FIA GRAN TURISMO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

 
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OFFICIAL RULES

By participating in FIA CERTIFIED GRAN TURISMO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 (the “Tournament”), each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection and scoring of entries and the overall administration of the Tournament. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Tournament.

1.     ELIGIBILITY: The Tournament is open to legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding Arizona), the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), (together as “The North American Region”), age eighteen (18) or older (and, in the case of legal residents of certain jurisdictions where the legal age of majority is greater than eighteen (18)  years of age, entrants must have reached such legal age of majority) at the time of entry who, prior to the commencement of the Tournament Period (as defined below), have an account on PlayStation Network (“Account”) in good standing, internet access, a PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation™Plus membership, and a valid version of Gran Turismo Sport (“Game”) (individually an “Entrant”, collectively “Entrants”). To create an Account, please visit https://account.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/liquid/external/auth/login.action, and follow the prompts.


These Official Rules are applicable to residents in the United States and Canada only.

Employees of Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies, agencies, and the judging panel and immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations, the state of Arizona (United States), the Province of Quebec (Canada) and where prohibited or restricted by law.

2.     TOURNAMENT: The Tournament consists of two (2) different competitions described below. Details of each competition are set out in Schedule A (Nations Cup) and Schedule B (Manufacturer Series).

a.     FIA GT Championships Nations Cup (“Nations Cup”): The Nations Cup is a championship in which countries and territories will compete for victory. The country and territory of a player's affiliation will be decided by the country/territory of their Account. There are no restrictions on the country of origin of the cars that will be driven.

b.     FIA GT Championships Manufacturer Series (“Manufacturer Series”): The Manufacturers Series is a championship in which Entrants race using cars made by one type of manufacturer. Entrants will race to be the best racers for their manufacturer and will then race to beat Entrants who represent other manufacturers. Entrants shall choose their manufacturer from a predetermined list of twenty-five (25) manufacturers.

3.     TOURNAMENT PERIOD AND RACE SCHEDULE: The Tournament begins on March 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (PT) and ends on September 7, 2019 at 11:49 PM PT (“Tournament Period”). The race schedule for the Nations Cup is set out in Schedule A, and the race schedule for the Manufacturer Series is set out in Schedule B.

4.     REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Each Entrant competing must complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release (“Affidavit”) or, if a resident of Canada, a Declaration and Release Form (“Declaration”) in accordance with the instructions listed in the notification correspondence. Sponsor must receive the completed Affidavit or Declaration by 12:00:00PM (noon) PST on September 9, 2019 or Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify Entrant. Non-compliance with these Official Rules, failure to return all required documentation by the stated deadline or Sponsor’s inability to contact an Entrant (using the contact information provided in his or her Entry) within a reasonable time period (but in any case no longer than ten (10) calendar days), as determined by Sponsor’s sole discretion, may result in disqualification.

5.     GRANT OF RIGHTS: Each Entrant is responsible for his or her Entry and the consequences of posting or publishing it. In connection with the Entry, each Entrant affirms, represents, and warrants that: (i) Entrant owns or has the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use the Entry in the manner contemplated by Sponsor; and (ii) Entrant has obtained the written consent, release and permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the Entry to use that person’s name or likeness in the Entry and in the manner contemplated by Sponsor. By submitting an Entry to Sponsor, Entrant (i) waives any and all rights in and to any material submitted by Entrant in connection with this Tournament (including all moral and other rights of authorship); (ii) hereby acknowledges and agrees that Entries (including material submitted by Entrant in connection with the Tournament) become Sponsor’s property and will not be returned; and (iii) grants Sponsor the absolute right to edit, modify, publish, exploit and use an Entry, voice, actions, likeness, name, appearance, biographical material, written works, and all other information or materials that Entrant has provided or may provide in connection with this Tournament in any media, now known or hereafter devised, and in any manner, without further approval, permission or consideration, throughout the universe in perpetuity. Sponsor is under no obligation to use an Entry.

6.     ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Each Entry submitted (i) must be in keeping with the Sponsor’s image (as Sponsor determines in its sole discretion), (ii) may not be inappropriate, offensive, libelous or defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit, contain nudity, unlawful or plagiarized, (iii) must not be harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, obscene, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or offensive in any way, (iv) may not violate or encourage others to violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, (v) may not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property right or any other third party right, (vi) may not contain commercial or corporate advertising, including display of corporate logos, brand names and slogans, other than those relating to Sponsor, (vii) may not include references to alcoholic beverages, tobacco/vaping, drug paraphernalia, firearms or any depiction or representation thereof and (viii) may not include any virus, worm, corrupt file, Trojan horse or other forms of corruptive code or content that may harm or compromise Sponsor’s web site or the proper conduct of the Tournament. Sponsor reserves the right to verify the accuracy or truthfulness of any information contained within a submitted Entry. Sponsor has the right in its sole discretion to determine if any Entry is not appropriate for publication in the Tournament or for any other public release and if Entry is in compliance with these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify an Entry for any reason. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to this Tournament.

