This post will be primarily focused on around the idea of Americans joining France. Now it's obvious to me there is a lack of understanding within the community that Americans can join nations other than the Colonies and Great Britain. I do however understand the appeal of those nations. These being heritage, history, and the fact that both nations speak English primarily. I am here today to end this misconception.
It is without a doubt that France in RotS will need Americans to join this great European Empire, and there are reasons I will list below that explain why. I also would like to state that every reason for Americans to join France has nothing to do with Nouvelle-France and our interests in America/Canada.
So first and foremost, France offers a stable environment of growth in the Caribbean that no other nation at this point can guarantee. Our Caribbean ports are not Client nations or French companies.. no they are ports that will act the same as the French ports on our mainland. This ensures that those who wish to establish business or a career in naval successes in the Caribbean will not be interrupted by political strife that comes with Client nations or company boards. Of course, you could argue that Spain offers this same deal, but not only is Spain yet to be founded, they are also extremely overreached having lots of territory that will cause their government and military to be preoccupied at launch. These include Mexico and Florida.
Continuing this point, American players who join the French Empire will be able to hold positions such as governor but also have representation in the French government and be able to participate in political campaigns and perhaps even run for Prime Minister in the future elections. France will face no issues or distractions, like Great Britain will face, with the American colonies and their noble pursuit of Independence. Again, you could mention Nouvelle-France and how they will most likely want independence. The reason I said that none of this post will apply to Nouvelle-France, is because under my government I would like to ensure Nouvelle-France's independence and partnership in securing the Atlantic for France and her allies.
I think the biggest takeaway for American players who will read this in the near future is this.. France can offer SECURE positions in the Caribbean for Americans due to the time zone issues that would come up with French players trying to fill those roles. I believe most logical players of both American and French backgrounds would agree to this point. This means that our Caribbean fleet, ports, and trade could all be operated by American players while still maintaining fair and equal representation in French politics. Very appealing if you ask me.
The one point I would like to add to all of these benefits, as a possible negative, is the fact that all Americans joining France but also other foreign nations, should understand we're representing people of a different culture. In doing so, we should always act in a manner that promotes their cultures and keep our American mindsets out of our decisions, but not necessarily our opinions, which should be allowed to be freely voiced. To add, there is also the issue of understanding the French language, but this is a barrier that is overcome with the fact that English is the business language of the world as well as technology. I think this can simply be overlooked by both nationalities when working together to ensure French success.
With all of this being said, I would like to invite all American players looking for a home in a nation of one mind that can offer security and room for growth.. to join the French Empire and our Discord @ https://discord.gg/eCDPuqpKG9
Jacques, Premier Ministre de la France
The French Empire's Discord: https://discord.gg/eCDPuqpKG9
Thank you for your post, Sir!
I would like to discuss a leadership of the French Empire for an American. Joining France as an American, there can certainly be nothing amiss with that. But I think you aspire a leadership position. And that makes for an interesting discussion.
I found this kind of dialogue a bit lacking on the British front, where claiming the leadership of Britain by an American seemed much more about the interests of the colonies than about representing a nation's interests. So we started on the wrong foot there. But you lead the way in opening up this debate!
I am not French so I have no stake in this discussion. And more so, I am not for any nationality being banned from another nation. But I am in complete agreement with you that it should be about the interests of the nation you represent first and foremost, you serve the people and legacy of a nation.
And to anyone's concerns about mixed interests we should add that the developers have made it abundantly clear that those that will become important governmental officials now, will not yield real power until after an election. So the people, the House of Lords to be precise, will still decide.
There are a few things specific to the French I wish to ask of you:
The French are particularly proud of their language. And are not as well taught in English as some peoples. Whenever I am in France I notice it's hard to get by without showing the French the courtesy of speaking their language. So we can expect the French gamers will have the tendency and wish to speak French in their own nation.
So what level is your French? I know there are some Americans that speak French, and there are even some French regions, but generally multi-language talents are not greatly bestowed upon our American cousins. I am of the opinion that with your specific ambition comes the requirement to be pretty fluent in French.
Do you also agree with me that Americans that join the French Empire in high positions should be fluent French speakers? And that the official language in the government chambers should be French and it should not be demanded of the French to have to speak English?
Do you agree that the National Newspaper in France should also be in French?
My other question:
You speak of strategy. I take your words as someone that aspires leadership within the French government. Although perhaps you did not mean your words thus. So forgive me if I have a wrong take on your meaning.
