Privacy Policy

PlayVS takes your privacy very seriously.
This privacy policy was last modified on October 10, 2018.

At Play Versus, Inc (“PlayVS,” “we,” “us,” “our”), we know you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take protecting the privacy of our users very seriously. This Privacy Policy explains how your personal information is collected, used and disclosed by Play Versus when you visit or use our website, www.playvs.com (our “Website”), and our related software and online or mobile services provided on or in connection with our Website (collectively, our “Service”). By accessing or using our Service, you signify that you have read, understood and agree to our collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our privacy practices and let us know if you have any questions.

All capitalized terms that are not defined in this Privacy Policy shall have the meaning given to them in the Terms of Use.

A note about Student Data: PlayVS is the official high school esports league, used by schools, school districts and athletic associations (collectively referred to as “Schools”) to offer competitive esports activities to students (“Students”). We take our commitment to student privacy very seriously. Please see Section 6 to understand the principles that guide our collection, use and disclosure of Student Data.

Click on the links below to jump to each section:

  1. PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT
  2. SHARING OF YOUR INFORMATION
  3. THIRD PARTY TRACKING AND ONLINE ADVERTISING
  4. HOW WE STORE AND PROTECT OUR INFORMATION
  5. YOUR DATA RIGHTS AND CHOICES
  6. HOW DOES PLAY VERSUS PROTECT STUDENT DATA AND COMPLY WITH LAWS?
  7. LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES AND SERVICES
  8. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
  9. HOW TO CONTACT US
  10. CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

1. PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Information you provide to us and information we receive about you from others

We may collect personal information when you when you create a registered user account, sign up for our mailing list, purchase or register a product, or otherwise communicate with us. The personal information we collect during registration may depend on your account type and whether you are a School representative, parent or coach, but could include: name, phone number, email address, mailing address, school (name, city, state) and payment information. We may also collect such information when you contact us in person (for example, at camps, competitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and other events), via telephone, facsimile or email.

In addition, we collect the following types of information:

Information about Schools: We ask for certain information when a School representative registers a School with PlayVS, or if the representative corresponds with us online, including a name, school name, school district, school email address, role at school, phone number, and relevant IT and equipment information required for students to participate on campus. School representatives and coaches may also provide information about students, such as a team roster. We may also collect information provided by a School if the School sends us a message, posts content to our website or through our Service, or responds to emails or surveys. Once a School begins using the PlayVS Service, we will collect content and information provided by the School through the School’s use of the Service and we will keep records of activities related to the Service.

Information about Students: We collect information about student athletes from the School or from the student directly, including name, phone number, email address, mailing address, school (name, city, state), and may collect additional information associated with the student’s Athlete Profile, including the athlete player name, parent/guardian information (name, relation, e-mail and phone), age and graduation year, photograph, jersey number, and esports position. Personal information collected from or about students, along with other information associated with that personal information, is referred to as “Student Data.” Please refer to Section 6 to learn more about how we use and protect Student Data.

Data collected through the use of the Service: We collect information about how you use the Service, your actions on the Service, and content you post to the Service (“User Content”), as well as information about a player or team record, for example, gameplay statistics, personal or team awards and highlights featuring the team or athlete.

Information we receive from third parties: We may receive personal information about you from third parties and combine that with the information we collect through the Service. For example, we may receive your contact information from your school or Coach to register you for a school team. We receive information about your activities on third party games you access through the Service.

We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide the features and functionality of the Service, as well as to communicate directly with you, such as to send you email messages and push notifications, and permit you to communicate with others on the Service or invite others to join the Service. We may also send you Service-related emails or messages (e.g., account verification, change or updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices). For more information about your communication preferences, see “Your Data Rights and Choices” below.

