META High School Esport - Victory Up Handbook



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Introduction

This season, Victory Up and META High School Esports are working together to deliver Esports to all secondary school students in New Zealand. Esports is now a recognised sport within New Zealand thanks to the work of the NZESF (New Zealand Esports Federation). For the past eighteen months, we have been working towards Esport being recognised as a viable sporting code and social option in the school environment for their Students.

That means, now more than ever, Esports must have a more stable and viable environment to ensure our students and all participants can compete and play in a more meaningful and competitive way and to help us deliver Esport in Schools comparable to the current traditional sport model.

Victory Up will deliver a national secondary school competition that will benefit all secondary school students, with clear pathways and an understanding of a future in the realm of Esports and all that it entails.

Our partnership with META High School Esports gives the students a sense of belonging with a company who has delivered Esports competitions for students through the last 5 years. Meta High School Esports NZ is where students will compete using the most popular Esports titles, League of Legends, Valorant, NBA 2k21, Legends of Runeterra, Team Fight Tactics and Rocket League.

Our Mission

Our goal is and has always been to build a sustainable esport ecosystem for students and schools across New Zealand, Aotearoa. We intend to continue to introduce more schools and their students to an enhanced systematized playing environment. We are committed to supporting schools to channel one of the most popular student pastimes in a productive and positive way. To do this, as with every sport, we need to balance accessibility, sustainability, and the quality of the program.

We are working hard to continue to grow Esports in a safe environment and as such, will continue to be open to feedback from the community, whānau, students, schools, and government.

League structure

Dates: Regular Season- 4th May 2021 to 9th July 2021

Regionals- 30th July to 1st August

Nationals-20th August to 22nd August (TBD)

To allow for regional growth and to keep competitive integrity, we have divided the country into five distinctive regions. We have based the regional split on the NZ Super Rugby Franchises as we believe the schools and students in each region already have an association with this formation. We feel this will give each region a fair and competitive environment where the player participation numbers will not limit involvement. (e.g., Hawkes Bay may have only 3 teams entered so to give them a competitive environment they are merged with Wellington.)

The Esport League NZ 5 Regions are:

Auckland: Auckland Region, North Harbour and Northland

Waikato-Tainui: Bay of Plenty, Counties-Manukau, and Waikato

Wellington: Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki, and Wellington

Canterbury: Canterbury and Tasman

Otago: Otago and Southland

We believe this model will encourage and help develop student’s skillset, teamwork, and competitive fortitude. We also believe that this will encourage Esport Traditional College games, where schools have built a rivalry with others creating a greater ambience around those matches and growing School Pride.

Game Day

Each game title will have their own dedicated ‘Game Day’ that will be reflected around the country.

Game days of each game title have been chosen to have minimal impact on other traditional sport days. We have done this based on experience from working with our local sport governing body College Sport Wellington and researching and reviewing other sports around the country, at secondary school level.

As ‘League of Legends’ has proven to be the most popular title, we have chosen Wednesday of each week as our preliminary game day to avoid clashing with other sports and their scheduled training days. As our remaining 5 game titles on offer have little to no known data of participation, we have placed these on the remaining available days: Tuesday and Thursday.

Most matches will be played at 5pm and the only time this will not be a case is when there is a Live venue available to undertake those matches. For example: Christchurch City Libraries will be hosting matches from 3pm – 6pm every week for students to kanohi to kanohi.

Match-days:   Tuesday – Valorant

Wednesday – League of Legends

Thursday – Rocket League & NBA2k

Team fight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra will be hosted in tandem with Australia.

Each game title will have a Regional Playoffs.

Finalist from each region will be chosen from Top 2 of Each Pool (e.g., League of Legends; Pool A – 1st and 2nd Place, Pool B – 1st and 2nd Place etc)

Teams in each pool will be awarded points determined on their match result. At the end of the 10-week season, the top 2 placed teams of each pool will move into the regional finals.

In the case where there are too many pools for a game title, only the Top place from these pools will move to the Regional finals and the regional finals would expand to a larger playoff tournament. (e.g., Auckland have 16 Pools, Top 16 teams would move into a Single Elimination tournament to find top 8 for Live finals)

Regions that have this possibility will be informed prior to Competition start in week 2 as this outcome is determined by registrations numbers.

Nationals

Nationals will be held between the top teams/ players from each region. The top 5 seeds will be the winners of each region.

The remaining 5 Teams will be seeded according to their regular season points scored. The remaining 5 teams are the 2nd place finalist from regionals. Their seeded position will determine their position in the Nationals finals Playoff Bracket.

Nationals will be held at a live location, and all teams the make it will be invited to that location.

Details on the national event will come out throughout the season. Including what game titles, divisions, and the location.

Championship Tournament

Winner of Nationals competition will be invited to the META championship tournament. A competition between the best schools from each state of Australia. New Zealand has a spot in the Championship tournament and the winner of the Nationals tournament will fill this spot.

The META HSE Championship Stage will be played online from home or school campus, the Finals will be played at a live event if possible, this year.

Championship Rounds will be a double elimination format played across two Saturdays with best of ones for the first two rounds of upper bracket and first round of lower bracket then will be a best of three series for the remainder.

The Champion Grand Finals will be a best of five series.

One off Tournament

At this stage, until registrations have been confirmed, Legends of Runeterra and Team Fight Tactics will be played as one-off tournaments appearing throughout the Esports season. Participants will be notified of an up-coming tournament with information on how to enter, the date for each competition, and the national standings once the tournament is under way.

