Prize Pool

All winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) get:

A copy of DEAD HOOK and any existing or future Joy Way game

Key Dates

May 23 - 26: Participants register their interest.

May 26: Registration closing at 02:00 PM EDT, and formation of the tournament grid.

May 26 (Friday): Matches start at 19:00 PM EDT

Basic Rules

Matches will be organized between teams with 1 player (1v1). A regular match is to be played as best-of-3 (Bo3) rounds, while the grand finale will utilize the Bo5 format.

Every match is to be played until one team reaches a score of 30 points or until the 5-minute timer expires. The team with the highest score wins the match.

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Match Rules

  1. Once a match begins, it must be completed in one session.
  2. The maximum amount of time between rounds is five minutes, i.e. four minutes plus the standard one-minute break between rounds.
  3. A match is to be played as best-of-3 (Bo3) rounds. If one team wins the first two rounds, the match is officially over, and no scores should be reported for the third round. The Grand Finale is to be played as a best-of-5 (Bo5). Respectively for Bo5, if one team wins three rounds, the match is officially over, and no scores should be reported for any further rounds.
  4. Matches are only to be played on 1v1.
  5. All matches are to be played on the map - Arena_Deathmatch.
  6. The match is expected to start at the scheduled time.
  7. The latest a match is allowed to start is five minutes after the scheduled time.
  8. Unless both teams expressly agree, a team unable to commence the match within the allowed time will forfeit the match.
  9. Teams must join the lobby before their set start time, with a max delay of 5 minutes to begin their match.
  10. The match is to be played until one team reaches a score of 30 points or until the 5-minute timer expires. The team with the highest score wins the match.
  11. If the score is equal, an additional round should be played.
  12. A round continues even if some players experience lags, high ping, or disconnection. The break between rounds can be extended to 10 minutes once to address the issues.

Scoring System

  1. Teams enter the score themselves. Both teams need to submit the score proved by a screenshot for the match to be accepted.
  2. The website requires users to enter the score for each round individually.
  3. If one team wins the first two rounds, do not enter scores for the third round.

Teams and Players

  1. Schedule with information on the teams, match days, and time will be posted here on the tournament website and Stack Discord server:
  2. The maximum number of players on a team roster is 2 (1 main player and 1 substitute player).
  3. This roster shall not change during a qualifier.
  4. Teams may not add new players to their roster after they have qualified for the playoffs and for the remainder of the tournament.
  5. All players need to be the age of thirteen (13) or older.
  6. Please note that some countries may have additional restrictions on age or participation, it is expected that all members are to comply with the regulations specific to their country on these matters.
  7. Non-compliance with age restrictions is a rule violation.
  8. Playing or registering with multiple accounts or causing a player to play on an alternate account, is a rule violation.


  1. Broadcasters (Casters) are authorized to spectate/cast any match.
  2. Preventing Broadcasters' access to a match for casting purposes is a rule violation.
  3. Broadcasters must abide by the production team rules and Code of Conduct.
  4. Streaming of gameplay is allowed.
  5. All players are allowed to record video and audio, including their own microphone audio, of their point of view (”POV”) during matches. This recording must be available upon tournament organizers' request for up to 4 weeks.
  6. Broadcasters are recommended to use a special PC build of the game with camera stabilization and wider FOV options:
PC-Spectator - to record only the spectator's view on a flat screen.
PC-Live - to participate in rounds as a spectator in VR.

Prize Distribution

  1. Participants who are underage can receive prizes only through their legal representative.
  2. Other details will be announced later.

These rules may be amended or supplemented at any time without prior notice at the discretion of Joy Way LTD.

Last updated: April 23, 2023.

We expect all players to act with competitive and personal integrity at all times and to show good sportsmanship, honesty, and fair play.

