Millennial Esports Madden 18 $10K Sanctioned Vegas Challenger Event

Millennial Esports is proud to be hosting one of the first EA Sports Madden 18 NFL Open Challenger Tournaments of the season!

With open registration, all amateur and aspiring professional Madden NFL players nationwide, age 16 and above, may enter for their opportunity to win a share of the $10,000 guaranteed prize pool, MCS points, and a chance to move onto the Madden Classic.

Player passes are priced at $125, online until September 22nd or $150 at the door.


This event will be played exclusively on the Xbox One console and be held at Millennial Esports' thE Arena in beautiful downtown Las Vegas on September 23rd and 24th.

This Event is sanctioned by EA to be part of the official 2018 MCS circuit, and will award not only cash prizes but also MCS points and a spot at this years Madden Classic.

No Refunds

You will be able to catch all the action live by visiting www.twitch.tv/millennialesports! Don't miss out!

Event & Tournament Details

Player passes are priced at $125, online until September 22nd or $150 at the door.


This event will be played exclusively on the Xbox One console and be held at Millennial Esports' thE Arena in beautiful downtown Las Vegas on September 23rd and 24th.

This Event is sanctioned by EA to be part of the official 2018 MCS circuit, and will award not only cash prizes but also MCS points and a spot at this years Madden Classic.

No Refunds

You will be able to catch all the action live by visiting www.twitch.tv/millennialesports! Don't miss out!

Event Schedule & Format

  • Saturday September 23rd, 2017

    9:00 AM – At the door registration

    10:00 AM – Round Robin Qualifiers Schedule Wave A

    2:00 PM – Round Robin Qualifiers Schedule Wave B

    6:00 PM – Round Robin Qualifiers Schedule Wave C

  • Sunday September 24th, 2017

    10:00 AM – Bracket Round of 64

    12:00 PM – Bracket Round of 32

    2:00 PM – Bracket Round of 16

    4:00 PM – Quarter Finals

    6:00 PM – Semi Finals

    8:00 PM – Finals

Prize Info & Breakdown

Competitors will potentially win cash prizes as well as MCS points. The following section details the distribution of prizes.

  • 1st Place

    • $1,000 Cash + Advancement to the Madden Clasic

    2nd Place

    • $2,000 Cash
    • 250 MCS Points

    Semi Finals

    • $1500 Cash
    • 225 MCS Points

    Quarter Finals

    • $1000 Cash
    • 175 MCS Points

  • Round of 16

    • 150 MCS Points

    Round of 32

    • 125 MCS Points

    Round of 64

    • 100 MCS Points

    Group Stage 3rd Finish

    • 50 MCS Points

    Group Stage 4th Finish

    • 25 MCS Points

Tournament Structure

Qualifiers

Players are divided into 4-man round robin groups. Each player in a group will play each other player in the group (3 matches total per player) recording each player’s win-lose record and point differential. From each group, two (2) players with the best record and point differential will advance to the playoffs. Point differential may make the difference between advancement and elimination-you must try to score as many points as possible in addition to winning every match.

Point differential is capped at 24 points per match. Point differentials are disregarded (reduced to 0 points) against players who go undefeated (with 3 wins), and against players who have zero wins, in the group.

Rebuy/reentry is not available for eliminated players.

Playoffs

The Playoff bracket will be single elimination seeded based on win-loss record and point differential.

The Venue

The event will take place on September 23rd and 24th (Saturday & Sunday) (registration opening at 9AM PST Sharp!) and will be hosted at 450 Freemont St, Unit 380, at Millennial Esports' thE Arena located in the Neonopolis Center downtown Las Vegas.

Tournament Rules

By penalty of disqualification, ejection, forfeit of prizes, legal charges, and any other penalty deemed appropriate by event staff:

Event participation and registration is restricted to competitors who are 16 years of age or older. (Competitors who are under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian and fill out the form below.)