The Caribbean ports, apart from Cap‑Français, are minor. Your client nation Nouvelle-France holds strategically important territory in North America. But much more important is the Indian territory of the Compagnie française pour le commerce des Indes orientales. These are economically very significant! Likely twice as large as the American and Caribbean territories combined.
You spend a lot of words on the Caribbean, quite a bit less on Nouvelle-France, an no word at all on your most important territory in the hands of the CFIO. Which is under direct threat by both the Mughal, Maratha and British and Dutch and Spanish. And possibly even China and Japan. It will be an enormous blow to France to lose these territories.
So my concern here is: are you, as an American, not too much with your mind in the American continent? Are you fully versed in France's Asian past and interests? In France itself, if you would ask any Frenchman or woman about their colonial past, they would likely mention India, Indochine, North Africa, etc., before they would even think of the America's. The very regions you are currently overlooking in your plea.
Of course, if as an American leader, you are aware you might have a historical and regional bias, and you are willing to learn and overcome this and become a ruler in Paris with his eyes on the world, not the Americas alone, this can be remedied. And there is plenty of time to prepare yourself thus.
I'm just curious whether you see this as a danger for any American origin leader of the French Empire, that they might not understand the perspective from Paris.
Anyway, I thank you for opening such a debate. And I do agree with you that Americans should seriously consider joining the great French Empire, as it has much to offer. It is worth it for the cuisine alone, not to mention the language, fashion, literature and the most refined people!
"Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity." Sun Tzu
Happy New Year to you good Sir, it is quite nice to still see your presence on this forum. Before I begin I would also like to let me be known that I appreciate not only the questions but also the time you spent in coming up with these questions, for they are important to answer.
In my response I want it to be clear that I have spent some time looking over your post, trying to come up with the larger, more important, questions than perhaps some minor ones that fall under them (such as if the French newspaper is going to be in French). So without further delay, let me list your main questions, or points, below.
Now before I begin answering these questions, let me first address several key points. Number one, all of my responses to this post will be answered by the person behind the screen, not as my character. This means I will be using modern analogies and information to answer your questions instead of placing myself in 1750. Number two, this game is realistically 5-7 years from launch (though hoping it’s sooner) meaning there is plenty of time to hurdle any language or cultural barriers that have formed outside this game between French and American players, or players of all nations.
With this being said, let us begin…
In closing I want to add a few more points that relate to my previous answers. The first being that English is the number one business language of the world, meaning more people know English as a first or second language than any other. This being said, I am also aware that France is one of the nations that this does not apply to, due to their strong national opinion on their language. However, as a leader of men and women and more importantly gamers, we wish to cross those gaps and come out better in RotS.
On the topic of Nouvelle-France. I have not taken a political stance, nor will I, or any members of the French community (at this point)... because of what it has done to the Great Britain community over the past 4-6 months. However, the one standing point I do have, that will not waiver, is my promise of granting independence and hopefully protectorate status of Nouvelle-France. Again, much more of the mechanics on this need to be explained by the developers before we go too far into this. However, Nouvelle-France and France, in my mind, are two independent nations that are working as one while development continues. This means that we are using one Discord, one House of Lords, etc. so that we can build a strong bond between the two nations to ensure shared success, by any means, when launch arrives.
As for the CFIO, we are actively out recruiting Indian gaming groups or players who wish to join us all on this challenging but interactive and successful creation of the French Empire in RotS.
Thank you for your response and I look forward to hearing more from you, for it does help me explain my wants, and desires as a man representing France in RotS.
Jacques, Premier Ministre de la France
The French Empire's Discord: https://discord.gg/eCDPuqpKG9
Let no one say, Sir, that you are a man without a plan! That is a truly elaborate reply.
I would humbly offer some suggestions for your strategy as you laid it out, might you find it helpful. But I also detect some good thinking that encourages me you are on a good route.
As for the CFIO, we are actively out recruiting Indian gaming groups or players who wish to join us all on this challenging but interactive and successful creation of the French Empire in RotS.
This is certainly the best idea I have seen so far from the organizing communities. This might be hard to achieve now, because I have not seen to many Indians as yet, but that will undoubtedly change. You will have to offer them enough of an advantage so that they will not be tempted to fight for the regional Indian nations. And might I offer the suggestion that parts of Russia, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, and perhaps even Australia, might be in time zones still convenient enough to keep up service in the CFIO. It takes some calculation perhaps to see what convenient time zones are. And a family member serving in the armed forces of the Company does not need to have their family home in the region! So it's all about what are convenient gaming hours for a person.