Usage and Device Information

To provide a personalized and high-quality experience for our users, we may use various technologies that automatically record certain technical information from your browser or device when you visit our website, read our emails, use our Service or otherwise engage with us. This information is typically collected through a variety of tracking technologies, including cookies, web beacons, file information and similar technology (collectively, “tracking technologies”). These tracking technologies cookies collect information about how you use the Service (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click, emails you open, and other actions you take on the Service), information about your browser and online usage patterns (e.g., Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser language, referring / exit pages and URLs, pages viewed, whether you opened an email , links clicked), and information about the device(s) you use to access the Service (e.g., mobile device identifier, mobile carrier, device type, model and manufacturer, mobile device operating system brand and model, and whether you access the Service from multiple devices). We may be able to determine your approximate location by analyzing other information, like an IP address to associate a user with their School. We may also collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools such as Google Analytics to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Service. You can learn more about Google’s practices at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners, and view its currently available opt-out options at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Although we do our best to honor the privacy preferences of our visitors, we are not able to respond to Do Not Track signals from your browser at this time.

We use or may use the data collected through tracking technologies to secure the Service, improve the Service, to save you time, to provide better technical support, and to track website usage. For example, tracking technologies help us to: (a) remember information so that a user will not have to re-enter it during subsequent visits; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) to identify you across multiple devices; (d) to provide and monitor the effectiveness of our Service; (e) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and usage on our website and our Service; (f) diagnose or fix technology problems; (g) help users efficiently access information after signing in, and (h) otherwise to plan for and enhance our Service.

If you would prefer not to accept cookies, most browsers will allow you to: (i) change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie, which lets you choose whether or not to accept it; (ii) disable existing cookies; or (iii) set your browser to automatically reject cookies. Please note that doing so may negatively impact your experience using the Service, as some features and services on our Service may not work properly. Depending on your mobile device and operating system, you may not be able to delete or block all cookies. You may also set your email options to prevent the automatic downloading of images that may contain technologies that would allow us to know whether you have accessed our email and performed certain functions with it.

We and our third-party partners may also use cookies and tracking technologies for advertising purposes. For more information about tracking technologies, please see “Third-party tracking and online advertising” below.

2. SHARING OF YOUR INFORMATION

PlayVS takes great care to protect the information you provide us. We do not rent or sell personal information that we collect from users with third parties for marketing purposes.

PlayVS will disclose your personal information when you post content which is visible to others on the Service, when you consent or instruct us to share your information with third parties, or when we have a legitimate business or legal need to share your information. We may also disclose anonymous or aggregate information that does not reasonably identify you as an individual. For example, your information may be shared with:

The public (when Student Data contained in Competition Data is visible to others on the Service by default). Like any high school sports league, some information about student athletes and competition results is posted on the Service and may be visible to other users, website visitors and the public (“Competition Data”). Competition Data includes certain personal information from the student’s Athlete Profile, including athlete player name, full name, graduation year, school (name, city, state), photograph, jersey number, and esports position, as well as athlete player statistics and gameplay highlights, which will be available publicly on the Service by default when you participate in the Service. Email addresses, phone number, parent or guardian information (name, relation, email and phone), payment details, and birth date are not Competition Data and are not available to the general public.

Other members of the Service. We disclose personal information between and among other users of the Service associated with the School, such as coaches, team administrators and school representatives. These users will be able to view your entire Athlete Profile, including email and home address, phone number and parent/guardian information.

Third parties game providers authorized by the School or Coach. Play Versus facilitates gameplay through third party game providers. When a School elects to participate in a game provided by a third party game provider, we share some information about the School and its student athletes (including player name, school, esports jersey number and position) with that third party game provider to help populate your user profile and track team gameplay on the third party service. These third party game providers use your information according to their own privacy policy and practices, which may differ from the practices described in this Play Versus privacy policy. Schools and team coaches should review the privacy policy of any third party game provider or service to understand their privacy practices before you participate in any third party game through the Service.

Third parties with your consent or according to your instructions. You may provide consent or authorization to share your personal information with third party applications or services in several ways, depending on the functionality available now and in the future through the Play Versus Service. Please note that these third parties are not governed by PlayVS or the terms of this Privacy Policy. We recommend you review the privacy policy of any third party application or service before authorizing access to your PlayVS account information. For example, you may authorize Play Versus to share your information with:

  • Special programs you participate in. If you participate in special programs where PlayVS partners with third parties, PlayVS may share data collected from or about you with its third party partners to facilitate the program or services being offered.
  • Others with your consent. In some instances, you may be able to grant us permission to share your information third-party partners, recruiters, not-for-profit organizations, and other entities that are not affiliated with PlayVS. In these cases, we will only provide to these third parties the information you have authorized or asked us to share to these third parties. You may also choose to share content with others by email, or by posting PlayVS content to social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. These third parties may use your information as described in their own privacy policies. To control the information that you share, you have the option of modifying your PlayVS or social network settings or disconnecting your social network account from your PlayVS account.

