such events may be allowed to participate. A substitute player should satisfy the requirements stipulated in Player Eligibility of Team Member Eligibility.
  6. Safety Protocols

    1. Official Rights & Obligations
      The Team acknowledged and accepted that:
      1. Moonton invites the team to participate in MSC 2021, and will make all the necessary arrangements to allow the team to attend the event.
      2. Moonton will ensure that all safety measures and protocols have been put in place to minimize the exposure risk as much as possible, and in accordance with the local law of the host country.
      3. Moonton reserves the rights to make changes and adjustments to the rules in regards to safety in response to the ever changing COVID-19 situation.
    2. Team Obligations
      1. The players agree to follow all safety protocols at all times which are implemented by both the government and by MSC 2021 Operating Committee. If any rules are conflicting, the rules from MSC 2021 Operating Committee will override.
      2. The team is required to report any symptoms of illness including (but not limited to) fever (above 37.3 degrees), runny nose, sore throat, coughing, loss of sense of taste or smell within the players, management team, and any individuals staying at the gaming house or have been in close contact with the participating team, immediately to Moonton.
      3. The team must follow all safety protocol related instructions given to them at any time.
      4. The team members are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times at the venue unless instructed otherwise by Moonton, or when eating, drinking or smoking.
      5. The team may only interact with the assigned Liaison Officer outside of their own members, and must avoid any and all physical contact with anyone outside of their fellow team members.
      6. The team is required to report any positive test results whether it is from Moonton required testing or unrelated independent testing.
      7. The team is required to immediately leave the premises right after the match and interview duties are done.
      8. The team members are required to be sprayed down with disinfectant solution prior to entry and exit.
      9. Any other safety rules and arrangements that are implemented will be informed via e-mail and all will serve as an official announcement. Players would be required to acknowledge such emails and it will serve as an official acceptance to follow said rules or it will be considered a breach of this contract clause.
      10. Failure to follow the safety protocols may result in penalties such as fines and disqualification.
  7. Match Process

    1. Changes to Schedule
      The Operating Committee may, at its sole discretion, re-order the schedule of Matches within a given day and/or change the date of an MSC 2021 Match to a different date or otherwise modify the schedule of Matches. In the event that the Operating Committee modifies a Match schedule, it will notify all Teams at the earliest convenience.
    2. Ready for Match
      Members of a Team's Active Roster who are participating in a League Event must get ready for the match at least 1 hour before their team match schedule. And prepared to be invited into tournament lobby one hour before their match schedule for the testing match.
    3. Referees
      1. Referee Comportment. At all times, Referees shall conduct themselves in a professional manner, and shall issue rulings in an impartial manner. No passion or prejudice will be shown towards any Player, Team, Team Manager, Head Coach, Owner, or other individuals.
      2. Appeal. Any appeal made to the Referee by Team Members during a Game must be communicated to and confirmed with the Operating Committee at first before commencing with arbitration, Referees are not allowed to consent to any demands made by Team Members of their own accord. The Operating Committee will judge appeals of errors of judgments made by Referees, if the Referee is deemed to have made a mistake, the Operating Committee will penalize them in accordance with the nature of their error. The Operating Committee can assess any decisions made during or after a Game in order to confirm whether the correct procedures have been implemented. If the correct procedures haven't been abided by, the Operating Committee reserves the right to overrule the Referee's decision. The Operating Committee maintains the right to make the final decision on all decisions throughout the duration of the Tournament.
      3. Final Interpretation. The Operating Committee reserves the final right of interpretation of these operation standards and protocols, any unsettled matters will be settled according to the Operating Committee's interpretation of the matter.
      4. Responsibilities. Referees designated by the Operating Committee are responsible for making judgments on every Match-related issue, question and situation which occurs before, during, and immediately following Match play. Their oversight includes, but is not limited to:
        1. Before Match Start
          1. Checking whether the players are wearing masks properly and with normal body temperature in the venues that are provided by MLBB official team.
          2. Checking whether the Team's starting lineup matches with the one that was submitted.
          3. Checking and ensuring that all player peripherals are normal, items to be checked include:
            • In the regions where MLBB official team provides mobile phones for the match, players are not allowed to use other devices without authorization. In the regions where MLBB official team doesn’t provide mobile phones for the match, check whether the player’s equipment meets the requirements in Section 10.1.
            • Each cell phone used for the competition has over 50% of power remaining and is connected to a charging cable.
            • Each cell phone used for the competition has headphones connected to it and the headphones are functioning normally.
            • Each cell phone used for the competition is connected to the designated Match Wi-Fi or 4G and has a completely stable signal.
            • If Discord must be used as the communication software, the Referees must ensure that each phone's Discord software is open and the five phones have all entered into a group together, and are all functioning normally.
            • After the phones have been setup, launch the Game and direct each Player to check the Team logo, nickname, Team name, emblems etc. Referees also need to ensure that all players are using the Tournament Server accounts provided by MLBB official team. Once all steps have been completed, turn off the Game in the background and reset it in order to ensure that all operations are effective.
            • Invite all Team Members participating in the Match to enter the game room through an Observer Account and ensure that all members are in their correct teams, once each member has confirmed that they are ready, notify the OB of starting the Match.
          4. Under the circumstances of substituting players in BO3 or BO5 Matches, the Team should inform the judge of the information of the player substitution within 8 minutes. In each Match, there is no limit to the amount of substitute players. The judge has the right to reject any request for substituting players after players are seated in the competition area.
          5. Confirming the Match Area does not have any unauthorized persons.
          6. Checking and ensuring that Players have not brought any electric communications equipment.
          7. Checking and ensuring that there is no food in the Match Area and all drinks conform to official requirements.
          8. Check and confirm all the players and coaches wear team uniforms. Clothes or hats showing any other brands and that are not team uniforms are prohibited to be worn. The color of the trousers players wear should be of the same color.
