Victory Up Code of Conduct for

META High School Esports NZ

Victory Up Code of Conduct is about encouraging an open and welcoming environment, highlighting the most positive examples of behaviour and gamesmanship for online and live competitive gaming. Victory Up is committed to making a space where participants can feel safe and have the space to enjoy gaming in its entirety.

We will continue to work proactively to create a welcoming environment where everyone feels welcome, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, or religion. To create such an environment, we all, as participants to secondary school’s leagues in all formats and roles, need to take individual responsibility for how we behave towards our fellow players, referees, and spectators.

By following the guidelines set out below, we all make META High School Esports NZ service and competitive gaming environment a better place for everyone.

Principles, Players, Coaches and Parents

1. All students, coaches, teachers, and admin must also abide by the code of conduct or ethical code of the institute they represent.

    1.1 All students, coaches, and teachers participating in the WSSL, must abide by College Sports Wellingtons by-laws. https://collegesport.org.nz/regulations/

    2. As a principal or sports co-ordinator will ensure that;

    a) All players representing the school meet the eligibility rules of Victory Up’s Rules and Regulations for each game title, and their own school’s eligibility rules for participating in secondary school sports.

    b) All teams from the school are always supervised, including travelling to and from an event by a responsible coaching and management team and that all athletes and officials are aware of their responsibilities and commitments before they attend an event.

    c) All students and team officials are aware of and are bound by the Smoke, Drug and Alcohol-Free conditions under which all School Sport NZ events are sanctioned.

    3. Players/ students must:
    a) Play to the best of their ability and within the rules of the game.

    b) You win more matches with positive words. When you play in a team, try to be positive and lift your teammates with constructive dialogue and encouragement. It is much easier to win if the dialogue in the team is open and tolerant.

    performance of you and your fellow players. Also find ways to analyse your own game with an open mind and consider that there are ways in which you personally can improve on mistakes you made.

    4. As Coaches:

    a) Set affirmative and appropriate guidelines and behavioural standards for themselves and their athletes on and off the playing arena.

      b) Assume responsibility for their players’ conduct both on and off the playing arena.

      c) Treat all players, including the opposition, with dignity and respect and will always demonstrate positive examples of sportsmanship.

        d) Respect and accept the judgement and decisions of officials without remonstration.

        5. Parents and Spectators must:

        a) Positively encourage and support the efforts of all players.

        b) Make a genuine effort to support their players when at home and competing online

        c) Place emphasis on genuine effort ahead of victory and encourage players to accept the outcomes of all games, irrespective of the result.

          d) Not blame a player for a good play made by another player

          e) Inappropriate behaviour by parents can result in:

          • children withdrawing from Esports.
          • reduced membership
          • fewer people willing to volunteer for coaching and/or
          • a player no longer feeling that competitive drive.

          Behaviour

          6. Behaviour

          Victory Up Secondary Schools Esports participants must always observe the highest standards of personal integrity and gamesmanship in their interactions with other competitors, officials, and members of New Zealand Secondary Schools Esports, the media, sponsors, and spectators.

          6.1 Victory Up participants may not use obscene or offensive gestures, or profanity in their;

          a) Public post on any META High School Esports NZ event or League, or Wellington Secondary Schools League forum (Including Social media accounts)

          b) New Zealand Secondary Schools Esports platform internal messaging system

          c) Player Handles

          d) Gamer Tags

          e) In-game Chat

            f) Live play communications

            g) Lobby Chat

            h) Shoulder Content

            i) Interviews

            j) other public-facing communications of any kind

            6.1.1 This applies to English and all other languages and includes abbreviations and/or obscure references.

            7. META High School Esports and the Wellington Secondary Schools Esports leagues 15 Minute Rule.

            The obligation to behave in the highest standards of personal integrity and gamesmanship manner includes an obligation on the part of Players and Teams to arrive on time and be ready to compete for all games, matches and tournaments.

