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Unfortunatly we have some bad news - there will be no more donations from AlexeyA for season#32 (sep-nov 2016) and probably for the upcoming seasons too :(.
Otherwise, Big thank you to AlexeyA, for all you have done for quake and for us!
There will be no changes for the current season#31 prizepool at least, 50K.

A bit of history -
11 feb 2013 AlexeyA wrote to 125fps the email with this text -
"I want to help you, i propose to increase prizepool for feb 2013 league to 30000 rub (~1000USD). I want to support quake scene. When i was young i was so happy to play this great game"
From this time about 3.5 years ago, AlexeyA regulary gave us money towards the prizepool for the pro league this was keeping European quake and a highly profressional level for tourneys and players. Finally he donated more then 1 million rubles, its about 28800 USD! For esports and competitive scene it keps a high level of player skill and attendendace. A big thank you one more time.

125 FPS Project has exists since april 2012, first Daily Cup#1 was held 2 april 2012, winner was russian player Russia strongest (and he won first five our cups, btw).
We will continue our Pro League seria, but now we can only rely on other donators. Prizepool for season 32 will be decreased. Guys, if you want our quake tourneys we're counting on you - pls donate any money. Good news - we have about 45K rubles for this moment at our balance!

sticked

125PLoAgain and again - huge thanks to our sponsor Alexey A from the Moscow region and to the rest of the donators as well. And of course big thanks to all other donators, live long too)
We are starting off a new Quake Live Duel Season number #31. The same format - Sunday cups every weekend with points (as well as prizes, see "Rules and Prizes") for the top-8 culminating in a season finale on the last sunday between the 8 players who accumulated the most points through the course of the season. The season finale will take played out with a group stage (2 groups with 4 players) with two players from each group progressing to a single elim bracket.

Season news
 Follow us on twitter for the current information.

26 Aug
- final groups are announced http://125fps.challonge.com/season31final

22 July
- Unfortunatly Sweden spart1e cant play season final 28 august, thus he will be replaced with madball or waro

10 July
- SundayCup#44 sign up link http://125fps.challonge.com/tournaments/signup/4UCrHstSOs

02 July
- donator's lottery winners are Russia renk and United Kingdom lordsoth, they picked toxicity, ztn and silence as last three maps for current season, thus season#31 mappool finally includes Sinister, Furious Heights, BloodRun, Cure, Toxicity, Battleforged and Silence.

Donator's mapchoice
Donator's lottery winners for season#31 are Russia renk and United Kingdom lordsoth, they picked toxicity, ztn and silence as last three maps for current season, thus season#31 mappool finally includes Sinister, Furious Heights, BloodRun, Cure, Toxicity, Battleforged and Silence.

Schedule and Results

03 July Sunday Cup#43: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup43 
10 July Sunday Cup#44: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup44
17 July Sunday Cup#45: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup45
24 July Sunday Cup#46: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup46
31 July Sunday Cup#47: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup47
07 Aug Sunday Cup#48: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup48
14 Aug Sunday Cup#49:http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup49
21 Aug Sunday Cup#50: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup50

Season points:

    Sum Cup#43 Cup#44 Cup#45 Cup#46 Cup#47 Cup#48 Cup#49 Cup#50
1 agent 50 6 7   7 8 8 7 7
2 evil 48 8 8 8 8     8 8
3 pavel 29 7 6 6   5 5    
4 prox1mo 26 3,5 3,5 3,5 3,5 6   6  
5 k1llsen 25     7 6 7   5  
  spart1e 17   3,5 5 5 3,5      
6 lars 12 1,5       3,5   3,5 3,5
7 luke_ie 11     1,5       3,5 6
  base 10 1,5 5 3,5          
 8 waro 8,5 5         3,5    
 8 madball 8,5     1,5     7    
  zanes_ 7       3,5   3,5    
  matr0x_pl 6,5         1,5     5
  dem0n 6           6    
  iddqd 6   1,5       1,5 1,5 1,5
  clawz 3,5 3,5              
  baksteen 3,5               3,5
  kenny 3       1,5 1,5      
  dazator 1,5   1,5            
  sev3n 1,5       1,5        
  QLThund3rbolt 1,5           1,5    
  n1n1n1n1 1,5             1,5  
  pikawa 1,5              