There is also a chance, once again after registrations are confirmed, if our participants will join the META High School Australia tournaments. Participants will be given this information once details are confirmed.

2021 New Zealand Secondary Schools, META High School Esports NZ

Rules and Regulations

This handbook is provided for META High School Esports NZ.  META High School Esports is an Esports league, brought to you by META High School Esports https://www.metahse.gg/,  Victory Up (www.NZSSE.com), and The Shadownet. Meta High School Esports NZ is where students will compete using the most popular Esports titles, League of Legends, Valorant, NBA 2k21, Legends of Runeterra, Team Fight Tactics and Rocket League.

Victory Up is Government sanctioned to operate Esports leagues for secondary schools in New Zealand for 2021, by the New Zealand Esports Federation. https://www.esf.nz/ (NZESF)

Victory Up is sanctioned. As the operator of META High School Esports NZ, the league and Victory Up fall under the Regulations of the NZESF. All members who register with META High School Esports will be registered with the NZESF.

All participants of the META High School Esports NZ must abide by Victory Up’s Code of Conduct.

League of Legends, Valorant, Legends of Runeterra, Team Fight Tactics were created and developed by Riot Games, who have also provided educational material and resources developed by their educational branch known as Learn with League. Learn with League is an educational initiative and framework to support young people in their digital journeys, and the caregivers who support them.

NBA 2K21 is a basketball game simulation video game that was developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, based on the National Basketball Association.

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix.

This handbook is separate from the WSSL (Wellington Secondary Schools League for esports) handbook for colleges and teams in the Wellington region who are a part of the WSSL. If your team or school is from the Wellington Region, please follow this link to find the WSSL handbook- https://collegesport.org.nz/esports/

     

Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations that follow are applicable to the META High School Esports NZ brought to you by Victory Up.

1. Team Member and Player Eligibility

To compete in the META High School Esports, players must meet the following conditions:

1.1 Player Eligibility

  • Available to all secondary school students in New Zealand.
  • Players must be meeting academic requirements for participation determined by their schools.

1.2 Player Age

All students must be 13 years or older due to the age restriction of each game.

1.2.1 Age eligibility

The exception to age eligibility stated in 1.2 is the game title Valorant. Valorant is only available to students 16 years or older due to the nature of certain themes within Valorant. Valorant has an age restriction of 16 years or older. Students must be 16 years or older by the start of the competition.

1.3 Team Owner

Teams that are taking part in the META High School Esports are the responsibility of the institute or school they represent.

1.3.1 Institute or School ownership

The teams are owned by the institute or school they represent. The institute or school have a responsibility to the team to afford them the proper space to use for training purposes and as well as the appropriate equipment the team will need during the season if required.

1.3.2 Supervision

All teams in the META High School Esports NZ must be under the supervision of a staff member of the school or institute they attend.  Schools may appoint a non-Staff member i.e: Senior Student, Parent etc. at their own discretion. In this scenario the School must have a School Staff member liaison   

The coach / manager is responsible to the school for the welfare and behaviour of those students and ensure the students are meeting the standards and code of conduct that is attached to the high school or institute they represent.

To register as a coach, you must be a teacher, student, staff member or parent of a student from the institute or school your team represents, and meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be in Year 12 or above to register as a team coach.
  • There should be a teacher or staff member as either the team manager or team coach.
  • The school can appoint a coach or manager from outside of the school, at their own discretion.

1.4 Same High School

All team members must be from the registered Secondary School

1.4.1 Exemptions

Students may register to another Schools team, for this to be processed Each School must sign a formal agreement allowing student to play for another school. Parent/Guardian permission is also required.

2. Registration

2.1 Teams

Team registrations to META High School Esports NZ are completed by the staff member chosen to manage the schools esports teams.

Students must register through their schools Esports Convenor.

  • Schools can register multiple teams if space in the competition allows.
  • Team sizes vary based on Game Title selected: Refer to Appendix
  • All alterations to team lists are to be advised to Victory Up BEFORE players can compete for another team.
  • All registered teams will be loaded automatically to NZSSEsports website once they have completed the Team Forms.
  • Players cannot compete in more than 1 game title, unless explicitly given permission by Victory Up – Schools/Teacher will need to formally request this.

 2.2 Grades

META High School Esports NZ grades are mixed gender. 

Riot game titles are based on the students Riot Games account rank at time of registration. All league divisions are subject to change depending on the number of students/teams that register.

Refer to Appendix - Game Title requirements

2.3 Coaches and Team Managers

See rule 1.3.2 Supervision.

2.4 Cost

The following list is cost for each game title.

Please Note: META High School Esports NZ and Victory Up will never stop a participant or student from playing if they have overdue fees at the start of the season.

The student is not charged as we invoice the schools directly, responsible for collecting the amount from each of the student.

$175.00 NZD +GST

Registration covers 5 Students minimum with a Maximum of 9 per team.

  • League of Legends
  • Valorant

$100.00 NZD +GST

Registration covers 5 Students minimum with a Maximum of 9 per team.

  • NBA2K21 – Pro-Am mode

$105.00 NZD +GSTR

Registration covers 3 Students minimum with a Maximum of 5 per team.

  • Rocket League

$25.00 NZD+GST

Registrations covers 1 student only.

  • Teamfight Tactics

$20.00 NZD+GST

Registrations covers 1 student only.

