Telkom Digital Gaming League

Rules

Before reading the rules below please make sure that you understand the following:

By entering this competition, all applicants and players accept and agree to abide by the Telkom Digital Gaming League Terms and Conditions, General League Rules, CS:GO Division Rules and CS:GO Ladder Rules.

All rules found within this document are inherited by all players/participants within the team taking part in the Digital Gaming League CS:GO league. Failure to abide by the rules set forth in this document may lead to penalties outlined in this document and/or the General League Rules and/or the Terms and Conditions. It should be noted that it is the administration of the Digital Gaming League that has the last word and that decisions not specifically supported, or detailed within this rule book, or in extreme cases, decision can be made to preserve fair play and sportsmanship.

Should you find conflicting rules or unclear information, it is your responsibility to contact the DGL for clarification before acting on the rules found within.

The Head Admins decisions are final and can even overrule the rules stated in all documents if deemed necessary. Head Admins have the authority to give out default losses for single games and full matches. Head Admins can also ban a player and/or an entire team/clan from the tournament if deemed necessary.

Due to the league taking place over a long period of time, emergency rule changes might take place without any notice. Players are expected to keep up to date with the rule set at all times (It is the responsibility of the captain to make sure his players are up to date with the rules and fully understand them). Rules may be changed at anytime without notification to teams and/or players.

The Digital Gaming League Committee does not have the power of a Head Admin but is there to offer guidance and support to players that may require it.

Telkom Gaming’s terms of use, General League Rules and Terms and Conditions apply at all times. Ensure you have read the aforementioned as it holds important information.

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Table of Contents:

  • 1 - Format
  • 2 - Player Disconnects
  • 3 - Fair Play Rule
  • 4 - 3rd-Party Software
  • 5 - Recordings & Screenshots
  • 6 – Results
  • 7 - Overtime
  • 8 - Map Pool
  • 9 - Map Elimination
  • 10 - Servers
  • 11 - Weapon and equipment bans
  • 12 - Unfair Advantages/binds
  • 13 - Pausing the game
  • 14 - Casting/Streams/Admins

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1 - Format

  • 1.1 - The Telkom Digital Gaming League CS:GO Ladder allows players to challenge equally skilled opponents through the year. The ladder system is a ELO based system, you can read more on how the ELO system works here.
  • 1.2 - Teams are given base points of 1000. Each time a match is player these points will go up or down depending on the results of the match
  • 1.3 - Teams will only be allowed to challenge teams within a 200 points range of their own rating.
  • 1.4 - All matches consist of three maps(Best of Three- Bo3). The team who wins the majority of the three maps wins the match. 
  • 1.5 - A draw is not possible, if teams draw a map (15 round wins each) they must play overtime. (Please see below for overtime rules)
  • 1.6 - A map consists of 30 rounds. 15 rounds per half. The match is won when one team holds the majority of the rounds attainable (16). A map draw occurs when each team holds half of the attainable rounds (15 rounds each).
  • 1.7 - Round difference will not be used to break ties (overtime must be played).
  • 1.8 - Format breakdown:
    • Match format: Best of Three (BO3 – First team to win 2 out of the 3 matches wins)
    • Average Match Length: 2 to 3 hours
    • Overtime: Yes
    • Fielded players: 5vs5
    • Players per team: 5
    • Reserves per team: Recommended 1 to 3
    • Roster Locks: ON for Premier, First and Second Divisions.
    • ## Note: As of 2016 round and bomb timers will be as follows:
      • Round time – 1:55
      • Bomb time – 40 seconds
  • 1.9 - Any teams found to be ‘mutually agreeing’ to a loss; or starting a match and forfeiting exceptionally early will be penalised, and may be disqualified from the ladder.

 

2 - Player Disconnects

  • 2.1 - Intentionally disconnecting from a game before the game is over leads to your team forfeiting all the remaining rounds.
  • 2.2 - If a player is disconnected during the pistol round, the round is redone.
  • 2.3 - If more than two players from one team disconnect at the same time during the first three rounds, that half is restarted with the scoreline reset.

 

3 - Fair Play Rule

  • 3.1 - The players are expected to play by their full capacity at all times. Losing on purpose won’t be tolerated and will result in a disqualification. This is up to the Head Admin to decide. This is a professional tournament and all players are expected to act like such.

 

4 - 3rd-Party Software

  • 4.1 - 3rd-party software (which may/may not be integrated into the game code) is stictly not allowed. Players found to be using 3rd-Party software to gain an unfair advantage will face penalties (The team as a whole could face penalties as well).
  • 4.2 - 3rd-Party software that change your graphics settings beyond their standard capabilities are not allowed. An example of such illegal software is the nVidiaInspector.
  • 4.3 - No 3rd-Party (such as graphic driver) graphic settings may be changed which could give a player an unfair advantage. Settings which influence the transparency of smoke are strictly not allowed.

 

5 - Recordings & Screenshots

  • 5.1 - Both teams must record every ladder match.
  • 5.2 - It is required that every player records their matches or saves the replay of all of their ladder matches.
  • 5.3 - Screenshots of both teams line-ups and the scores must be taken. (it is recommended that everyone on take these screenshots)
  • 5.4 - Screenshots of the end scores for each match must be uploaded to the DGL site. Failure to do so will results in penalties.
  • 5.5 - Digital Gaming will perform random spot checks, randomly asking teams for their recordings and screenshots.

 

6 – Results

  • 6.1 - Both team captains must post the result on the match thread, as well as a screenshot of the end-game score of all games. Failure to do so will results in penalties, more information on the penalties are listed in the General League Rules. Screenshots must be posted within 24 hours of the match.

 

7 - Overtime

  • 7.1 - In the event of a map tie, overtime will be used.
    • Overtime consists of two[2], three[3] round halves.
    • The starting cash is $10,000.
  • 7.2 - If the score is still tied after the first overtime, an additional overtime will be played. This process will be repeated until one team wins.
  • 7.3 - No knife round is needed. At the end of the second half teams must swap sides. If you were T in the second half you will start overtime as CT. 

 

8 - Map Pool

  • de_inferno (de_dust was removed 6 Feb 2017)
  • de_nuke
  • de_overpass
  • de_cache
  • de_mirage
  • de_Train
  • de_cbble

 

9 - Map Elimination

  • 9.1 - Teams must join a server and perform a knife round on the map de_dust2. The winning team of the knife round will have the choice to veto the first map or chose sides on the first map. If the knife winner selects to veto the first map, they become team A in the example below.
  • 9.2 - Example of a Map Veto where Team A won the knife round and elected to veto the first map:
    • Team A Removes a map 
    • Team B Removes a map
    • Team A Picks the first map
    • Team B Picks the second map
    • Team A Removes a map
    • Team B Removes a map
    • The remaining map is played third
  • 9.3 - Once the first map has been played the teams must perform another knife round on each subsequent map to determine which side to start as.

 

10 - Servers

  • 10.1 - Telkom servers should be used by default, however third party servers may also be used if both teams agree to it. Only join the third party server if you agree to use it. Do not join the third party server if you do not agree to use it. If no third party server agreement is made between the two teams then the match will be played on the Telkom provided servers. By playing on a third party server, your team loses the right to dispute any server related issue, such as downtime, log-snooping and incorrect settings. Use third party servers at your own risk. No extensions or assistance will be provided to teams who have to reschedule due to an issue caused by the use of a third party server. On third party servers GOTV must be enabled and accessible at all times by any spectator without issue. 
  • 10.2 - The Digital Gaming League servers are used on a first come first serve basis.
  • 10.3 - The server password is "dgl1" through to "dgl8", depending on the number in the server name.
  • 10.4 - Server IPs
    • DGL 1 - 196.25.210.12:27016
    • DGL 2 - 196.25.210.12:27017
    • DGL 3 - 196.25.210.12:27018
    • DGL 4 - 196.25.210.12:27019
    • DGL 5 - 196.25.210.12:27024
    • DGL 6 - 196.25.210.12:27026
    • DGL 7 - 196.25.210.12:27028
    • DGL 8 - 196.25.210.12:27030
  • 10.5 - GOTV IPS
    • DGL GOTV 1 - 196.25.210.12:27037
    • DGL GOTV 2 - 196.25.210.12:27038
    • DGL GOTV 3 - 196.25.210.12:27039
    • DGL GOTV 4 - 196.25.210.12:27040
    • DGL GOTV 5 - 196.25.210.12:27041
    • DGL GOTV 6 - 196.25.210.12:27042
    • DGL GOTV 7 - 196.25.210.12:27043
    • DGL GOTV 8 - 196.25.210.12:27044

 

11 - Weapon and equipment bans

  • 11.1 - All weapons, grendes and equipment are allowed except for the Zeus.
  • 11.2 - Grenade limitations & purchases per player
    • Flashbang: 2
    • HE Grenade: 1
    • Smoke Grenade: 1
    • Molotov and Incendiary Grenade: 1
    • Decoy Grenade: 1
  • 11.3 - Total grenades per player purchased per round: 4
  • 11.4 - Players may use grenades which have been dropped by dead players. 