7.     LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY: Sponsor and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, advertising and Tournament agencies, and all of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate Entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; failures, omissions, interruptions, deletions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including any injury or damage to Entrant's or any other person's computer relating to participation or inability to participate in the Tournament; inability to access the Site or upload information or data; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or is incomplete or lost due to telephone, computer, or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on telephone lines or the Internet or any website (including the Site) or for any other reason whatsoever; printing or other errors; or any combination thereof. Proof of uploading information or data or entering information at the Site is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Illegible, duplicate and incomplete Entries will be disqualified. False, fraudulent, or deceptive Entries or acts shall render Entrants ineligible and all associated Entries will be void.

8.     INDEMNITY: Entrant shall indemnify and defend Sponsor its parent companies, each of Sponsor’s advertising agencies, and the officers, directors, employees, and agents of all of the foregoing and the successors and assigns of each of them, from and against actions, claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable counsel fees related to (i) Entrant/Entrant Travel Companion’s use or enjoyment of, or participation in any prize(ii) the Sponsor’s use of any of the materials submitted by Entrant in connection with this Tournament or (iii) any intentional misconduct or negligence by Entrant in connection with this Tournament.

9.     RELEASES: As a condition of participating in the Tournament, Entrants release Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions and affiliates from liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including property damage, personal injury and death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Tournament, or possession, acceptance or use of prize or participation in any Tournament-related activities and claims based on publicity rights, copyright or trademark infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.

10.  GENERAL CONDITIONS: Potential winning Entrants are subject to Sponsor’s verification. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Tournament. Potential winners must comply with these Official Rules, and receipt of prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or unforeseen schedule changes that may limit an Entrant’s ability to participate in the Tournament, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence. Sponsor has the sole discretion to modify, cancel or suspend this Tournament should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Tournament or Sponsor otherwise becomes incapable of running the Tournament as planned. Sponsor is not responsible for changes to Entrant’s contact information. No illegible, incomplete, forged or altered Entries will be accepted. Sponsor has the sole discretion to disqualify Entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Tournament or engage in any conduct that is deemed, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to be harassing, detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Tournament or any other Entrant.

11.  COLLECTION OF INFORMATION: Information collected in connection with the Tournament will be collected in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at https://www.playstation.com/en-us/legal/privacy-policy/. By participating in the Promotion, each Entrant agrees to the terms of Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

12.  WINNER LIST: To obtain a winner list by mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Gran Turismo / FIA Online Series”, Attn: SIE Gran Turismo Marketing, 2207 Bridgepointe Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94404. Sponsor will send requested winner lists within 4-6 weeks after all prizes are awarded. Requests for the winner list must be received by September 21, 2019.

13.  SPONSOR: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, 2207 Bridgepointe Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94404.

 

SCHEDULE A – NATIONS CUP

1.     HOW TO ENTER THE NATIONS CUP ONLINE SERIES:

1.1.   Entrants enter by playing in the Nations Cup Online Series set of races via the ‘Sport’ mode within the Game. Entrants must select and confirm they want to participate in the Nations Cup prior to starting each race (“Entry”).

1.2.   The Nations Cup Online Series consists of four (4) Stages, each with ten (10) Rounds, as detailed in Section 2 of this Schedule A.

1.3.   Race dates denoted with an asterisk (*) mark in the race schedule indicate the “Top 16 Superstars” races (as described in Section 5).

1.4.   Entrants are awarded points based on:

1.4.1.their final position in each race; and

1.4.2.the average driver rating of the Entrants they race against in each race.

1.5.   Points will be tallied at the end of a series of Rounds, under each Stage, as follows (the “Final Score”):

1.5.1.Entrants must participate in races during the Nations Cup Online Series to gain points, which will be used to calculate their overall ranking. Each Entrant’s overall ranking shall determine whether they will be invited to World Tour Live Events and progress within the competition. Entrants’ Final Score shall be calculated as follows:

1.5.1.1.           Stage 1: The Final Score is tallied from the Entrant’s best three (3) Rounds, out of ten (10) Rounds (cumulative from Round 1 to Round 10).