Therefore, I can safely say that Americans will fill a large portion of this game’s final player population over all European countries. If I am wrong in this, I will be the first to admit my mistake.
I think you will be wrong in this. The numbers are not on your side. And the game mechanics are not on your side either. Believing in this might interfere with your ambitions, while I think your ambitions are perfectly feasible if you stay French enough.
A few issues with Americans in Europe:
The developers have already shared the current statistics with us a while back. It revealed that the USA is the largest gamer group with one third, but a larger gamer group is Europe, however, fractured in many smaller countries.
Let's say the USA has 180 million gamers. And France has 34 million gamers. Those are the proportions. (I'm just taking these total gamer numbers, for RotS these will be proportionately lower of course, like 0,1% or so, but never mind) Lets assume that most American gamers will want to play in the USA. The Colonies and other American nations. Let's say that applies to 80%. Then 36 million remain that want to play in Europe. I think that is overly optimistic, because Europe is a tricky timezone and language zone for them to play in. But on this 20% assumption, it's just about the same number of American gamers as there are French gamers. 50/50 in proportion. But there are 27 (?) different European nations. Not all these Americans want to play in France. Let's be optimistic and say you can get 10%. 2,6 million Americans to 34 million French. And I know the French, they are very nationalistic and very attached to their language. You can assume most French will play for France. So let's say for every American you will have ten to twelve Frenchmen.
I might be wrong (but I don't think so), but lets be enormously optimistic, I'm off by more than half, and you'll still have one American for every five Frenchmen.
I think that whichever way you turn it, the (real) French will outnumber the non-French in France by a significant number. It's just how this numerically works out. This means that in the House of Lords in Paris the government will be judged and chosen by a majority of French gamers.
But on the outside no-one can see who's French and who's not French in this game. You're French if you join France. So it doesn't really matter, does it? The French will only notice you're not French when you speak or write French poorly. Or they will notice if you behave in an un-French manner.
We in Europe have to deal with the French on a daily basis. So I have an idea what you can expect. The word 'chauvinist' is not a French word for no reason. They are distinctly proud of their culture and language, and certainly the majority of French are convinced they are superior to other nations. They are not the most forward European country when it comes to accepting foreigners, although they can be gracious if they choose to be, and the cities and countryside can be very different, France is a big place with many subcultures.
Will they accept you and the other Americans? I think if you are distinctly French, if you stand for all that is French, why not? They will certainly respect you greatly for having learned French! But they do not like being told what to do. You have to bend to the French way of doing things. Pushing a programme that does not feel French, that will kill you.
I think the French Empire will be a very proud Empire. Loyal to its own people but demanding of their loyalty too. And a stubborn and haughty Empire at times. The French can be uncompromising. So you are right to be careful in discussing Nouvelle-France to be independent. I think that might be an unpopular view with the French majority. They will ask why it needs to be independent. Is it not good enough for them to be a proud member of the French Empire as a client nation? I think the French will have an ambition that will be no smaller than world domination. They are unlikely to be the people of modesty and small ambitions. Their leaders always speak big and theatrical words. Their fiercely independent hearts filled with patriotism. Their minds are sharp and they are well capable of outsmarting their enemies to achieve their goals.
But that, Sir, is just my opinion. Vive la France! I wish you the best of luck! You are surely striving for a noble goal.
"Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity." Sun Tzu
As a Southern American, with Colonial heritage, I can assure you I think just like the majority of the French people. The only difference being language and the fact that we're across the future battleground of RotS, the Atlantic Ocean. I believe that there is a lot of similarities with nations across this globe but there will always be a deciding factor between all players across the Rulers of the Sea community. That factor is we're all gamers. No matter if we're French, American, or any other nationality we will all be here wanting to learn and play this game.
Where I hope to come in, is as an American player who understands or is willing to learn what I don't understand. No matter what, my goal from day one in creating this community has been to be for the French people as if I am one of them. This is in fact why I did not decide to create this community without reaching out to the only French player I knew and discussing if it was possible. The challenge of completing this task, is so appealing to me, that I will do what is needed to make it succeed and that is what separates me from your average American playing Prime Minister in a foreign nation.
I feel as if I can bring a lot to the table, even as someone who will sound funny speaking French in a Discord call, but this post is not about me nor will it ever be. This post is about France and how we make her succeed. It started out as a call to Americans looking for a place they can call home, and my goal was to show them how great of a home France can be if we're all in this together and not divided by cultural differences. Though I know these differences matter, I truly believe in the people I have surrounded myself with, in creating this French community. This belief will soon turn into passion as we begin to organize the teaching of the foundations of what it means to be French in 1750. From that point on, the French Empire will show no retreat nor lack of unity, for when all nationalities come together at the same table and can think, discuss, and yes maybe translate a little... that is what everyone will fear in RotS. A nation that has no limitations is truly an Empire in a video game, and with my leadership but more importantly our community, we will make it so.