 

12 - Unfair Advantages/binds

  • 12.1 - The only settings players may changes are those within the in-game menu. Exceptions will be made for:
    • rate
    • cl_cmdrate
    • cl_updaterate
    • net_graph
    • sensitivity
    • Record
    • Crosshair Sizing
    • Left/Right hand gun changing
    • cl_interp
    • cl_interp_ratio
  • 12.2 - No binds or macro's which automate any form of gameplay are allowed.
  • 12.3 - The bomb can only be defused if the entire bomb is visible.
  • 12.4 - The bomb must not be planted in a position which requires more than one player to reach.
  • 12.5 - The bomb must not be planted in a position which requires a special type of jump (such as a strafe jump) to reach.
  • 12.6 - Digital Gaming reserves the right to overturn three rounds if a team is found to have made use of an unfair map or game mechanic (such as an exploit) to prevent their opponents from defusing the bomb. A good example would be planting the bomb in the pond on Inferno in Counter-Strike Source, where a bug prevented it from being defused. 

 

13 - Pausing the game

  • 13.1 - Pause may only be used at the start of a round during freeze time. Before a game is unpaused, the opposing team must be notified and given time to prepare.
  • 13.2 - To pause a game players must bring down their console and type "cmd pause" and then press enter. The same is done to unpause the game.
  • 13.3 - Teams are allowed ONE pause per match, which can only be used in the event of a disconnection.
  • 13.4 - Please be considerate once a game is paused. Teams are allowed a maximum of 15 minutes to sort out their issue before the match must be resumed.
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14 - Casting/Streams/Admins/Coaches

  • 14.1 - Only DGL official administrators and streamers may join the game as broadcasters or spectators. Streamers may bring a co-caster to cast with them, provided that caster is not explicitly banned from casting DGL matches. 
  • 14.2 - If an official caster requests a password for a lobby, neither team may refuse to give it to them. Some casts might request an interview with players before or after the game, players are well within their rights to refuse to do an interview if they wish.
  • Coaching is allowed in non-masters leagues and cups, provided both teams agree to allow a coach. The coach must be a player in the teams official line-up and coach must use the official valve coaching feature. The coach may not use spectate-all mode, and must ensure that he is only able to see his own teams perspective. The coach may only join the server during freeze-time and the team must use one of their time-out pauses to pause the game while in freeze time to let the coach join the correct coaching slot. Ensure that the coach is never able to view the opponent teams perspective or positions. 

 

• The Digital Gaming League and Digital Gaming Terms and conditions apply • Right of Admission reserved • The admins decision is final • Digital Gaming League reserves the right to modify any and all rulesets without notifying the contestants

There are four legs per year. Each leg will last roughly 4 weeks. Between each leg will be a 1 week break. 

Automatic promotion and demotion will take place in the breaks between legs. There are no playoffs between Legs, there is a DGC playoff after Leg 4. 

Leg 1:

  • Pre-Transfer Window: Open until 22 January
  • Start Date: 23 January
  • Transfer Window: 6 February - 12th February 
  • End Date: 19 February
  • Post-Transfer Window: 20 February – 5 March

Leg 2:

  •  Pre-Transfer Window: 20 February – 5 March
  • Start Date: 6 March
  • Transfer Window: 20 March – 26 March
  • End Date: 2 April
  • Post-Transfer Window: 3 April - 16 April

Leg 3:

  • Pre-Transfer Window: 3 April - 16 April
  • Start Date: 17 April
  • Transfer Window: 1 May - 7 May
  • End Date: 14 May
  • Post-Transfer Window: 15 May - 28 May

Leg 4:

  • Pre-Transfer Window: 15 May - 28 May
  • Start Date: 29 May
  • Transfer Window: 12 June - 18 June
  • End Date: 25 June
  • Post-Transfer Window: 26 June - 2nd July

Championship Playoff:

  • Pre-Transfer Window: 26 June - 2nd July
  • Start Date: 3 July
  • End Date: 16 July

 

No division specific rules. Please view the League Specific rules.

No division specific rules. Please view the League Specific rules.

No division specific rules. Please view the League Specific rules.

The Ladder

With the restructuring of the league, the Open Division has been replaced by an ELO-based ladder system.

ELO Rating System

A player’s ELO rating is represented by a number which increases or decreases depending on the outcome of games between rated players. After every game, the winning player takes points from the losing one. The difference between the ratings of the winner and loser determines the total number of points gained or lost after a game. In a series of games between a high-rated player and a low-rated player, the high-rated player is expected to score more wins. If the high-rated player wins, then only a few rating points will be taken from the low-rated player. However, if the lower rated player scores an upset win, many rating points will be transferred. The lower rated player will also gain a few points from the higher rated player in the event of a draw. This means that this rating system is self-correcting. A player whose rating is too low should, in the long run, do better than the rating system predicts, and thus gain rating points until the rating reflects their true playing strength.

The ladder will serve as a starting point for new teams hoping to reach the top divisions of the Telkom DGL. At the end of each leg, a set number of teams will be promoted to a higher division based on their ladder ranking which is regulated by the ELO rating system.

The ladder system is simple. At the start of the season, teams will begin with 1000 base ELO points. Each team will be eligible to challenge other teams within a 200 ELO point difference.

For example; a team with 1000 ELO points will be able to challenge any team with 1200 or less ELO points.

Using the new Telkom DGL site, teams will be notified of new challenges. If the challenge is accepted, a match page will be automatically created which can be accessed via the team dashboard.

Standard Telkom DGL match procedure will follow whereby both teams must accept/deny proposed match times. Upon completion, it is compulsory that both teams submit/accept the match score and upload the required match media. Failure to upload match media will result in a penalty.

Match media; images and/or screenshots which showcase the final match score for each map.

Winning teams will be rewarded with points depending on their current ladder ranking and that of their opponent, based on the aforementioned ELO rating system.

Q: How many teams can you challenge at a time?

A: Currently you can issue an unlimited amount of challenges.

Q: How many points do you get for a win or a loss?

A: We use an Elo points system. With Elo, points are granted or deducted dynamically, taking into consideration the number of points you have as well as how many points your opponents have. A high ranked player would gain fewer points against a low ranked player than if they played another high ranked player.

Q: Can you draw? If so, how are points allocated?

A: Yes you can. A draw would mean the low ranking player gains points while the high ranking player loses points.

Q: What is Elo and how does it work?

A: Please read more about Elo here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system

Q: How do you advance to the next division?

A: By being in a qualifying position, you will be promoted automatically into a division at the end of a leg.

Q: Which positions advance to the next division?

A: Depending on the game title, anything between 4 and 8 competitors will be promoted to the DGL division structure at the end of each Leg.

Q: When does the ladder end?

A: The Ladder never ends. Promotion occurs at the end of a leg.

Q: What happens when you decline a challenge?

A: The challenge is rescinded. There is no penalty.

Q: What happens when you keep beating the same team?

A: You would gain less and fewer points each time you beat them until the team is more than 200 points away from you and you will no longer be able to issue challenges to them.

Q: If you play no games, does your Elo ranking stay the same?

A: Currently yes. We have plans to address this.

Q: If you play no games will you have a higher Elo ranking than those who lose many games?

A: If you play no games you will be sitting on 1000 points, which is the mean average. You will sit exactly in the middle.

Q: What happens if you fall so far behind that you can't challenge someone because they are outside of the 200 point window?

A: However unlikely, if it does happen the admins will step in to assist you.

Q: What happens if no one wants to accept your challenges because you’re too good?

A: Unlikely but it could happen. Keep challenging until someone accepts it.

 

Do you have a question that is not on here? Let us know by emailing info@dogamingleague.co.za

Promotion and Demotion

Premier Division:

Two teams will be demoted and replaced with two teams from the division below it. 