          9. Check and ensure that all the players and coaches don’t show the tattoo while in the MSC 2021 event.
          10. Teams must prepare for the Match one hour prior to its start and enter the Game fifteen minutes prior to the start of the Match and enter into the match room straight away upon invitation of the Observer Account. If one side is not ready once the pre-appointed time has been reached, then everyone will wait an extra ten minutes. After this extra ten minutes of waiting time has finished, if one Team has still not entered into the match room and prepared then the late Team will be considered to have lost the first Game of this Match, if the Team has still not entered into the match room and prepared after twenty minutes then the late Team will be considered to have lost two Games of this Match and so on, up until one side has claimed victory.
          11. If both Teams are late, then the Match will use the BO3 Match as reference. If both Teams are ten minutes late, then they will both be considered to have lost the first Game of this Match and the BO3 Match will be converted to a BO1 Match. If both Teams are twenty minutes late, then both Teams will be considered to have lost two Games of this Match. The Operating Committee has the discretion under special conditions.
          12. If there are unexpected circumstances that may cause a Team to be late, the Team must notify the Operating Committee thirty minutes before the start of the Match, the Operating Committee will decide whether or not they agree to delay the Match depending on the situation. If the Operating Committee has not been notified thirty minutes prior to the start of the Match but the Team is late nonetheless, the Operating Committee will administer extra penalties to the Team according to the Match result's importance.
          13. Late arrival caused by force majeure will be administered at the Operating Committee’s discretion.
        2. During the Match
          1. Once the Players of both parties are ready and all equipment is working properly, announce the start of the Match.
          2. During the ban/pick phase, the Head Coach can communicate with the Team and participate in the Team's ban/pick. Upon the end of the ban/pick phase, the Head Coach must leave the Match Area straight away and cannot communicate with their Team in any way.
          3. During the Match, the Referees must observe and walk around the Match Area to check that all members are competing according to requirements.
          4. If it is an offline Match, Teams can raise their hand to motion to the Referee and request for a pause, the Referee must pause the Match as soon as a team calls for a Game pause and ask for the reason for pausing. There is no maximum pause time per Game for offline Matches, but if no good reason for pausing the Game can be given, the Operating Committee has the right to penalize the Team which called for the pause according to severity. Acceptable reasons include, but are not limited to: Lag, software malfunction such as a glitch, phone hardware malfunction, the health of a Player, the Operating Committee has the final right of interpretation for what is deemed an acceptable reason. Once the problem has been resolved, the Referee must ask all Players whether they are ready or not, once all the Players have agreed, the Referee can resume the Match.
          5. If a Referee discovers a problem which greatly affects the Match, they can pause/resume the Match but a detailed explanation must be given afterwards and gain the Operating Committee’s approval, otherwise the Referee will be penalized. If a Referee discovers a large problem but doesn't pause the Match, they will be penalized all the same.
          6. If it is an online Match, Teams can ask their team managers to communicate with Referee and request for a pause. If the issue is caused by Game Bug or other problems from MSC 2021 or Game side, there is no maximum pause time per Game. If the issue is personal issues (player's internet, phone setting and etc which is caused by team's preparation), the Referee must follow the rules below to pause the Game.
            • Pause time per game will remain at 5 minutes max. If the pauses of 1 team in a Game exceeds 5 minutes, the referee will continue the Game directly.
            • There will be a maximum of two(2) pauses per game.
              When a team requests pauses for personal reasons twice in a Game, for the third time and thereafter, the referee will continue to accept the pause and ask for the reason. If the reason for is personal reason, the referee will continue the game immediately and in the next Game (can be the Game of next Match), a team requesting for a pause will be deducted from this team's total.
            • Teams will have three(3) clash-pauses per BO3, 5 per BO5, 7 per BO7. 
              A clash-pause is defined as a pause done during a clash. A clash is defined as at least 4 players from opposing teams engaging with each other. (3 players from Team A and 1 from Team B; 2 players from each team). A team with no remaining clash-pauses left may still request for a pause during a clash, but Referees will only pause after the clash has ended and teams still insist on their pause.
            • Once a team requests for a pause during a clash, one pause will be deducted from a team's total. Once a team has used up all  clash-pauses in one Match, a team requesting for a pause during a clash will not be honored for the rest of the series.
            • The Operating Committee has the right to penalize the Team which called for the pause according to severity. Acceptable reasons include, but are not limit to: Lag, software malfunction such as a glitch phone hardware malfunction, the health of a Player, the Operating Committee has the final right of interpretation for what is deemed an acceptable reason.
          7. During the Match, participating Team Members must ensure that their cell phone is connected to the charging cable throughout the entire course of the Match and are not allowed to turn on Speed Mode, the cell phone's internet settings are not allowed to be changed without a Referee's notice.
          8. During the Match, the Referees must observe all the actions of the participating Team Members and warn them of any violations to the Match rules, if they have given out multiple warnings to no effect, the Referee can inform the Operating Committee at the end of the Match, if deemed necessary, the concerned member will incur a penalty.
        3. After the Match
          Once the Match has finished, the Referee must first confirm the end of the Match and its result. Then the Team manager need to reply the official email about the match result and confirm the match result by email.
      5. Finality of Judgment. If a Referee makes an incorrect judgment, the judgment can be subject to reversal. The Operating Committee at their discretion may evaluate the decision during or after the Match to determine if the proper procedure was implemented to allow for a fair decision. If the proper procedure was not followed, the Operating Committee reserves the right to potentially invalidate the Referee's decision. The Operating Committee will always maintain final say in all decisions set forth throughout the MSC 2021. 