We may also share information for the following business purposes:

  • Third-party vendors and other service providers that perform services on our behalf, as needed to carry out their work for us, which may include providing mailing services, providing payment or accounting services, web hosting, or providing analytic services.
  • Other parties in connection with a company transaction, such as a merger, sale of company assets or shares, reorganization, financing, change of control or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company or third party, or in the event of a bankruptcy or related or similar proceedings. If we sell, divest or transfer our business, we will require the new owner to continue to honor the terms provided in this Privacy Policy or we will provide the School with notice and an opportunity to opt-out of the transfer of Student Data by deleting the Student Data before the transfer occurs.
  • Third parties as required by law or subpoena or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) to enforce our Terms of Use or to protect the security or integrity of our Service; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Play Versus, our users, visitors, or others.

We may also share information with others in an aggregated or otherwise anonymized form that does not reasonably identify you directly as an individual. For example, we may use and share aggregate or anonymized data to study and improve our Service, user functionality and product offerings.

3. THIRD PARTY TRACKING AND ONLINE ADVERTISING

Play Versus does not display any targeted advertising on the Service, though we may display contextual advertising or sponsored content.

We participate in interest-based advertising and use third party advertising partners to collect information from visitors to the Service for the purpose of displaying interest-based advertisements on other websites, apps or services, social networks, or on other devices you may use. Typically, though not always, these third party ad networks use cookies and tracking technologies to recognize your browser or device and to collect information about your visit to our Service to provide you customized content, advertising and commercial messages which may be more relevant to your interests, as well as to provide advertising-related services such as reporting, attribution, analytics and market research.

Please note that we use our best efforts and take multiple steps to avoid the use of Student Data for targeted advertising purposes. For example, we take steps to inhibit these third party advertising networks from collecting information for targeted advertising purposes when a student athlete logs into the Service.

To learn about interest-based advertising and how you may be able to opt-out of some of this advertising, you may wish to visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s online resources, at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices, and/or the DAA’s resources at www.aboutads.info/choices. You may also be able to limit interest-based advertising through the settings on your mobile device by selecting “limit ad tracking” (iOS) or “opt-out of interest based ads” (Android). You may also be able to opt-out of some – but not all – interest-based ads served by mobile ad networks by visiting http://youradchoices.com/appchoices and downloading the mobile AppChoices app.

Please note that opting-out of receiving interest-based advertising through the NAI’s and DAA’s online resources will only opt-out a user from receiving interest-based ads on that specific browser or device, but the user may still receive interest-based ads on his or her other devices. You must perform the opt-out on each browser or device you use.

4. HOW WE STORE AND PROTECT OUR INFORMATION

Storage and processing: Your information collected through our Service may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Play Versus or its affiliates or service providers maintain facilities. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction.

Keeping information safe: We care about the security of your information and employ physical, administrative, and technological safeguards designed to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected and maintained by our Service. Access to information is limited (through user/password credentials and two factor authentication) to those employees who require it to perform their job functions. We use industry-standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to safeguard the account registration process and sign-up information. Other security safeguards include but are not limited to data encryption, firewalls, and physical access controls to building and files. However, no security system is impenetrable and we cannot guarantee the security of our systems 100%. In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and, where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.

5. YOUR DATA RIGHTS AND CHOICES

Account information and settings: You may update your account information by editing your profile or signing into the account settings.

Control email communications: You can opt-out of receiving promotional emails from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” feature at the bottom of each email. Unfortunately, you cannot unsubscribe from Service-related messaging.

Modifying or deleting your information: If you have any questions about reviewing, modifying, or deleting your information, or if you want to remove your name or comments from our website or publicly displayed content, you can contact us directly at privacy@playvs.com. We may not be able to modify or delete your information in all circumstances.

If you have any questions or requests about your account information, contact us directly at privacy@playvs.com.