First Division:

The top two teams will be promoted to Premier Division. The two lowest ranked teams in First Division will be demoted to Second Division and replaced with the top two teams from the Second Division (1 team from each group)

Second Division: 

The top two teams will be promoted to First Division (1 team from each group) . The six lowest ranked teams in Second Division  (3 teams per group) will be demoted to the Ladder and replaced with the top six ranked teams from the Ladder.

 

Committee Overview

The Digital Gaming Committee is an large group of individuals who are taking part in the DGL currently or have done so in the past. Committee members are selected by the committee chairman or by the DGL based on many factors, namely experience, integrity, honesty and loyalty.

Groups within the Committee

The committee is made up of numerous groups, each serving a purpose within the DGL. Some groups serve specific game titles, while others are dedicated towards dispute resolution or rule making.

Communication

The Committee primarily uses Skype to communicate. Persistent chat groups exist where members can either call or type to one another.

Resolution

The DGL committee holds no decision making power. The committee exists to inform and advise the DGL admins so that the admins have the necessary information on hand to make the correct decisions. The DGL from time to time will hold votes or conduct polls when opinions are very split.

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Committees and Committee Members

Battlefield 4 (PC)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC)

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Overwatch (PC)

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PC)

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC)

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Xbox One)

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4)

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Unreal Tournament (PC)

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League of Legends (PC)

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Dota 2 (PC)

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Hearthstone (PC/Android/iOS)

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Rocket League (PC)

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FIFA 17 (PS4)

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FIFA 17 (Xbox One)

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Unreal Tournament (PC)

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Match Arrangements and Booking Rules:

  • 1 - Competitors will be given penalty points for failing to arrange games according to the DGL rules if the match is not played by the deadline. Once a competitor has reached 10 penalty points, he/she will forfeit the match for failing to do his/her fair share.
  • 2 - Booking Milestones: 
    • 2.1 - Each competitor must post the dates they can most definitely play the match, by Tuesday 8pm. Dates that are unavailable must also be noted.
    • 2.2 - Competitors must confirm and acknowledge one of the suggested dates by Wednesday 8pm.  A match date must be set and confirmed to in clear and understandable terms.
    • 2.3 - Should neither competitor come to an agreement by Wednesday 8pm and IF Sunday was not ruled out by any competitor, the match will be scheduled for Sunday 8pm automatically. NB: Ensure that you announce Sunday as an unavailable date by Tuesday 8pm if you cannot play on Sundays!
    •  2.4 - Once the match date is set, credentials must be exchanged within 24 hours after the confirmation is made.
  • 3 - If a match is not played by the deadline, the admins will calculate which player has tallied up the most penalty points and that player will forfeit the match. 
  • 4 - Teams/players which the League Administrator deems to be purposefully unreasonable or intentionally attempting to force a forfeit will, themselves, face penalties.
  • 5 - Teams/Players who try and organize their matches on the last two days of the match week with no reply from their opponents will still be issued with match penalty points. It is the teams/players responsibility to start organising their matches at the start of the match week.
  • 6 - If an opponent has shown no effort what so ever in organizing a match on the official match page the match booking penalty points will be overruled and the opponent that did not show effort will forfeit the match. Rule 6 of the Match Booking Penalty Points System will not take effect if you have violated Rule 5 of the penalty points system. Please make sure that you take the following into concideration:
    • In order for the above rule to take effect you must show that you have made sufficient effort towards your opponent, This constitutes:
      • A - Posting at least one time on the match schedule page
      • B - Commenting at least once on the match page
    • Showing no effort constitutes:
      • A - Not proposing/accepting/rejecting times on the match schedule page
      • B - Not commenting on the match page
      • C - Communicating outside of the official DGL website (contacting your opponent directly through a game client is seen as not showing any effort)



Match Booking Penalty Points:

  • 1- Failure to post available and unavailable dates by Tuesday 20:00: 4 points
    • 1.1 - Failure to post available days each day there after: 2 Points per day.
  • 2 - Failure to reply to the dates made available by your opponent with a confirmation by Wednesday 20:00: 4 Penalty points.
  • 3 - Failure to play on a date made available (suggested) by himself/herself: 4 Points.
  • 4 - For each 24 hour time period passed without posting a reply to your opponents booking attempts and queries: 2 points
    • 4.1 - This count is halted if a match date is agreed to and all server details/friend requests are served.
  • 5 - Failure to play at the defaulted date (Sunday 20:00): 5 points
    • 5.1 - This is not applied if Sunday 20:00 was ruled out by Tuesday 20:00 when available dates were announced.
  • 6 - Failure to show up for an agreed to booking: 10 points.
  • 7 - Cencelling or changing an agreed-to booking with more than 48 hours to go before the booking: 4 points.
  • 8 - Cancelling or changing an agreed-to booking with less than 48 hours to go before the booking: 7 points.
  • 9 - If a booking is cancelled, new arrangements must be made by both players. Counters will begin to add points again until a new arrangement is made (2 points per day). New arrangements must be made within 24 hours (4 points should no arrangement be made).
  • 10 - Players who can only play on week days: 3 points
  • 11 - Players who can only play on weekends: 5 points
  • 12 - Failure to post the information that is needed to play the match in the thread on the same day that the booking is agreed to: 4 points.
  • 13 - Players who are found to be more unreasonable with their available dates, will be given 3 penalty points. This is worked out by assigning points for each day of the week a player cannot play. The player or team with the most points will be declared the unreasonable player.
    • 13.1 - Cannot play on Monday: 0 Points
    • 13.2 - Cannot play on Tuesday: 0 points
    • 13.3 - Cannot play on Wednesday: 2 points
    • 13.4 - Cannot play on Thursday: 4 Points
    • 13.5 - Cannot play on Friday: 1 points
    • 13.6 - Cannot play on Saturday: 1 points
    • 13.7 - Cannot play on Sundays: 4 points
  • 14 - The following types of phrases are not seen as valid booking attempts:
    • 14.1 - When can you play?
    • 14.2 - We can play any time this week.
    • 14.3 - Can you play now? 

Terms and Conditions

Index:

  1. Eligibility
  2. Competition governance
  3. Independent Appeal Officer
  4. Independent Tribunal Officer
  5. Cheating, Disputes and violations
  6. Exclusion of liability
  7. Disqualification
  8. General Conduct
  9. Recordings, media, publicity and taxes
  10. General Terms and Conditions
  11. Governing law and jurisdiction
  12. Offenses and Penalties

The DGL Terms and Conditions must be read in conjunction with the following documents:

  1. DGL Rules and Regulations
  2. Digital Gaming Website Terms and Conditions (lower left corner of the website)
  3. Game Title Rule-set
    1. Counter-Strike Global Offensive
    2. Dota 2
    3. League of Legends
    4. Call of Duty PC
    5. Call of Duty PS4
    6. Hearthstone
    7. Battlefield 4
    8. Rocket League
  4. DGL Masters Rules and Regulations
  5. DGL Masters Participant Document
  6. DGL Masters Standard Player Contract

 