            All players have a grace period of 15 minutes after the start time of the match to join your opponent.  Home Team as stated in the Rules section, is to contact their opponent and create the lobby for the match.

            7.1 If the either team fails to send and/or respond to a message to/from their opponent within     15 minutes of match start time, the team that is ready must contact Victory Up support.

            7.2 In a best out of 3 series, If the either team fails to send and/or respond to a message to/from their opponent within 15 minutes of match start time that team is deemed unavailable and forfeits the first round of the match.

              7.3 If the either team fails to send and/or respond to a message to/from their opponent within 15

              minutes of match start time, that team is deemed unavailable and forfeits the entire match.

              7.4 If a team is not ready to begin a match after 15 minutes from the match start time, the waiting team may contact Victory Up and in most cases will be awarded the win for punctuality.

              If your opponent fails to make contact and the match does not proceed you must contact Victory Up admin, or contact College Sports Wellington, for the WSSL, through the correct chain of command, which is in the following order- Team Captain- Team Coach- Head of Sport or teacher- Victory Up/ College Sports Wellington.

              Accounts

              8. Riot account conduct/ Summoners Code and Terms

              All students taking part in League of Legends with the META High School Esports (HSE) League of Legends, must abide by Riot Games Summoners Code and Terms of Service.

              https://oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/featured/summoners-code  https://www.riotgames.com/en/terms-of-service

              8.1 Riot/ NBA 2k21/ Epic Games account Ban

              If a player receives a ban due to in-game behaviour or Terms of Service violations from the game title publishers, that player is not eligible to participate in the META High School Esports NZ, until the ban is lifted.

              If a player receives a permanent ban from a game publisher during the season, they are no longer eligible for the rest of the season.

              Games publishers have the right to suspend players accounts due to inappropriate use of the company’s product.

              A team or student may not attempt to roster or start a player that is not eligible due to disciplinary action or account bans by use of a smurf or alternate account.

              Students must report to their coach or teacher if their account gets banned/ suspended by Riot, during the Season. The coach or teacher will inform Victory Up and College Sports Wellington.

              9. Code of Conduct – META High School Esports, Victory Up employee/ admin

              META High School Esports and Victory Up will never favour one player over any other player while competing in one of our leagues. Whether the match is online or live, we are an unbiased participant and will never change results in order to affect the outcome of a match or tournament.

              New Zealand Secondary Schools Esports will only change the results of a tournament as a result of foul play or offensive behaviour.

              We reserve the right to change results at our sole discretion due to cheating or to counter false results that are reported to META High School Esports and Victory Up by opponents or tournament officials. Sufficient proof is required by tournament officials or opponents for us to change the outcome of a match or to penalise a player.

              META High School Esports and Victory Up is an unbiased participant in all our META High School Esports and WSSL matches and leagues, whether they are online or live. We believe in fair play and will not go against our own morals in order to cheat competitors of their chance to win or participate on an even field.

              If a person is representing META High School Esports and Victory Up brand directly, they will abide by the code of conduct whenever participating in any gaming event, online or offline, where they are representing the company.