6. HOW DOES PLAY VERSUS PROTECT STUDENT DATA AND COMPLY WITH LAWS?

Through the course of providing the Service, Play Versus collects information about student athletes who use the Service to compete in esports. Personal information collected from or about students, along with other information associated with that personal information, is “Student Data.” The Student Data we collect can include name, phone number, email address, mailing address, school (name, city, state), and may collect additional information associated with the Student athlete profile, including the athlete player name, parent/guardian information (name, relation, e-mail and phone), age and graduation year, photograph, jersey number, and esports position. Please note that students have the ability to save or maintain control over information associated with the student’s account by establishing or converting the account to a personal account on the Service or by transferring, sharing, or linking such information to a personal account. Information associated with a student’s personal account will not be considered “Student Data.”

This Section describes our practices with regard to Student Data. Please note that third party game providers that Schools may engage with through the Service may have practices and policies that differ from those described herein. Student Data we disclose to the game provider, as well as any other personal information the game provider collects from the School or its students directly, will be governed by the game provider’s own privacy policy and the terms of any other agreement between the game provider and the School. Please read the Privacy Policy of any third party game provider to understand their privacy practices before you participate in a third party game.

Student Data privacy principles. We are committed to the following principles to protect Student Data:

  • We collect, maintain, use and share Student Data only to provide and support the Service as described in our Privacy Policy, to maintain, develop, support or improve our websites, services and applications, and as otherwise permitted by our agreements or with the consent of the parent, guardian, student or School.
  • We do not use or disclose Student Data for targeted advertising purposes. While we do permit third party advertising partners to operate on our Service for the purpose of retargeting, analytics and attribution services, we disable third party ad networks when a student users logs into an account on the Service.
  • We do not build a personal profile of a student other than in furtherance of the School’s use of the Service (for example, athlete profiles and player history are created and displayed as part of the esports competition statistics and history), or as authorized by a student or parent.
  • We maintain a comprehensive data security program designed to protect the types of Student Data maintained by the Service.
  • We will clearly and transparently disclose our data policies and practices to our users.
  • We will never sell Student Data unless the sale is part of a corporate transaction, such as a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other sale of assets, in which case we will require the new owner to continue to honor the terms provided in this Privacy Policy or we will provide the School with notice and an opportunity to opt-out of the transfer of Student Data by deleting the Student Data before the transfer occurs.
  • We will not make any material changes to our Privacy Policy or contractual agreements that relate to the collection or use of Student Data without first giving notice to the School and providing a choice before the Student Data are used in a materially different manner than was disclosed when the information was collected.

How we use and disclose Student Data. We use and disclose Student Data as described in our Privacy Policy under the section “Sharing of Your Information.”

PLEASE NOTE: Competition Data, which may contain Student Data, is disclosed to the public by default. Like any high school sports league, some information about student athletes and competition results is posted on the Service and may be visible to other users, website visitors and others (“Competition Data”). Competition Data includes certain personal information provided by the student in the athlete profile, including: student athlete player name, full name, graduation year, school (name, city, state), photograph, jersey number, and esports position, as well as athlete player statistics and gameplay highlights. Email addresses, phone number, parent or guardian information (name, relation, email and phone), payment details, and birth date are not Competition Data and are not available to the general public.

Many Schools consider the type of personal information contained in Competition Data to be to be “Directory Data” under FERPA. If you are a School or Association, please confirm that Competition Data related to your School and student athletes may be displayed publicly through the Service in accordance with your School’s definition of Directory Data and/or that you otherwise have a parent’s or guardian’s consent to display such information publicly. If you do not wish to have a student’s personal information displayed in Competition Data, please instruct your student athletes to select a player name which does not relate to or identify the real name of the student and to leave other data fields in the athlete profile blank.

How we retain and delete Student Data: We do not knowingly retain Student Data beyond the time period required to support the School’s purpose, unless authorized by a School, student or parent, though we retain Competition Data and gameplay statistics, competition highlights and history indefinitely as part of the official record of the esports competition.