  1. Eligibility
    1. Users that are younger than the FPB rating of their respective game title may only participate in the Digital Gaming League if the users’ legal guardian has signed the Telkom Gaming parental consent form. This document must be faxed/emailed through to the Digital Gaming League to be kept on file. Penalty: Class H
    2. Players who are currently suspended/banned from the Digital Gaming League website are not permitted to register for events on the Digital Gaming League website.
    3. All players who wish to compete in the Digital Gaming League must have a valid Digital Gaming League account. All required information on your profile must be filled in and completed. Players may compete in more than one discipline (i.e. multiple games) and/or for multiple clans, but this will not impact our decision should you request an extension to a match deadline. You may only represent one team/player per event (i.e you may play for “ABC” in “Counter-Strike” event 1, as well as for “XYZ” in “Counter-Strike” Event 2. You may not play for teams “ABC” and “XYZ” in the same event). Penalty: Class H
    4. Employees of the Digital Gaming League and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies and the immediate families of each are not eligible. Volunteers in the league are however permitted to compete in these tournaments.
    5. DIGITAL GAMING LEAGUE employees may enter into leagues for the sole purpose of testing and developing the rules and regulations. At no point will the employees be eligible to score points. DIGITAL GAMING LEAGUE may seed employees into divisions as an addition and not in place of a player or team. For instance, in a division which normally has 10 players, we may place an employee into that division, which would make it 11 players.  At the end of the leg the employee with neither be eligible for promotion or demotion.
    6. Volunteers who assist in the league are authorised to compete. Digital Gaming League takes various precautions to ensure that every decision is scrutinised, making it impossible for volunteers to gain an unfair advantage.
    7. Digital Gaming League may at times limit event registrations and participation to certain countries or regions. Special permission can be granted on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of the tournament director.
    8. Teams may only use players who are registered as part of their team line-up on the DIGITAL GAMING LEAGUE website. Penalty: Class I.
  2. Competition governance
    1. At no time will participation in the Digital Gaming League events exempt you from the obligations entered into and agreed to in any of the ruling documents.
    2. Digital Gaming League will provide a tournament director who is solely responsible for ultimate decision-making and adjudication in all circumstances.
      1. Tournament Director: Robert Hart
      2. Tournament Manager: Brendon Dell
  3. Independent Appeal Officer (IAO)
    1. Digital Gaming League will appoint an Independent Appeal Officer to whom appeals can be escalated to on special request. If the user loses the appeal, the user will be liable to pay a fee/fine determined by the Appeal Officer.
    2. The DGL will appoint a new Appeal Officer from time to time.
    3. In the event where the Appeal Officer is unable to take a case, the DGL will appoint a temporary Officer.
    4. The Independent Appeal Officer is a person with authority to judge, adjudicate on, or determine claims or disputes. The Independent Appeal Officer is a Tribunal for both the DGL and its users.
    5. Appeal process:
      1. A dispute is lodged and handled according to the DGL rules by a DGL Staff member.
      2. At the users request, the ticket is escalated to the Tournament Manager, who then reviews the dispute.
      3. At the users request, the ticket is escalated to the Tournament Director who then reviews the dispute.
      4. The user may now request that the matter be brought forward to the IAO.
      5. The DGL will notify the user of the fee’s involved and will need to sign the acceptance form and deposit the refundable IAO submission fee of R1000 into the specified bank account.
        1. If the user wins the appeal, the IAO Submission fee will be returned.
        2. If the user loses the appeal, the IAO Submission fee will not be returned.
      6. The IAO will review the dispute and submit his/her recommendation to the DGL.
    6. The IAO may request additional information from the DGL and the user. Each party has 7 days to respond.
    7. The IAO’s rulings will be made within the scope of the DGL Rules and Regulations.
    8. If the user loses the appeal, the user will be liable to pay a fee/fine determined by the Appeal Officer.
    9. The IAO is limited to non-DGL Masters Divisions and events. The DGL Masters will be attended to by the Independent Tribunal Officer.
  4. Independent Tribunal Officer
    1. Teams and players competing in the DGL Masters will not make use of the Independent Appeal Officer and will instead make use of the Independent Tribunal Officer.
  5. Cheating, Disputes and violations
    1. A dispute occurs when one team wishes to lodge a complaint about another team's actions. Please make sure that you fully understand the rules regarding an incident before lodging a dispute.
    2. It is the responsibility of the player to understand and avoid all possible infringements. If you are unsure as to whether your strategy constitutes cheating, please consult an official before your match.
    3. All disputes must be lodged privately with the League Admin by submitting a ticket on the DGL helpdesk. Any team/player who makes a complaint/accusation on a public forum will be penalised.
    4. Digital Gaming League will acknowledge receipt of your dispute within 24 (working) hours and will act on it as quickly as possible to resolve the dispute.
    5. Violation of any part of these terms and conditions will, at the official’s discretion, result in an immediate disqualification and/or loss of winner status.
    6. The decision of the tournament director is final.
    7. Disputes must be raised in a calm and discrete manner and by submitting a ticket or by email. (info@dogamingleague.co.za).
    8. Disputes must be raised within 24 hours of the infringement. Disputes which are late for whatever reason will be thrown out. All supporting evidence must be submitted with the original dispute. If a dispute is submitted without sufficient evidence, it will be thrown out.
    9. Tickets/disputes must be replied to by the user within 16 business hours. Tickets which are not replied to within the allocated time will be closed.

5.10.Cheating is any unlawful measure that gives a player an unfair advantage over others. Penalty: Class B. Such measures include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  1. 3rd-party software (which may/may not be integrated into the game code) which bypasses the natural competitive mechanisms of the game. Penalty: Class B.
  2. Where the game provides such an interface, scripts/macros (known as “binds”) which would not otherwise be possible to execute or provide an unfair advantage. Penalty: Class B.
  3. Exploits (including game engine exploits, video driver setting exploits (Ambient occlusion/LOD), modification exploits and map exploits). Penalty: Class B.

5.11.Players should use default player models, weapons skins, heads-up display (HUD), point-of-view (POV), and sounds. If a default/standard configuration is supplied, players must use this. Penalty: Class B.

5.12.Use of restricted/unfair CVARs or DVARs. Penalty: Class B.

  1. Cheating can and will be monitored by the officials. They reserve the right to review game demos and make a collective decision on any or all of these infringements. DIGITAL GAMING LEAGUE has the right to consult with the designated community watchdog regarding any hacking disputes.
  1. Exclusion of liability
    1. By registering for this competition each participant assumes sole liability for any personal injury caused or claimed to have been caused to him or her as a result of or in connection with participating in this competition and/or any Prize.
    2. To the extent permitted by law, neither the Organiser nor the Promoter is responsible or liable for:
      1. inaccurate entry information,
      2. entries that are not received for any reason, including because they are lost, misdirected or stolen, or that are received, but are late, illegible, or incomplete
      3. any problems or technical failures of any kind, including malfunction of any communication network or lines, computer online systems or network, servers or providers, computer equipment, or software,
      4. the unavailability or inaccessibility of any service whether or not caused by traffic congestion on the Internet or any website,
      5. unauthorised human intervention in any part of the tournament,
      6. electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the tournament,
      7. any loss, damage or injury suffered or incurred by any participant or any other person as a result of or in connection with participation in the tournament and/or any Prize, howsoever caused;
      8. any injury or damage to persons or property, including to the participant's or any other person's computer related to, or resulting from, participation or downloading any materials in connection with the tournament.
    3. These Official Rules do not affect, and are not intended to affect, any rights or remedies a consumer might have, which cannot be excluded under applicable consumer protection laws. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any liability of the Organiser and/or the Promoter or their respective servants or agents for breach of any such rights is limited to the payment of the cost of having the Prize supplied again.
  2. Disqualification
    1. You may be disqualified from the League for any of the following reasons:
    2. Failing to complete 2 or more weeks’ worth of matches in a row in a single leg of an event.
    3. Any repeat offenses after a final warning has been issued
    4. All players that have been disqualified will be banned from competing in any Digital Gaming League events (including the Digital Gaming League LAN Championships) for a minimum of 4 weeks. You/Your team will lose its seeded position and will have to re-enter at the lowest point/division/ladder when the ban expires.
  3. General Conduct
    1. Players are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all time, giving due respect to all other participants/administrators/spectators/sponsors. Any action which might bring your team, the league, event organisers, Telkom Gaming or the league sponsor(s) into disrepute will result in a Class E-2 penalty.
    2. Abusive or disorderly behaviour, including any use of harassing, negative, or profane language, will not be tolerated and constitute grounds for a class E-2 penalty.
    3. Offensive/Trash talk is not permitted during matches or on the Digital Gaming League website. During matches, it is recommended that only team leaders communicate with their opponents (other than match etiquette such as "gg" and "glhf"). Accusations of misbehaviour must only be submitted directly to Digital Gaming League's Admin. Disputes must not be made public. Penalty: Class E-2.
    4. Nudity, hate speech, self-harm, dangerous organisations, bullying and harassment, sexual violence and exploitation, criminal activity, violence and graphic content are not allowed on the DGL website or related platforms, such as leagues. Class E-2 Penalty. 
  4. Recordings, media, publicity and taxes
    1. In registering for this tournament, each participant authorises the Organiser and the Promoter to use, publish and display his or her name and likeness and any footage, recordings and/or photographs of him or her recorded or taken during this tournament, or any reproduction or modification thereof, in any manner and medium throughout the world for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition and any other lawful purpose.
  5. General Terms and Conditions

10.1.Your entry into the Digital Gaming League constitutes your binding acceptance of these terms and conditions on behalf of yourself and any person with whom you may simultaneously participate with or on your behalf and one or more additional persons (“your partner”).

10.2.Telkom reserves the right to amend these Digital Gaming League’ Terms and Conditions at any time and will publish same on our website (www.telkom.co.zawww.digitalgamingleague.co.za & www.telkomgaming.co.za) or make it available to Digital Gaming League subscribers on request.