      6. Gambling Prohibition. All rules prohibiting gambling on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, as provided in this Official Rules, shall apply to Referees without limitation.
  8. Competitive Patch & Match Server

    • The Operating Committee will determine the Game version used for the Match and notify members ahead of time.
    • On the online servers, some remade Heroes, and Heroes that have newly been added will be prohibited from use within two weeks of being updated. The specific match prohibitions and usage times will be notified by the Operating Committee. As for Heroes that are known to cause glitches, members of the Operating Committee will prohibit their usage for Matches for a period of time according to the seriousness of the glitch, please strictly comply with the Operating Committee's notifications.
    1. Pre-Match Setup
      1. Match Accounts. During the Match, in tournament mode, all Heroes and skins can be used for free.
      2. Setup Time. Players will have designated blocks of time prior to their Match time to ensure they are fully prepared. The Operating Committee will inform Players and Teams of their scheduled setup time and duration as part of their Match schedule. The Operating Committee may change the schedule at any time. Setup time is considered to have begun once Players enter the Match Area, at which point they are not allowed to leave without permission of the on-site Referee. Setup is comprised of the following:
        1. Ensuring the quality of equipments.
        2. Connecting and calibrating devices.
        3. Ensuring proper function of voice chat system.
        4. Setting up Emblem and Battle Spells pages.
        5. Adjusting in-game settings.
        6. Limited in-game warm-up.
      3. Seating Order. In the regions where MSC 2021 official designate the venue, players must sit in the seating order they submitted.
      4. Technical Failure of Equipment. If a Player encounters any equipment problems during any phase of the setup process, Player must alert and notify an MSC 2021 official immediately. 
      5. Technical Support. The MSC 2021 officials will be available to assist with the setup process and troubleshoot any problems encountered during the pre-Match setup period. 
      6. Timeliness of Match Start. It is expected that Players will resolve any issues with the setup process within the allotted time and that Match will begin at the scheduled time. Delays due to setup problems may be permitted, at the sole discretion of the Operating Committee. Penalties for tardiness may be assessed at the discretion of the Operating Committee.
      7. Acknowledgement of Pre-Match Testing. Approximate 5 minutes before the Match is scheduled to begin, a Referee will confirm with each Player that their setup is complete. 
      8. Player Ready State. Once all ten Players in a Match have confirmed completion of setup, Players may not alter their emblem pages or enter a warm-up Game. 
      9. Game Lobby Creation. The Operating Committee will decide how the official game lobby will be created. Players will be directed by the Operating Committee to join a game lobby as soon as testing has been completed, in their seating order. 
      10. Game Setup
        1. Start of Pick / Ban Process. Once all ten Players have reported to the official game lobby, a Referee will request confirmation that both Teams are ready for the pick/ban phase (as defined and described below). Once both Teams confirm readiness, a Referee will instruct the OB to start the Game.
        2. Recording of Pick/Ban Process. Picks/bans will proceed through the client's Tournament Mode feature. If picks/bans are completed substantially in advance of game setup, at the instruction and discretion of the Operating Committee, the Operating Committee will record the official picks/bans and manually abort the game start. 
        3. General/Game Settings.
          1. Map. Designated by MSC 2021 Official.
          2. Team Size: 5
          3. Allow Spectators: Lobby Only
          4. Game Type: Draft Pick
      11. Pick / Ban Phase & Side Selection
        1. Draft Pick. The OB will select Draft Pick. After Draft has started, the starting Players of each Team can't be substituted. Players can use any Hero within the Team's Draft (Heroes prohibited by the MSC 2021 can't be used). 
        2. Restrictions on Gameplay Elements. Restrictions may be added at any time before or during a Match, if there are known bugs with any items, Heroes, skins, emblems, or battle spells, or for any other reason as determined at the discretion of the Operating Committee. 
        3. Side Selection.
          1. During the tournament except Grand Finals, Teams’ side selection for Game 1 in the BO3/5 Matches will be decided by coin flip. In the follow-up games of this match, the losing team of the previous match has the right for side selection.
          2. In Grand Finals, team from Upper Bracket will have the side selection for Game 1. In the follow-up games of this match, the losing team of the previous match has the right for side selection. 
        4. Selection Error. In the event of an erroneously-selected Hero pick or ban caused by personal reason, the erroneous selection shall be deemed irrevocable. If it is caused by a technical reason or malfunction of the Game, the Team in error must notify a referee immediately, the referee and the Operating Committee will then communicate and confirm with one another before deciding whether or not the Player can reselect.
        5. Trading Heroes. Teams must complete all Heroes trades before the countdown ends during the Trading Phase, otherwise will be subject to any disadvantages or consequences arising therefrom.
        6. Game Start After Pick/Ban. A Game will start immediately after the pick/ban process is complete, unless otherwise stated by an MSC 2021 official. At this point, MSC 2021 will remove any printed materials from the Match Area, including any notes written by Team Members. Players are not allowed to quit a Game during the time between the completion of picks/bans and game launch, also known as "Free Time." 
        7. Controlled Game Start. In the event of an error in game start or a decision by MSC 2021 to separate the pick/ban process from game start, an MSC 2021 official may start the Game in a controlled manner and all Players will select Heroes in Custom - Classic Mode. All Players will select Heroes in accordance with the previous valid completed pick/ban process. 
        8. Slow Client Load. If a Bug splat, disconnect, or any other failure occurs which interrupts the loading process and prevents a Player from joining a Game upon game start, the Game must be immediately paused until all ten Players are connected to the Game.
  9. Game Rules

    1. Definition of Terms
      1. Unintentional Disconnection. A Player losing connection to the Game due to problems or issues with the game client, cell phone, network or other devices.
      2. Intentional Disconnection. A Player losing connection to the Game due to Player's actions (i.e. quitting the Game). Any actions of a Player which lead to a disconnection shall be deemed intentional, regardless of the actual intent of the Player. 