This response was written without as much thought as my previous. Though, to me it has more power. I did not sit and think for hours to figure out what to come back with... no this was written in truth and passion. In complete summary, please realize this French Empire in RotS is filled with great leaders who are in all the right places to bring about something no one person has ever accomplished and in reality no one person will accomplish it. Only all of our community, consisting of French players but also all players from the globe, will make this possible. Now we just have to make it so.
The French Empire's Discord: https://discord.gg/eCDPuqpKG9
I salute this interesting discussion. I will try to not be too much abrupt in my remarks, so I'll try to not be too much French, but natural might come back very fast. I hope also that you will forgive me if I'm not so much accurate in some terms or in the form, after all I'm just better at french 😋
I always like to see how foreigners do see France and if there are clichés used here that are true or not, and it is always useful to take into account those way of seeing your nation. It also provocates interrogations onto my own country's History and makes me look for answers and historical researches, always useful to refresh or learn new things. So, those discussions are very interesting on a personal way.
Technicaly France had 2 Empires. First one was Napoléon Bonaparte (+50 years) and second one was Napoléon III (+100 years). So right now we should only speak about Royaume de France. But I guess I'm just messing up with you here and this time period was what we can call the first colonial empire. The second colonial empire came later but in a way was just the continuation of the first.
Are you fully versed in France's Asian past and interests? In France itself, if you would ask any Frenchman or woman about their colonial past, they would likely mention India, Indochine, North Africa, etc., before they would even think of the America's. The very regions you are currently overlooking in your plea.
There I would say it depends on who you're asking that, mainly how old the person is. So basicaly I might be wrong here as I don't know how things are taught at school nowadays and I would therefore give a middle-age view (no I'm not from Middle Age, I'm just not old and not young anymore). Here in your list I just see references to the late Colonial Empire and not to the first colonies. Because one sure thing is, Québec has a special place. We don't call it the "Belle Province" for nothing. We love them for our shared past but also because of their strong personality in defending their rights against Perfid Albion. 😉 I don't know if they like that but for sure we see them also as our "cousins" and I believe in this way we highly respect their wishes. But that's a "social" point of view that can be wrong from me and for sure it's not necessarily a gamer's point of view. North Africa is irrelevant in 1750 but has for sure an important part, but this will be later, same for Indochina and as for India this is somewhat forgotten I believe as they were smaller parts. As for the Caribeans, I think we will have to see how economicaly in the game each colony is important before saying that only Cap-Français is important. This might be true economicaly but not necessarily socialy today. The "minor" ones you say are just important places.
I'm ambivalent on how to take some words, is it good or bad, so I won't be blunt but it was highly appealing... 😋 At some points I even thought you were talking about the English Empire 😉
They are distinctly proud of their culture and language, and certainly the majority of French are convinced they are superior to other nations.
We're not superior, we're just better 🤣 to anybody in the world of course and even in the universe. More seriously we're just proud of what we have achieved (in many aspects) but I believe this is absolutely not specific to the French, you can say that of every nation. Good or bad, I can't judge, France certainly had a big influence in european history and also more globaly.
They are not the most forward European country when it comes to accepting foreigners, although they can be gracious if they choose to be, and the cities and countryside can be very different, France is a big place with many subcultures.
I will say we are a wary people with any unknown person but once you're a friend this means a lot. Paris isn't France, just a part of it and cities and countryside are very different. I'm circonspect about "subcultures" (kind of little bad aspect in my mind but will try to take it on a better point) but I will say that those are not subcultures, they are the "terroirs" and are the true people of France and what is making its particularities, its specifities. King was King of France and Navarre, his subjects were his "people of France" meaning they were not just one but multiple and that's what made the Nation later on. So for my part I wouldn't speak about subcultures but would speak of French people. My apologies there, I might be touchy on this point, but for sure we are all proud of our "terroirs" and those are making what France is today and this might be I admit what makes us complicated in some ways.
One sure thing is if you want to play in France you must not hide that you're not French or this might be seen as some treachery. As for the french gamers community, I don't know who will come to play and what will be their goals so at this point all is opened to speculations. From previous experiences, french community can be... complicated 🤣
I really appreciated your posts, very complete ones. Look forward to meet you in a salon parisien.