1,5

 

28 Aug Sunday Season#31  Final  http://125fps.challonge.com/season31final

Group A: Russia agent, Russia pavel, Germany k1llsen, madball or waro
Group B: Russia evil, Kazakhstan prox1mo, lars, Ireland luke_ie

Playoff: 

Mapchoice: Groups bo3 ++----+ ; Playoff bo5 ++--+++; 1-2 place match bo7 (cointoss winner pick first, loser pick next)
Rules: Two groups with 4 players, 2 pass to playoff, bo3. Playoff bo5, 1-2 places match bo7

Rules and Prizes
Rules for tournaments and events you can read here.
MapPool: Sinister, Furious Heights, BloodRun, Cure, Toxicity, Battleforged and Silence
Mapchoice:
Sunday cups BO1 and BO3 - drop till the 1 (or 3) map(s) remains. Season Final day - Groups bo3 ++----+ ; Playoff bo5 ++--+++; 1-2 place match bo7 (cointoss winner pick first, loser pick next)
Rules: 
Sunday Cups will be run the same way as before - Full Double Elimination bracket, winner bracket semi finals and finals BO3, the final 2 BO3s (if necessary). All other matches including the loser bracket final BO1.
PrizePool: 
The prizes through the course of the season will be distributed the following way: Every Sunday Cup will have 3.000RUB at stake - 2500RUB for the winner and 500RUB for the 2nd place finisher. In total the Sunday Cups in season will feature 3.000*8=24.000RUB as prizes. The prizepool of the season finale will depend on the amount of donations. If the whole 18.000RUR can be covered by donations (aside from Alexei A.) then the whole 50.000RUR donated by Alexei A. will be up for grabs in the season finale. Otherwise the missing sum will be deducted from the prize pool of the season finale. So in the worst case - if no donations will be received during the season, the season finale prize pool will amount to 50.000-3.000*6=32.000RUR split between 8.

 

VODs

Admins: Nico, []34[], Diezel, mikul, Xron, Green (search on IRC or write to admin@ 125fps.com)
Streams: United Kingdom ZLive, Russia 102team, United States of America flairTV ; Stream Hub
Donate: Donate link, Big thanks to all our donators for their money, your support is very important for players, for 125 FPS project and for all Quake community, thanks a lot!. Detailed information about the 125fps cash flow in 2015 can be found here
Links
:irc #125fps, Russia team102, United Kingdom PlusForward post , France ESport, Russia ESR ,

During Sunday Cup #44 the players Russia Base and Kazakhstan prox1mo both received a yellow card for repeatedly spamming smilies during matches and thereby provoking a kick by the automated spam-prevention mechanism of the servers (on some servers it is enough to spam a bind quickly five times in a row). Afterwards the games have been continued with the remaining time from scratch which obviously puts the player who previously held control at a disadvantage.
Due to this we add the following rule: If a player is automatically kicked for spamming chat messages during an official game he loses the current map by default.

As a representative of 125FPS team I have to inform you about the following.

Explanation
Introduction.
All we know 'base' for a long time. He played tons of tourneys. Hunderds of people watched his games as spectators or various streams. Tens of streamers had commented his games. Hundreds of another high skilled, low skilled or whoever quakers played against him. For that years no one even reported him as cheater.
He also made few movies, participating our tiny community as well as it could even be.

Problem state.
We know that Valve Anti-cheat is a serious thing. Also we know that triggering of VAC-ban means Valve's software found on player's PC some kind of malware: viruses, modified dynamic link libraries (ddls), known cheats or whatever software that got recognized as possible unfair.
We are zero-tolerated to cheaters. Cheaters must be banned from all 125fps events for a lifetime permanently. But it is not similar to the Steam's policy.