      3. Server Crash. All Players losing connection to a Game due to an issue with a game server, Match Server, or venue internet instability.
      4. BUG. Bugs could lead to incorrect or abnormal results of the game, or even could cause faults, flaws, malfunction or defects of game data or hardware equipment.
      5. Prompt Reporting. Defined as a bug that is noticed by any players (inclusive of hardware malfunction) would require the player to pause the game and inform the MPL official immediately.
    2. Game of Record
      • A game of record ("GOR") refers to a Game where all ten Players have loaded and which has progressed to a point of meaningful interaction between opposing Teams. Once a Game attains GOR status, the period ends in which incidental restarts may be permitted and a Game will be considered as "official" from that point onward. After the establishment of GOR, Game restarts will be allowed only under limited conditions.  Examples of conditions which establish GOR:
        1. Any attack or ability is landed on minions, jungle creeps, structures, or enemy heroes.
        2. Line-of-sight is established between Players on opposing Teams.
        3. Setting foot, establishing vision or targeting skillshot ability in an opponent's jungle by either Team, which includes either leaving the river or entering brush connected to enemy jungle.
        4. Game timer reaches two minutes (00:02:00).
    3. Stoppage of Play
      If a Player intentionally disconnects without notifying an MSC 2021 official or pausing, an MSC 2021 official is not required to enforce a stoppage. During any pause or stoppage, Players may not leave the Match Area unless authorized by an MSC 2021 official.
      1. Directed Pause. The Operating Committee may order the pause of a Match or execute a pause command on any player station at the sole discretion of the Operating Committee, at any time.
      2. Player Pause. Players may only pause a Match immediately following any of the events described below, but must signal an MSC 2021 official immediately after the pause and identify the reason. Acceptable reasons include: 
        1. An Unintentional Disconnection or Sever Delay Caused by Network Fluctuation.
        2. A hardware or software malfunction (e.g. peripheral disability or game glitch).
        3. Physical interference with a Player (e.g., fan gank or broken chair or table). 
        4. Player illness, injury, or disability is not an acceptable reason for a player pause. In such a situation, the Team must alert an MSC 2021 official, who may in his/her sole discretion, grant a pause in order to evaluate the identified Player to determine whether Player is ready, willing, and able to continue playing within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the MSC 2021 official, but not to exceed a few minutes. If the MSC 2021 official determines that the identified Player is not able to continue playing within such a reasonable period of time, then the identified Player's Team shall forfeit the Game unless an MSC 2021 official, in his/her discretion, determines that the Game is subject to an Rematch or Postponement.
      3. Unauthorized Pause. If a Player pauses or unpauses a Game without permission from an MSC 2021 official, it will be considered unfair play and penalties will be applied at the discretion of the Operating Committee.
      4. During the pause duration, players are not allowed to communicate with each other or anyone that is not in the match. The only person that the players are allowed to communicate with would be the MPL official but for the sole purpose of rectifying the issue of the pause only. Should the pause duration get extended, the MPL official will hold the right to allow any communication between playing members of the match only before the pause is un-paused. MPL Official retain the rights to the final interpretation of the situation. Should the team communicate before MPL officials gives the permission to communicate, the team in question will be subjected to penalty relevant to the violation.
    4. Resuming the Game
      • Players are not permitted to resume the Game after a pause. After clearance from an MSC 2021 official is issued and all Players are notified and ready at their stations, which will be contingent on the team captain confirming through in-game chat that both Teams are ready to resume play, the in-client spectators will unpause the Game.
    5. Remaking the Game
      Under which conditions can a Game be reset is entirely decided by the Operating Committee. The following conditions are examples used to illustrate:
      1. Remakes Before GOR. The following are examples of situations in which a Game may be remade if GOR has not been established:
        1. If a Player notices that Player's emblems, battle spells or GUI settings have not applied correctly due to a bug between the game lobby and Match, Player can pause the Game to adjust these settings. If the settings cannot be correctly adjusted, then the Game may be restarted.
        2. If the Operating Committee determines that technical difficulties will not allow for the Game to resume as normal (including a Team's ability to be in proper position for certain game events, such as minion spawn).
      2. Remakes After GOR. The following are examples of situations in which a Game may be restarted after GOR has been established.
        1. If a game experiences a critical bug at any point during the Match which significantly alters game stats or gameplay mechanics.
        2. If an MSC 2021 official determines that there are environmental conditions which are unfair (e.g. excessive noise, fan gank, hostile weather, unacceptable safety risks).
      3. Remakes Protocol. If a game experiences a critical bug at any point during the Match that significantly alters game stats or gameplay mechanics, or the external environmental conditions become untenable then a restart may occur.
        1. Certain circumstances must be met before a restart may occur. The Operating Committee must determine that the bug is critical and verifiable. For the bug to be considered critical, the bug must significantly damage a Player's ability to compete in the game situation. The determination of whether the bug has damaged a Player's ability to compete is up to the sole discretion of the Operating Committee. In order for a bug to be considered verifiable, the bug must be conclusively present and not possibly attributable to Player’s error. The spectator must then be able to replay the instance in question and verify the bug.
        2. If a Player believes she/he has experienced a critical bug, s/he must pause the Game and alert a referee in a timely fashion. If it is believed that a Player is attempting to delay reporting of a bug to wait for a possible restart at a more advantageous time, then a restart will no longer be granted.
          • If the Operating Committee determines that the bug is critical and verifiable and that the Player followed the pause protocol, then the Team experiencing the bug will be presented with the option for a restart. If the Team accepts, officials will attempt to utilize the rules set in Section 8.5 to remake the Game. 
          • This section is applicable if the pause is directed as per Section 8.3.1 and does not limit the ability of an MSC 2021 official to institute a restart.