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You are responsible for all Content that you post on the Community. We do not control and assumes no responsibility for such Content or any Content posted by other users. We reserve the right to moderate the activity on the Community and may remove or edit any Content for any or no reason, including, but not limited to, Content that, in our sole discretion, violates these Community Terms. We may remove or edit such Content without prior notification to the responsible user. Remember that use of the Community in conflict with any of the Terms may result in immediate termination or suspension of your accounts (see the Term and Termination section below). Please help us to protect the integrity of the Community and to ensure that the Community remains as helpful as possible by reporting any inappropriate activity or user posts in the Community.
The integrity and safety of our Community and our users means a lot to us. In order to keep the Community as efficient and helpful as possible, we expect you to observe our Guidelines.
The Community features a reward system whereby RotS, in its sole discretion, may reward users based on their overall contribution to the Community. You acknowledge that our decision in respect of any reward shall be final and binding. We may change or remove the reward system at its discretion from time to time.
You grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, make available to the public, publish, translate, create derivative works from and distribute any Content or feedback that you post on or otherwise provide through the Community and to exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to such Content or feedback, without any attribution to you.
These Community Terms will become effective in relation to you when you create a RotS Community Account and will remain in effect until you terminate your RotS Community Account or the earlier termination by us thereof. You may terminate your RotS Community Account at any time by contacting us. Without limiting its other rights to terminate access to the Community, we reserves the right to terminate or suspend your RotS Community Account at any time if, in our sole discretion, you are in contravention of any of the Terms. If we terminates or suspends your RotS Community Account for any reason whatsoever, we or other companies of the Deadeye Games Group, shall have no liability or responsibility to you. Please note that if your RotS Community Account is terminated by you or us for any reason, Content that you have posted may be kept in the Community in an anonymized form.
The use of the Community is at your own risk. The Community is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. To the fullest extent possible under applicable law, we give no warranty, express or implied, as to the quality, content and availability or fitness for a specific purpose of the Community. In addition, we do not warrant, endorse, guarantee or assume responsibility for any Content posted on the Community or any hyperlinked website. As with any information or advice, obtained through any medium or in any environment, you should use your judgment and exercise caution where appropriate. No advice or information whether oral or in writing obtained by you from us or any other company of the Deadeye Games Group shall create any warranty on behalf of Deadeye Games in this regard.
In no event shall Deadeye Games, its group companies officers, directors, employees, licensors of RotS or any third parties be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages (including but not limited to any loss of data, service interruption, computer failure or pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the Community, even if you have advised us about the possibility of such loss, and including any damages resulting therefrom. Your only right with respect to any problems or dissatisfaction with the Community is to terminate your account as set out in Section 9 above and to stop using the Community. Nothing in these Community Terms removes or limits our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation, death or personal injury caused by its negligence.
You agree to indemnify and hold Deadeye Games, the Deadeye Games Group and its officers, directors, employees and licensors harmless from any claim or demand (including but not limited to reasonable legal fees) made by a third party due to or arising out of or related to your violation of these Community Terms or the Guidelines, or your violation of any laws, regulations or third party rights.
We respect intellectual property rights, and expect you to do the same. Please note therefore that the Community is the property of Deadeye Games, its group companies or its licensors and is protected by intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyright) and that you do not have a right to use the Community in any manner not covered by these Community Terms.
We will make reasonable efforts to keep the Community operational. However, certain technical difficulties or maintenance may, from time to time, result in temporary interruptions. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Community or any of its functions and features with or without notice. If we modifies or discontinues the Community for any of the reasons set out above in this Section 14, we or any other company of the Deadeye Games Group, shall have no liability or responsibility to you.
We may change the Guidelines at any time, at its sole discretion. Any material changes will be communicated to you and your acceptance of and/or continued use of the Community after such notification of change will constitute your acceptance of such changes. Please do not use the Community if you do not agree to the new Terms.
In the event that the Community Terms and Guidelines are translated into other languages and there is a discrepancy between the two language versions, the English language version shall prevail.
We may assign its rights and obligations in connection these Community Terms without restrictions. You may not assign your rights or obligations in connection these Community or your Community Account, or any part thereof, to any third party.
Thank you for using Rulers of the Sea. At Rulers of the Sea, we want to give you the best possible gaming experience to ensure that you enjoy our service today, tomorrow, and in the future. To do this we need to understand your gaming habits so we can deliver an exceptional service specifically for you. That said, your privacy and the security of your Personal Data is, and will always be, enormously important to us. So, we want to transparently explain how and why we gather, store, share and use your Personal Data – as well as outline the controls and choices you have around when and how you choose to share your Personal Data.