10.3.These terms and conditions will be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the applicable laws of the Republic of South Africa.

10.4.Telkom and its affiliates will not be responsible, and disclaim all liability, for any loss, liability, injury, expense or damage (whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause, which is suffered by your participation in the Digital Gaming League or the acceptance and/or use by you, or your partner (if applicable), by any action taken by us or any of our affiliates in accordance with the terms and conditions.

10.5.For purposes hereof, "affiliate" means our partners, promoters, copromoters and sponsors of this Digital Gaming League, our subsidiaries, our and their subsidiaries and respective holding companies, the subsidiaries of their holding companies, and our and their directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives.

10.6.With the consent of the winners, Telkom or its authorised agents may take, capture, record and/or use their names, voices, photographic images or video images for the purpose of marketing and publicity campaigns.

10.7.Telkom and our third party suppliers, as the case may be, reserve the right to vary, postpone, suspend, or cancel the Digital Gaming League and any prizes, or any aspect thereof, without notice at any time, for any reason which we deem reasonable in the circumstances. In the event of such variation, postponement, suspension or cancellation, you agree to waive any rights, interests and expectations that you may have in terms of this Digital Gaming League and acknowledge that you will have no recourse against Telkom, its affiliates and third party suppliers.

10.8.Telkom does not make any representations or give any warranties, whether expressly or implicitly, as to provide a prize, and in particular, but without limitation, makes no representations and gives no warranty that your entry or participation in the Digital Gaming League will necessarily result in you winning a prize;

10.9.Telkom will not be responsible for any costs or expenses which you, or your partner (if applicable), incur during and for purposes of your entry into the Digital Gaming League.

  1. Without limitation, Telkom or its affiliates are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failure or malfunction, traffic congestion (whether physical, or on the Internet, telephone lines or at any service provider, web site or other device or medium), or any combination thereof, or any other technical or other problems resulting from your or your partner’s (if applicable) participation in the Digital Gaming League.
  2. The Digital Gaming League and Telkom Gaming Terms and conditions apply.
  3. Right of admission reserved.
  4. The admins decision is final.
  5. Digital Gaming League reserves the right to modify any and all rule sets without notifying the contestants.
  1. Governing law and jurisdiction

11.1.These Conditions are governed by the laws of the Republic of South Africa and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of its courts for the resolution of any dispute, difference, controversy or claim arising in connection with these Official Rules, this tournament and/or the Prizes.

  1. Offenses and Penalties

12.1.Class A:

  1. Penalty: Permanent Suspension from ALL Telkom Gaming Domains, Platforms and Events.
  2. Reasons:
    1. Harassing Telkom Gaming Staff, including but not limited to:
      1. Threats directed at Telkom Gaming staff.
      2. Physically or verbally assaulting Telkom Gaming Staff.
      3. Any form criminal act directed at Telkom Gaming Staff. 
    2. Repeated Class B Offense.

12.2.Class B:

  1. Penalty:
    1. 3 Year Suspension from the game series (i.e. all Call of Duty games) in which the user was caught cheating. All matches in the most recent leg or ladder will be awarded to the opponents.
    2. The penalty kicks in from the date the ban was implemented by the relevant authority. If a ban was implemented more than three years ago, then no penalty is enforced.
    3. If the admins believe a ban was purposefully hidden until it had expired, the admins may enforce an additional 1 year suspension.
  2. Reason: Cheating – First Offense.

12.3.Class C:

  1. Penalty: 1-2 Year Suspension from DGL Platform and Events:
  2. Reasons:
    1. Match Fixing.
    2. Identity theft.
    3. Physical Assault.
    4. Breaking a Telkom Gaming non-disclosure agreement. 

12.4.Class D:

  1. Penalty: 6 months to 1 Year from DGL Platform and Events:
  2. Reasons:
    1. Major Code of Conduct breach.

12.5.Class E-1:

  1. Penalty:
    1. First offense: Warning
    2. Second Offense: 1 month ban
    3. Repeat offenses there after doubles the ban for each offense. 
      1. Warning -> 1 Month -> 2 Months -> 4 Months -> 8 Months and so on.
  2. Reason: Breaking Broadcasting Code of Conduct

12.6.Class E-2:

  1. Penalty:
    1. First Offense: Warning
    2. Second Offense: 1 Month Ban from competing in the DGL.
    3. Repeat offenses there after doubles the ban for each offense.  Offenses can stack. For instance, bringing the league into disrepute and swearing would count as two separate offenses.
      1. Warning -> 1 Month -> 2 Months -> 4 Months -> 8 Months and so on.
  2. Reason: Breaking the DGL Code of Conduct

12.7.Class F:

  1. Penalty:
    1. First Offense: Warning with information corrected by DGL.
    2. Second Offense: Match Forfeit for each match effected.
    3. Third offense: Match forfeit and the manager of the team must be replaced by another member of the same team or clan.
  2. Reason: Submitting incorrect, incomplete or false information on the DGL website.

12.8.Class G:

  1. Penalty:
    1. First Offense: Forfeiture of the match in question and a final warning.
    2. Repeat offense: Forfeiture of the match in question and a two match suspension.
  2. Reason: Failing to record match media.

12.9.Class H:

  1. Penalty:
    1. First offense: First and Final warning for the team and player.
    2. Repeat offense: Match forfeit & 3 match suspension for the offending player.
  2. Reason: Miscellaneous

Digital Gaming League General Rules

  1. Introduction
  2. Eligibility
  3. League Platform
    1. Team Line-ups
    2. Transfer Window
    3. Roster Submission
    4. Media Submission
    5. Result Submission
    6. Location Restrictions
    7. Promotion and Relegation
    8. Match Communications
    9. Match Extensions

3.10.Team ownership and placement

3.11.Retiring from an event

  1. Code of Conduct
    1. Cheating
    2. Banned Hardware
    3. Identity Theft
    4. Game Accounts
  2. Broadcasting
    1. Broadcasting code of conduct
  3. Ping Imbalance
  4. Match problems
  5. Divisions
  6. Server Providers
  7. Offenses and Penalties
  8. Masters Regulations
  9. Global Terms

 

 

1. Introduction

1.1. The Digital Gaming League (DGL) is an event aimed at providing gamers with a stable and reliable yearlong ranking platform. The DGL offers teams and players the ability to climb the ranks as they improve, taking on the best opponents in the country.

1.2. The DGL consists of four (4) legs, with each leg lasting roughly four weeks.

1.3. The terms and conditions herein, set out the rules and regulations which shall govern the DGL for 2016. By entering this competition, all applicants and players accept and agree to abide by these terms and conditions.  

1.4. Telkom Gaming’s terms of use apply at all times. Additionally, the DGL terms and conditions also apply at all times. Ensure you have read the DGL terms and conditions as it holds important information.

2. Eligibility

2.1. Players who are currently suspended/banned from the DGL website are not permitted to register for events on the DGL website.

2.2. All players who wish to compete in the DGL must have a valid DGL account. All required information on your profile must be filled in and completed. Failure to comply will result in a Class F Penalty.

2.3. Players may compete in more than one discipline (i.e. multiple games) and/or for multiple clans, but this will not impact our decision should you request an extension for a match deadline.

2.4. You may only represent one team (as a player/reserve/captain)/player per event (i.e. you may play for “ABC” in “Counter-Strike” event 1, as well as for “XYZ” in “Counter-Strike” Event 2. You may not play for teams “ABC” and “XYZ” in the same event).

2.5. Teams must make sure that any player that is recruited to their team must first be released by the player's previous team before playing any matches for the new team. A Team who uses a player (player/reserve/captain) that has not yet left his/her previous team in an official match will be given a Class G penalty.

2.6. You may only represent one team/player, per event, per match week (i.e. if you play for "ABC" and then transfer to "XYZ" you may not play for "XYZ" till the next match week (Match weeks run from Monday to Sunday). Failure to comply will result in a Class F Penalty.

2.7. Teams may only field players that are part of the teams official line-up (Official players are players that are registered to your team on the DGL website). Using an illegal player in an official DGL match will result in your team facing one of the following penalties:

2.7.1. Teams who field a player that is not part of their line-up but is part of another teams line-up will face a Class G Penalty.

2.7.2. Teams who field a player that is not part of their line-up and not part of any other teams line-up will face a Class F Penalty.

3. League Platform

3.1. Team Line-ups

3.1.1. Teams may only use players who are registered as part of their team line-up on the DGL website.

3.1.2. In situations where there is no roster locks or teams are in a transfer window, teams may only field players that were part of their line-up before the start of the match. Teams may not register a substitute/reserve during a match.