  • NBA2K21 – Play-Now Mode

2.4.1. Payment

All payments are made via the school/ institute they represent. Once registration have been complete, an invoice will be sent to the school.

Victory Up and META High School Esports NZ will never stop a student from competing for overdue fees. If a teacher or school convenor has questions, please email Victory Up- HSESL@victoy-up.com

Victory Up does not take direct payments from students.

3. New Zealand Secondary Schools Esports Platform

Refer to Appendix - Guide to Platform use

4. Player Riot Accounts

4.1 Personal accounts

All students taking part in the META High School Esports, and competing in League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, Valorant and Team Fight Tactics, must have their own Riot Account.  If the student does not currently have an account, you can sign up here- https://auth.riotgames.com/

Account creation and downloading Riot games is free. Students will need a PC or Laptop that meets the game requirements and an email address to use for the students’ account.

All accounts must be registered in the OCE server.

4.2 How to download Riot Game Titles

Participants can download any of the Riot Games by visiting-  https://www.riotgames.com/en

4.3 Account name

When students enter their account name for their Riot account, you must adhere to College Sports Wellington’s by-laws and code of conduct.

Victory Up and META High School Esports, will not tolerate offensive, derogatory, or distasteful language when students create their account. If you think your current account name will not be tolerated by the WSSL admin and officials, you should change that name before submitting your account name when you sign up for this League.  

4.4 Personal account but representing school.

Students will compete and train on their own personal account but while playing in the META High School Esports NZ students must remember that they are representing their school.  Students must conduct themselves in accordance with their own school’s rules and code of conduct.

4.5 Preparation and Levelling up account.

We recommend downloading League of Legends and getting familiar with the game as soon as the student signs up. Every account starts at level zero with 15 champions they can pick from.  When you level up an account, students earn rewards and experience to spend towards unlocking new Champions and cosmetics for champions.

If one students account level is higher than another, this is not an advantage when playing League of Legends.  Skill level and teamwork is what really matters while in-game, as every champion starts at level 1 at the beginning of each match.

We also recommend students research champions and work to unlock any champion they feel suits their style of play.

For Valorant, competitive matches are the same as unranked matches with the addition of a win-based ranking system which assigns a rank to each player after 5 games are played. Before you can play in competitive games, you will need to win 10 unrated matches beforehand.

4.6 Statistics recording

All students accounts will have their statistics and data recorded by Riot Games. (all players who have a Riot account can access this information).  This enables Victory Up to provide accurate statistics if needed, including to teams or schools on request. 

5. NBA 2K21 and Rocket League

Rocket League is free to download and play.

NBA2K21 has a price attached and will need to be purchased. NBA2K21, META High School Esports NZ will only be played on Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game.

NBA 2K21 will have two separate divisions split between the two prominent consoles- Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Participants may use the new consoles- PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X but the League will be played using the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the title.

6. League structure

META High School Esports NZ will run during the winter sports period.

Dates- 4th May 2021 to 9th July 2021

6.1 Terms

Within this handbook, the following interpretations shall apply:

6.1.1 Game

An instance of competition that is played until a winner is determined.

6.1.2 Match

A set of games that is played until one team wins. If the match is set as best of one, that one game will be considered a match.

6.1.3 Season

Victory Up will advise schools of the structure of the season when entries are closed. Victory Up E reserve the right to change the structure to ensure students have meaningful experience and a fair competitive environment.

6.1.4 Regions

To allow for regional growth and to keep competitive integrity, we have divided the country into five distinctive regions. We have based the regional split on the NZ Super Rugby Franchises as we believe the schools and students in each region already have an association with this formation. We feel this will give each region a fair and competitive environment where the player participation numbers will not limit involvement. (e.g., Hawkes Bay may have only 3 teams entered so to give them a competitive environment they are merged with Wellington.)

The Esport League NZ 5 Regions are:

  • Auckland: Auckland Region, North Harbour and Northland
  • Waikato-Tainui: Bay of Plenty, Counties-Manukau, and Waikato
  • Wellington: Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki, and Wellington
  • Canterbury: Canterbury and Tasman
  • Otago: Otago and Southland

We believe this model will encourage and help develop student’s skillset, teamwork, and competitive fortitude. We also believe that this will encourage Esport Traditional College games, where schools have built a rivalry with others creating a greater ambience around those matches and growing School Pride.

Due to registration numbers and other factors, your school may be placed in another region at the discretion of Victory Up and META High School Esports. Schools will be informed before the season begins if a team from their school has been placed in another region.

6.2 Season Points and Pools

6.2.1 Competition Points Pool Play

The season will run on a Pool Play system for each grade. Teams will earn competition points from matches.

Pool Play- Teams/ Participants will be divided into pools with a max number of 11 teams/ participants per pool. Each division will have its own Pool if the game title has enough numbers to be divided into divisions. Each Pool will have a points system and table within its pool.

Each region will have its own divisions broken down into Pools. Unless numbers require a change in a region’s status- see 6.1.4 Regions of this handbook

6.2.2 Best out of one

The points system for best out of one game to make up the match. Teams will earn points in the following manner:

  • The winning team will be awarded 3 points.
  • The losing team will be awarded 0 points.

6.2.3 Best out of three

The Points system based on best out of three games to make up the match. Teams will earn points in the following manner:

• The winning team, which is the team that wins two out of the three games, will be awarded 3 points.

• The losing team will receive either 1 point or 0 points.

