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Jacques Deschamp
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Greetings,

 

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

 

Merci,

Jacques, Premier Ministre de la France 

This topic was modified 11 months ago 2 times by Jacques Deschamp

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Topic starter Posted : December 26, 2020 9:44 pm
Francis Walsingham
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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!

This post was modified 11 months ago 2 times by Francis Walsingham

"Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity." Sun Tzu

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Posted : January 3, 2021 5:54 pm
Jacques Deschamp
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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.

  1. Should the government of France but more importantly France in RotS be held in “French”?
  2. What is my experience in French?
  3. What is my role in France?
  4. Explain our strategy.

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…

  1. France in RotS will be as realistic to France in 1750 as we can make it. This means that French as a language will be the primary language for this nation in RotS, for all aspects non-relating to military command or direction (which I will not cover at this time). Now does this mean that English has no place? No, absolutely not, and I can certainly state that English speaking players of not only American but also other European nations are already a part of our great community in France (RotS). No French player will be forced to learn or speak English in our community, what-so-ever. However, I will also reverse this, and let it be known that no player, that doesn’t speak French, will be forced to learn or speak French in our community, what-so-ever. Adding to this, all high level positions, will be required to either speak French or English. How will this work? In short, over the next 5-7 years we will be developing a plan, using Discord, to teach all of our players who are not French the culture, history, and as much language as they want to learn. Long term, we will have designated translators… much like the sign-language interpreters have for modern-day governments to literally translate what is being said between the two languages. This will be a created position by our government to be held by fluent speakers of both languages. With this being said, to me, the culture of France and more importantly France in 1750 is what I will require to be learned. This will ensure that no matter what language a member of our great Empire speaks, they will accurately represent the heart of the French people. 
  2. My experience in French is limited. I grew up taking Spanish instead of French which I am not afraid of letting be known. However, I am currently taking online “courses”, nightly, to learn the language at my own pace so that by the time this game launches I will at least be able to read and write it without needing a translator. Currently, we have two members of our community from France (who are all I’m aware of that are French), and one French Canadian who is also extremely fluent in French. One of these members is working directly with me to teach me new things about France and the French Canadian will be working directly with the Nouvelle-France starting PM, to do the same. The rest of our community is American and European but speaking primarily English. With this being said, as I stated earlier we will implement a learning system that will be tweaked to work for everyone.
  3. My role in France, at this time, is simple. I plan to start out as the starting Premier Ministre for France when this game launches. However, I don’t hold myself to that title. I hold myself to the title of community founder, community organizer, and community maintainer. Our community goal, while we wait for this game we all desire, is to form a multinational… multilingual community that will indeed allow France to be the most successful Empire RotS will ever see. I do not see a path in which France can become that without accomplishing everything I have covered previously in this response, and that leads me directly to my strategy.
  4. I will be an open book on my plans, not for you in particular, but everyone who will read this in the near future (especially the French natives). First, I am a realist. 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. However, with this being said, we are tackling recruiting for France by taking two approaches. We have dubbed these approaches Domestic and Foreign. Domestic recruiting, covers all French players who will come to this Empire in RotS for the simple fact that it is their home nation. This also covers French Canadians with Nouvelle-France. Our Foreign recruiting, which I am most active in at this time, covers all ports and company ports in the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and India. This approach requires patience and a mutual understanding between not only our foreign community members but also our domestic, in France or French Canada, by understanding that companies like the CFIO or ports like Cap‑Français are in home nations for different nationalities than the French people. In tackling these two recruiting styles, we can build a strong French Empire working with nationalities across the globe and bring them back to a strong backbone of French culture in 1750. 

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

This post was modified 11 months ago 3 times by Jacques Deschamp

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Topic starter Posted : January 3, 2021 8:51 pm
Francis Walsingham
Commander Shareholder

@sgcalamor

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.

Posted by: @sgcalamor

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.

Posted by: @sgcalamor

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

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Posted : January 4, 2021 12:31 am
Jacques Deschamp
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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.

Je pense, donc je suis.

 

This post was modified 11 months ago 2 times by Jacques Deschamp

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Topic starter Posted : January 4, 2021 12:58 am
Kermit
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@sgcalamor I say well said, There always the opinion join French Canada is time zone issue is thing. French would love to take any player that will support the cause

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Posted : January 4, 2021 1:24 am
Isidore Lolona
Lieutenant Sponsor

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.