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Code of Conduct

  1. Every participant is expected to behave with respect towards other players, tournament organizers, streamers and game developers. The following principles shall guide your behavior in game and also in Discord, Twitch, and other chats and media:
  2. Respect: Treating others with respect is fundamental. Organizers will not tolerate toxic behavior.
  3. Integrity: Tournament is committed to fair play. These rules provide the bare minimum. Players should hold themselves to a standard of integrity above what these rules require.
  4. JoyWay is against any toxic behavior. It is therefore expected that no tournament participants will engage in any hateful or harassing activities. A non-exhaustive list of prohibited behaviors includes:
  5. Hate speech, offensive behavior, or verbal abuse related to sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, nation, or religion.
  6. Political discussions.
  7. Stalking or intimidation (physically or online).
  8. Spamming, raiding, hijacking, or inciting disruption of streams or social media.
  9. Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information ("doxxing").
  10. Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes unwelcome sexualized comments, jokes, and sexual advances.
  11. Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  12. Any accusations of improper play or conduct shall be brought directly to tournament organizers. Prohibited behaviors witnessed by organizers could result in punishment.
  13. It shall be a severe rule violation for any team to, jointly or independently, attempt or conduct an act that may manipulate the outcome of a match, series, tournament or other event in a manner that would reasonably be considered unfair or anticompetitive. This includes and is not limited to:
  14. intentionally losing a match
  15. colluding with an opponent secure a match outcome
  16. colluding with an opponent to manipulate placements/standings
  17. engaging in any behavior which interferes with the operation of the tournament or participation of teams
  18. All players are presumed to have read these rules. Ignorance of these rules is not a defense. In some cases, Team Captains may be held responsible for the behavior of members of their team. Therefore, Team Captains should make every effort to ensure that their team members have read and understand these rules. Being a Team Captain is an important responsibility and should not be taken on lightly.

Team/Player Names

  1. Players and teams must play using the player and team names registered for the tournament.
  2. Use of any name which is offensive, vulgar, obscene, racist, inflammatory, sexist, or defamatory is prohibited. This includes names which break the preceding guidelines but use alternative spellings/numbers.
  3. Player names, player logos, team names, and team logos are forbidden if they:
  4. Are protected by copyrights/royalties/third-party rights and the user has no written permission;
  5. Resemble or are identical to a brand/trademark no matter whether it's registered or not;
  6. Resemble or are identical to a real person other than themselves;
  7. Resemble or are identical to the tournament organizers;
  8. Are deemed too hard to read, distinguish, interpret or have multiple unnecessary characters;
  9. Violate the Code of Conduct.
  10. Each team’s and each player’s name must be sufficiently unique. Minor variation from an existing team or player name (such as replacing a letter for number) is not considered sufficiently unique.
  11. Names should be written in English.
  12. Players are not to falsely represent a team for which they are not a rostered member.
  13. Breach of the forgoing rules is a rule violation.

Cheats, Exploits, and Violations

The following are prohibited gameplay violations:
  1. Direct modification of the game or its code that affects gameplay in any form.
  2. The use of any unapproved third party apps which modify the game in any form.
  3. Deliberately exploiting the game in any way which has an extreme impact on competitive fairness.
  4. Anything which may be considered Hacking, DDOS, or any actions directed toward tournament players aimed at preventing or affecting their participation in a match.
  5. Intentionally or Unintentionally Clipping inside of objects or walls more than 50% may result in round overturns, or match disqualification if repeated multiple times.
  6. Using any form of the in-game height calibration to gain a competitive advantage may result in match forfeit, qualifier forfeit or team disqualification, at the discretion of tournament organizers.
  7. Use of playspace movement to breach map boundaries, or reach spaces that would otherwise be impossible to reach using typical game movement is not permitted and will result in penalties.
  8. Use of any external play space mover or program is prohibited. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  9. Any creative exploit deemed intentional by a referee or tournament lead, even if not covered in the rules may result in round overturns, match forfeits or qualifier disqualifications. It is advised that any potentially exploitable position or technique be disclosed to the tournament organizers before used, and a decision is made on it. Decisions may involve legal use until patched by developers, or immediate ban.

Disciplinary Actions

The disciplinary procedures in these rules serve only as guidance. In extreme cases, Joy Way Officials may exercise discretion to disqualify a player or team from participating in the tournament and/or assign other punishments as appropriate. Decisions made by the Joy Way Officials are final, and not complying or causing match delays on these decisions may result in severe disciplinary actions.

These rules may be amended or supplemented at any time without prior notice at the discretion of Joy Way LTD.

Last updated: March 28, 2023.

Tournament Schedule & Grid

May 26: Game start at 10:00 PM EDT.

The most actual tournament grid will be published on the Discord server.