What happened?
We've got information about base's VAC-ban in early sunday morning. Just right after base connected to me by skype describing he cannot log in to the steam with his usual account, and he knew he has VAC-ban for an unknow reason. He well understood that he could be permanenty banned from 125fps. Accroding to that he asked me only one question "Am I able to play Sundaycup today?".

Early reaction.
First of all I've decided to try find out the possible reasons of VAC-ban and loosing access to the account. I've asked base for a few typical security questions, let him check his PC for malware presence by free anti-virus software. After all I said: "Try to contact Steam's technical support to restore access to the account". Immediately I've contacted Nico to make a decision about Sunday Cup.

Why he got into the Cup?
Firstly, no one from us belived that he could cheat. A few players were ready to share their Steam accounts to base just to let him be able to play QuakeLive. Nico, as a head of 125FPS said: "I'm sure he is clear, let him play". All other 125fps team agreed with that under conditions:
1. VAC-ban could not came from wherever. There is a reason. We must find it out.
2. Base should register new account and buy a new copy of QuakeLive.
3. Using third-party accounts is forbidden by Steam rules and if base's PC still contain dangerous malware that accounts might be affected to VAC too.
4. Anyway we should try to find a motive to use cheats by base.
5. Make a deep analyze to his statistics on QLStats looking for unsual perfomace.
Until investigation proccess is taking place base is able to participate 125fps events.
From that we recommend to base get a new steam account, buy quake, try to play against someone from 125fps (it was me).

Investigation process.
Base have never before been suspected as cheater. Base won enough tough games under being spectated by a huge number of players and got his skill proven many times. Quakelive is now almost subcultural game, you cannot earn a lot of money that it could worth to use cheats. He has a name, all the community know him. We conclude that there is no motivation for base to use cheats.
For days before, all the games he played have no unsual perfomance by qlstats. He has no unsual "match-by-match wins in a row" whoever he played against.

Gathering all the facts below:
- he has good reputation
- he has proven skill
- he has no motivation to use cheats
- his statistics showed no unusual perfomace
We made a decision that it is impossible that base used cheats in quakelive.
VAC-ban triggered for some other reason, so we've contacted Steam support as 125FPS team and asked for explanation why that certain account got VAC-ban. We don't know if Steam support is going to answer or not.

Here is no any other reasons in our decision.

Also we made a decision that if someone of proven-skill players like k1llsen, Spart1e, etc will get VAC-ban we do not ban them from 125fps events permanently until their guilty get 100% proven.

I am free to contact and answer any questions you have on IRC channel #125fps.

PS: we are strictly recommend to all steam users to improve their steam accounts security, like enabling Steam Guard.

Sincerely yours,
Russia DieZel
Team 125FPS.

125PLoAgain and again - huge thanks to our sponsor Alexey A from the Moscow region and to the rest of the donators as well. And of course big thanks to all other donators, live long too)
We are starting off a new Quake Live Duel Season number #30. The same format - Sunday cups every weekend with points (as well as prizes, see "Rules and Prizes") for the top-8 culminating in a season finale on the last sunday between the 8 players who accumulated the most points through the course of the season. The season finale will take played out with a group stage (2 groups with 4 players) with two players from each group progressing to a single elim bracket.

Season news
 Follow us on twitter for the current information.

21 June
- Final groups are annonced http://125fps.challonge.com/season30final

19 June
- Sunday Cup#42 sign up link http://125fps.challonge.com/tournaments/signup/zFuwmOBzLQ

12 June
- Sunday Cup #41 sign up link http://125fps.challonge.com/tournaments/signup/05bPeUGPpN

15 May
- Sunday Cup#37 sign up link http://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/2ZUtnCkTM8

01 May
- 1st SundayCup (#35) sign up link http://125fps.challonge.com/tournaments/signup/EnVTaeZh6G 

Donator's mapchoice
No donator's map choice at season#30, we just set QuakeCon2016 mappool. But - all of donator who donated during season 29 - will participate at mapchoice lottery for the next season! 