1.5.1.2.           Stage 2: The Final Score is tallied from the Entrant’s best five (5) Rounds, out of twenty (20) Rounds (cumulative from Round 1 to Round 20).

1.5.1.3.           Stage 3: The Final Score is tallied from the Entrant’s eight (8) best Rounds, out of thirty (30) Rounds (cumulative from Round 1 to Round 30).

1.5.1.4.           Stage 4: The Final Score is tallied from the Entrant’s ten (10) best Rounds, out of forty (40) Rounds (cumulative from Round 1 to Round 40).

There are three (3) races per Round. Entrants may participate in any race, at any Stage at their discretion.  However, only the points earned in the last race of the day will count towards their Online Ranking for that Round. (i.e. if an Entrant competes in three races in Round 7 on 13 April 2019, only the points earned in the last race (3rd) will be counted).

The Final Score applicable to each Stage, determines the position of each Entrant in the “Online Ranking”.

 

2.     FIA CERTIFIED GRAN TURISMO CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 NATIONS CUP CALENDAR:

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Rd.1: 23 March 2019

Rd.11: 1 May 2019

Rd.21: 8 June 2019

Rd.31: 3 August 2019

Rd.2: 27 March 2019

Rd.12: 4 May 2019

Rd.22: 12 June 2019

Rd.32: 7 August 2019

Rd.3: 30 March 2019

Rd.13: 8 May 2019

Rd.23: 15 June 2019

Rd.33: 14 August 2019

Rd.4: 3 April 2019

Rd.14: 11 May 2019

Rd.24: 6 July 2019

Rd.34: 17 August 2019

Rd.5: 6 April 2019

Rd.15: 15 May 2019

Rd.25: 10 July 2019

Rd.35: 21 August 2019

Rd.6: 10 April 2019

Rd.16: 18 May 2019

Rd.26: 13 July 2019

Rd.36: 24 August 2019

Rd.7: 13 April 2019

Rd.17: 22 May 2019

Rd.27: 17 July 2019

Rd.37: 28 August 2019

Rd.8: 20 April 2019*

Rd.18: 25 May 2019*

Rd.28: 20 July 2019

Rd.38: 31 August 2019

Rd.9: 24 April 2019

Rd.19: 29 May 2019

Rd.29: 24 July 2019

Rd.39: 4 September 2019

Rd.10: 27 April 2019

Rd.20: 1 June 2019

Rd.30: 27 July 2019*

Rd.40: 7 September 2019*

 

3.     STAR PLAYERS:

3.1.   Entrants will be eligible to register as a Star Player if they are either:

3.1.1. in the top 140 in the Online Rankings at the end of the previous Stage; or

3.1.2. in the top 10 in the Online Rankings in their Entrant country.

3.1.3. Once an Entrant meets one of the conditions set out in Section 3.1 above, they will receive an in-Game notification that they are eligible. Once they have received this notification, Entrants may register to become a Star Player by visiting gran-turismo.com.  It is the Entrant’s responsibility to actively register as a Star Player.

3.1.4. Registered star players (hereafter referred to as “Star Player(s)”) will have an ‘S’ driver rating and shall be eligible to participate in the “Top 16 Superstars” race described in Section 4 of Schedule A.

3.1.5. Once an Entrant has earned a Star Player driver rating, their rating shall apply to their driving profile for one successive Stage of the Online Series only.

4.     TOP 16 SUPERSTAR RACE:

4.1.   Top 16 Superstars Races will take place periodically throughout the Tournament.

4.2.   Entrants who compete in the “Top 16 Superstars” races will be eligible to win bonus points during the Online Series.

4.3.   Each Entrant must be a Star Player to register for a “Top 16 Superstars” race.

4.4.   Entrants may register to join a “Top 16 Superstars” race up to fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled start of each race.

4.5.   For each “Top 16 Superstars” race, the 16 most highly ranked Star Players who have registered for the applicable race will be selected to participate. This ranking may be based on each Entrant’s driver rating or the total number of points acquired in the applicable Stage. The way in which Star Players are ranked for the purposes of “Top 16 Superstars” race selection shall be defined prior to the start of each “Top 16 Superstars” race.

4.6.   For the Nations Cup, there can be no more than ten (10) Star Players from each Entrant country who can race in a “Top 16 Superstars” race.

4.7.   If prior to the start of a “Top 16 Superstars” race, fewer than 16 Star Players have been selected, the restrictions set out in Sections 4.5 and 4.6 of Schedule A will not apply. Star Players will thereafter be selected based on their Online Ranking, as applicable.

