Terms & Conditions

Fat Beetle Systems – General Terms & Conditions

These Terms are a legal agreement between you and Fat Beetle Systems Limited (referred to as “FBS”, “us”/”we”/”our”, in these Terms). The Terms set out how you may use the website www.gridwordz.com (“Website“), our apps and any games, products, forums, and services we offer through the apps or Website or other dedicated websites or otherwise provided by us (all collectively referred to in these Terms as our “Services“). Please read these Terms carefully.

These Terms were last updated on 15th December 2018.

1.   What is FBS?

FBS is a company registered in the UK whose registered number is 10468150 Our contact details are set out in “How can I contact FBS?” below.

2.   Why should you read these Terms?

You should read these Terms because they contain our legal commitments to you and a number of DOs and DON’Ts, which you need to be aware of when you use our Services. Please read these Terms carefully to make sure you understand them. By using our Services, you agree to accept and be legally bound by these Terms. If you do not agree with the Terms, you should not access or use our Services.

  • You should also read our Privacy Policy GridWordz Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy explains how we use your personal data.
  • If you wish to buy any virtual currency in our services such as Gridcoinz, you should read our FBS – Terms and Conditions for the Sale of Coins in the section below
  • If you wish to sign up to our blog, you should read our FBS Blog Policy in the section below.

3.   Can FBS change these Terms?

We can update and change these Terms from time to time and the most current version of these Terms will be posted onto the Website and relevant apps and you may be invited to review and accept the revised Terms in order to continue using the Services. You can print and save a copy of these Terms for your future reference.

4.   What do I need to do with my log-in details and how do I close my account?

If you have dedicated log-in details (i.e. you register for our Services and are not logging in through a third party service such as Facebook) you need to keep them safe! You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user name and password and you are also responsible for all activities that are carried out under your account. We would also recommend that you regularly change your password, and do not use the same email and password combination for any other online service. We cannot check the identities of people using our Services and will not be liable if your user name and password are used by someone else. If you become aware of any unauthorised use of your username and password, you should notify us immediately.

Fair gameplay is important to FBS. You therefore agree not to share your user name and password with any other user or third party, or knowingly carry out any activity which enables a third party to access or use your account. If we believe, acting in our discretion, that your account is used, by more than one person, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate or cease to support your account without liability.

5.   How do I close my account?

If you no longer want your FBS Website account, you can close it by contacting our Customer Support team.

6.   What am I not allowed to do when using the Services?

You agree to follow the following rules (“the Rules”). You agree that you will not post, distribute, or otherwise make available or transmit any data, text, message, graphic or computer file that we believe:

  • is a personal attack on other individuals;
  • bullies, stalks or otherwise harasses any other user of our Services;
  • is vulgar, obscene, or sexually explicit (language or images);
  • is a form of cheating;
  • encourages or advocates illegal activity or the discussion of illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
  • infringes and/or violates any right of a third party including but not limited to: (a) copyright, patent, trademark, or other proprietary rights; (b) right of privacy (specifically, you must not distribute another person’s personal information of any kind without their express permission) or publicity; (c) any confidentiality obligation;
  • contains a virus or other harmful component, or otherwise tampers with, impairs or damages our Services or otherwise interferes with any person or entity’s use or enjoyment of the Services;
  • engages in antisocial, disruptive, or destructive acts, including “flaming,” “spamming,” “flooding,” “trolling,” and “griefing”;
  • promotes and/or generates money for yourself and/or any third party business activity;
  • impersonates any person or entity or misrepresents your identity or affiliation with any person or entity;
  • deletes any legal notices, disclaimers, or proprietary notices such as copyright or trademarks, or modify any logos that you do not own or have express permission to modify; or
  • does not generally pertain to the designated topic or theme of the Services.

You may be banned or have your account suspended or terminated if we think that you have not followed the Rules or if we believe in our sole discretion that you have behaved inappropriately whilst using our Services. In addition, if we believe you have engaged in cheating then we may remove any applicable FBS Coins from your account.