Schedule and Results

01 May Sunday Cup#35:http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup35
08 May Sunday Cup#36: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup36
15 May Sunday Cup#37: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup37
22 May Sunday Cup#38: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup38
29 May Sunday Cup#39: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup39
05 Jun Sunday Cup#40: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup40
12 Jun Sunday Cup#41: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup41
19 Jun Sunday Cup#42: http://125fps.challonge.com/sundaycup42

Season points:

    Sum Cup#35 Cup#36 Cup#37 Cup#38 Cup#39 Cup#40 Cup#41 Cup#42
1 evil 61 8 8 5 8 8 8 8 8
2 agent 56 7 6 8 7 7 7 7 7
3 prox1mo 26,5     3,5 3,5 5 6 3,5 5
4 base 24     7 5 6   6  
5 spart1e 23 5     6   5 3,5 3,5
6 lars 22,5   3,5 3,5 3,5 3,5 3,5 1,5 3,5
7 pavel 17     6       5 6
  ash 13 6 7            
8 wolf_pl 8 1,5   1,5 1,5 3,5      
  k1llsen 6,5   5   1,5        
  dem0n 3,5 3,5              
  fazz 3,5 3,5              
  karwik 3,5   3,5            
  Nitrino 3,5           3,5    
  garpy 3   1,5     1,5      
  hzt 1,5 1,5              
  maggotkil 1,5   1,5            
  iddqd 1,5     1,5          
  Sliba 1,5         1,5      
  gedros 1,5           1,5    
  Madball 1,5           1,5    
  cherepoff 1,5             1,5  
  luke_ie 1,5               1,5
  rikky_rikardo 1,5               1,5

 

26 June Sunday Season#30  Final  

Group A: Russia evil Russia base Sweden spart1e Poland wolf_pl
Group B: Russia agent Kazakhstan prox1mo Germany lars Russia pavel

Playoff: 

Mapchoice: Groups bo3 ++----+ ; Playoff bo5 ++--+++; 1-2 place match bo7 (cointoss winner pick first, loser pick next)
Rules: Two groups with 4 players, 2 pass to playoff, bo3. Playoff bo5, 1-2 places match bo7

Rules and Prizes
Rules for tournaments and events you can read here.
MapPool: sinister, cure, furiousheights, bloodrun, battleforged, hektik and elder.
Mapchoice:
Sunday cups BO1 and BO3 - drop till the 1 (or 3) map(s) remains. Season Final day - Groups bo3 ++----+ ; Playoff bo5 ++--+++; 1-2 place match bo7 (cointoss winner pick first, loser pick next)
Rules: 
Sunday Cups will be run the same way as before - Full Double Elimination bracket, winner bracket semi finals and finals BO3, the final 2 BO3s (if necessary). All other matches including the loser bracket final BO1.
PrizePool: 
The prizes through the course of the season will be distributed the following way: Every Sunday Cup will have 3.000RUB at stake - 2500RUB for the winner and 500RUB for the 2nd place finisher. In total the Sunday Cups in season will feature 3.000*8=24.000RUB as prizes. The prizepool of the season finale will depend on the amount of donations. If the whole 18.000RUR can be covered by donations (aside from Alexei A.) then the whole 50.000RUR donated by Alexei A. will be up for grabs in the season finale. Otherwise the missing sum will be deducted from the prize pool of the season finale. So in the worst case - if no donations will be received during the season, the season finale prize pool will amount to 50.000-3.000*6=32.000RUR split between 8.

 

VODs

Admins: Nico, []34[], Diezel, mikul, Xron, Green (search on IRC or write to admin@ 125fps.com)
Streams: United Kingdom ZLive, Russia 102team, United States of America flairTV ; Stream Hub
Donate: Donate link, Big thanks to all our donators for their money, your support is very important for players, for 125 FPS project and for all Quake community, thanks a lot!. Detailed information about the 125fps cash flow in 2015 can be found here
Links
:irc #125fps, Russia team102 announcement, United Kingdom PlusForward post , France ESport