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KARDS Tournament Official Rules

KARDS Tournament Official Rules

First edition: September 24th, 2019
Last updated: January 10th, 2023




These are the official rules for KARDS Tournaments.

  1. Here, we present general definitions that apply to the rules. We also make clear that you have to accept the rules if you want to participate in official tournaments.
  2. We explain who can participate in official tournaments.
  3. We present the generic set of rules for official tournaments. This covers rules about participation, disconnects, streaming, and disqualifications.
  4. Some tournaments have an extended ruleset in addition to the generic rules.
  5. We also explain our main communication channels and how you can contact the tournament organizers.


  1. General. These official rules (“Rules”) govern the official tournaments for our video game ‘KARDS’ (“KARDS”) including the Officer Club Championship and the KARDS Open tournaments. We might introduce a modified rule set for specific tournaments such as the KARDS World Championship.
  2. Parties. These Rules form a contract between Participants and 1939 Games hf., Eyjarslóð 7, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland (we will further call ourselves “1939 Games”, “we” or “our”). “Participant” means any person participating in official tournaments and any other applicable person notified of these Rules by 1939 Games, and “Participants” means all of them.
  3. Additional Documents. In addition to these Rules, Participants must comply with the KARDS User Agreement (which contains basic rules about playing KARDS and is available at store.steampowered.com/eula/544810_eula_0 (“KARDS User Agreement”)), our Naming Policy ( which explains what names you can use as your player name https://support.kards.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033632711-KARDS-Naming-Policy), and our KARDS Privacy Policy (which explains how we collect, use and protect information of Participants and is available at https://support.kards.com/hc/en-us/articles/360034483591-1939-Games-Privacy-Policy (“1939 Games Privacy Policy”)). Please read these documents carefully since these documents are also legally binding on you. If there are any differences between these Rules and the KARDS User Agreement or 1939 Privacy Policy, these Rules will take priority in relation to tournament specific matters.
  4. Acceptance. Participants must accept these Rules, the KARDS User Agreement and 1939 Privacy Policy in order to participate in official tournaments. Participants will be deemed to accept these Rules by participating in any part of the official tournaments. If a Participant does not accept or fails to comply with these Rules, he/she/they must not participate in the official tournament(s).


  1. Age. Participants aged 18 or over are eligible to participate in the official tournament. Participants aged between 13 and 17 must ask their parent or guardian to review and approve these Rules on their behalf (because in some countries people under a certain age cannot fully enter legally into contracts like these Rules). We are sorry, but Participants aged under 13 are not allowed to participate in official tournaments.

  2. Accounts. To be eligible to participate in official tournaments, Participants must have authorized access to a KARDS account and both Participants and their accounts must be in good standing (e.g. not subject to any bans) at the start of and throughout the tournament.
    Participants must only participate in the tournament using their own KARDS account or, if necessary, a specific account provided by 1939 Games.
    Any Participant may only enter any given tournament with one account. Should a Participant qualify into any official tournament with multiple accounts, they may only participate in that tournament with one account determined by 1939 Games.

  3. Platforms and Location. Participants will be eligible to participate in official tournaments
    (a) across all platforms on which KARDS is officially supported (currently PC, Android and iOS); and
    (b) if they are a legal resident of a territory in which KARDS is made available.

  4. Prohibited Entrants. Employees or contractors of 1939 Games are not eligible for and may not participate in official tournaments. 

  5. Other Eligibility Criteria. 1939 Games retains sole and absolute discretion regarding who may and who may not participate in official tournaments. We may designate additional eligibility criteria for Participants to participate in official tournaments if we consider it reasonably necessary (e.g. prohibiting residents from certain territories from competing in official tournaments due to legal or regulatory requirements).


  1. All rulings made by tournament Admins or Organizers are FINAL.
  2. Participation confirmation
    1. Confirmation of participation in the OCC is required by submitting your deck lists before the deadline communicated in the announcement email.
    2. Participation in tournaments other than the OCC may be done with alternate methods. Follow the instructions communicated in the announcement email for the relevant tournament for further information.
    3. Failure to confirm your participation will result in a forfeit.
  3. No-shows, inability to participate
    1. If you no-show a round in the Qualifier bracket phase you will be automatically disqualified from the event. No exceptions. (No show = no communication with your opponent within 15 minutes of the new round seeding.)
    2. If you are unable to play in the Qualifier or the following round(s), please let an Admin know as soon as possible.
  4. Disconnection
      1. Should a game end due to disconnection once both players have seen the game match screen and a turn has been played by both players, then the player who disconnects is given the loss.
      2. If a game ends due to a disconnection BEFORE the game screen is accessed or before each player has played one turn, then the match is replayed.
      3. Repeated disconnection from games will be reviewed by an Admin and may result in disqualification of the disconnecting party.
  5. Decks
      1. If you queue into a match with the wrong deck list you must notify your opponent and an admin immediately. Admin staff will review the situation. Following a review, if this is determined to be a mistake, you will be given the opportunity to replay the match, or, if not, an automatic loss will be issued. If you play your first turn, the match is considered to be played, resulting in an automatic loss.
      2. Any new cards introduced to the game one week or less before a Qualifier or Finals event are forbidden from use in the event in question. (E.g. if a new card is introduced Monday, July 11th and you have a Qualifier on Saturday, July 16th, you cannot use that card in that Qualifier. That card will however be usable in the Finals the following weekend, Saturday, July 23rd.)
      3. Decks are subject to verification at any time if deemed necessary by an Admin.
  6. Streaming and sharing matches real time
    1. Streaming your games, or someone else's, during any Tournament Finals is not permitted. Doing so may result in disqualification.
    2. You may stream your Tournament Qualifiers games at your own risk. In order to ensure that you are in compliance with not receiving any help from outsiders, we recommend that you stream with at least a 10 minute delay.
  7. Disqualifications & Cheating 
    1. If you are caught cheating, acting with exploitative behavior, or are disruptive to the event and/or the admins you will be immediately disqualified from the tournament.
    2. Any form of cheating may also result in a ban period from future official tournaments depending on the form and severity of the cheat.
    3. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Any form of match-fixing, such as intentional draws, losses and win-trading.
      2. Receiving or providing any sort of real-time help, advice or coaching during a tournament match.
      3. Using someone else’s account or letting someone else use your account. Only the account holder may play their Qualifying or Finals games. 
      4. Using more than one account to participate in tournaments. Each tournament participant may participate in any given KARDS tournament from one account only.
      5. Exploiting any known bugs in the game.


    1. The KARDS Esports Discord will be the main hub of communication with the tournament admins. This is the required method for contacting an admin if you have questions or a match dispute. Join the KARDS Esports Discord here: https://discord.gg/288DQexmng
    2. For international players who do not have access to Discord, other means will be provided to communicate with Admins and players. Details on this are communicated in the announcement email.
    3. We might update the main channels of communication for specific tournaments, e.g. the KARDS World Championship.


For any further questions or concerns please reach out to a KARDS Esports Admin on Discord: https://discord.gg/288DQexmng 

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