              Advice for parents and supporters

              1. Esports/ Competitive gaming is a relatively new phenomenon that became firmly established in the early 2000s. It is about individuals or teams competing against each other in computer or video games. Competitive gaming is also one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It is now a natural part of the lives of many young people, where they spend a lot time playing the games and on the social platforms where they are discussed
              2. Despite their enormous popularity, parents can often find it difficult to understand how the games work or what the attraction of them is. This document strives to support esports to build positive norms and to help fulfil the great potential that exists for it to be an inclusive space. The structure of esports is somewhat unique, in that people from very different backgrounds have the opportunity to participate, to a much greater extent than other sports
              3. One of the challenges facing esports is the lack of parental presence. It is much more difficult for a young sport to build positive frameworks without help from the adult world, so it is therefore important that you as parents get involved in your child’s competitive gaming interest. Here are some practical tips on how you as a parent can increase your knowledge of Esports/ Competitive gaming and support your children
                1. Ask about the game. As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to come across as vulnerable or lacking in knowledge to your children – most of us expect to be able to answer most of the questions our child asks. It might even feel frustrating that we do not understand much of the child’s main interest. The solution may sound simple - ask questions! Genuinely curious questions will often go a long way towards deepening your understanding. Many young people are more than willing to talk about their last game, or the character they play at the moment, but few get the chance to talk about it with a parent who really engages with them. Dare to give them the time and attention to share their world with you – the payback is truly worth it
                2. Show that you value their interest. Previously the primary meeting points for young people were physical locations such as the local recreation centre, but nowadays a lot of social interaction has moved to online environments. Games and social media are genuinely important for young people’s social interaction and the building of self-esteem. There are many opinions on this development, but the fact remains - digital social interaction is important to adolescents and esports is an example of this. As a parent, you need to show that you value the interest and the time your child spends on esports, the same way as you encourage and value other hobbies. Doing so is a prerequisite for being able to talk about competitive gaming in a constructive way - if you do so, your children will talk to you about things that happened in the game environment, both positive and negative, in a natural way
                3. Learn the basics of the game. You do not need to be an expert on your child’s game, but a basic knowledge of it will help your communication with them immensely. A common example of a conflict surrounding the game is mealtimes. Matches vary in time, but they can often take 45 minutes or longer. If a parent knows roughly how long the games are, it becomes easier to set the deadline for when the last game before dinner will start. Of course, everyday life cannot only be guided by the game, but having to leave in the middle of a game in League of Legends, is comparable to being taken from a football match before it is finished. A player who leaves before the end of the game also suffers a penalty, such as a temporary suspension. It also causes problems for the team - it is very difficult to win a game with too few players. Compare that situation with a basketball team that must play a full game with only four players on the court
                4. Play together. For some parents, it might sound far-fetched to sit down at the computer or TV and engage in Video gaming with their child. It may seem complicated or difficult. But it is no different than playing football or reading a book with them. The energy you put in to mastering the game will be repaid many times over when you share your child’s favourite interests, and when you together experience all the emotions that competitive gaming creates. As a bonus, you increase your knowledge of the game, which makes it much more likely that your child will spontaneously bring up the events in and around the games - they know that you already understand
                5. Go to a LAN party. Take your kids or go yourself. To be at a LAN party, where people get together over a weekend to play games, as a curious onlooker or even as a participant, will go a long way to enhancing your understanding of competitive gaming. It will give you a chance to meet everyone involved in esports, from the organizers to the players, fans and commentators. There is no better way to get an overview of what esports is all about. Get involved in esports events View the LAN party or tournament like any other sporting event! You’ve probably driven your children to practice for other sports, or sold hot dogs or coffee when they played a game - why should esports be different? So, help by carrying chairs at the LAN party, by carrying computers or by going with them to a tournament in another town. Parental presence in esports is extremely important when it comes to creating positive norms!
                6. A good way to ensure that your children get the most out of esports/competitive gaming, is to contact a club that conducts esports activities. There are a lot of associations that organize weekly online and physical events. Being part of a club gives your child a chance to meet others to play with, helps them develop their skills and, perhaps most importantly, teaches them about the democratic nature of clubs and federations.

              Broadcasting for NZSSEsports Criteria

              1. Approved by the institute they wish to represent.

              All students who want to cast NZSSE, Victory Up and represent their school via the NZSSEsports broadcasting platforms must have approval from their coach/ teacher or Sports Co-Ordinator/Convenor.

              By agreeing to represent your school through broadcasting you must adhere to all school rules and code of conduct.

              2. Approved by Parent when broadcasting for the WSSL and NZSSEsports

              Students who wish to broadcast the league, must have written consent from a parent or guardian. This will be in the form of a permission slip, provided by Victory Up, and will be signed by the student and parent.