• For the losing team to be awarded one point, they must force a third game in the match. The third game only happens if neither team manages to win both of the first two games. 

6.2.4 Draws/ tie matches

There are no draws or ties in an entire match, in the META High School Esports NZ. A draw may be awarded due to certain circumstances that may arise throughout the season. Victory Up withholds the right to place a draw on a match.

6.3 Game days

Each game title will have their own dedicated ‘Game Day’ that will be reflected around the country.

Game days of each game title have been chosen to have minimal impact on other traditional sport days. We have done this based on experience from working with our local sport governing body College Sport Wellington and researching and reviewing other sports around the country, especially at Secondary School level.

As ‘League of Legends’ has proven to be the most popular title, we have chosen Wednesday of each week as our preliminary game day to avoid clashing with other sports and their scheduled training days. As our remaining 5 game titles on offer have little to no known data of participation, we have placed these on the remaining available days: Tuesday and Thursday.

Most matches will be played at 5pm and the only time this will not be a case is when there is a Live venue available to undertake those matches. For example: Christchurch City Libraries will be hosting matches from 3pm – 6pm every week for students to kanohi to kanohi.

6.4 Regionals

Dates- Regionals- 30th July to 1st August

Each game title will have a Regional Playoffs according to its divisions. The following regionals final information may be subject to change and will depend on registrations at the beginning of the season.

Finalist from each region will be chosen from Top 2 of Each Pool (e.g., League of Legends; Pool A – 1st and 2nd Place, Pool B – 1st and 2nd Place etc)

Teams in each pool will be awarded points determined on their match result. At the end of the 10-week season, the top 2 placed teams of each pool will move into the regional finals.

In the case where there are too many pools for a game title, only the Top place from these pools will move to the Regional finals and the regional finals would expand to a larger playoff tournament. (e.g., Auckland have 16 Pools; Top 16 teams would move into a Single Elimination tournament to find top 8 for Live finals)

Regions that have this possibility will be informed prior to Competition start in week 2 as this outcome is determined by registrations numbers.

6.5 Nationals

Nationals-20th August to 22nd August (TBD)

Nationals will be held between the top teams/ players from each region. The top 10 teams/ players will be seeded from 1-10 in a single elimination format.

The first rounds of matchups will be determined by the team/ players seeded position.

The winners of each region will automatically have a place at nationals.

The remaining 5 Teams will be seeded according to their regular season points scored. The remaining 5 teams are the 2nd place finalist from regionals. Their seeded position will determine their position in the Nationals finals Playoff Bracket (Example below)

6.6 Championship Tournament

Winner of Nationals competition will be invited to the META championship tournament. A competition between the best schools from each state of Australia. New Zealand has a spot in the Championship tournament and the winner of the Nationals tournament will fill this spot.

The META HSE Championship Stage will be played online from home or school campus, the Finals will be played at a live event if possible, this year.

Championship Rounds will be a double elimination format played across two Saturdays with best of ones for the first two rounds of upper bracket and first round of lower bracket then will be a best of three series for the remainder.

The Champion Grand Finals will be a best of five series.

6.6.1 Championship Tournament Game titles

The following game titles currently have a spot in the Trans-Tasman Championship Tournament:

  • League of Legends
  • Valorant
  • NBA 2K21- Play Now mode.

This may change during the season. We will update the league with news throughout the season.

6.7 One off Tournament

At this stage, until registrations have been confirmed, Legends of Runeterra and Team Fight Tactics will be played as one-off tournaments appearing throughout the Esports season. Participants will be notified of an up-coming tournament with information on how to enter, the date for each competition, and the national standings once the tournament is under way.

There is also a chance, once again after registrations are confirmed, if our participants will join the META High School Australia tournaments. Participants will be given this information once details are confirmed.

7. Results/ Post Match

Victory Up will collate results each week.  Results will also be posted on NZSSEsports website as part of the tournament ladder.  Leaderboards and Ladders will be updated weekly.  Each division will have its own table.

7.1 Online Match Results

Refer to Appendix - Guide to Platform use

 7.2 Divisions Ladder

Every division will be broken down per region. Each game title will have its own ladder or table. Leader boards will be updated within 48 hours of the most recent matches that have been played.

7.3 Recording Matches and replays

If requested by META High School Esports, teams must produce a downloaded copy of the match that is asked for especially if there is a dispute.

Recording all matches ensure all teams can provide the match replay if asked for by officials.

7.4 Highlights and Clips

Teams should record the match or clip highlights as they see fit.

They can also download and edit their match to send in a highlight package edited by themselves.

8. Differentiation of Tied Teams

The process for differentiating two teams tied on round robin competition points shall be:

a. The team who won the most recent competition match between those two teams shall be afforded the higher rank;

b. If that match was cancelled, drawn or no result is entered within the required period, then the team with the better point’s differential [Kill points for vs kill points against or wins vs losses] in all rounds of that grade’s competition shall be afforded the higher ranking.

c. If any tied team has during the round robin competition defaults a game; they will automatically be disqualified from the differentiation process and given the lowest ranking. 

The process for more than two teams tied on round robin points shall be:

a. The team with the best win/loss ratio in matches between the tied teams shall be afforded the higher ranking.

b. If more than two teams are still tied, then the team with the better point’s differential [Kill points for vs kill points against or points scored during the season for NBA 2k] in all competition matches between those tied teams in the most recent round shall be afforded the higher ranking.

c. If any tied team has during the round robin competition defaulted a game; they will automatically be disqualified from the differentiation process and given the lowest ranking.