  • Game Version and Physical Equipment

    All competitors are required to use the most recent version of Madden 18 as is loaded onto tournament equipment provided by Millennial Esports. Matches must be played on the hardware provided by Millennial Esports, this will consist of an Xbox One and Benq 2445 Monitor. competitors are allowed to bring and use their own Microsoft Xbox One controller (wired, however it must be a stock, unmodified controller with the battery(s) removed. Wireless connections for controllers are not allowed, competitors wishing to use their own controller are expected to provide and use their own micro usb connection cable. competitors understand and affirm that the use of their own controller precludes responsibility on the part of Millennial Esports and its partners for any technical malfunction with said controller and/or its connection to the Xbox One system. Additionally, competitors may use their own headphones/headset, provided it is compatible with the Microsoft Xbox one. Millennial Esports reserves the right to inspect and/ or reject personal hardware for any reason, and further will not be expected to provide technical support for or troubleshoot any personal equipment malfunctions. Malfunctions deemed to be related to personal hardware shall not be valid for the purposes of disputing a match outcome.


  • Xbox Live Accounts

    Competitors must compete on the Millennial esports account pre-loaded on the Xbox one system. Competitors may not sign out of the account, and may not use their own live account/ gamertag.


  • Competitor Eligibility

    In order to participate in the tournament, you must meet the following criteria: You must be a legal resident of the United States, Canada or Mexico or reside in one of these territories for the duration of the competition. You must be at least 16 years of age, and must have written permission from a parent or guardian if under 18 years of age who must remain onsite at the tournament venue at all times the under 18 competitor is present. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be deemed ineligible. Millennial Esports may request a copy of personal identification and travel documentation to verify that these requirements are met.


  • Notice of Filming/Photography/LiveStreaming

    When you enter the Millennial Esports, ThE Arena, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording/web casts may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Millennial esports and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/ or videos may be used to promote similar Millennial esports events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of Millennial esports. You release Millennial esports, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings. By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by Millennial esports or the person or entity designated to do so by Millennial esports. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.


  • Competitor Conduct

    All competitors are asked to behave in a humane way towards other competitors and to any member of the administration team; treat others as you would like to be treated! Tournament Admins shall have final say in all disputes and will at all times work to ensure fair play and treatment of all competitors. Competitors may be subject to match forfeits, series forfeits points forfeits, bans and expulsions, or any other appropriate remedy as determined by Millennial Esports admission in their sole discretion from Millennial eSports events, tournaments and platforms for non compliance with Admin rulings.


  • Drugs and Alcohol

    Competitors must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while participating. Smoking (including eCigs and vapes) are prohibited except in designated areas.


  • Cheating

    Any cheating, as determined by the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion, will result in an immediate forfeit and additional penalties depending on the severity of the infraction.


  • Wagering/Gambling

    All forms of gambling or wagering on the outcome of a match or series by competitors or spectators is expressly forbidden.


  • Collusion

    Collusion is defined as any agreement among two or more Competitors to disadvantage other Competitors in the Competition. Collusion between Competitors is strictly prohibited.

    Examples of collusion include, but are not limited to:

    • Intentionally losing a match for any reason at any time during the Madden Championship Series or during qualification for Series Events.
    • Playing on behalf of another Competitor, including using a secondary account, to aid them during the Madden Championship Series or during qualification for Series Events.
    • Any form of match-fixing.
    • Soft play, defined as a Competitor not taking reasonable and fair actions to gain advantages against their opponent during a match.
    • Agreeing to split prize money.

  • Penalties

    Competitors or Teams who break the rules in this document are subject to penalties including (but not limited to) the following:

    • Match Restart
    • Loss of Game
    • Match Forfeiture
    • Temporary Competitor Bans
    • Permanent Competitor Bans
    • Prize Forfeiture

  • Competitor Names

    Competitors may register for the tournament under an “alias” or “gamer tag”. Millennial Esports reserves the right to reject or alter such tags at their sole discretion where tags are deemed to be offensive, or disruptive to the tournament. competitors who win prize money will be expected and required to provide valid government issued photo ID in order to claim their prize money. If a competitor wins a cash prize and is under the age of majority the prize shall be awarded to said competitors legal guardian.