Posted by: @king-george-ii

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 😉 

Posted by: @king-george-ii

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.

Posted by: @king-george-ii

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.

"Il n'y a qu'un pas du fanatisme à la barbarie." Denis Diderot (1713-1784) - There's only one step from fanaticism to barbarism.

"Parce qu'un homme sans mémoire est un homme sans vie, un peuple sans mémoire est un peuple sans avenir." Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929) - Because a man without memory is a man without life, a people without memory is a people without a future.

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  6. Final payments on shares relating to the share certificates in the event of liquidation of DG BV, will be paid by STAK DG (no later than two (2) working days) to the share certificate holders against cancellation of the share certificates.

Article 4

  1. If DG BV issues (new) shares, the Board of Directors decides whether the share certificate holders may utilize a pre-emptive right, if such a right is granted to the shareholders. The Board will make such decision as it deems in the best interest of all share certificate holders. If the Board decides that the share certificate holders may exercise the pre-emptive right, STAK DG will invite the share certificate holders to inform STAK DG, within the period set by STAK DG, whether STAK DG should use this pre-emptive right with regard to the shares that are administered for the share certificate holder concerned. At the same time, the share certificate holder needs to provide resources to STAK DG to pay the amount due to DG BV at registration (this concerns the issue price of the shares plus one percent (1%) of administration costs). The shares acquired are held by STAK DG for management, against which the share certificate holder is entitled to an equal nominal amount of share certificates.
  2. In the event that STAK DG as a shareholder has a right to purchase shares pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation of DG BV, the Board of STAK DG decides whether the share certificate holders may use any right to purchase shares granted to the shareholders. The Board will decide as it deems in the best interest of the share certificate holders. If the Board of STAK DG decides that the share certificate holders may exercise the right to purchase shares, STAK DG will invite the share certificate holders accordingly and to inform STAK DG within a period set by STAK DG whether STAK DG must exercise this right with regard to the share certificates that are administered for the share certificate holder concerned. The holder of share certificates then simultaneously needs to make an amount, to be determined by STAK DG, available to STAK DG, which is sufficient to pay for the shares to be acquired (including one percent (1%) of administration costs). If the amount made available proves to be insufficient when the purchase price is determined, the share certificate holder will immediately complete the deficit. Any amount deposited in access will be returned to the share certificate holder without delay.
  3. The provisions of paragraph 1 of this article apply mutatis mutandis to the granting of rights to subscribe for shares.

REGISTER OF SHARE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS

Article 5

  1. The Board of Directors of STAK DG maintains a register that contains at least the names and (email) addresses of the share certificate holders and the numbers of the share certificates held.
  2. The register is regularly kept up to date.
  3. The share certificate holders are obliged to immediately notify STAK DG in writing of any change to the data entered in the register. STAK DG is obliged to register any changes to the register that it has been notified of.
  4. Every entry in the register is done under a recorded date.
  5. STAK DG is authorized at all times to renumber the certificates (and such).
  6. All notifications and invitations to share certificate holders are done by using the registered (email) addresses.
  7. The Board makes the register available at the STAK DG office for review by share certificate holders.
  8. At the request of a share certificate holder, the Board will provide him/her with a free extract from the register insofar as his/her share certificates are concerned.

CERTIFICATES UNDIVIDEDLY

Article 6

If share certificates belong to a community (and/or undivided estate), each member is entitled to exercise the rights attached to the share certificates in proportion to his/her share in the community of certificates. The members can only be represented vis-à-vis STAK DG by one person to be designated in writing.

DISPOSAL AND ENCUMBERMENT OF SHARES (Tag-Along Right)