      4. Controlled Environment. Certain conditions may be preserved in the event of a restart of a Game that has not reached GOR, including, without limitation, picks/bans or battle spells. If, however, a Match has reached GOR then the Operating Committee shall not retain any settings.
      5. Player Confirmation of Settings. Each team captain shall verify that every Player on his/her Team has finalized their intended game settings (including emblems, talents, controls, and GUI settings) before GOR is established. Any error in verification is not grounds for a game restart after GOR is established. 
      6. If there is a situation where a remake is required, Moonton retain the right to announce a winner without a remake if the game has passed the 7 minute mark and Moonton determine that the opposing team has no chance to prevent the other team from winning the match. If there is no clear indication and a remake is ruled out while the game has passed 7- minute times, the winner will be decided with points. The point will be counted with these parameters:
        • Turtle Kill: 1 point 
        • Lord Kill: 2 points
        • Outer Turret: 1 Point
        • Inner Turret: 2 Points
        • Base Turret: 3 Points
        • Gold Difference: 1 Point / 1k Gold Differences
        • If the point difference is over 15. Then we would announce the winner.If the Game Duration are under 7:00 minutes or the point difference is same or under 15 Point, the game will be remake.
    6. Postponement
      In the event of a technical difficulty which leads the Operating Committee to declare a restart, the Operating Committee, in its sole discretion, may request for rematch or postponement of the Game. 
    7. Post-Game Process
      1. Results. The Operating Committee will confirm and record game result.
      2. Tech Notes. Players will identify any tech issues with the Operating Committee.
      3. Break Time. The Operating Committee will inform Players of the remaining amount of time before the next Game's pick/ban phase begins. The pick/ban phase will start at the predetermined time whether all of the Team is in the Match Area or not. The Operating Committee can decide themselves whether or not to log in on a Player's account and enter into the game lobby. After pick/ban has started, any Player of a Team present in the Match Area can determine the Hero pick/ban for their Team. However, if there are no Players from a Team present in the Match Area when the pick/ban phase starts, this Team will be considered as abstaining from this Game's pick/ban. 
      4. Results of Forfeiture. Matches won by forfeit will be reported by the minimum score it would take for one Team to win the Match (e.g. 1-0 for BO1 Matches, 2-0 for BO3 Matches, 3-0 for BO5 Matches). No other statistics will be recorded for forfeited Matches.
    8. Post-Match Process
      1. Results. The Operating Committee will confirm and record the match result.
      2. Next Match. Players will be informed of their current standing in the competition, including their next scheduled Match. 
      3. Obligation after Competition
        1. Players will be informed of any post-match obligations, including, but not limited to, media appearances, interviews, or further discussion of any match matters. 
        2. Match participants must comply with the uniform arrangement of the MSC 2021, no Players can act independently without consent (for example, not following others on the bus, night out, changing rooms, etc.).
        3. Match participants can't bring unauthorized personnel into the Team Member Areas, into the hotel arranged by the MSC 2021, ride in buses arranged by the MSC 2021 or participate in other group events.
  10. Player Equipment

    1. MSC 2021 Equipment
      1. Except the equipment of MSC 2021 tournament, no other personal devices will be allowed in the tournament area. The required equipment includes, but not limited to:
        1. Gaming Phone (iPads and other non-phone devices are not allowed to be used in matches).
        2. Headsets (noise cancelation) and/or Earbuds and/or Microphones.
        3. Table and Chair.
        4. Backup Phone.
        5. Camera.
      2. Within the Match Area, players are not allowed to bring any headphones, earbuds and/or microphones that have not been provided by MSC 2021 without the approval of MSC 2021 officials. All player-owned or team-owned equipment must be submitted to MSC 2021 officials in advance for approval. Unapproved equipment or equipment that is suspected by MSC 2021 officials of providing an unfair competitive advantage will not be permitted for use, and players will be required to use equipment that is provided by MSC 2021 instead.
      3. Within the match area and only during the draft pick, the coach is allowed to bring a notebook or papers. After the draft pick is over, the coach should take all the items listed above away. Players are not allowed to bring notebooks or papers to the competition area.
      4. At their discretion, MSC 2021 officials may disallow the use of any individual piece of equipment for reasons relating to tournament security, safety or operational efficiency or effectiveness.
      5. No player-owned or team-owned hardware or equipment may be brought into the Match Area if it features or displays any name, likeness or logo of a company or brand which is a competitor of MOONTON.
    2. Replacement of Equipment
      • If equipment or technical problems are suspected by MSC 2021 at any time, a Player or MSC 2021 may request a technical review of the situation. An MSC 2021 technician will diagnose and troubleshoot problems, as needed. Technicians may request that MSC 2021 order replacement of any equipment, at their discretion. Decisions regarding the replacement of any equipment are solely at the discretion of MSC 2021. If a Player wishes to use personal replacement equipment, the Player must use equipment which has been pre approved by MSC 2021 otherwise they will be provided replacement equipment by the MSC 2021.
    3. App & Usage
      1. Voice Chat. Voice chat will be provided only via the native system used in MSC 2021-provided headsets. Use of third-party voice chat software (e.g., Skype) is not permitted, unless MSC 2021 is determined to change the method of Voice Chat under special circumstances. The Operating Committee may monitor a Team's audio at the discretion of MSC 2021.
      2. Social Media and Communication. It is prohibited to use cell phones to view or post on any social media or communication sites during game. This includes, but is not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, and email.
      3. Non-Essential Equipment. It is prohibited to connect non-essential equipment to cell phones for any reason during game.
    4. Audio Controls
      1. Players will be required to maintain volume levels above minimum settings, which will be clearly marked on the controls. MSC 2021officials may require players to adjust their volume levels higher if the officials determine, at their sole discretion, that volume levels are too low.