If you believe that another user is violating these Rules, please let us know, using the contact details below. However, we cannot and do not guarantee that other users are or will be complying with these Rules, and we will not be responsible for any other user’s lack of compliance. You and other users are responsible for your own actions.

We reserve the right to remove, or refuse to post, any material that we believe is in violation of these Rules and, if we deem appropriate, to turn this material over to law enforcement officials. We also reserve the right to comply with any order or otherwise cooperate with law enforcement officials regarding the identification of any user alleged to be using our Services in violation of the law.

7.   Who owns the content made available through the Services?

All of the content and information contained in the Services (including the games) are owned or licensed by us and are protected by intellectual property rights. Examples include, but are not limited to: source and object code, trademarks, logos, graphics, photographs, videos animations, copyrightable gameplay and texts. Any names, title, logos, and designs, that contain FBS and are exclusively owned by us.

You are not allowed to use the Services or any of the content or information they contain, or may contain, in any way unless expressly allowed under these Terms or expressly permitted by us. You may not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or modify any Services in any way.

You acknowledge that some of the Services may allow you to create your own personalised username and avatar and may also allow you to communicate with other users and post messages, images, text and other material (“User Content”) which can be seen by others.

By posting or making available any User Content through our Services, or by sending any User Content to us, you agree us that you have the right and all necessary approvals to use such User Content and that we can use, change or adapt it in any media without any payment or obligation to you or anyone else. You further promise us that the availability or publishing of any such User Content as part of our Services will not cause us to infringe the rights of any third party or to be in breach of any applicable law or regulation. Please therefore make sure you do not post any content which may infringe any third party rights. We may need to remove any potentially infringing content without notice. You agree to compensate us for any losses we suffer as a direct result of any breach by you of any of the promises made by you in this paragraph.

8.   What is FBS not responsible for?

We do not guarantee that the Services will always be available or be uninterrupted, timely, secure or free from bugs, viruses, errors or omissions. For example, there may be times when the Services are unavailable due to maintenance or technical problems. We may also change, suspend or discontinue certain Services without giving you prior notice.

We will not be liable for any loss, damage or upset that you suffer as a consequence of any Service becoming temporarily or permanently unavailable.

We (and any third party content provider, or their respective agent), are not responsible for the following types of loss or damage which may arise from your use of the Services:

  • damage to your computer system or loss of data (whether due to a virus or other malicious software or not), except where this is caused by us not using reasonable care and skill;
  • loss, damage or upset that you suffer as a consequence of the actions of another user;
  • loss or damage which is caused by us when it does not comply with the Terms but which we and you could not anticipate nor expect to happen when you started using the Services;
  • any loss which is indirect or a side effect of the main loss or damage and which we and you could not anticipate nor expect to happen when you started using the Services, for instance if you lose revenue or salary, profit, opportunity or reputation; and
  • any loss or damage if the Services are not provided to you or are interrupted or suspended or if we do not comply with the Terms because of events beyond our control, such as an act of God, accident, fire, lockout, strike or other official or unofficial labour dispute, civil commotion or other act or event beyond our reasonable control.

Nothing in the Terms excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence, or for fraud. All Services are provided on an ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ basis. We do not make any representation, guarantee or promise in respect of the Services, including, without limitation, any statements made by other users, third parties and/ or advertisers on or via the Services.

We will take reasonable steps to ensure that our Services are free from viruses and other malicious software but we also recommend you use applicable anti-virus software as relevant.

9.   What happens if I buy or download a FBS game through the iTunes App Store or Google Play?

You will also be asked to agree to the relevant app store terms which will apply in addition to these Terms. We suggest that you read these app store terms carefully.

If you download a Service onto your smartphone or tablet, it may offer push notification features. You may accept or refuse these, and can subsequently turn these off by visiting the settings menu on your device.