This Policy sets out the essential details relating to your Personal Data relationship with Deadeye Games B.V., a private company with limited liability and existing under the laws of the Netherlands, having its registered office in The Hague and its principal place of business at XX and developer of the Rulers of the Sea game. The Policy applies to all Rulers of the Sea Services and any associated Services. The terms governing your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services are defined in our Terms of Services (the “Terms of Services”).
From time to time, we may develop new or offer additional Services. If the introduction of these new or additional Services results in any change to the way we collect or process your Personal Data we will provide you with more information and additional terms or policies. Unless stated otherwise when we introduce these new or additional services, they will be subject to this Policy.
The aim of this Policy is to:
We hope this helps you to understand our privacy commitments to you. For information on how to contact us if you ever have any questions or concerns, please see the ‘How to Contact Us’ Section 15 below. Alternatively, if you do not agree with the content of this Policy, then please remember it is your choice whether you want to use the Rulers of the Sea Services.
“Personal Data” is Data that we have collected from you that identifies you, or which, in conjunction with other data that is in our possession, or is likely to come into our possession, may be used to identify you.
“Non-Personal Data”, is information that we have collected from you which cannot be used to identify you.
You may be aware that European Union law, called the General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR” gives certain rights to individuals in relation to their Personal Data. Accordingly, we have implemented additional transparency and access controls in our Privacy Center to help users take advantage of those rights. As available and except as limited under applicable law, the rights afforded to individuals are:
In order to enable you to exercise these rights with ease and to record your preferences in relation to how Deadeye Games BV uses your Personal Data, we provide you with access to the following settings via your Account Settings page:
The Privacy Center puts you in control of how Rulers of the Sea processes your Personal Data. It provides you with information about what happens if you adjust your settings on your Account Settings page and how to opt out of receiving certain messages from Deadeye Games BV and/or Rulers of the Sea. If we send you electronic marketing messages based on your consent or as otherwise permitted by applicable law, you may, at any time, respectively withdraw such consent or declare your objection (“opt-out”) at no cost. The electronic marketing messages you receive from Deadeye Games BV and/or Rulers of the Sea (e.g. those sent via email) also will include an opt-out mechanism within the message itself (e.g. an unsubscribe link in the emails we send to you).
If you have any questions about your privacy, your rights, or how to exercise them, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the ‘Contact Us’ form on the Privacy Center. We will respond to your request within a reasonable period of time upon verification of your identity. If you are unhappy with the way we are using your Personal Data you can also contact and are free to lodge a complaint with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoongegevens) or your local Data Protection Authority.
We process your Personal Data in the following ways:
Through your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services – when you use the Rulers of the Sea Services, we collect Personal Data about your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services such as your email address, date of birth, gender and country;
Personal Data collected that enables us to provide you with additional features/functionalities – from time to time, you also may provide us with additional Personal Data or give us your permission to collect additional Personal Data e.g. to provide you with more features or functionalities. As described further below (see Voluntary Data), we will not collect photos, precise mobile device location, voice data, or contacts from your device without your prior consent. You always will have the option to change your mind and withdraw your consent at any time.
In general, we use log files to monitor traffic on our Website and to troubleshoot technical problems. In the event of user abuse of our Website, we may block certain IP addresses.
We (will) use anonymised and aggregated information to optimize your experience of the Rulers of the Sea Services but also for purposes that include testing our IT systems, research, data analysis, creating marketing and promotion models, improving the Rulers of the Sea Services, and developing new features and functionality within the Rulers of the Sea Services.
In addition to Sections 5.1 and 5.2, if we reasonably suspect that any of the Rulers of the Sea Services or your Account is being or has been misused, including without limitation, by virtue of any:
Deadeye Games B.V. may collect further Personal Data and Non-Personal Data to verify or refute such suspicions within the limits of applicable law and taking into account your reasonable data protection interests. We will use this Data to comply with applicable law and enforce our rights under civil and penal law against the respective users.
Optionally you may choose to send crash reports or contact Customer Support for any technical and commercial issues.
In addition to the data collected in Sections 5.1 to 5.3 above, the data provided by you may include:
The collection of the data set out in this Section 5.4 is not mandatory. However, we might not be able to fix bugs or handle the technical and commercial issues you have without this data. For legal reasons this information will be stored as long as your account remains open and for the applicable statues of limitations thereafter.