Article 7

  1. STAK DG cannot pledge or otherwise encumber the shares it administers.
  2. STAK DG is not authorized to dispose of one or more shares it administers, unless it concerns:
    1. Disposal with the consent of the holder of the share certificate issued, against withdrawal of the share certificate and immediate payment (within two (2) working days) to the certificate holder of the proceeds received by STAK DG.
  3. STAK DG is authorized (without the consent of the holders of share certificates) to dispose of all the shares it holds under title to management, if:
    1. It is obliged to do so on the basis of the shareholder agreement concluded between the shareholders of DG BV (hereinafter also to be named: Shareholder Agreement); and/or
    2. All other shareholders of the company simultaneously dispose of the shares they hold, provided that the proceeds received by STAK DG immediately or later (including payment of an escrow amount), will be transferred immediately (within two (2) working days) after receipt to the share certificate holders, in which case the share certificates will be cancelled.
  4. In the event that, under the Shareholder Agreement, STAK DG has a Tag-Along Right, as defined below, STAK DG informs the share certificate holders within one (1) week after notification of the Tag-Along Right in writing, together with the opportunity to make use of the Tag-along Right, to dispose share certificates in a similar manner as described in the following paragraphs, and confirm this ultimately five (5) working days before the day on which STAK DG must have made use of its Tag-Along Right. STAK DG will indicate the number of shares for which the Tag-Along Right can be exercised and the further conditions on the basis which the underlying shares can be disposed of.
  5. A Tag-Along Right means: if one shareholder (or group of shareholders) of DG BV wishes to dispose of shares in the capital of DG BV and sell to a third party, then according to the Shareholder Agreement, any of the other shareholders of DG BV will be able to dispose of a proportional share of the shares he/she holds and sell to that third party (that is, each shareholder is entitled to dispose the same percentage of shares he/she holds in the capital of DG BV, against the same price and under the same conditions).
  6. If share certificate holders have timely confirmed in writing that they want to make use of their Tag-Along Right as referred to in paragraph 5, then STAK DG will, to the extent possible, make use of its Tag-Along Right for the benefit of the relevant share certificate holders.

TRANSFER AND CONDITIONS REGARDING CERTIFICATES

Article 8

  1. The share certificates are freely transferable unless additional conditions have been imposed by the Board to the share certificate holder when acquiring the share certificates, with regard to the transfer of the share certificates (including, but not limited to, transfer restrictions, mandatory offering arrangements, lock-up arrangements and valuation arrangements).
  2. The conditions as referred to in the previous paragraph:
    • Can differ per share certificate and/or per share certificate holder;
    • Form an integral part of these TCA insofar as it concerns the share certificates concerned; and
    • Can be cancelled, changed and/or adjusted in accordance with the relevant applicable conditions.
  3. The transfer of share certificates can be effected either by notarial deed or by private/authentic deed. The transfer must always be communicated to STAK DG by the transferor and/or the transferee.
  4. The provisions of paragraph 1 also apply with regard to the allocation of share certificates upon division of a community.
  5. The transfer will only have an impact on STAK DG after STAK DG has been notified thereof.

COSTS

Article 9

STAK DG will charge costs for the certification, management and administration of shares to DG BV. STAK DG does not charge share certificate holders (additional) costs other than the one percent (1%) costs upon both buying and selling the share certificates.

EXERCISE OF VOTING RIGHTS AND OTHER SHAREHOLDERS RIGHTS

Article 10

The voting rights and all other controlling rights attached to the shares are exercised by STAK DG at its own discretion, taking into account the provisions of the Law, the Articles of Incorporation of STAK DG and these TCA.

NON-CANCELLATION OF CERTIFICATES

Article 11

Except in the situations provided for in Article 12 of the TCA, share certificate holders cannot claim the administered shares. The cancellation of the share certificates can only be done against the cancellation of the underlying shares.

END OF ADMINISTRATION

Article 12

The administration ends:

  • As a result of a decision of the Board; or
  • In the situation that STAK DG will be dissolved.

At the end of the administration, the share certificates are de-certified (converted into shares) and the corresponding shares will be transferred to the share certificate holders.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Article 13

STAK DG will immediately (within five (5) working days after the publication of the annual report of DG BV) give the share certificate holders the opportunity to become acquainted with these documents.

LIQUIDATION

Article 14

In the event of liquidation of DG BV, the surplus will be paid immediately (within five (5) working days) to the share certificate holders while simultaneously canceling the share certificates.

ARTICELS OF INCORPORATION STAK DG

Article 15

In addition to the provisions in these CTA, the administration of share certificates is also subject to the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation of STAK DG.