If you purchase any content through one of our Services via an app, for example Coins or Subscriptions, then the relevant app store provider’s terms and conditions applicable to in-app purchases will apply. You acknowledge that any billing and transactions are handled by the app store provider. You should contact the app store provider directly if you have any payment related issues with in-app purchases.

10. Is FBS responsible for third party websites or content?

On some pages you may see links to third party websites, advertising or content provided by third parties. These links are provided by third parties and not by us.

We do not endorse any third party website or content which is linked from our Services. We are not responsible or liable for anything that happens to you or your data when you visit these third party websites or use third party content. If you visit any third party website, please be aware that it may have its own terms of use, licence agreement and privacy policy which you will need to be aware of.

11.   Is FBS responsible for third party advertising?

On some pages you may see advertising content provided by third parties. We do not control the advertisements that are placed via our Services. Please report any advert that you find offensive or inappropriate to us and we will investigate the matter.

If you click on any advert, you will be dealing with external companies responsible for that advert. We are not responsible or liable for anything that happens to you when you visit these third party websites or use third party content. If you visit any third party website, please be aware that it may have its own terms of use, licence agreement and privacy policy which you will need to be aware of.

12.        What do I do if I think my work is available on any Services but I did not give permission to show it?

If you believe that your work is included in any Services and this is violating your intellectual property rights, please advise us immediately and we will investigate the matter.

13.        What happens if I am not happy with these Terms or the Services?

By using our Services, you agree to accept and be legally bound by these Terms. If you do not agree with the Terms, you should not access or use our Services.

We will do our best to resolve any disputes over these Terms. If you wish to take court proceedings against us you must do so within the United Kingdom. If you live in England or Wales, the laws of England and Wales will apply.

If we are unable to resolve any disputes between us regarding the delivery of services you have the right to refer the dispute to the EU’s Online Dispute Resolution platform at: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/odr/main/index.cfm?event=main.home.chooseLanguage.

14.        Are there any other legal terms I need to be aware of?

The Services are made available for personal and not commercial use. We do permit promotional references to our Services (for example reviews via social media and in blogs) but we do reserve the right to ask you to remove such content or refrain from further action.

  • You cannot assign, sub-license or otherwise transfer any or all of your rights or obligations under these Terms to any other person.
  • If any part of these Terms is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be amended to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If that part cannot be amended, it will be deleted. The amendment or deletion of any part of these Terms shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of the Terms.
  • If we do not enforce any right we have against you, this does not prevent us from enforcing this right at a later date.
  • A person who is not a party to these Terms does not have any rights under them.

15.        How can I contact you?

Please contact us at:  info@Gridwordz.com

16.   Do I have to be a certain age to use the Services?

When you use or access our Services in any capacity, you represent that you are at least 13 years old (or at least 16, if you reside in the EU) and that you understand and agree to these Terms. If you are under the age of 18, you agree that you have gotten permission from a parent or guardian to use our Services. If you access our Services through a third party platform or site, you may be required to comply with their policies in addition to these Terms.

If you help someone who is 13 or under to register for or otherwise use any Services you assume full liability for any consequences and that, under no circumstances including, but not limited to, negligence, neither we nor any third party content provider nor their respective agents shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of such use.

FBS – Blog Policy

We run a blog at GridWordz Blog where we post articles about new Services including updates about upcoming games, interviews with game creators and stories about life here at FBS.

If you would like to receive blog updates, you can easily subscribe to our mailing list by providing us with your email address. We recommend that you read our privacy policy at GridWordz Privacy Policy

 before signing up to our updates, so you can see how we may use your personal information.

We do not want to ruin the fun for our users, so we will not be:

  • buying email addresses from other sources;
  • borrowing email addresses from other sources; or
  • selling your email address to anyone.

We want to protect your privacy, so we:

  • will log your IP address to prevent abuse;
  • won’t sell your email address to anyone;
  • won’t lend your email address to anyone; and
  • won’t let another company use your email address.