  • Player Sponsorship and Promotion

    Players in the tournament have the ability to acquire and work with ad sponsors. However, if the ad sponsor falls under the below limited categories, then player may not display or promote this sponsorship in conjunction with Millennial esports. EA, its partners, or the Madden NFL Championship Series. Millennial esports has the ability to update the below list at any time and may disqualify any player for failing to comply with these rules in its sole discretion. The following is a nonexclusive list of prohibited ad sponsors:

    • Gambling or gambling websites
    • Alcohol, Tobacco, and/or Non-“over-the-counter” Drugs
    • Madden Ultimate Team Coin promoting or selling websites or companies
    • Firearms or any type of weapons
    • Pornographic or adult material
    • Products or services from direct competitors of Millennial esports, its partners, and its other subsidiary brands

  • Personal Communication Devices

    Use of personal devices (such as smartphones, tablets, or other smart devices) with the ability to facilitate communication to another person (other than a tournament administrator or emergency staff) may be restricted for a competitor while they are actively engaged in a game. Tournament organizers will provide a safe storage area for all personal items when such a request is made.


  • Match Rules - Group Stage (Saturday, September 23rd)

    Competitors are divided into 4-man round robin groups. Each player in a group will play each other player in the group (3 matches total per player) recording each player’s win-loss record and point differential. From each group, two (2) players with the best record and point differential will advance to the playoffs. Point differential may make the difference between advancement and elimination-you must try to score as many points as possible in addition to winning every match.


  • Match Rules - Championship Bracket (Sunday, September 24th)

    Competitors who qualify from the group stage on saturday will be seeded into a single elimination bracket. Seeding will be based on group stage record, followed by points differential.

*All rulings by the tournament director are final and not subject to further dispute. Millennial Esports in conjunction with the tournament director and their agent(s) reserve the right to modify, change, or amend these rules at any time in order to facilitate fair play and fair outcomes.

Game Settings

The game mode used will be Regular H2H. Any team is allowed to be used.

  • Quarter Length: 4 minutes
  • Event type: Superbowl
  • Even teams: Off
  • Play Clock: 40 seconds (set by default)
  • Skill Level: All-Pro
  • Weather: Clear
  • Injuries: Off
  • Fatigue: On (Dictated by Game Mode)
  • Accelerated Clock: Off
  • Game Speed: Normal
  • Sliders: Default

Other adjustable settings are as follows:

  • Competitors can adjust the following settings provide that there are no bugs or game imbalances caused within the competition mode.
  • Auto Sprint: Default On
  • Auto Strafe: Default On
  • Heat Seeker: Default On
  • Ball Hawk: Default On
  • Switch Assist: Default Off
  • Auto Play Flip: Off
  • Camera Setting: Default Standard

Additional gameplay rules are as follows:

  • Onside Kicks

    Onside kicks are not allowed in the first half. A Competitor may attempt an onside kick at any time in the 2nd half.

  • Excessive Offsides

    Neither the offense nor defense should purposefully go offsides with the intent of delaying the game nor exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct. Intent is at the sole discretion of the tournament administration.

    Improper Audibles Participants may not audible out of the QB Kneel, Wildcat, Field Goal, or Punt formations. In game trick plays are allowed

  • Glitches/Exploits

    Any attempt to glitch the game in order to gain an advantage is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to the following situations.

    • Any offsides glitch
    • Audibles that cause an unresponsive defense
    • Intentionally slowing down a defense at the line of scrimmage to cause an offsides penalty.

    In the event that a tournament administrator determines that a penalty was caused by an unauthorized glitch, one or more the following actions will be taken to return the game to a fair state depending on the result of the play.