CHANGE OF ADMINISTRATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Article 16

The Board is authorized to change these TCA. When a change is made, the Board will immediately notify all the share certificate holders accordingly. The same applies to a change to the Articles of Incorporation of STAK DG. In both case, the Board will inform all share certificate holders in writing, to the (e-mail) addresses referred to in Article 5. For the sake of completeness, a change in the TCA can only be made by unanimous vote in a meeting of the STAK DG Board of Directors, in which all Board Members are present or represented. If not all Members of the Board are present or represented in a Board Meeting in which a proposal to change the TCA is on the agenda, then a second meeting will be convened, to be held within fourteen (14) days after the first, in which, regardless of the number of Board Members present, a valid decision will be made by unanimous vote. Similarly, it can be decided to fully or partially cancel share certificates issued by STAK DG or to dissolve STAK DG. Upon dissolution of STAK DG, all underlying shares will be transferred to the holders of the corresponding share certificates.

TAX IMPACT

Article 17

Each holder of share certificates is deemed, by obtaining these share certificates (whether or not upon issue), to declare towards STAK DG, the Board and DG BV to be aware of the possible tax consequences of his/her participation in the capital of DG BV through the share certificates and/or exercising his/her rights therefrom. STAK DG and the Board bear no responsibility towards the share certificate holders in this regard.
Insofar as taxes and/or social security contributions are due by STAK DG with regard to acquiring the share certificates by share certificate holders, STAK DG can recover these taxes and/or premiums from the share certificate holder concerned.

CHOICE OF LAW

Article 18

Dutch law is applicable to the TCA.

MISCELANEOUS

Article 19

In case of a dispute the Dutch version of the TCA shall prevail.

Forum Policy – Support Community Guidelines

Welcome to the Rulers of the Sea (hereinafter referred to as “RotS”) Support Community (the ”Community”), a place for discussions and exchange of information related to RotS services. By using the Community you agree to follow these RotS Support Community Guidelines (the “Guidelines”), our Support Community Terms of Services (the “Terms of Services”) and the Privacy Policy (as defined in the Terms of Services).
Deadeye Games B.V. is a private company with limited liability and incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, having its registered office in The Hague and its principal place of business at XX . Deadeye Games is the developer of the RotS game. Deadeye Games B.V. is sometimes also referred to as “Deadeye Games”; “we”, “us” or “our”.

1. No official support from RotS

Keep in mind that most of the information or other material posted in the Community is user generated and not official support provided by us. As with any information or advice, obtained through any medium, you should use your judgment and exercise caution where appropriate, regardless of from whom such material originates. For official support with account related and payment related questions, please submit a ticket to our customer service department using the contact button.

2. Use of the Community

In order to protect the integrity of our users and to maintain the Community as efficient and helpful as possible for the users, we expect you to observe the following rules:

• Before searching for a thread related to your topic or posting a question regarding a problem, try reinstalling the RotS application or check the FAQ.

• Before posting or creating a new thread, make sure the issue you’re experiencing or the question you have is not already posted somewhere in the Community. Multiple threads on the same issue create clutter.

• Avoid double posting. We will delete duplicate threads or posts on the same questions created by a user.

• Make sure that the thread you are posting on is relevant for your issue). Also, make sure that the thread is not outdated or relates to issues that have already been fixed or dealt with by us.

• Please only post information relevant for the thread and avoid discussing personal matters or topics unrelated to our Services.

• Create a new thread or find another related thread if you have multiple queries. Do not add further queries to an existing thread.

• Be careful about the information that you post. Keep in mind that your posts will be available for all users of the Community. We will only remove posts upon your request, as outlined in Section 4 below.

• Always use an appropriate and respectful language when you post information in the Community. Avoid racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive language that could be considered detrimental to other users, or Deadeye Games’ employees or moderators.

• Do not post information or create threads for the promotion or advertisement of commercial products or services.

• In the spirit of integrity, please do not post information such as name, address, personal identification number, social security number, email address, credit card information, or other personal information of other persons. Also make sure that you have all legal rights and/or consents to post any information or other material that you provide or link to through the Community.

• For obvious reasons, do not post links to malware, Trojan viruses, or otherwise malicious content.

• Deadeye Games employees and moderators will identify themselves in the Community by using the Deadeye Games logo as avatars. Do not use any Deadeye Games and/or RotS logo or trade name as your avatar or user name, or otherwise pose as a Deadeye Games employee or moderator when posting in the Community.

3. Reward program

Our customer champion and rewards program is based on the amount of “Medals” received and quality of responses by a user. No posting of artificial responses or other manipulation of the reward program is allowed. Please remember that Rots’ decisions relating to rewards will be final and binding.