9. Player/ Team Conduct 

All participants in META High School Esports NZ must abide by Victory Up’s Code of Conduct as well as the Code of Conduct and Rules and regulations of the institute the participant is representing. This may also include regional Sports Bodies Regulations and Code of Conduct.

All actions that are deemed as cheating should be recorded or clipped by the opposing team to provide evidence of the foul play. Victory Up will review all reports of foul play and video evidence will make the process easier to judge.

At Live venues, there may be ‘House Rules’ that players/teams must abide by. Players and teams must follow these rules unless it means any player/team employs one of the actions stated in 9.1 Competition Conduct or 9.2 Profanity Hate Speech of this handbook.

9.1 Competition Conduct

9.1.1 Unfair Play

The following actions will be considered unfair play and will be subject to penalties at the discretion of Victory Up and may result in a default for the offending team.

    9.1.1.1 Collusion

Collusion is defined as any agreement among two (2) or more players and/or confederates to disadvantage opposing players. Collusion includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: 

  • 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. 
  • Sending or receiving signals, electronic or otherwise, from a confederate to/from a player. 
  • Deliberately losing a game for compensation, or for any other reason, or attempting to induce another player to do so.
    9.1.1.2 Competitive Integrity

Teams are always expected to play at their best within any league game, and to avoid any behaviour inconsistent with the principles of good sportsmanship, honesty, or fair play. For clarification, team composition and the pick/ban phase of League of Legends, will not be considered when determining whether this rule has been violated.

            9.1.1.3 Hacking.

Hacking is defined as any modification of a game client by any player, team or person acting on behalf of a player or a team.

                9.1.1.4 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 Champion ability performance, glitches in game speed for NBA 2k21 or any other game function that, in the sole determination of META High School League officials, is not functioning as intended.

                9.1.1.5 Spectator Monitors

Looking at or attempting to look at spectator monitors. Including ‘stream sniping’ or relaying information by way of watching a players live stream and relaying that information to a team for the purpose of giving the team an advantage.

                9.1.1.6 Ringing

Playing under another player’s account or soliciting, inducing, encouraging, or directing someone else to play under another player’s account in any game title of META High School Esports NZ

                9.1.1.7 Cheating Methods

The use of any kind of cheating device and/or cheat program, or any similar cheating method such as signalling devices, hand signals, etc.

                9.1.1.8 Intentional Disconnection

An intentional disconnection without a proper and explicitly stated reason.

9.1.1.9   Other forms of Conduct and Cheating

Victory Up withholds the right to update the Player Conduct Rules as they see fit. Any forms that breach player conduct or are considered an action deemed as cheating that are not present in this Handbook, Victory Up will review the breach or action, and apply penalties and sanctions befitting the violation or breach.

9.2 Profanity and Hate Speech

No member of the META High School Esport NZ may not use language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libellous, 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 the league 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.

Using profanity, hate speech or threats may result in a match being defaulted by the offending team and the offender/s being reported to the institute they attend.

10. Cheating or Violation of Rules or Breach of Conduct Policy

The META High School Esports NZ penalties and sanctions for any breach or violation of the Player Conduct. You can find them section 9.  Player Conduct of the META High School Esports NZ Handbook.

10.1 Penalties for Players/ Teams breaching Player Conduct and Misconduct Complaints

If a player/team is found in breach of the Player/ Team Conduct rules found in section 9 of the META High School Esports NZ Handbook, they will receive penalties or sanctions by the following means, depending on the severity of the breach:

a) A verbal warning by officials. The warning will be immediate if possible.

b) A written warning to the player/ offender.

c) All warnings work on a three strikes rule. If a player or team receives three warnings during the season, they will receive a sanction which may include a possible loss of whichever match the third offense happened during.

d) Referral to a Misconduct/ Disputes Panel

10.1.1 Suspecting a breach or violation of conduct.

If a team suspects a breach of conduct, they must continue the match and record, screenshot and gather any evidence possible until the match is finished. They can then lodge a Misconduct Compliant with Victory Up and include all evidence gathered with match time and date.

Victory Up will follow the procedures outlined in the Misconduct Complaint policy. https://www.nzssesports.co.nz/misconduct-complaints-policy/

10.2 Live LAN Event

Live officials can pause matches and present penalties on the spot in align with the META High School Esports NZ player conduct rules, found in section 9 of the META High School Esports NZ Handbook.

Live officials must also follow the ‘House Rules’ of the live venue as long as they don’t breach the Handbook Player Conduct Rules.

Teams should notify match officials if the breach of conduct was not detected by the officials themselves.

a) A verbal warning by officials to the player.

b) A warning referred to the coach of the team that has breached the conduct if possible.

c) Stoppage of Match. If the official stops the match for breach of conduct, a discussion will occur between all officials of the match and determine the outcome/ ruling on the match.

whether the match continues with a verbal warning or;

the breach was severe enough for a team to receive a match sanction, where the opponent will be declared the winner.

d) Once the discussion is finished the Officials will gather the players/ Teams’ coaches to inform them what the breach was and the outcome of the official’s discussion. An announcement will then be made to all involved and present.

e) All match sanctions that involve a team losing a match by a breach of conduct will be referred to a Misconduct/ Disputes Panel, for further review. This may or may not affect the outcome of the tournament/ Match.

f) Teams/ Players can also dispute decisions in accordance with Victory Up’s Misconduct Complaints Policy.