3.2. Transfer Window

3.2.1. Team captains are not permitted to change their team line-up during the competition. Exceptions to this rule apply during the "transfer window", where roster locks will be lifted so that teams may modify their line-up. The DGL may block a player transfer if it deems such action necessary.

3.2.2. Teams within the Second Division as well as the Ladder are not bound by roster Locks or transfer windows. These teams must still abide by the roster submission rules (section 3.3) and may not field a player who does not form part of their official team line-up the DGL website at the time of the match.

3.2.2.1. Refer to section 2.7 for information on the penalties on fielding a player that is not part of your official line-up.

3.2.3. Transfer Windows:

3.2.3.1. To be announced.  

3.3. Roster Submission:

3.3.1. Managers must submit the line-up used in a match using the roster submission module on the DGL web page specific to the match concerned.

3.3.1.1. The line-up must be submitted in full and with 100 per cent accuracy before the end of the match week.

3.3.1.1.1. If a match is played on the day of the deadline, users are given 24 hours from the start of the match to submit all required information.

3.3.2. Every single player who took part in the match must be logged on the roster submission module, including substitutes. If a player did not play, that player must not be included in the roster submission.

3.3.3. The captain, coach and manager (where applicable, please contact an admin to find out if a coach is allowed to be used before playing your matches) must be declared for each match. Each match may only have one captain at any given time. If a captain is subbed out, the new captain should be logged as a captain as well.

3.3.4. Teams must submit the correct roster and must not in any way attempt to abuse the system by submitting incorrect information.

3.3.5. Breaking any roster submission rules will result in a Class F penalty [3.2.2.1], unless otherwise stated.

3.4. Media Submission & Media Requests

            3.4.1 Media Submission

3.4.1.1. Teams must ensure that screenshots are available for every round (BF4)/map(CS/COD)/game(LoL/Dota2) played, showing all players. If a substitute is brought in to replace a leaving player, new screenshots must be taken to show the change.

3.4.1.2. Both teams/players must record (if supported by the game) every league match. Screenshots of both team’s line-ups and the scores must be taken. Each player who played in the match must individually upload their replay and screenshot files to the match page.

3.4.1.3. Game specific screenshot and recording requirements can be found in each respective game titles rule set.

3.4.1.4. Players who fail to record the required media mentioned in their respective game titles rule set will receive a Class G penalty.

3.4.1.5. Breaking any media submission rules will result in a Class F penalty, unless otherwise stated.

3.4.1.6. All uploaded match media must be in a high enough quality to be seen and understood clearly.

3.4.2 Media Requests

3.4.2.1. Teams may request their direct opponents ingame recording or demo after the match if the game supports this ingame function. The opponent must hand over the recording(s) within 48 hours of the match. If the recording is not provided, the team will be issued with a first and final warning.

3.4.2.2. Teams who request recordings must themselves first provide their direct opponents with their own recordings. 

3.4.2.3. Teams who request recordings have 48 hours to provide their recordings. Failure to first provide your teams recordings within the 48 hours of the initial request will result in a final warning for your team as well as making any requests for recordings null and void.

3.4.2.4. Teams must request the recording on the same day the match had been played.

3.4.2.5. Please note that an ingame recording is not a video or video capture. This rule does not apply to Battlefield 4. 

3.5. Result & Statistic Submission:

3.5.1. In the DGL, match weeks run from Monday 9am to Sunday (23:55). All matches for the specified week must be played and results submitted by no later than 23:55 Sunday.

3.5.2. If a match is played on the day of the deadline, users are given 24 hours from the start of the match to submit all required information.

3.5.3. Team managers must submit the correct results and statistics for each match before the match deadline is reached. Managers must submit a screenshot for each half/round showing the scores as well as evidence of the statistics and players used.

3.5.4. In the event that both teams/players submit different scores for the same match, the screenshots will be reviewed. If no usable evidence is attached, both teams will receive a Class G penalty.

3.5.5. Breaking any result and statistic submission rules will result in a Class F penalty, unless otherwise stated.

3.6. Location Restrictions

3.6.1. League

3.6.1.1. While the DGL primarily caters for Southern Africans, we do allow a limited number of international players per team. This is done to try and transfer international experience and techniques into the local teams knowledgebase. Only a limited number of international players may be fielded at any given time (see below).

3.6.1.2. Please note that players from outside of Southern Africa are not eligible for prizes which are won online. Players from outside of Southern Africa are welcome to participate at the Digital Gaming League Championships (Offline), provided they qualify.

3.6.1.3. Southern Africa includes the following countries:

3.6.1.3.1. South Africa

3.6.1.3.2. Botswana

3.6.1.3.3. Mozambique

3.6.1.3.4. Zimbabwe

3.6.1.3.5. Namibia

3.6.1.4. The following titles support limited players from outside of Southern Africa:

3.6.1.4.1. DOTA 2: Unlimited

3.6.1.4.2. League of Legends: 1 Player

3.6.2. Ladder

3.6.2.1. Teams/Players outside of Southern Africa are allowed to take part in Ladder tournaments under the following conditions:

3.6.2.1.1. Teams must state which country they are from in the team description.

3.6.2.1.2. Players must have their country selected on their profiles.

3.6.2.2. By accepting a challenge from a player/team outside of Southern Africa you are acknowledging that you are aware that there will be a greater latency between yourselves and that you forfeit the right to dispute any latency related issues that happen within a match.

3.6.2.3. Teams from outside of Southern Africa are not eligible for promotion into league divisions and will remain in the Ladder only.

3.6.1.3. Southern Africa includes the following countries:

3.6.1.3.1. South Africa

3.6.1.3.2. Botswana

3.6.1.3.3. Mozambique

3.6.1.3.4. Zimbabwe

    3.6.1.3.5. Namibia

3.7. Promotion and Relegation

3.7.1. Teams/players will initially be seeded according to their results from the previous leg.

3.7.2. Teams or players may elect to reject their promotion to a better ranked division if they feel they are not yet ready to take the step up. DGL reserves the right to enforce a promotion if the DGL feel the team in question is to highly skilled for the division they are in.

3.8. Match Communications

3.8.1. Teams/players must use the match page schedule module to book matches as all suggested times are logged. Your opponents will receive an email every time you propose a time on your match page. In the event of a match not taking place, the match page will be used by the league administrators to judge if teams & players have put enough effort into organising the match in question according to the DGL Match Booking and Penalty Points system. Please check your match page often as some users have reported that they do not receive emails from the DGL site.

3.8.2. Teams/players must make all efforts to contact their opponents via the Match Forum. If teams/players are unable to agree to a match time, the match defaults to Sunday 8.00pm (provided Sunday has not been deemed unavailable by Tuesday 8pm). With games such as Hearthstone and Dota 2 where groups have more than one match per week the following times will be used: First default time - Sunday 8.00pm / Second default time - Sunday 5.00pm.

3.8.3. Proposed times that are accepted at last minute (24 hours) are not binding and can be rescheduled, provided it is not the final day of the week. If it is the final day of the week and proposed times have not been accepted, if teams cannot come to a mutual agreement, then default times will be used.

3.8.4. Logs will be used to determine if a team is at fault for failing to arrange their match properly.

3.8.5. Rescheduling accepted match times can only be done by an admin, teams/players must contact the DGL through the Helpdesk for help in reseting accepted match times. (In most cases both teams/players must state on the match page that they wish to have help rescheduling a match).

3.9. Match Extensions

3.9.1. Under no circumstances will extension requests be granted to teams who booked to play their match later than Thursday or have not followed the booking guidelines correctly, resulting in the game not being played. Extensions must be requested before Thursday in the matches week.

3.9.2. Under no circumstances will extensions requests be granted in the final week of a Leg. All League matches must be complete and up to date by the last day of a Leg.

3.9.3. Each competitor is given two extension-card per leg of the competition. When an extension-card is used, the match is moved to Sunday 8pm in the following match week. If the new date is already booked by another match, the DGL admin reserves the right to select a new date. DGL admins will always strive to ensure the match is played on a Sunday at 8pm, however admins may in certain situations select a different day.

3.9.4. Teams who do not have reserves will not be granted (their own) extension requests. Reserves are there for a reason.

3.9.5. If an extension is requested due to a team's unwillingness to use their own reserves, the request will not be granted.