4. Moderation and reporting

RotS moderators may remove or edit user posts that, in our sole discretion, violate the Guidelines or the Terms of Services without prior notification to the author. Remember that use of the Community in conflict with the Guidelines or the Terms of Services also may result in immediate termination or suspension of your support account. Please help us to protect integrity and to maintain the Community as helpful as possible by reporting any inappropriate activity or user posts in the Community. Inappropriate content or activity may be reported by using the abuse button under the thread options.

5. Miscellaneous

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. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of the Guidelines and the Terms of Services, the provisions of the Terms of Services shall prevail.

Forum Policy – Support Community Terms

Welcome to the Rulers of the Sea (hereinafter referred to as “RotS”) Support Community Terms and Guidelines (the “Community Terms”).

Thanks for choosing the RotS Support Community (the “Community”). The Community is a place for discussions and exchange of information, tips, and other materials related to the RotS Service.
By using the Community, you agree to these Community Terms, our Terms of Services and our Privacy Policy and the Guidelines (the “Terms”).

These Terms constitute a legally binding agreement between you and Deadeye Games B.V, so please read them carefully. If you do not agree to the Terms, please do not use the Community. Some of the terms, such as “RotS Service” used in these Community Terms are defined in our Terms of Services.

Deadeye Games B.V. is a private company with limited liability and incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, having its registered office in The Hague and its principal place of business at XX. Deadeye Games is the developer of the RotS game. Deadeye Games B.V. is sometimes also referred to as “Deadeye Games”; “we”, “us” or “our”.

1. Community Account.

In order to use the Community, you must (1) have an existing RotS account; and (2) create a “Community Account” by following the instructions on the Community registration page. You must ensure that your registration information is true, accurate and complete, and that you keep it up to date. We may reclaim or amend your username at any time. It is strictly prohibited to include any information in your profile that suggests you are a Deadeye Games B.V. employee or moderator, or to otherwise pose as such an employee or moderator when using the Community.

2. No official support

Information, advice or other material of any kind posted on the Community (“Content”) is not official support provided by Deadeye Games. For official support with account related and payment related questions, please submit a ticket to our customer service department using the contact button. You acknowledge that opinions expressed in Content on the Community are those of contributors of such Content only and does not reflect the opinions or policies of Deadeye Games or its affiliates or group companies.

3. Content, moderation and reporting

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.

4. Guidelines

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.

5. Reward Program

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.

6. Limited license

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.

7. Term and termination

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.

8. No warranty

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.

9. Limitation of liability

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.

10. Indemnity

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.

11. Intellectual property

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.

12. Technology limitations and modifications

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.

13. Privacy

When you sign up for a use the Community, Deadeye Games and its hosting providers may gather, store, share and use your personal data. The privacy and security of your user data is – and will remain – our highest priority. You can read more about our privacy practices in the Privacy Policy, which includes information about your privacy, your rights and how to exercise them.

14. Miscellaneous

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.

The Community Terms and Guidelines shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of applicable to you pursuant to the our Terms of Use. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with the Community Terms and Guidelines will be subject to the jurisdiction of the court in The Hague.

Privacy Policy

Thank you for reading our Data Privacy policy carefully. By accepting them you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Data Privacy policy.

  1. Introduction
  2. About this Policy
  3. What is Personal and Non-Personal Data
  4. Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choices and control
  5. How do we process your personal Data?
  6. What Personal Data do we collect from you?
  7. What do we use your Personal Data for?
  8. Sharing your Personal Data
  9. Personal Data retention and deletion
  10. Transfer to other countries
  11. Links
  12. Keeping your Personal Data safe
  13. Children
  14. Updates of this Privacy Policy
  15. How to contact us

1. INTRODUCTION

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 is our objective, and this Privacy Policy (“Policy”) will explain exactly what we mean in further detail below.

2. ABOUT THIS POLICY

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:

  1. Ensure that you understand what Personal Data we process about you, the reasons why we collect and use it, and who we share it with;
  2. Explain the way we use an process the Personal Data that you share with us and we collect about you in order to give you the best gaming experience when you are using the Rulers of the Sea Services; and
  3. Explain your rights and choices in relation to the Personal Data we process and process about you and how we will protect your privacy.

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.

3. WHAT IS PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL DATA

“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.

4. YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR PREFERENCES: GIVING YOU CHOICES AND CONTROL

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:

  1. Right of Access – the right to be informed of and request access to the Personal Data we process about you;
  2. Right to Rectification – the right to request that we amend or update your Personal Data where it is inaccurate or incomplete;
  3. Right to Erasure – the right to request that we delete your Personal Data;
  4. Right to Restrict – the right to request that we temporarily or permanently stop processing all or some of your Personal Data;
  5. Right to Object – the right, at any time, to object to us processing your Personal Data on grounds relating to your particular situation, or the right to object to your personal data being processed for direct marketing purposes;
  6. Right to Data Portability – the right to request a copy of your Personal Data in electronic format and the right to transmit that Personal Data for use in another party’s (gaming) service; and
  7. Right not to be subject to Automated Decision-making – the right to not be subject to a decision based solely on automated decision making, including profiling, where the decision would have a legal effect on you or produce a similarly significant effect.

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:

  • Privacy Settings – allows you to control some of the categories of Personal Data we process about you, enables you to access your Personal Data via a “Download my Data” button, and includes a link to the Privacy Center on RulersoftheSea.com where you can find out more information about how Rulers of the Sea process your personal data and what your rights are; and,
  • Notification Settings – allows you to choose which communications you receive from Rulers of the Sea, manage your publicly available Personal Data, and set your sharing preferences.

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.

5. HOW DO WE PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA?

We process your Personal Data in the following ways:

If you access or use our Website – when you access or use our website, we may collect certain personal data such as IP address, cookie data, requested file, browser type/version, browser language, operating system, screen resolution, JavaScript active, Java on/off, cookies on/off, colour settings, referral URL, time of access and clicks;

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.

5.1 Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that you get the most out of the Rulers of the Sea Services. Cookies are small text files that are applied to your Internet enabled device by websites. Cookies allow us to store and then retrieve information on your computer about your visit to our Website (e.g. when you accessed the Website). We may use cookies to deliver content specific to your interest and to monitor Website usage or to simplify your visits to the Rulers of the Sea Services (for example, by remembering your login details).

Please note that the collection of information in this Section 5.1 is not mandatory. Most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies whenever you visit a website. You can disable cookies or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent. However, your web experience may be less satisfying without the use of cookies.

The first time you visit our Website you will be presented with a notification that we use cookies. By proceeding to use the Website you are consenting to our use of cookies as described in the Cookie Policy and this Privacy Policy.

For further information, please read our Cookie Policy.

5.2 Analytic Metrics Tools and other technology

Deadeye Games B.V. may also use its own or third-party proprietary analytic metrics tools and other analytics technologies to collect the data referred to in this Privacy Policy. We may use such technology to deliver content specific to your interest and to monitor usage of the Rulers of the Sea Services.

5.3 Misuse

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:

  1. DoS attacks;
  2. Hacking;
  3. Cheating;
  4. Fraud;
  5. Distribution of spam and/or viruses;
  6. Gold farming;
  7. Defamation, racism, hate speech etc.;
  8. Other violations of our Terms of Services;

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.

5.4 Customer Support

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:

  1. Crash reports;
  2. Further machine specifications;
  3. Screenshots;
  4. Any other data you may choose to provide.

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.

6.WHAT PERSONAL DATA DO WE COLLECT FROM YOU?

We have set out in the tables below the categories of Personal Data we collect and process about you:

Personal Data collected when you sign up for the Rulers of the Sea Services

Categories of Personal DataDescription of category
Account Registration Data and Commercial transactionThis 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 DataDescription of category
Rulers of the Sea Service Usage DataThis is the Personal Data that is collected about you when you are using the Rulers of the Sea Services – this may include:
  • Information about your type of Rulers of the Sea Services subscription.
  • Information about your interactions with the Rulers of the Sea Services which includes the date and time of gaming, video content you’ve watched, and your interactions with other Rulers of the Sea users.
  • User Content (as defined in the Terms of Services) your post to Rulers of the Sea including messages you send and/or receive via Rulers of the Sea and your interactions with the Rulers of the Sea Customer Service team.
  • Technical Data which may include URL information, cookie data, your IP address, unique device IDs, device attributes, network connection type (e.g. Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth) and provider, network and device performance, information enabling digital rights management, operating system, and Rulers of the Sea application version. Further details about the technical data that is processed by us can be found in our Cookies Policy.