              Students who are not representing a team in the META High School Esports, can broadcast but must have consent and must meet the criteria.

              3. Appropriate streaming for the WSSL

              All broadcasters must adhere to the code of conduct of the college or institute they attend. Streaming games for the WSSL, must adhere to College Sports Wellington by-laws and NZSSEsports code of conduct. You will be streaming a college sport so you must make sure the stream is appropriate for the audience that will view your stream.

              This includes students who do not currently represent a team for their school in the WSSL. They must always adhere to the Code of Conduct of the Institute they attend, College Sports By-laws, and the Summoners Code.

              4. Channel graphics

              Channel graphics will be assigned that meet the NZSSEsports standard and the standard of Riot Games OCE.

              5. Content

              NZSSEports, have a clear requirement of what content is permitted during any broadcast. This will be sent to all Students who apply.

              6. Location

              All streamers must currently be attending a secondary school, or equivalent. Location of Broadcasting will be agreed upon between the Institute and the student prior, this will be applied for in the form. Victory Up will review each form to ensure standards will be met.

              7. Age restriction

              Streamers must be over the age of 13, to stream matches through our platform.

              8. Stream Overlay

              Victory Up has a stream overlay that you may apply to your broadcast while broadcasting matches

              9. Stream with another person on stream

              If there is another individual helping students with a broadcast or that appear on the broadcast (Video or Audio), that person must also have clearance from the school.

              10. Clothing/ uniform

              While broadcasting, the student must follow the following rules around clothing and appearance-

              • No Nudity
              • Must not be Shirtless (regardless of male presenting or female presenting persons), outside of the appropriate settings
              • Cannot have Open shirts/robes without clothing underneath
              • Underwear/lingerie must not be visible
              • No Transparent clothing worn by itself without an undershirt
              • Cannot focus the camera below the waist
              • Cannot wear only a Towel wrapped around the body
              • Breastbone cannot be visible

              11. Monetary Gains

              Victory Up and the NZSSEsports will not seek to make monetary gains from any broadcasting of League of Legends, in accordance with our partnership agreement with Riot games.

              This includes individuals who sign an agreement to broadcast on the company’s behalf. They must not seek to make monetary gains through the broadcasting of the WSSL matches by using third company promotional materials or content.

              12. Technical Requirements Minimum tech requirements- 

              I. Video 

              • Codec: H.264 Main Profile 
              • Bitrate: 1,500 kbps 
              • Frame rate: 29.97 or 30 FPS Resolution: 1280x 720 (720p)

              II. Audio 

              • Bitrate: 128 kbps Codec: AAC- LC 
              • Format: Stereo 44.1 kHz 

              III. Other 

              • Stable network connection 
              • Must have 360p, 480p and 720p transcodes available for viewers

              Streaming

              1. Streamers of live Victory Up tournaments must refrain from using abusive language towards their Viewership/ audience. While we encourage you to communicate to your followers through chat while you stream, we ask you to refrain from engaging with aggressive and idiotic people
              2. While participating in a live Victory Up tournament or live stream of a Victory Up tournament, players will refrain from using foul language aggressively
              3. While streaming a Victory Up tournament, remember that our own community, other players, and Victory Up admin maybe watching or participating in your chat group.
                1. Streamer is asked to keep to our code of conduct while streaming any of Victory Up’s properties.
                2. Viewers and other members from our community, are asked to keep to our code of conduct while in another players stream or hosts chat groups, if that player is streaming/hosting a Victory tournament or chat group.
                3. Viewers and Streamers are forbidden from using a stream service or chat groups to negatively affect a Victory Up tournament i.e. You cannot ask your viewers/fans to help you win a tournament by having them enter your game lobby for the sole purpose of affecting your opponent’s gameplay.
                4. You cannot send your viewership to an opponent’s stream for the sole purpose of affecting your opponents, or any other players currently in a Victory Up tournament, gameplay.