3.10. Team ownership and Placement

3.10.1. Due to no longer using the “Core Players” rule from 2015 as well as the way the website now handles teams and team ownership, the following rules have been introduced to handle the change-over.

3.10.1.1. If a clan has two teams competing in the same game title, both teams must be given unique names. Using team names such as “CSGO” and “Dota 2” will not be allowed when more than one team exists for the same title. 

3.10.2. Team Ownership:

3.10.2.1 The owner of the team is the person who holds the role "manager" in that team on the DGL website.

3.11. Retiring from an event

3.11.1. Teams who retire will lose their seeding and any subsequent re-entry will mean you start from the lowest tier.

3.11.2. Players/Teams who fail to play two weeks of matches in a row will be considered retired and will be disqualified from the event at the admins discretion.

4. Code Of Conduct

4.1. Cheating

4.1.1. Players who are banned by the Default Service Provider, the Developer (also known as a "Game Ban") and/or a third-party monitoring tool (such as PunkBuster/VAC) are not permitted to play in the Digital Gaming League unless the ban is more than three years old or for a game which the DGL has not held leagues for. You may appeal this ban by contacting the league admin. Teams who field banned players in their team line-up will face penalties or drop down two divisions.

4.1.2. If a player is suspended for cheating during a tournament or league, the following procedure is followed:

4.1.2.1. Matches where the player recently competed are identified.

4.1.2.2. The identified matches are overturned in the opponents favour.

4.1.2.3. The cheating player receives a Class B penalty.

4.1.3. The DGL does NOT operate an anti-cheat service. If you suspect a player is cheating, please forward your evidence to the relevant authority (Evenbalance/Steam). These companies have years of experience and vastly more advanced techniques for cheat detection that we do.

4.1.4. Penalty: Class B

4.2. Banned Hardware

4.2.1. No mouse with built in anti-recoil functions will be allowed at the Digital Gaming League Championships (FPS titles). Please ensure your mouse does not have this function.

4.2.2. Penalty: Class B

4.3. Identity Theft

4.3.1. In official matches all players must use the game account which is registered on their profiles. “Smurfing” is when a user uses a game account that is not registered on his profile at the time of the match and is strictly prohibited. Players & their team will receive a single warning and a repeat offense will result in the forfeiture of the match. Failure to use your team/clan tag will result in a single warning for the TEAM before forfeiture applies.

4.3.2. Players may not impersonate any other person. Any person found to be using another person’s identity (virtual or real) in order to compete will receive a 3-month ban from the DGL website and services. The team this person played for will be relegated to the ladder division after being disqualified and all their matches forfeited.  Please note that this rule's intention is to prevent users from taking another players identity in order to compete illegally in the original players place. We do not intent to penalise players who coincidently have the same nickname as another user. 

4.4. Game Accounts

4.4.1. Players must play using the same Game account (for example: Steam account, Battle.net account, Origin account, LoL Summoner name, XBOX Gamer tag or PSN ID) registered in their DIGITAL GAMING LEAGUE profiles. This is both to protect you from smurfing accusations and to help teams catch those who attempt to play in the name of other registered players. Failure to comply: Class F penalty. 

4.4.2. Steam ID's must be entered in the player profile before the match is played. Please see the section "Steam ID's" for further clarification as to what is needed.

4.4.2.1. All players must have their actual Steam 64 ID listed on their DIGITAL GAMING LEAGUE profile before any match is played. We explicitly want the Steam 64 ID shown on your profile. Any other versions of the Steam ID will not be accepted (Please see 4.4.2.7).

4.4.2.2. All players must ensure that same Steam 64 ID (account) is used when playing their match.

4.4.2.3. Teams are encouraged to check their opponents Steam ID's by typing "status" in console during the match. If a player plays using an incorrect Steam 64 ID, they can be penalised under our Smurf rules. A player who has no Steam 64 ID on his/her profile will be given a final warning. Failure to correct the issue by the users next match will result in a 2 match ban and a forfeiture of the match. 

4.4.2.4. You can get your Steam 64 ID here http://steamid.co/ or by following the steps here.

4.4.2.6. Players found to be using any other version of the Steam ID rather than their Steam 64 ID will be given one (1) final warning. If a player that has a final warning still has not updated his/her profile to show the correct Steam 64 ID the player will be given a two (2) match ban [Once the two(2) match ban has ended if the player has still not updated his/her profile the match ban will continue until the profile is updated], as well as the players team forfeiting that match.

4.4.2.7. Examples of Steam ID’s:

4.4.2.7.1. Incorrect type of Steam ID: STEAM_0:0:11716758

4.4.2.7.2. Incorrect type of Steam ID: http://steamcommunity.com/id/infyzaz

4.4.2.7.3. Correct type of Steam ID: 76561197983699244 (Note that the Digital Gaming Site will enter in a full URL when you enter in your Steam 64 ID to look like this - https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197983699244)

5. Broadcasting

5.1. DGL will provide a list of preferred in-house broadcasters. Broadcasters on this list will always be given priority over other broadcasters.

5.2. All broadcasters must abide by our Broadcasting Code of Conduct.

5.3. Broadcasting Code of Conduct:

5.3.1. All broadcasters, including preferred broadcasters, must register to broadcast a match. Broadcasting a match without first registering will result in a Class E-1 penalty.

5.3.2. Broadcasters may not at any time prevent or hinder a preferred broadcaster from casting the match.  Class E-1 penalty.

5.3.3. Streamers must post the correct URL to view the stream prior to the match. Failure to post the URL of a streamed match will result in a Class E-1 penalty.

5.3.4. Broadcasters must post a post-match statement detailing what happened in the match, as well as their chosen Most Valuable Player.

5.3.5. Broadcasters may not:

5.3.5.1. Place the league into disrepute

5.3.5.3. Be biased in any way.

5.3.5.4. Be unprofessional.

5.4. Preferred broadcasters will always be given priority over other broadcasters.

5.5. Broadcaster Affiliation

5.5.1. Broadcasters and commentators may not broadcast matches, where a team is competing that has an affiliation with the broadcaster or commentator.

5.5.2. Broadcasters and commentators may not broadcast matches, where there is a clear conflict of interest that could potentially damage the DGL’s integrity or reputation.

5.5.3. Players who wish to broadcast their own gameplay:

5.5.3.1 Players may broadcast their match from their own perspective only.

5.5.3.2. At no point is a player allowed to broadcast a match from a spectator perspective.

5.5.3.3. To clarify, a player may never broadcast any video or information that is not already available to his own team mates.

5.5.3.4. For example, a player may not broadcast any information that is from a view-all perspective or that could be used by his own team or himself to gain an advantage over his opponents.

5.6. All broadcasters must be approved and agree to the DGL Broadcasting terms and conditions before they will be allowed to broadcast a match.

6. Ping Imbalance

6.1. Players are expected to have an average maximum response time of 120ms. If you’re in-game ping is consistently above this value, you must find a substitute for yourself and leave the server. 

6.1.1 Games that are excluded from this rule include: League of Legends, Dota 2 and Rocket league.

6.2. If you notice that your opponent has an unacceptably high ping, you may politely request that they fix it. They then have 1 round (COD/CSGO), 5 minutes (BF4/DOTA2/LoL), 3 minutes (StarCraft 2) or 2 minutes (Quake live) to correct the problem or they must disconnect from the game. You must take screenshots of your request and the game scoreboard/latency screen in order to lodge a dispute.

6.3. The only evidence DGL will accept to prove that your opponent has an unacceptable ping is YouTube/twitch video evidence showing that the ping is not just spiking, but is consistently over the limit. It should show at least 5 minutes worth of video with the ping measurement shown in the video at least once every 30 seconds.

6.4. Players who continue to experience high pings or connection issues on more than one occasion will be asked to find a solution to the problem before their next match. If the player does not correct the issue, he/she will be removed from the event. This rule has been introduced to improve the competitive environment.

7. Match Problems

7.1. Once your match has been booked, you are expected to be ready to play at the agreed time. Play must start within 15 minutes of the scheduled match time. The offending team/player will forfeit the match. We suggest that you and your team test your connection/game 10 minutes prior to the match to avoid delays. If a match is played after a team is more than 15 minutes late you are effectively forgiving the team for being late and forfeiting any chance to dispute the match for starting late. (amended for clarity 15-08-2016) 

7.2. Between games (maps), competitors have a maximum of 10 minutes to begin the next game (map). If a competitor prevents a game from beginning once the 10 minute ready-up period has expired, that competitor will forfeit the remaining games that have not been played.