10.3 Misconduct Complaints Policy

For all misconduct complaints and match result disputes, Victory Up will follow the procedures and penalties stated in the Misconduct Complaints Policy- https://www.nzssesports.co.nz/misconduct-complaints-policy/

Please send all misconduct complaints and disputes to HSESL@victory-up.com with the subject line, Complaint-School Name

11. Media and Broadcasting

By signing up and taking part in the META High School Esports, Victory Up and New Zealand Esports Federation and direct partners, will have permission to share images and video media for broadcasting events and general application. No images or personal data will be used in ads or sold to third party providers without the express permission of those individuals.

Personal information will not be shared alongside the media material, without the direct consent of the participant, a participant’s guardian, or the Institute the participant currently attends.

11.1 Social Media

Photos and images, including video media, will be released on Social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok Twitch and YouTube.

11.2 Broadcasting

A select few matches for the META High School Esport NZ will be broadcast with commentary and introductions, throughout the league’s seasons, including playoffs, regionals, and Nationals. In these broadcasts players names, school names and images will be used by the broadcasting team. Participants in these broadcasts will need certain information released to a third-party broadcast team for the broadcast to run in a meaningful way.

Methods of retrieving this information will consist of an information form sent to participants to fill out. Any information that is on the form once returned from the participant will be used as permission for that information to be used by the broadcast team.

Broadcasting may be delivered on multiple platforms. i.e.: Twitch, YouTube, Sky etc

12.Individual rulesets for each Game Title

League of Legends-

Valorant-

NBA 2K21-

Legends of Runeterra- TBD

Team Fight Tactics- TBD

Rocket League-

13. Training for Victory Resource and Growing Coaching

Refer to Appendix - Support Resources

14. Discord

META High School Esports has its own discord channel for students, coaches, and teachers. It is a community chat channel.

The discord channel is a part of the META High School Esports and falls under all the rules and regulations, and code of conduct for the META High School Esports NZ. The discord channel also has its own rules and regulations which must be adhered to, for all persons taking part in the META High School Esports NZ.

Prior to acceptance in the META High School Esports NZ, all registrations must be completed with all participants discord name.

The discord channel was created by and is moderated by META High School Esports Australia.

Here you will find the link to the discord channel-

15. Equipment requirements

Equipment and requirements each student/ participant will need to enter each game title-

League of Legends

  • 1x PC,
  • 1 x Headset,
  • 1x mouse,
  • 1 x keyboard,
  • Download League of Legends (free)

Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU: 3GHz Processor (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
  • RAM: 2GB RAM
  • HDD: 12GB Free Space
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, or Windows 10
  • Screen Resolution: up to 1920x1200
  • DirectX: Version 9C or better
  • Shader: Version 2.0b capable video card

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: 3GHz Processor (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • HDD: 16GB Free Space
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800 / AMD Radeon HD 5670 or equivalent video card with dedicated memory of 512MB or higher VRAM.
  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or Windows 10
  • DirectX: Version 9.0C or better

NBA 2k-

  • 1x PS4,
  • 1 x Controller,
  • 1 x Headset,
  • 1 x Game title NBA 2k21

OR

  • 1x Xbox one,
  • 1x controller,
  • 1x headset,
  • 1x game title NBA2K21

Valorant-

  • 1x PC,
  • 1 x Headset,
  • 1x mouse,
  • 1 x keyboard

Hardware requirements:

• Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)

• 4GB RAM

• 1GB VRAM

Performance:

Minimum (30 fps):

• CPU: Intel i3-370M

• GPU: Intel HD 3000

Recommended (60 fps):

• CPU: Intel i3-4150

• GPU: GeForce GT 730

High-end (144+ fps)

• CPU: Intel i5 4460 (3.2GHz)

• GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Rocket League-

  • x PS4 or Xbox one. (PS4 and Xbox One versions of Rocket League are available on the next gen consoles)
  • x Controller,
  • x Headset,
  • 1 x copy of Rocket League (Free)
  • 1x PC,
  • 1 x Headset,
  • 1x mouse,
  • 1 x keyboard,
  • 1 x copy of Rocket League (Free)

PC Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit) or Newer (64 bit) Windows OS
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 760, AMD Radeon R7 270X, or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 20 GB available space

Legends of Runeterra-

  • 1x PC,
  • 1 x Headset,
  • 1x mouse,
  • 1 x keyboard

OR

  • A smartphone

Windows requirements

  • 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
  • 3 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • GPU with 512MB+ VRAM

iOS Requirements

  • iOS9
  • Arm64 processor
  • NOTE: We do not recommend 1GB RAM devices such as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPad Air 1. Legends of Runeterra is available for download on these devices but you may experience poor performance or interruptions when playing.

Android Requirements

  • OS 5.0
  • 2 GB RAM
  • GPU Adreno 306 & equivalents or better

Team fight Tactics-

  • 1x PC,
  • 1 x Headset,
  • 1x mouse,
  • 1 x keyboard

OR

  • A smartphone

TFT PC Minimum System Requirements:

  • Operational System: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz
  • Video Card: Intel HD 4000 / Mobility Radeon HD 4667
  • RAM Free: 2GB RAM
  • Disk Space (HD): 12GB Free
  • Directx Version: DirectX 9

TFT PC Recommended System Requirements:

  • Operational System: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-7100 @ 3.90GHz
  • Video Card: GeForce 8800 / Radeon HD 5670
  • RAM Free: 4GB RAM
  • Disk Space (HD): 16GB Free
  • Directx Version: Directx 9

Mobile requirements:

  • On IOS, the app supports iPhone 6S or newer.
  • On Android, it requires devices with 2GB+ of RAM, Android version 7 or newer, Open GL Version 3+, and a 64-bit OS.