5.     WINNER SELECTION: 

5.1.    The top three (3) Entrants with the highest points at the end of each Stage qualify to participate at the next Nations Cup World Tour Live Event. Nations Cup World Tour Live Event Date and Venues are found here: https://www.gran-turismo.com/world/gtsport/fia2019/detail/.  A maximum of two (2) Entrants will be selected from each country. This means that an Entrant ranked 3rd or lower amongst Entrants from their country cannot be a winner even if their score is higher than an Entrant placed in the top two (2) of another country.

5.2.    In the event of a tie, the Entrant with the higher driver rating will win. If the tied Entrants have equal driver ratings, the Entrant with the higher sportsmanship rating wins. If the tied Entrants have equal driver ratings and equal sportsmanship ratings, the Entrant who played the Game using their Account at the earliest date wins.

5.3.    All winner selections will be subject to confirmation by the Sponsor.  Sponsor’s decisions with respect to the determination of winners and all aspects of the Tournament will be final and binding. Each potential winning Entrant will be notified via email. The potential winning Entrant must respond to Sponsor’s prize notification email within 10 business days from the date and time of the Sponsor’s prize notification email. Winning Entrants from Canada may also be required to correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question at a pre-arranged, mutually convenient time.  In the event that the potential winning Entrant does not respond to Sponsor’s prize notification email within the specified time,  the prize notification email is returned as undeliverable, or the Entrant incorrectly responds to the mathematical skill-testing question (Canada Entrants only) a new winner will be chosen based on the next-highest points accumulated in Stage 4. Alternate potential winners will be contacted via email and must respond to the Sponsor’s prize notification email within two (2) business days from that date and time of the Sponsor’s prize notification email.

6.     PRIZES: Twelve (12) prizes will be available to be won in the Nations Cup as follows:

6.1.   Each Entrant will receive an invitation to attend and participate in the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships Live Event which includes:

6.1.1.Round trip coach class airfare for one (1) from major airport nearest to winner’s home to Live Event location (TBD);

6.1.2.Four (4) nights double occupancy hotel accomodations (includes nightly room rate and applicable tax only);

6.1.3.Transportation to and from Live Event; and

6.1.4.Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the Live Event.

6.1.5.The approximate retail value for each prize is $3,000.00 USD.

6.2.  

All prize travel details will be at Sponsor’s discretion. Prize will be forfeited if winner is unable to travel during designated time period which will be confirmed by the Sponsor via email following the end of each Stage. All winners must possess all required travel documents, including visas and valid passports. Each confirmed winner and his/her travel companion must be legally able to travel to the US (Canada residents only) or country determined by Sponsor, if applicable.  Sponsor is not liable if a winner and/or his/her guest (if applicable?) is/are refused entry or re-entry into the US, Canada, or the country confirmed by Sponsor.  If, for any reason, travel is delayed, impeded or refused by Canada, US, or other immigration/border control authorities, the prize may be forfeited (in whole or in part) and winner and/or his/her guest will be solely responsible for any additional expenses incurred.  No compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Airline tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and are not valid for upgrades or frequent flyer miles. All airline tickets are subject to the vagaries of flight variation, work stoppages, and schedule or route changes.  If in the judgment of Sponsor, air travel is not required due to winner's proximity to prize location, ground transportation will be substituted for roundtrip air travel at Sponsors' sole discretion.  

Winner must comply with any applicable hotel check-in requirements, such as presentation of a major credit card. Room taxes and other hotel fees may not be included and if applicable may be payable at the time of check-out by the winner or guest.  All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the package description above, which may include but not be limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidentals, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the sole responsibility of winner. 

The ARV for travel prizes is an estimate made before the Tournament begins and may vary depending upon points of departure and destination and fare fluctuations. The winner will not receive cash or any other form of compensation if actual travel costs are less than the estimate made in these Official Rules.

The restrictions and conditions stated herein are not all-inclusive and the described above may be subject to additional restrictions and conditions, which may be stated in any correspondence with Sponsor or other travel documents.

6.3.   The total ARV of all of the prizes in Nations Cup is $36,000.00 USD.

6.4.   Please allow 6 weeks for prize delivery. Taxes on prize, if any, are solely the responsibility of the winner. Winners of a prize valued at $600 or more will receive a Federal Tax Form 1099. We recommend that you consult with your tax advisor if you have further questions.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or a prize component of equal or greater value in its sole discretion, unless such substitution is prohibited by law. Sponsor may disqualify a winner and select an alternate winner if any prize is declined or returned as undeliverable. Prizes are non-transferable, and no cash substitute will be provided except in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor need not substitute a prize based on the winner’s request.

SCHEDULE B – MANUFACTURER’S CUP (FORTHCOMING)