I’ve been fighting for more than 4 years against the exclusion of Quebec residents from international esports event and now that we finally succeeded to prove that esports aren’t a publicity contest and there is no legal reason to exclude us, I’m realizing that some companies, like MLG, just don’t want to cooperate.
Therefore, I decided to create a special page on my personal website specifically for that topic.
Why is Quebec excluded?
A simple misunderstanding…
As explained on the Fédération québécoise de sports électroniques (FQSE) website (http://esportsquebec.ca/exclusionfr/), the FQSE asked the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec (RACJ) to clarify the judicial status of esports competitions, the RACJ examined the issue and stated, in an official letter dated from November 15, 2016, that e-sports competitions were not considered “publicity contests” as defined by legislation.
Therefore, these competitions are not under the jurisdiction of the RACJ, and the organizers are not required to report the hosting of such events or to pay related fees. Indeed, the RACJ views e-sports tournaments as events in which there is a form of competition that relies on the players’ skills:
Since esport focuses on players’ personal skills, its main purpose is not for commercial purposes, but rather to allow video gamers to compete with each other to determine who is the most skillful and, as in all competitions, to award a prize to the most talented participants.
As a reminder, the ambiguity surrounding the legal status of esport competitions previously caused the exclusion of Quebec residents in some international competitions. By putting an end to this ambiguity, the notice from the RACJ is a key argument in convincing the organizers of such competitions to welcome Quebec players.
STILL EXCLUDING QUEBEC
MLG : Gamebattles
Official website : http://gamebattles.majorleaguegaming.com/
UMG: Online tournaments
Official website : https://umggaming.com/tournaments
ALLOWING QUEBEC NOW
Example with Hearthstone : https://bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net/cms/gallery/j9/J976W710HSTP1455317433658.pdf
Website : https://compete.tespa.org/tournament
EVERYONE ELSE! (VALVE, RIOT, ETC.)
Valve, Riot and all others are all rightfully accepting Quebec’s resident.
Thank you guys for being awesome!
EXAMPLES OF PAST EVENTS THAT DIDN'T ACCEPTED QUEBEC RESIDENTS
SQUARE ENIX: FFTCG North America 2018 Competitive Season
Official website : https://www.fftradingcardgame.com/na/news/championship-series-2018
Even if luck is a factor in all TCG, it’s ultimately the skills of a player to choose and play correctly his cards that make him win.
FACEIT & NBC : Rocket League Open Qualifiers
They knew about it but still didn’t changed the rules :
NINTENDO : World Championship 2017
Official website: http://nwc.nintendo.com/