Appendixes

Game Titles

League of Legends

Matchday- Wednesday

League of Legends is a MOBA (Multi-player Online Battle Arena) game developed by Riot Games.

Each team assigns their players to different areas of Summoner’s Rift, the most used map in League of Legends, to face off against an opponent and attempt to gain control for their team. As the game progresses, players complete a variety of tasks, including collecting computer-controlled minions, removing turrets (which protect each team’s side of the map respectively), and eliminating champions (player-controlled characters). Players use the gold they earn from these objectives to power up their champion and increase their teams control of the game. When a team can use those advantages to move into the enemy team’s base and break the Nexus, they secure the victory.

Each team will need:

  • A minimum of 5 players and a max of 9 players
  • 1 team captain
  • One school appointed staff member to oversee.
  • Each player needs access to a PC (with LoL installed), monitor, and a headset.
  • Each Player will need a Riot Games account

League of Legends will be split into 2 divisions based upon team’s collective skill base and rank.

Division 1

An open tournament but requires Division 1 players to have at least 20 champions available on their account to participate in the META League for tournament draft mode.
[This means the total number of champions owned, plus the 14 in the regular free rotation (which changes every week). Beware that during some weeks, one or more "owned" champions might also be featured in the free rotation, reducing the total available.]

Division 2

Strictly for newer players and beginners which only accepts players who have placed themselves in the current or previous ranked season between the rank Silver 1 to Iron 4 or do not have a rank. There are no level requirements for your League of Legends account this year to participate in Division 2.

Division 1 teams will be broken down into pools within their respective regions.

Only Division 1 teams can compete in the Trans- Tasman Championship rounds.

Valorant

Matchday- Tuesday

Restricted to Students 16 years and older.

Valorant is a free-to-play multiplayer tactical first-person hero shooter developed and published by Riot Games.

2 teams of 5 players, compete on a map in a best of 25 rounds. The first to win 13 rounds wins.

The attacking team has a bomb-type device called the Spike. They must deliver and activate the Spike on one of the multiple specified locations (bomb sites). If the attacking team successfully protects the activated Spike for 45 seconds it detonates, destroying everything in a specific area, and they receive a point.

If the defending team can deactivate the spike, or the 100-second round timer expires without the attacking team activating the spike, the defending team receives a point. If all the members of a team are eliminated before the spike is activated, or if all members of the defending team are eliminated after the spike is activated, the opposing team earns a point.

Each Team will need:

  • A minimum of 5 players and maximum of 9
  • 1 team Captain
  • 1 school appointed staff member to oversee.
  • Each player needs access to a PC (with Valorant installed), monitor, and a headset.
  • Each player will need a Riot Games account

Valorant will be played in 1 division broken down into regions and pools. Pool size and regions will depend on registration numbers.

NBA 2K21

Matchday- Thursday

NBA 2K21 is a basketball game simulation video game that was developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, based on the National Basketball Association.

Players compete to outscore the opponent within a given time limit based upon the ruleset and concept of the NBA.

Each team will need:

Play Now

  • Single player
  • 1 console- either Xbox One or PlayStation 4. (players can use the next gen consoles but the game is played on the Xbox One and PS4 versions of NBA 2K21)
  • 1 headset and monitor
  • Own the game title- NBA 2K21 (remember the version is for PS4 and Xbox one)
  • Minimum of 5 players, maximum of 9 players

Pro-Am

Each player will need:

  • 1 console- either Xbox One or PlayStation 4. (players can use the next gen consoles but the game is played on the Xbox One and PS4 versions of NBA 2K21)
  • 1 headset and monitor
  • Own the game title- NBA 2K21 (remember the version is for PS4 and Xbox one)

NBA 2K21 will be played across two Game modes, Play Now and Pro-Am.

NBA 2K21 will have two separate divisions split between the two prominent consoles- Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Participants may use the new consoles- PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X but the League will be played using the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the title.

Both modes of this game are played on Thursdays. Players may only register to enter one mode (either Play Now or Pro-Am) and must choose before the season starts.

NBA 2K21 Play Now.

Play Now is one player from each school compete controlling an entire NBA team, across 4 quarters. The player with the most points at the end of 4 quarters will be the winner. If teams’ points are drawn at the end of the 4th quarter the game will be go to overtime. Overtime is played in quarters until a winner is found.

NBA 2K21 Pro-Am

Pro-Am is competed between 2 teams of 5 players. Every player is controlled by a single person. Players compete using a My Player character created in My Career, by each participant. Find more information here- https://nba.2k.com/my-career/. Once teams have 5 players a team captain will create the team’s uniform and arena, with custom colours and logos.

Each team consists of 5 players and 2 substitutes. Substitutes cannot be used during the game. The 5 players who start play from start to finish.

Warning- for NBA 2K21 pro-am players, you will have to ‘level up’ your player to a certain level to be competitive against others who already play the game. Your player will start at a level 65 overall rating. A competitive rating will be from 88-99 overall rating.