We do not delete or de-identify any Student Data from a student athlete account associated with an active School contract except at the direction of the School, student or parent. The School is responsible for maintaining current student athlete rosters and identifying student athlete accounts which the School no longer needs to retain. Unless otherwise directed by a School, student or parent, we will delete or de-identify personal information contained in student accounts after the termination of our agreement with the School, in accordance with the terms of any applicable written agreement with the School, written requests from authorized School administrators, and our standard data retention schedule.

Schools and/or students (or their Parents) can request account deletion at any time by contacting Play Versus at privacy@playvs.com. We may not be able to immediately or completely delete all data in all instances, such as information retained in technical support records, customer service records, backups, and other similar business records. We will not be required to delete any information which has been de-identified or disassociated with personal identifiers such that the remaining information cannot reasonably be used to identify a particular individual, nor will we be required to delete student information that has been transferred to a personal account except at the direction of the student or parent. Please note that we may not be able to delete Competition Data but we may be able to anonymize certain Competition Data upon request.

Compliance with laws: We consider Student Data to be confidential and do not use such data for any purpose other than to provide the Services, in accordance with contractual agreements with the National Federation of State High School Associations and its affiliate entities (NFHS) and the School’s State Association. Play Versus does not own or control Student Data, which belongs to the student and/or the School or association that contracts with Play Versus to provide the Service to the student.

As specified in our agreements with Schools and Associations, the PlayVS Service is designed to provide protections for Student Data as required by applicable privacy laws. For example:

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This Privacy Policy and our Service are designed to meet our responsibilities to protect personal information from the students' educational records under FERPA. We agree to work with each school to jointly ensure compliance with the FERPA regulations.
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). PlayVS is not directed to children under 13 and does not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. A School may not permit a child under 13 to register for the PlayVS Service to compete on the School’s esports team, unless the School represents that it has the authority to provide all necessary consents for PlayVS to collect and use such student’s personal information in the manner contemplated by this Privacy Policy, as permitted by COPPA. Please contact us at privacy@playvs.com if you believe we have inadvertently collected personal information of a child under 13 without proper consent so that we may delete such data as soon as possible.
  • Students Online Personal Information Protection Act ("SOPIPA"). This Privacy Policy and our Service are designed to comply with SOPIPA. We do not use Student Data for targeted advertising purposes. We do not use collected information to amass a profile of a K-12 student except in furtherance of providing the features and functionality of the Service. We never sell Student Data unless the sale is part of a corporate transaction, such as a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other sale of assets, in which case we make efforts to ensure the successor entity honors the privacy commitments made in this policy and/or we will notify the School and provide an opportunity to opt-out by deleting student accounts before the data transfer occurs. We will not sell Student Data to third parties other than in the context of a business transaction.
  • California Assembly Bill 1584 ("AB 1584"). This Privacy Policy and our Service are designed to comply with AB 1584. Pupil records obtained by Play Versus from a local educational agency ("LEA") continue to be the property of and under the control of the LEA. Parents, legal guardians, or eligible pupils may review personally identifiable information in the pupil's records and correct erroneous information by contacting their LEA directly. In the event of an unauthorized disclosure of a pupil's records, Play Versus will notify the LEA and will provide the LEA with information to be shared with the affected parent(s), legal guardians(s) or eligible pupil(s). Pupil records will be deleted and/or de-identified in accordance with our agreements with each School and as described in this Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about our practices with regard to Student Data, please contact us at privacy@playvs.com.

7. LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES AND SERVICES

The Service may contain links to and from third party websites of our business partners (such as gaming providers), advertisers, social media sites and other services. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies or content. We strongly recommend that you read their privacy policies and terms and conditions of use to understand how they collect, use, and share information.

8. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request a list of the third parties to which we have disclosed “personal information” (as that term is defined under applicable California law) for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes. We do not currently share personal information with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes.

9. HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the Service, please contact us at privacy@playvs.com or by writing to us at PlayVS, 1447 2nd Street Suite 200, Santa Monica, CA 90401, Attention: PlayVS Legal Department.

10. CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

PlayVS may modify or update this Privacy Policy from time to time so you should review this page periodically. If we change the policy in a material manner, for example if we seek to use personal information in a materially different way than we had previously, we will let you know and update the ‘last modified’ date at the bottom of this page. If you object to any changes, you may close your account. Continuing to use our Service after we publish changes to this Privacy Policy means that you are consenting to the changes.