Rules of the Game
Please note: DO NOT create multiple profiles. Anyone caught playing the game with multiple profiles will be disqualified and deactivated, no exceptions.
How The Game Is Played
There are a few terms you should be familiar with in order to fully understand the rules.
Season: A "season" here on MMAPlayground.com consists of 10 major "events". This should equate to roughly 3 seasons per year.
Event: An "event" is either a Pride FC or UFC event, including Pride Grand Prix and UFC Fight Night. Please read our FAQ's if you have any questions about why only UFC or Pride FC events are considered.
MMA Playground features 2 main games: a fantasy pick 'em game and a fantasy odds-based betting system.
Fantasy Pick 'Em Game: Players score points when he/she successfully picks the winner of an event's fight. To make your picks for any currently scheduled upcoming events click the "My Fantasy Picks" link under the "My Playground" tab after logging in to your account.
5 points are awarded for a correct pick. An additional 2 points are awarded for correctly predicting the fight's outcome (TKO, submission, etc) and/or picking the fight's ending round. Correctly selecting the fight's outcome and the ending round will result in an addition 2 point reward for your flawless predictive abilities.
5 points earns a bonus $10 to your fantasy bankroll, 7 points $20, and 11 points (winner, outcome, and round) $35.
The fight which has the closest number of people picking each combatant as the winner is named the "hot bout", thus you are rewarded for "seeing through the hype" to accurately know who will win a contested matchup. The "hot bout" for an event will have its point totals doubled. Note: In the event that the "hot bout" is on the undercard of an event, another fight that is running close in picks from the main card may be selected as the "hot bout" by the administration.
When a fighter is picked by less than 20% of site members he is considered to be the "heavy underdog". In the event you select a heavy underdog to win a fight, and they do in fact win their bout, your bold pick will be rewarded with an additional 2 points scored.
Fantasy MMA Betting Game: All players start out each new season with $1,000 in their fantasy bankroll. After logging in, click the "My Fantasy Wagers" link under the "My Playground" tab to access the wagering interface. If you are not familiar with an odds-based wagering system then click here for a very simple explanation of the basics. You can see what your potential winnings or loss might be simply by typing an amount into the box next to a fighter in the "Your Wager" column.
Simply type in your desired wagers for any fight you feel like betting on, then click the "Update My Event Wagers" button at the bottom of the page to place your bets. Event bets may be changed up to the time an event is locked out as the odds are set once a fight becomes available for wagering.
Players may only place wagers on the next upcoming event on MMA Playground. Fighter odds are based on an algorithm which factors in variety of criteria from our users via the pick 'em game, fighter rankings, and more.
Winning the Game:
The player with the highest "point" total at the end of each season is declared the winner of the fantasy pick 'em game. The player with the highest bankroll total at the end of the season is declared the winner of the fantasy wagering game. In the event of a tie in either game, the player with the higher score in the other game will be pronounced the winner (this applies to the per-event prizes as well; in the event of a tie on both games, preceding event performance will be used as the tie-breaker).
A few hours before an event starts it will be "locked" so that you will no longer be able to make or alter any fighter selections. At this point you best go get ready to watch the fight :-) Please note that events often start before they are available on TV, thus events will often be locked well before you can view them. Event point totals will be updated anywhere from an 10 minutes to a day after the event has taken place, depending on the time and location of the event. (Sorry, the administrators like to watch the events and are MMA fans too.)
If you need further help understanding some of the site features please read the FAQ's, then if you still have a question, contact us.
Forum Code of Conduct
Failure to adhere to the below behavior guidelines will result in having your forum posting and mailbox privileges taken away, either temporarily or permanently (depending on the severity of the situation as decided by moderators and/or administrators), or even having your account completely deleted. You may or may not receive a warning depending on the severity of your foul and the moderators unbiased judgment of the situation. Deleted/deactivated accounts are not eligible for any prizes.
PLEASE NOTE: We made these rules for a reason. You may not like them all, but to be a member here you have to follow them. If you have trouble adhering to these rules, then perhaps stick to posting in your fight camp message board or messaging your friends on the website via the Private Message (PM) system. These rules may sound a little strict, but are in place for the purpose of keeping the MMAPlayground.com community atmosphere a friendly, respectful, mature place for MMA fans to enjoy their fighting passion.
1. Do not engage in name-calling, threats, exchanges of insults, or intentionally rude behavior towards fellow members. It's 100% fine and normal that you don't agree with another member's comments, and it's completely fine to state that when done without insults. People may post things that are common knowledge, are answered in a pinned topic, or have already been posted many times before. If you care to reply, do so without the use of profanity or a condescending tone. It's old-fashioned, but remember your parents saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all". The purpose of having an online community is to have a place for a close-knit group of fans to talk about the things they love (in this case, MMA).