      2. Headphones must be placed directly on a player's ears, and must remain there for the duration of the game. Players are not permitted to obstruct the placement of headphones by any method or place any item, including hats, scarves or other articles of clothing, between the headphones and the player's ears.
    5. Equipment Tampering
      • Players may not touch or handle another teammate's owned or provided equipment after a Match has started. Players who require assistance with their equipment should ask assistance from an MSC 2021 official.
    6. Player and Coach Apparel
      1. Players must wear official team uniforms during all MSC 2021 matches and pre-match and post-match interviews by the MSC 2021. If no team requirement exists, players must wear pants and closed-toe shoes, as well as visible team-branded apparel, on their upper body, during the entirety of any MSC 2021 event or appearance. All starting players must wear matching apparel during the game. 
        The matching apparel includes shirts, jerseys, and pants. For the avoidance of doubt, short pants, sweatpants, athletic pants, and/or pajama pants will generally not be considered appropriate attire. Jerseys and all other apparel worn during such times are subject to the restrictions set forth in this Section, and are subject to the review and discretion of the Operating Committee.
        The Operating Committee will have final approval over all apparel. 
      2. Coaches must wear business casual attire or team uniform while at the Match Area.
      3. Players and Coaches must avoid chewing gum, hats, sunglasses, eye-catching necklaces and pendants while at the Match Area.
      4. Players and coaches should not wear any clothes or ornaments with brands that are not approved by the Operating Committee. Food and/or beverages are not allowed to be brought to the stage.
      5. Team Members may wear apparel with multiple logos, patches or promotional language. The Operating Committee reserves the right at all times to impose a ban on objectionable or offensive apparel:
        1. Containing any false, unsubstantiated, or unwarranted claims for any product or service, or testimonials, that the Operating Committee, in its sole and absolute discretion, considers unethical.
        2. Advertising any non-"over the counter" drug, tobacco product, firearm, handgun or ammunition.
        3. Containing any material constituting or relating to any activities which are illegal in any MSC 2021 region, including but not limited to, a lottery or an enterprise, service or product that abets, assists or promotes gambling
        4. Containing any material that is defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, repulsive or offensive, or that describes or depicts any internal bodily functions or symptomatic results of internal conditions, or refers to matters which are not considered socially acceptable topics. 
        5. Advertising any pornographic website or pornographic products. 
        6. Containing any trademark, copyrighted material or other element of intellectual property that is used without the owner's consent or that may give rise to, or subject MSC 2021 or its affiliates to, any claim of infringement, misappropriation, or other form of unfair competition.
        7. Disparaging or libeling any opposing Team or Player or any other person, entity or product.
        8. The Operating Committee reserves the right to refuse entry or continued participation in the Match to any Team Member who does not comply with the aforementioned apparel rules. 
  11. Venue and Competition Area Layout

    1. Match Area
      The "match area" is comprised of the area immediately surrounding the match platform. During match play, presence of Team Members in the Match Area is restricted solely to the Players of the Teams in play.
    2. Wireless devices
      Wireless devices, including mobile phones and tablets, are not allowed in the Match Area.
    3. Food and Drink Restrictions
      No food is allowed in the Match Areas. Drinks are permitted in the Match Area only in MSC 2021-provided sealable containers.
    4. Other Team Member Areas
      Other Team Member Areas are areas within the venue, as defined by the Operating Committee from time to time, designed to allow Players to relax and socialize in locations separate from the Match Area. Access to these areas is limited to Team Members, unless specific permission is otherwise granted by the Operating Committee.
    5. Punctuality
      Team is obliged to cooperate with the Operating Committee to actively manage fans on site and guide fans to watch the Match in order. Arranging or assisting (whether intentional or not) fans to disturb the order is strictly prohibited. Team shall be held responsible for consequences caused by ill management of fans. 
  12. Sponsorship

    1. Prohibited Sponsorship
      Any Team/ Team Member, may not acquire sponsorships in the below listed categories:
      1. casino or gambling websites;
      2. websites displaying or related to pornographic imagery or products;
      3. firearms, handguns, or ammunition providers;
      4. alcohol;
      5. drugs;
      6. tobacco or cigarettes, including e-cigarette and vaping products;
      7. other product or service that Moonton determines are detrimental to the MSC 2021 or in a competitive relationship with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang mobile game.
    2. Sponsorship Approval
      1. The sponsor’s information, such as its name, logo, sponsor category, etc.;
      2. The Team/ Team Member’s way, manner, or pattern to advertise the sponsor (for instance, if the sponsor requires the display of the sponsor’s logo on the Team Members’ T-shirts in the MSC 2021, the design of such T-shirt need to be provided in the request.); and
      3. The sponsorship agreement between the Team/ Team Member and the sponsor.
  13. Code of Conduct

    1. Competition Conduct
      1. Unfair Play. The following actions will be considered unfair play and will be subject to penalties at the discretion of the Operating Committee.
        1. Collusion. Collusion is defined as any agreement among two (2) or more Players, Head Coaches, Teams, and/or confederates to disadvantage opposing Players. Collusion includes, but is not limited to, acts such as:
          1. Soft play, which is defined as any agreement among two (2) or more Players to not damage, impede or otherwise play to a reasonable standard of competition in a Game.
          2. Pre-arranging to split prize money and/or any other form of compensation.
          3. Sending or receiving signals, electronic or otherwise, from a confederate to/from a Player.
          4. Deliberately losing a Game for prize money, or for any other reason, or attempting to induce another Player to do so.
        2. Competitive Integrity. Teams are expected to play at their best at all times within any MSC 2021 Game, and to avoid any behavior inconsistent with the principles of good sportsmanship, honesty, or fair play. For the sake of clarity, team composition and the pick/ban phase will not be considered when determining whether this rule has been violated.