We have set out in the tables below the categories of Personal Data we collect and process about you:
|Categories of Personal Data||Description of category|
|Account Registration Data and Commercial transaction||This is the Personal Data that is provided by you or collected by us to enable you to sign up for and use the Rulers of the Sea Services. This includes your email address, date of birth, gender and country.|
Some of the Personal Data we will ask you to provide is required in order to create your account such as account ID, login ID, display name, password, community moniker, user handle, and referral code. You also have the option to provide us with some additional Personal Data in order to make your account more personalized such as birth date.
The exact Personal Data we will collect depends on the type of Rulers of the Sea Services you sign up for (paid or non-paid).
Personal data collected through your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services
|Categories of Personal Data||Description of category|
|Rulers of the Sea Service Usage Data||This is the Personal Data that is collected about you when you are using the Rulers of the Sea Services – this may include:|
|Categories of Personal Data||Description of category|
|Voluntary Mobile Data||In addition to the mobile data we collect to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Services (outlined above), you also have the option to give us your consent to collect additional Personal Data from your (mobile) device to provide you with features/functionalities that will enhance your Rulers of the Sea Services experiences.|
We will not access any of the Personal Data listed below without first obtaining your consent:
|Payment Data||We may collect such Personal Data if you sign up for a Trial or purchase any of our Paid Subscriptions (as defined in the Terms of Services) or make other purchases through the Rulers of the Sea Services. The exact personal data collected will vary depending on the payment method (e.g. direct via your mobile phone carrier or by invoice) but will include information such as:|
|Marketing Data||This Personal Data is used to enable Deadeye Games B.V. (and our partners / service providers) to send you marketing communications either:|
You can find out more about the Personal Data collected and the controls you have in relation to the marketing communications you receive via the Privacy Center.
When you use or interact with the Rulers of the Sea Services, we use a variety of technologies to process the personal data we collect about you for various reasons. We have set out in the table below the reasons why we process your personal data, the associated legal bases we rely upon to legally permit us to process your personal data, and the categories of personal data (identified in Section 6 ‘What personal data do we collect from you?’) used for these purposes:
|Description of why Rulers of the Sea processes your Personal Data (‘processing purpose’)||Legal Basis for the processing purpose||Categories of Personal Data used by Rulers of the Sea for the processing purpose|
|To provide, personalize, and improve your experience with the Rulers of the Sea Service and other services and products provided by Deadeye Games B.V., for example by providing customized, personalized, or localized content, features, and advertising on or outside of the Rulers of the Sea Services (including for third party products and services).|
|To understand how you access and use the Rulers of the Sea Services to ensure technical functionality of the Rulers of the Sea Services, develop new products and services, and analyse your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services, including your interaction with applications, advertising, products, and services that are made available, linked to, or offered through the Rulers of the Sea Services.|
|To communicate with you for Rulers of the Sea Services-related purposes.|
|To process your payment to prevent or detect fraud including fraudulent payments and fraudulent use of the Rulers of the Sea Service.|
|To communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, for:|
via emails, notifications, or other messages, consistent with any permissions you may have communicated to us (e.g., through your Account Settings page).
|To provide you with features, information, advertising, or other content which is based on your specific location.|
If you require further information about the balancing test that Rulers of the Sea has undertaken to justify its reliance on the legitimate interest legal basis under GDPR, please see Section 15 ‘How to contact us’ for further details on how to contact us.
The following Personal Data will always be publicly available on the Rulers of the Sea Services: your ID and/or username and potentially a profile picture.
The following personal data will only be shared with the categories of recipients outlined in the table below if:
|Categories of Recipients||Reason for sharing|
|Support Community||When you register for Rulers of the Sea Support Account on the Rulers of the Sea Support Community, we will ask you to create a specific Rulers of the Sea Support Community username. This will be publicly displayed to anyone who accesses the Rulers of the Sea Support Community along with any questions or comments you post.|
|Your Rulers of the Sea Followers||There also may be times when you want us to share certain Service Usage Data, specifically information about your use of Rulers of the Sea, with other Rulers of the Sea users known as ‘Your Rulers of the Sea Followers’.|
Learn more about how to manage notifications, your publicly available information, and what you share with others in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy and on the Privacy Center.
|Categories of Recipients||Reason for sharing|
|Service Providers and Others||We may use technical service providers which operate the technical infrastructure that we need to provide the Rulers of the Sea Services; in particular providers which host, store, manage, and maintain the Rulers of the Sea application.|
We may use technical service providers to help us communicate with you, as described in Section 7 of this Policy.