7.3. Provided that you are still able to submit your match results by the deadline, teams/players may agree to postpone/reschedule a match. This should be posted on the match page so that admins are aware of the change and do not force you to forfeit.

8. Divisions

8.1. The league director may create an additional division if deemed necessary.

8.2. The league director may alter the size and number of divisions if deemed necessary.

9. Server Providers

9.1. The default service provider is Telkom Digital Gaming League. Third party servers may be used if the official servers lag or malfunction. Third party servers must not have any plugins or extensions which are not used by the default service providers.

10. Offenses and Penalties

10.1. Class A:

10.1.1. Penalty: Permanent Suspension from ALL Telkom Gaming Domains, Platforms and Events.

10.1.2. Reasons:

10.1.2.1. Harassing Telkom Gaming Staff, including but not limited to:

10.1.2.1.1. Threats directed at Telkom Gaming staff.

10.1.2.1.2. Physically or verbally assaulting Telkom Gaming Staff.

10.1.2.1.3. Any form criminal act directed at Telkom Gaming Staff. 

10.1.2.2. Repeated Class B Offense.

10.2. Class B:

10.2.1. Penalty:

10.2.1.1. 3 Year Suspension from the game series (i.e. all Call of Duty games) in which the user was caught cheating. All matches in the most recent leg or ladder will be awarded to the opponents.

10.2.1.2. The penalty kicks in from the date the ban was implemented by the relevant authority. If a ban was implemented more than three years ago, then no penalty is enforced.

10.2.1.3. If the admins believe a ban was purposefully hidden until it had expired, the admins may enforce an additional 1 year suspension.

10.2.2. Reason: Cheating – First Offense.

10.3. Class C:

10.3.1. Penalty: 1-2 Year Suspension from DGL Platform and Events:

10.3.2. Reasons:

10.3.2.1. Match Fixing.

10.3.2.2. Identity theft.

10.3.2.3. Physical Assault.

10.3.2.4. Breaking a Telkom Gaming non-disclosure agreement. 

10.4. Class D:

10.4.1. Penalty: 6 months to 1 Year from DGL Platform and Events:

10.4.2. Reasons:

10.4.2.1. Major Code of Conduct breach.

10.5. Class E-1:

10.5.1. Penalty:

10.5.1.1. First offense: Warning

10.5.1.2. Second Offense: 1 month ban

10.5.1.3. Repeat offenses there after doubles the ban for each offense. 

10.5.1.3.1. Warning -> 1 Month -> 2 Months -> 4 Months -> 8 Months and so on.

10.5.2. Reason: Breaking Broadcasting Code of Conduct

10.6. Class E-2:

10.6.1. Penalty:

10.6.1.1. First Offense: Warning

10.6.1.2. Second Offense: 1 Month Ban from competing in the DGL.

10.6.1.3. Repeat offenses there after doubles the ban for each offense.  Offenses can stack. For instance, bringing the league into disrepute and swearing would count as two separate offenses.

10.6.1.3.1. Warning -> 1 Month -> 2 Months -> 4 Months -> 8 Months and so on.

10.6.2. Reason: Breaking the DGL Code of Conduct

10.7. Class F:

10.7.1. Penalty:

10.7.1.1. First Offense: Warning with information corrected by DGL.

10.7.1.2. Second Offense: Match Forfeit for each match effected.

10.7.1.3. Third offense: Match forfeit and the manager of the team must be replaced by another member of the same team or clan.

10.7.2. Reason: Submitting incorrect, incomplete or false information on the DGL website.

10.8. Class G:

10.8.1. Penalty:

10.8.1.1. First Offense: Forfeiture of the match in question and a final warning.

10.8.1.2. Repeat offense: Forfeiture of the match in question and a two match suspension.

10.8.2. Reason: Failing to record match media.

10.9. Class H:

10.9.1. Penalty:

10.9.1.1. First offense: First and Final warning for the team and player.

10.9.1.2. Repeat offense: Match forfeit & 3 match suspension for the offending player.

10.9.2. Reason: Miscellaneous

10.10. Class I: Penalty:

10.10.1. Penalty:

10.10.1.1. Match forfeit for the team

10.10.2. Reason: Miscellaneous

11. Masters Regulations

11.1. The following documents remain in force for teams and players who are taking part in the Telkom Masters and have signed the necessary documents.

11.1.1. Rules and Regulations

11.1.2. Participant Document

11.1.3. Standard Player Contract

12. Global Terms

12.1. The Digital Gaming League Terms and conditions apply

12.2. Right of admission reserved at all times

12.3. The tournament directors decision is final

12.4. Digital Gaming League reserves the right to modify any and all rule sets without notifying the contestants

2017 DGL Calendar of Events

All dates contained within the DGL calendar are subject to change without notice. The DGL reserves the right to cancel or change the details, dates and formats of all events. 

Online Qualifier Cups

[CSGO and Dota 2 only]

Emerald Series

  • Genesis: 16 Jan to 22 Jan
  • Do or Die: 23 Jan to 29 Jan
  • Showdown: 30 Jan to 5 Feb

Sapphire Series

  • Genesis: 20 Feb to 26 Feb
  • Do or Die: 27 Feb to 5 March
  • Showdown: 6 march to 12 March

Amber Series

  • Genesis: 17 April to 23 April
  • Do or Die: 24 April to 30 April
  • Showdown: 1 May to 7 May

Ruby Series

  • Genesis: 8 May to 14 May
  • Do or Die: 29 May to 4 June
  • Showdown: 5 June to 11 June

Online Community Shield Events

[CSGO and Dota 2 only]

  • Community Shield 1: 3 April to 16 April
  • Community Shield 2: 19 June to 9 July (a week break mid-way for the CSGO Masters Cup)

Online Qualifier Cups

[Overwatch, Unreal Tournament, Battlefield 4, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Call of Duty (All), League of Legends, FIFA17]

Emerald Series

  • Genesis: 26 Jan to 2 Feb
  • Do or Die: 3 Feb to 8 Feb
  • Showdown: 3 Feb to 15 Feb

Sapphire Series

  • Genesis: 20 Feb to 26 Feb
  • Do or Die: 27 Feb to 5 March
  • Showdown: 6 march to 12 March

Amber Series

  • Genesis: 10 April to 16 April
  • Do or Die: 17 April to 23 April
  • Showdown: 24 April to 30 April

Ruby Series

  • Genesis: 8 May to 14 May
  • Do or Die: 15 May to 21 May
  • Showdown: 22 May to 28 May

Online Community Shield Events

[Overwatch, Unreal Tournament, Battlefield 4, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Call of Duty (All), League of Legends, FIFA17]

  • Community Shield 1: 20 March to 2 April
  • Community Shield 2: 5 June to 17 June

Masters Events

  • Online Leg 1: 23 Jan to 26 March
  • Online Leg 2: 10 April to 11 June
  • LAN CSGO Masters Cup: 29 June to 2 July  (Date is subject to change)
  • LAN Dota 2 Masters Cup: 18 May to 22 May  (Date is subject to change)
  • LAN CSGO Masters Grand Final: 6 to 8 OCT  (Date is subject to change)
  • LAN Dota 2 Masters Grand Final: 28 July to 30 July  (Date is subject to change)

Masters Transfer Windows

  • Transfer Window 1 IN: 2 Jan to 8 Jan
  • Transfer Window 1 OUT: 9 Jan to 18 Jan
  • Transfer Window 2 IN: 27 March to 2 April
  • Transfer Window 2 OUT: 3 April to 9 April
  • Transfer Window 3 Dota 2 IN: 12 June to 25 June
  • Transfer Window 3 Dota 2 OUT: 19 June to 25 June
  • Transfer Window 3 CSGO IN:  21 August to 27 August
  • Transfer Window 3 CSGO OUT: 28 August to 3 September

Championship Event

  • LAN Championship: 17 to 20 August (Date is subject to change)
  • Online Championship Playoff: 3 July to 16 July

Online DGL League Calendar

  • Online Leg 1: 23 Jan to 19 Feb
  • Online Leg 2: 6 March to 2 April
  • Online Leg 3: 17 April to 14 May
  • Online Leg 4: 29 May to 25 June

Online DGL League Transfer Windows:

  • Leg 1 Transfer Window: 6 Feb to 12 Feb
  • Leg 2 Transfer Window: 20 March to 26 March
  • Leg 3 Transfer Window: 1 May to 7 May
  • Leg 4 Transfer Window: 12 June to 18 June