        3. Hacking. Hacking is defined as any modification of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang game client by any Player, Team or person acting on behalf of a Player or a Team.
        4. Exploiting. Exploiting is defined as intentionally using any in-game bug to seek an advantage. Exploiting includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: glitches in buying items, glitches in neutral minion interactions, glitches in Heroes ability performance, or any other game function that, in the sole determination of the Operating Committee, is not functioning as intended.
        5. Spectator Monitors. Players who are playing in a Game are not permitted to look or attempt to look at any screen or device that is displaying an observer level view of that Game (i.e., that is or is capable of showing a neutral view of the map).
        6. Ringing. Playing under another Player's account or soliciting, inducing, encouraging or directing someone else to play under another Player's account.
        7. Cheating Methods. The use of any kind of cheating device and/or cheat program, or any similar cheating method such as signaling devices, hand signals, etc.
        8. Intentional Disconnection. An intentional disconnection without a proper and explicitly-stated reason.
        9. Operating Committee Discretion. Any other further act, failure to act, or behavior which, in the sole judgment of the Operating Committee, violates these Rules and/or the standards of integrity established by MSC 2021 for competitive game play.
      2. Profanity and Hate Speech. A Team Member may not use language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, defamatory or otherwise offensive or objectionable; or promote or incite hatred or discriminatory conduct, in or near the Match Area, at any time. A Team Member may not use any facilities, services or equipment provided or made available by MSC 2021 or its contractors to post, transmit, disseminate or otherwise make available any such prohibited communications. A Team Member may not use this type of language on social media or during any public facing events such as streaming.
      3. Insulting Behavior. A Team Member may not take any action or perform any gesture directed at an opposing Team Member, fan, or official, or incite any other individual(s) to do the same, which is insulting, mocking, disruptive or antagonistic.
      4. Abusive Behavior. Abuse of the Operating Committee, opposing Team Members, or audience members will not be tolerated. Repeated etiquette violations, including but not limited to touching another Player's cell phone, body or property will result in penalties. Team Members and their guests (if any) must treat all individuals attending a Match with respect.
      5. Studio Interference. No Team Member may touch or otherwise interfere with lights, cameras or other studio equipment. Team Members may not stand on chairs, tables or other studio equipment. Team Members must follow all instructions of MSC 2021 studio personnel.
      6. Unauthorized Communications. All mobile phones, tablets and other voice-enabled and/or "ringing" electronic devices must be removed from the play area before the Game. Players may not text/email or use social media while in the Match Area. During the Match, communication by a Starter shall be limited to the Players on the Starter's Team.
      7. Identity. A Player may not cover his or her face or attempt to conceal his or her identity from the Operating Committee. The Operating Committee must be able to distinguish the identity of each Player at all times and may instruct Players to remove any material that inhibits the identification of Players or is a distraction to other Players or the Operating Committee.
    2. Unprofessional Behavior
      1. Responsibility under Code. Unless expressly stated otherwise, offenses and infringements of the Official Rules are punishable, whether or not they were committed intentionally. Attempts to commit such offenses or infringements are also punishable.
      2. Harassment. Harassment is forbidden. Harassment is defined as systematic, hostile and repeated acts taking place over a considerable period of time, or a singular egregious instance, which is/are intended to isolate or ostracize a person and/or affect the dignity of the person.
      3. Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is forbidden. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances. The assessment is based on whether a reasonable person would regard the conduct as undesirable or offensive. There is zero tolerance for any sexual threats/coercion or the promise of advantages in exchange for sexual favors.
      4. Discrimination and Denigration. Team Members may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigrating words or actions on account of race, skin color, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, financial status, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.
      5. Statements Regarding MSC 2021, Moonton, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Team Members may not give, make, issue, authorize or endorse any statement or action having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of MSC 2021, Moonton or its affiliates, or Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, as determined in the sole and absolute discretion of the Operating Committee.
      6. Releasing Information without Approval. Teams will be asked to submit paperwork for approval or visibility throughout the MSC 2021. This paperwork is necessary for maintaining expectations throughout the MSC 2021. Early announcements can disrupt the competitive scouting a Team would use to create strategies for upcoming Matches. For this reason, if a Team Member has been told not to release information, as it may undermine the competitive process, and the Team Member proceeds to release said information, then the Team Member and/or Team will be subject to penalties.
      7. Criminal Activity. A Team Member may not engage in any activity which is prohibited by common law, statute, or treaty and which leads to or may be reasonably deemed likely to lead to conviction in any court of competent jurisdiction.
      8. Behavior contrary to morality. Team members can't participate in any actions considered by the Operating Committee to be immoral, disgraceful or contrary to traditional morals and ethics.
      9. Confidentiality. A Team Member may not disclose any confidential information provided by Operating Committee, Moonton or any affiliate of Moonton, by any method of communication, including all social media channels.
      10. Bribery. No Team Member may offer any gift or reward to a Player, coach, manager, MSC 2021 official, Moonton employee, or person connected with or employed by another MSC 2021 Team for services promised, rendered, or to be rendered in defeating or attempting to defeat a competing Team.
      11. No Poaching or Tampering. No Team Member or Affiliate of a Team may solicit, lure, or make an offer of employment to any official coach or Player who is signed to any MSC 2021 Team, nor encourage any such official coach or Player to breach or otherwise terminate a contract with said MSC 2021 Team. An official coach or Player may not solicit a Team to violate this rule. An official coach or Player may express publicly their desire to leave the Team and encourage any and all interested parties to contact their management (i.e. a general statement aimed at the entire marketplace) after obtaining the consent of the Team. But, to be clear, the Head Coach or Player may not entice a Team directly to reach out to their management or attempt to violate their contractual obligations (i.e. a Player cannot contact or callout a Team and suggest that they inquire about the Player). Violations of this rule shall be subject to penalties, at the discretion of the Operating Committee. To inquire about the status of an official coach or Player from another Team, managers must contact the management of the Team that the Player and/or official coach is currently contracted with. The inquiring Team must provide visibility to the Operating Committee before being able to discuss the contract with a Player.