We use marketing (and advertising partners) to show you more tailored content, or to help us understand your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services, to provide you with a better experience. We also may share Personal Data with certain marketing and advertising partners to send you promotional communications about Rulers of the Sea.
|Rulers of the Sea Partners||We might share your Personal Data in a pseudonymised format with marketing partners who help us with promotional efforts and with advertisers that allow us to offer a free service.|
|Academic Researchers||We may share your Personal Data for activities such as statistical analysis and academic study but only in a pseudonymised format.|
|Other Rulers of the Sea Group Companies||We might share your Personal Data with other Deadeye Games B.V. Group Companies to carry out our daily business operations and to enable us to maintain and provide the Rulers of the Sea Services to you.|
|Law Enforcement and Data Protection Authorities||We will share your Personal Data when we in good faith believe it is necessary for us to do so in order to comply with a legal obligation under applicable law, or respond to valid legal process, such as a search warrant, a court order, or a subpoena.|
We also will share your personal data where we in good faith believe that it is necessary for the purpose of our own, or a third party’s legitimate interest relating to national security, law enforcement, litigation, criminal investigation, protecting the safety of any person, or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm, provided that we deem that such interest is not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms requiring the protection of your Personal Data.
We keep your Personal Data only as long as necessary to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Service and for legitimate and essential business purposes, such as maintaining the performance of the Deadeye Games Services, making data-driven business decisions about new features and offerings, complying with our legal obligations, and resolving disputes. We keep some of your Personal Data for as long as you are a user of the game.
If you request, we will delete or anonymise your Personal Data so that it no longer identifies you, unless, we are legally allowed or required to maintain certain Personal Data, including situations such as the following:
Deadeye Games B.V. might share your Personal Data globally with other companies in the Deadeye Games B.V. Group in order to carry out the activities specified in this Policy. Deadeye Games B.V. may also subcontract processing to, or share your Personal Data with, third parties located in countries other than your home country. Your personal data, therefore, may be subject to privacy laws that are different from those in your country of residence.
Personal Data collected within the European Union and Switzerland may, for example, be transferred to and processed by third parties located in a country outside of the European Union and Switzerland. In such instances Deadeye Games B.V. will ensure that the transfer of your Personal Data is carried out in accordance with applicable privacy laws and, in particular, that appropriate contractual, technical, and organizational measures are in place such as the Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the EU Commission.
For further details of the security measures we use to protect your Personal Data, please see the ‘Keeping your personal data safe’ Section 12 of this Policy.
We may display advertisements from third parties and other content that links to third-party websites. We cannot control or be held responsible for third parties’ privacy practices and content. If you click on a third-party advertisement or link, please understand that you are leaving the Rulers of the Sea Service and any Personal Data you provide will not be covered by this Policy. Please read their privacy policies to find out how they collect process and protect your Personal Data.
We are committed to protecting our users’ Personal Data. We implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to help protect the security of your Personal Data; however, please note that no system is ever completely secure. We have implemented various policies including pseudonymisation, encryption, access, and retention policies to guard against unauthorized access and unnecessary retention of Personal Data in our systems.
Your password protects your user account, so we encourage you to use a unique and strong password, limit access to your computer and browser, and log out after having used the Rulers of the Sea Services.
The Rulers of the Sea Services are not directed to children under the age of 13 years. However, in some countries, stricter age limits may apply under local law. Please see our Terms of Services for further details.
We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13 years or under the applicable age limit (the “Age Limit”). If you are under the Age Limit, please do not use the Rulers of the Sea Services, and do not provide any Personal Data to us.
If you are a parent of a child under the Age Limit and become aware that your child has provided Personal Data to Rulers of the Sea, please contact us using the form on the Privacy Center, and you may request exercise of your applicable rights detailed in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy.
If we learn that we have collected the Personal Data of a child under the age of 13 years, we will take reasonable steps to delete the Personal Data. This may require us to delete the Rulers of the Sea account for that child.
We will occasionally update this Policy. When we make material updates to this Policy, we will provide you with prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances, e.g., by displaying a prominent notice within the Rulers of the Sea Services or by sending you an email.
Please, therefore, make sure you read any such notice carefully. Annually this Policy will be reviewed for accuracy and changes in GDPR. If no material changes are made, you will not be notified.
If you want to find out more about this Policy and how Deadeye Games B.V. uses your Personal Data, please visit the Privacy Center on RulersoftheSea.com to find out more.
Deadeye Games BV is the data processor for the purposes of the personal data processed under this Policy.