In this post I am going to explain how The bidstack FM Cup is going to work as well as the history of the competition.
The history of this competition is simple. This competition ran under a different name last year “The #FMCreators Cup” because of the simple reason we didn’t have a sponsor name last time around. However it was sponsored by 2Game for prizes. The final of last years #FMCreators Cup was contested between Kevmc1982 and Incredible_moo with Kev coming out on top and winning the Final.
We have continued this tradition of an annual tournament but this time because of the hard work from the #FMCreators admins as well as MozzaPlays we have secured a big sponsor in bidstack. Also thanks to the excellent work from whattheforkGaming we have our logo too! It’s safe to say everyone is excited to get this tournament kicking off.
How to Apply?
Unlike last years tournament we have decided not to use the entry process of “first come, first serve”. This time content creators can apply to participate in the competition and the board of admins will decide who the 32 participants are. The Application process is now closed!
The only rule is you have to choose a squad of 18 players out of the current UEFA Champions League teams. There is no limit to how many players you can have from each team. The teams you can choose from are the group stage teams from the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League.
Once you have selected your squad you need to send it to Cookie FM via email on firstname.lastname@example.org So he can put your squads together in the same DB for fairness and equality. Cookie FM will then send your squad back to you. The squad file will need to be put into “sports interactive – football manager touch 2019 – exported teams”.
The matches will be played on Football Manager Touch 2019 via Versus mode. For the group stages you will need to select league match and for the knockout stages you will need to select knockout match. This will enable draws in the group stage and extra time & penalties in the knockout stages.
Once into Versus mode on Football Manager Touch 2019 you will need to import yourself our exported team. On the select team screen you will just click the import team button and your team should be there.
The admin team will be in control of putting the squads together & keeping note of the results/tables. When sending your team to the admins please include a home kit and away kit (shirt, shorts and socks) that you would like your squad to wear. You keep the same squad for the entirety of the competition. You may utilise any formation/ tactic that you wish.
The structure of this cup will be the exact same as the UEFA Champions League from the Group Stage point I might add. This is to link in with the squad rules.
The first port of call would be to draw each manager into their designated groups (A – H). There will be 4 managers in each group. Each manager will play each other twice. The easiest method of doing this would be to play 2 matches consecutively when playing each opponent. This would mean that every manager will play 6 matches in the group stages.
There would then be another live draw for the second knockout round where the competition turns to one legged knockout matches. After each round from here there will be a live draw explaining who is playing who.
#FMCreators admins will be in charge of doing the live draws for each round via twitch.
In the case that there are any issues as there are with any online ran competition. We have developed a list of solutions:
If the connection or the game cuts out or freezes the game must be replayed unless the crash/freeze occurs before half-time. If it happens after half-time then the result will stay as it stands. If the match cannot be replayed then the admins of the bidstack FM Cup will put the match outcome to a vote.
If a match isn’t played then the admins will look at the evidence provided and give a standard 0-3 defeat to the person in the wrong.
Being FM’d is not an excuse to have a match restarted.
Friendly banter at all times, any abuse or bullying then you will be kicked from the competition.
If a participant has to leave the competition the admins will either replace the competitor or hand out 3-0 wins to that persons opponents.
Any injuries and/or suspensions recieved will only affect the head to head in progress.
There will obviously have to be time restraints put on this competition as we can’t have it taking all year to conclude. Therefore we have gone with the following time structure:
1 week to apply for a place.
1 week to submit the squad of 18.
2 weeks to complete the Group Stage matches.
1 week to then complete every Knockout Stage.
The competition is due to begin on 17/11/18 and expected to take up until 15/12/18 (subject to change).
The part everyone wants to know is what’s the prize! Well, we have a cool £1,000 to part with as our main prize pot. This is courtesy of bidstack; so make sure you send them some love and support. We have decided to split the £1,000 3-fold into a 1st place prize of £500, a 2nd place prize of £350 and a 3rd place of £150. We feel this is a fair way to split it between our top 3 FM Cup performers.
As we have claimed bidstack as our massive sponsor for this competition they do have some requirements that all 32 participants as well as the admins need to fulfill in order to get the full prize pot.
Content Creation Trailer/Overlay – It doesn’t matter how you’re creating your FM Cup content. You will have to agree to display a short clip advertising bidstack (Youtube) and an overlay featuring their logo, the FM Cup logo as well as your own logo as well as adding a clickable bidstack logo link below the stream.
Everyone involved will need to use the hashtag #bidstackFMcup for promotion on Twitter.
Participant matches need to be streamed, blogged or youtubed.
The Admin Team
As with any competition you’ll need to know who to contact if you have any queries or questions. Below is the list of admins organising and running the competition
Please get in touch via Twitter or the #FMCreators discord for any queries. Good luck and we look forward to seeing you compete in The bidstack FM Cup.