Personal Data collected with your permission that enables us to provide you with additional features/functionalities

Categories of Personal DataDescription of category
Voluntary Mobile DataIn 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:

  • Your photos – If you give us permission to access your photos or camera, we will only access images that you specifically choose to share with us and metadata related to those images, such as the type of file and the size of the image. We will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll;
  • Your precise mobile device location – If you give us permission to access your precise location, this enables us to access your GPS or Bluetooth to provide location-aware functionality in the Rulers of the Sea Services. Please note that this does not include your IP address. We use your IP address to determine non-precise location, for example, what country you are in to comply with our licensing agreements;
  • Your voice data – If you give us permission to access your voice data, this enables us to access the voice commands captured via your device microphone to enable you to interact with the Rulers of the Sea Services with your voice. Please note you will always have the ability to turn off the microphone feature; and,
  • Your contacts – If you give us permission to access your contacts, this enables us to access individual contacts stored on your device to help you find friends who use Rulers of the Sea.
Payment DataWe 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:
  • Full name;
  • Billing address (including street, ZIP code and country);
  • Credit or debit card type, expiration date, and certain digits of your card number;
  • Mobile phone number;
  • Details of your transaction history;
  • Object acquired;
  • Pledge value;
  • Confirmation email address.
Marketing DataThis Personal Data is used to enable Deadeye Games B.V. (and our partners / service providers) to send you marketing communications either:
  • Via email;
  • Whilst using the Rulers of the Sea Services; and/or
  • Direct from a third party.

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.

7. WHAT DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA FOR?

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 purposeCategories 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).
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Account Registration Data
  • Service Usage Data
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.
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Account Registration Data
  • Service Usage Data
To communicate with you for Rulers of the Sea Services-related purposes.
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Account Registration Data
  • Service Usage Data
To process your payment to prevent or detect fraud including fraudulent payments and fraudulent use of the Rulers of the Sea Service.
  • Performance of a Contract
  • Compliance with legal obligations
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Payment Data
To communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, for:
  • Marketing;
  • Research;

via emails, notifications, or other messages, consistent with any permissions you may have communicated to us (e.g., through your Account Settings page).

  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Marketing Data
To provide you with features, information, advertising, or other content which is based on your specific location.
  • Consent
  • Voluntary Mobile Data

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.

8. SHARING YOUR PERSONAL DATA#

We have set out the categories of recipients of the Personal Data collected or generated through your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services. Please note that other than explicitly set out in this Privacy Policy, Deadeye Games B.V. will never share your Personal Information with third parties without your consent.

Publicly available information

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.

Personal Data you may choose to share

The following personal data will only be shared with the categories of recipients outlined in the table below if:

  • you choose to make use of a specific Rulers of the Sea Service feature where sharing of particular Personal Data is required for the proper use of the Rulers of the Sea Services feature; or
  • you grant us your permission to share the Personal Data, e.g. by selecting the appropriate setting in the Rulers of the Sea Services.
Categories of RecipientsReason for sharing
Support CommunityWhen 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 FollowersThere 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.

Information we may share

Categories of RecipientsReason for sharing
Service Providers and OthersWe 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 PartnersWe 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 ResearchersWe 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 CompaniesWe 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 AuthoritiesWe 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.

Purchasers of our businessWe will share your Personal Data in those cases where we sell or negotiate to sell our business to a buyer or prospective buyer. In this situation, Deadeye Games B.V. will continue to ensure the confidentiality of your Personal Data and give you notice before your Personal Data is transferred to the buyer or becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

9. DATA RETENTION AND DELETION

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:

  1. If there is an unresolved issue relating to your account, such as an outstanding credit on your account or an unresolved claim or dispute we will retain the necessary personal data until the issue is resolved;
  2. Where we are required to retain the Personal Data for our legal, tax, audit, and accounting obligations, we will retain the necessary personal data for the period required by applicable law; and/or,
  3. Where necessary for our legitimate business interests such as fraud prevention or to maintain the security of our users.

10. TRANSFER TO OTHER COUNTRIES

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.

11. LINKS

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.

12. KEEPING YOUR PERSONAL DATA SAFE

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.

13. CHILDREN

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.

14. UPDATES OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY

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.

15. HOW TO CONTACT US

Thank you for reading our Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact our Data Protection Officer by using the form on the Privacy Center or by writing to us at address listed in the footer.

Deadeye Games BV is the data processor for the purposes of the personal data processed under this Policy.