Rocket League

Matchday-Thursday

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix.

Described as "soccer, but with rocket-powered cars", Rocket League will be played between teams of 3, using rocket-powered vehicles to hit a ball into their opponent's goal and score points over the course of a match.

Each Team will need:

  • A minimum of 3 players and a max of 5 players
  • 1 team captain
  • One school appointed staff member to oversee.

Each Player will need:

  • Each player needs access to a PC (with rocket league installed) or
  • 1 console- either Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
  • One monitor, and a headset.
  • Each Player will need an Epic Games account

Rocket League is played in one division broken down into regions and pools depending on number of entries/ registrations.

META High School Rocket League is played under the game mode SOCCAR, 3v3 and no BOTS are in play.

Teamfight Tactics (TFT)

TFT is a round-based strategy game that pits you against seven opponents in a free-for-all race to build a powerful team that fights on your behalf. The game was developed by Riot Games.

Each team will need:

  • Single player
  • A PC or mobile phone with the capability of playing Team Fight Tactics
  • Downloaded copy of Team Fight Tactics

Teamfight Tactics tournaments will be held throughout the META High School Esports season. Further details will be released once registrations are closed for the upcoming season.

Tournaments may be played in conjunction with META High School Esports Australia.

Depending on registrations, Teamfight Tactics may be converted to a full-on league. All participants will be notified before the season starts.

Legends of Runeterra (LoR)

LoR is a free-to-play digital collectible card game developed and published by Riot Games.

Legends of Runeterra is played both on PC and Mobile with cross-play compatibility.

Each team will need:

  • Single player
  • A PC or mobile phone with the capability of playing Legends of Runeterra.
  • Downloaded copy of the Legends of Runeterra Title

Legends of Runeterra tournaments will be held throughout the META High School NZ season. Further details will be released once registrations are closed for the upcoming season.

Depending on how many people register, Legends of Runeterra may be converted to a full-on league. All participants will be notified before the season starts.

Support resources

Training for Victory Resource. 

Currently we have Learn with League curriculum, developed by Riot Games, and Victory Up’s Health and Wellbeing curriculum develop by Chance Mickelson who has a master’s degree in Sports and Exercise from the University of Auckland.

The objective of the Training for Victory package is to engage and motivate learners with a unique educational experience, providing exposure to the same opportunities available in organised team sport with 3 Core values and principles, Health & Wellbeing, Sportsmanship and Skills development.

Training for Victory is designed to consolidate the learning through the method of Repeat to Cement.
The turnkey is designed to go from lesson to lesson, alternatively, the Teacher/Coach can have a more hands on control of how the programme is delivered.
Each week teams try to complete at least 2 training days and the 3 core values should be upheld.

This resource will continue to evolve and progress, and we welcome all feedback and advice from students, teachers and whanau.

Delivery of Skills Active ITO ‘Growing Coaches PLUS’

Three Level 3 Unit Standards with a total of 14 Credits available. This is a dual-purpose programme that can be applied to traditional sports as well. There is an extra associated cost to access and assess credits, however we are working with Skills Active Aotearoa to reduce or remove the fees where applicable.

Schools that do not have an assessor will be able to complete these Unit Standards as Victory Up will help arrange this.

For more information about this Programme visit this link https://www.skillsactive.org.nz/home/providers/programmes-and-resources/youth-awards/youth-award-growing-coaches-plus/

Please find more information and links in section 13 of rules and regulations.

Workshops

Throughout the year Victory Up and its partners will deliver a number of workshops with key targets of Schools &Teachers, Students and Parents & Whanau to assist with in School teaching and in home teaching.

These will be delivered in a number of ways, Kanohi to Kanohi or online Webinars.

Guide to the NZSSE platform.

The NZSSE website was created for the sole purpose of hosting NZ secondary school Esports tournaments. The platform was created by Victory Up.

Organisations

Every school that participates in any Victory Up Esports event, will fall under their own organisation on the platform. The organisations will host every team, player, and coach from each school.

All schools who enter a Victory Up league or tournament will have an organisation created, which represents their school, including if there is only one single student from a school.

Teams Manager Profile

Teams are loaded onto the platform under the Organisation of the school they represent.

Each team will be given a ‘Team Manager Profile’ that they will use to check-in and upload results.

This includes Single player Titles. They will be assigned to a team, complete with a ‘Team Manager profile’.

Individual players Profile

All individual players will have their own profile that falls under a Team and Organisation. These profiles are for admin and display only. They will not have a login.

Leagues/ Regions

Leagues will represent each region. Selecting a league, you will find all the upcoming matches for all game titles.

When matchday arrives for any game title, you can find your own matchup here.

Leagues also can link streams. Streams can be sent to Victory Up and we will place the stream on the website so students can find them and watch.

How to navigate the site

For teachers/ managers

Organisation/ School profile

Each school will have a profile that the teacher can use. This profile will have the ability to control all the teams that are representing that school.

Teachers Login using the provided email address and password under the convenor or manager section of the registration forms.

Once logged in you will be shown the Organisation page- The Organisation page will be under the teachers/ manager’s name.

It can have its own profile pic and school Logo uploaded and displayed.

The Organisation Profile will only be used for admin and does not need to be logged into every match day.


The main option for contacting teachers will be via email but Victory Up may use this profile to follow up with the teacher for results and announcements.


Organisation Teams.

All teams from an Organisations school will be placed under this Organisation Profile. Teachers will have