    If the ball wasn’t advanced by the offense OR the result of the play was in favor of the defense (turnover, sack, defensive TD), then the offense will be forced to decline the penalty (in the end, the penalty for a glitch is a loss of down).

    If the ball was advanced by the offense, then the offense will be forced to take penalties until they are equal or behind the line of scrimmage at the start of the play where they intentionally glitched (in the end, the penalty for a glitch is a loss of down).

  • Settings Check Grace Period

    Competitors have until the start of the 2nd quarter to report any settings that were configured incorrectly to their expectations. In a situation where a Competitor’s setting(s) was configured incorrectly, tournament officials will suspend the match, correct the setting(s), and then resume the game from the last game state.

  • Match Reporting

    Upon completion of a match competitors much remain on the score screen until results have been recorded by a tournament admin. competitors who do not remain on the score screen will be unable to dispute the match result, should both competitors fail to remain on the score screen before results are recorded, the match will be deemed a forfeit for both competitors.

  • Ties

    If at the end of a five minute match the goals scored is tied, play will continue in “sudden death” until the next goal is scored.

  • Disconnects

    Intentional If a Competitor intentionally disconnects from the game and is not able to reconnect to the game, then a loss will be given to the Competitor. It is at the sole discretion of the tournament administrator as to what constitutes an intentional disconnect.

    Unintentional Disconnects: If a Competitor unintentionally disconnects from the game and is not able to reconnect to the game, then tournament officials will determine if the game state can be restored to a similar point. If the game cannot be restored, then the tournament administrator will use their judgement on how to restart the game.

    Example: A Competitor unintentionally disconnects at the 2:20 mark of the 3rd quarter with possession of the ball on the 50-yard line. The score of the game was 20-14. A tournament administrator instructs the game to resume in the 1st quarter with the implied score to be 20-14 and the implied quarter to be the 3rd. The clock will be run down to 2:20 with possession established as close to possible around the 50-yard line. The competitors will play until halftime to determine the winner.

  • Stoppage of Play

    Tournament admins may at any time halt a game or match. If so directed by the tournament admin immediately pause the match and set your controller on the table until otherwise instructed by the admin. competitors may not elect to pause at any time unless during instances of a glitch/exploit, or when directed to by an admin. Warnings will be issued to competitors upon first offence, and subject to penalties as outlined under the penalties section upon further abuse.

  • Restarts

    The Tournament Organizers may order a Game or Match restart due to exceptional circumstances, such as if a bug significantly affects a competitor’s ability to play or the Game or Match is disrupted by a Force Majeure or other event.

  • Mercy Rules

    If the following conditions are met during group play, the tournament operator will award a game victory to the competitor with the score advantage in the interest of continuing the tournament in a timely manner. During a single elimination stage, mercy rules will be enforced at the discretion of the tournament administration team with the same conditional considerations. A game will not be ended early during the group stage of the competition.

    • A Competitor has a 32 or greater point lead at the end of the first half.
    • A Competitor has a 25 or greater point lead AND the losing Competitor has had at least one opportunity to possess the ball in the second half.
    • A Competitor has a 24-point lead with possession of the ball AND the losing Competitor has had at least one opportunity to possess the ball in the second half.
  • Maximum Point Differential

    The maximum point differential that is allowed to be reported as a score in a group stage between two competitors is 24 points (example: 24-0; 31-7; 66-42).

  • Participant Information

    Competitors affirm that Millennial Esports and its partners may, within the bounds of United States privacy legislation, collect, store, transfer, and publish competitors information, including such information as a competitor's name, city, gamer tag, for the purposes of promotion.

  • Unforeseen Circumstances

    These rules are an attempt to insure that the Tournament runs fairly and as smoothly as possible. However, unforeseen circumstances may require a special response, and for that reason the Millennial Esports reserves the right to change or amend any of the tournament rules or remove any competitor at any time, for any reason, at their sole discretion.