      12. Gifts. No Team Member may accept any gift, reward or compensation for services promised, rendered, or to be rendered in connection with competitive play of the Game, including services related to defeating or attempting to defeat a competing Team or services designed to throw or fix a Match or Game. The sole exception to this rule shall be in the case of performance-based compensation paid to a Team Member by a Team's official sponsor or owner.
      13. Non-Compliance. No Team Member may refuse or fail to apply the reasonable instructions or decisions of the Operating Committee.
      14. Match-Fixing. No Team Member may offer, agree, conspire, or attempt to influence the outcome of a Game or Match by any means that are prohibited by law or these Rules.
      15. Document or Miscellaneous Requests. Documentation or other reasonable items may be required at various times throughout the MSC 2021 as requested by the Operating Committee. If the documentation is not completed to the standards set by the MSC 2021 then a Team may be subject to penalties. Penalties may be imposed if the items requested are not received and completed at the required time.
      16. No Smoking. It is not permitted to smoke inside non-smoking areas or other actions which violate venue rules when in the venues provided by the officials.
    3. Association with Gambling
      No Team Member or MSC 2021 official may take part, either directly or indirectly, in betting or gambling on any results of any MSC 2021 Game or Match.
    4. Team Conduct
      1. Media Shoot Activities. MSC 2021 would have requirements for teams and their personnel to conduct and participate in a MSC 2021 sanctioned media shoot. This includes but is not limited to profile shoot, video shoot etc. Teams and players need to cooperate with the MSC 2021 to complete such requirements within the timeline and other requirements set by the MSC 2021. Any misconduct such as lateness during the activity will be subjected to MSC 2021 penalties.
      2. Crosspost Activities. MSC 2021 would have requirements for teams and their personnel to conduct and participate in the MSC 2021 Livestream Facebook Crosspost Activities. Teams and Players need to cooperate with MSC 2021 to complete such requirements and other requirements set by the MSC 2021.
  14. Compliance with Penalty Rules

    1. Subjection to Penalty
      • Any person found to have engaged in or attempted to engage in any act that the Operating Committee believe, in their sole and absolute discretion, constitutes unfair play, will be subject to penalty. The nature and extent of the penalties imposed due to such acts shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of the Operating Committee.
    2. Penalties
      1. Upon discovery of any Team Member committing any violations of these Rules, the Operating Committee may, without limitation of its authority, issue the following penalties:
        1. Verbal or Written Warning(s)
        2. Loss of Side Selection for Current or Future Game(s)
        3. Fine(s)
        4. Loss of Game
        5. Suspension(s)
        6. Disqualification(s)
        7. Legal Action
        8. Any Other Punishment Deemed Fit by the Authority of MSC 2021.
      2. Repeated infractions are subject to escalating penalties, up to, and including, disqualification from future participation in MSC 2021. It should be noted that penalties may not always be imposed in a successive manner. The Operating Committee, in its sole discretion, for example, can disqualify a Player for a first offense if the action of said Player is deemed egregious enough to be worthy of disqualification by the Operating Committee.
      3. Penalties that state a listed amount of time for discipline will only apply to competition months. Competition months are defined as the months in which MSC 2021 professional competition are taking place.
      4. Infractions will be governed by the MSC 2021 Penalty Index, which can be found in the Appendix A.
    3. Penalties for Policy Breach
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If the Operating Committee or Moonton determines that a Team or Team Member has violated the Official Rules, or other rules of MSC 2021, the Operating Committee or Moonton may assign penalties at their sole discretion.
    4. Player/ Team Behavior Investigation
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If the Operating Committee determines that a Team or Team Member has violated the Code of Conduct, or other Official Rules, the Operating Committee may contact the Team or Team Member to discuss the investigation, the Team or Team Member is obligated to tell the truth. If a Team or Team Member withholds information or misleads the Operating Committee creating an obstruction of the investigation, then the Team and/or Team Member is subject to penalties.
    5. Right to Publish
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Operating Committee shall have the right to publish a declaration stating that a Team and/ or a Team Member has been penalized. Any Team Members and/or Team which may be referenced in such declaration hereby waive any right of legal action against the MSC 2021, Moonton, and/or any of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, agents, or contractors.
    6. Appeal
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the event that a Team / Team Member who is subject to penalties has doubts about the Operating Committee’s decisions for the penalties, the Team / Team Member may file an appeal against the decisions with Moonton through email. The appeal will be reviewed by Moonton.
  15. Spirit of the Rules

    1. Finality of Decisions
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All decisions regarding the interpretation of these rules, player eligibility, scheduling and staging of the MSC 2021, and penalties for misconduct, lie solely with MSC 2021, the decisions of which are final. MSC 2021 decisions with respect to these Rules cannot be appealed and shall not give rise to any claim for monetary damages or any other legal or equitable remedy.
    2. Rule Changes
      • ​​​​​​​These Rules may be amended, modified or supplemented by MSC 2021, from time to time, in order to ensure fair play and the integrity of MSC 2021.
    3. Best Interests of the MSC 2021
      • ​​​​​​​Moonton and the Operating Committee at all times may act with the necessary authority to preserve the best interests of the MSC 2021. This power is not constrained by the lack of any specific language in this document. MSC 2021 officials may use any form of punitive actions at their disposal against any entity whose conduct is not within the confines of the best interests of the MSC 2021.