2. Blatant performer bashing (fighters, referees, promoters, etc) will not be tolerated. Stating your opinion in a factual, non-profane manner is acceptable. Example: "I don't really like [fighter name]", "I don't agree with the call that [referee name] made", etc. Flaming/libel is not acceptable. Example: "[Fighter name] is an utter piece of crap", "F*** [fight promoter]! He/She is a walking turd!", etc. Try putting yourself in a fighters place, having worked and trained hard to get where you are, having put your body and health on the line for the entertainment of others, and then imagine reading a forum topic where people who don't even know you are calling you a piece of garbage. "Least favorite fighters", "most overrated", and "fighters you hate" are thread topics that promote fighter bashing.
4. Spoilers: Do not post event spoilers under any circumstances (except for any forum marked as a "spoiler" forum). Be considerate of other members that may not have access to view an event in their country until after you do.
5. Do not engage in any commercial activities on this website without permission from the site owners. This is not a free-for-all to buy and sell MMA paraphernalia, gear, and DVD's, nor is this the place to promote your MMA game, blog, website, or anything else. If you're a company interested in advertising your products to your users please contact us and we will help you set up a customized ad campaign for a reasonable rate. If you are recruiting/advertising for another website, you will be permanently banned immediately.
6. Do not do any "postwhoring", which entails posting numerous one word replies, posting useless small pieces of text, or participating in things like word association games in an effort to drive up the number of posts you've made.
7. Do not be a forum troll. No one likes forum trolls. Forum trolls are users who post things that are either absurd or insanely stupid for the purpose of annoying / riling up other members. Do not troll. Trolls are bad.
8. If you have a question about something please do a search first to see if the topic has been touched upon recently before starting another topic.
9. Do not post in all capital letters, all bold, or in l33tspeak. This annoys people. Don't annoy people.
10. Please check the first 5 pages of the UFC/Pride forum, and the first 3 of any other forum for a related topic before you start a new thread. We only have so much space, and would like to keep the discussion going without people having to constantly repeat themselves. If you add your thoughts to the existing thread it will refresh to the top of the front page. DO NOT start a similar thread just to make sure people see your post so that your thoughts gets special attention.
11. Do not post explicit content: pornography, semi-clothed "hot chicks" threads, cannibalism, gore, snuff films, amputations, surgeries, or any thing else that might be offensive to regular folks. If you think that parents would not want their children to see, don't post it. We have many young members and parent/child players on the site. Just because its in the Padded Room forum doesn't mean that our young ones won't go there. There is no shortage of other sites and communities you can visit for the aforementioned topics. "Fail", "Pwned", and any other similar threads frequently get out of hand as well with one person trying to top the next, so just don't make them.
12. Do not give advice (or boast) on how to engage in illegal activities. Drug recipes, crime strategies, and anything else that is explicitly illegal has no business being discussed here. Do not advocate rape or child molestation. If you think these things are funny, we suggest you seek professional help.
13. Do not engage in wild conspiracy theory's about fixed fights on the forums. Unless an athletic commission convicts someone of it, or BOTH FIGHTERS in a fight openly agree that it happened, it need not be discussed here. There is no advantage to be gained by discrediting the sport you love, which is the reason you are here in the first place :-)
14. Do not post your OPINION as a FACT. Two facts: "water is wet", "the sky is blue". A non-fact: "Jon Doe will beat Joe Blow and you all know it" when they have never even fought before.
15. If you have a problem with someone breaking a site rule the best thing to do is come to the moderators with it. Attacking them back yourself, which may be breaking site rules in the process, only adds more fuel to the fire. If someone is PM-ing you, and you don't wish them to, just put them on your PM blocked list. If they attack you on the open forums, it WILL get them in trouble have no fear. Practice the discipline and self-control of a martial artist by resisting the temptation to retaliate and letting the mods fire back for you with a ban or suspension instead :-)
16. If you have a problem, correction, or suggestion please contact the ADMIN. Starting a thread designed to attack a moderator or anyone else who runs the site is rude and counterproductive. Insulting the people in charge won't help your cause. The moderators work here for free, because they care about this site and are devoted mixed martial arts fans. They are also humans who have feelings, and are bound to make mistakes from time to time. Trying to embarrass them when they spend a lot of unpaid time making this site habitable for all is a fruitless activity. Starting threads about banned members and attacking the sites moderators for banning them on the open forums is also prohibited; let bygones be bygones.
17. If there is a scoring problem with an event, first check the MMA Playground Game Talk forum before e-mailing us. Often there will be a thread on it, with explanations for the difference in what happened. If there IS NOT a thread on it, then by all means e-mail us!
18. Do not post uncredited or unreliable rumors on our forums. Yes, even the major mma websites get things wrong from time to time, but they are generally reliable. If they are proven wrong we will remove the thread when we find out.
19. Do not post all your picks in a thread, and ask others to do the same, until an event is locked. We area all competing against each other, so why you would want anyone to know all your picks? Often the people who post these threads are just begging to see what others think because they are undecided themselves. It doesn't make a lot of sense to help people who are not in your fight camp to beat you.
20. The fight camp forum is for recruiting members, not attacking other fight camps. If the purpose of your topic is to belittle another camp on the site, don't post it. A little friendly rivalry is fine, but we have zero interest in hosting group e-flamewars.
21. Only one account per person, period. If you create multiple accounts they will all be deleted.
22. Don't bump threads just to point out you got a pick right.
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