FBS – Terms and Conditions for the Sale of Coins

Please read these coin terms and conditions (“Coin Terms”) carefully before purchasing any virtual coins, cash, tokens or other in-game currency available through or otherwise in relation to our Services (“Coins“). By ordering any Coins, you agree to be bound by these Coin Terms.  The Coin Terms are in addition to the Terms and if there is a conflict between the Coin Terms and the Terms, the Coin Terms shall apply.

1.   When do these Coin Terms apply?

These Coin Terms cover your purchase and use of Coins.

Please be aware that a number of our Services may have more than one in-game currency. If this is the case, there will be different items which can be purchased with each type of in-game currency, and each may be acquired in different ways.

Coins can only be used in line with these Coin Terms and within the game in which they are purchased or otherwise acquired. You acknowledge that certain additional in-game functionality may only be accessible in exchange for Coins.

These Coin Terms also apply if you are given any Coins because you have participated in a competition or win Coins by playing any of our games.

2.   Where can I buy Coins?

Some of our games let you buy Coins. You can recognise these games because they have an option to purchase Coins, usually at the top of the specific game playing window. Games may allow you to buy different amounts of Coins and may have temporary offers or sales for Coin purchases.

Please note that when purchasing Coins through one of our games, which you have downloaded from an app store, there may be additional terms and conditions which apply. You may be asked to agree to the app store provider’s own terms and conditions, which will apply in addition to these Coin Terms. We suggest you read app store terms carefully and follow the process provided by the relevant app store.

3.   I am ready to buy Coins – what do I need to do?

You can buy Coins from us for real money if you are 18 years of age or older or, if you are under 18, have the permission of a parent or guardian. We may ask you to provide the details of your parent or guardian from time to time.

If you want to buy any Coins, please follow the steps set out in the game which you have downloaded. If you experience any difficulties when purchasing Coins, you can email us at:  info@gridwordz.com.

Please note the following:

  • You will be presented with multiple Coin bundles, with different virtual currency options if applicable, and with different prices and amounts of Coins to choose from. Please select the bundle that you wish to purchase, review this selection and, if you are happy, please proceed to check out. If you are purchasing Coins through an app, your payment will be processed through the applicable app store and additional app store terms and conditions may apply.
  • The price of Coins is as stated at the time you place your order, except in the case of obvious error. We try and ensure that all Coin prices stated are accurate but errors may occur. The price includes value added tax (where applicable).
  • We are entitled to change the purchase price for Coins at any time, before you purchase the Coins. At the time of purchase of Coins, you may be offered additional Coins free of charge. These Coin Terms cover such additional Coins offered free of charge.
  • If you are purchasing Coins through a third party payment provider window, you will be asked to select your preferred payment method. Through them we accept various payment methods including:
    1. Quick Payments – using credit/debit cards or mobile payments; and
    2. Popular Payment Methods – using PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Pay by Mobile, and Maestro

Note that such payment methods are subject to change at the discretion of FBS and the third party payment provider.

  • Please select the payment method that you wish to use by clicking on the relevant icon. By doing so you confirm that you are authorised to use the payment method selected. You will then be asked to provide certain required information to purchase the Coins. If you are paying by credit card please enter the number in full, without spaces or dashes. All credit/debit card holders are subject to validation checks and authorisation by the card issuer. If the issuer of your card refuses to authorise payment we will not accept your Coin order and we are not obliged to inform you of the reason for the refusal.
  • We are not responsible for your card issuer or bank charging you as a result of the processing of your credit/debit card payment in accordance with your order. Before placing and submitting an order for Coins, you will be provided with details of the terms and conditions of our third party payment provider. You will need to read and accept these terms and conditions before purchasing the Coins through our third party payment provider.
  • Please check the accuracy of the payment information that you have provided and correct any mistakes. When you are ready, please click to submit your order. By doing so you:
    1. agree to be bound by the Terms and these Coin Terms;
    2. agree to pay for the Coins at the indicated price, and
    3. you confirm that you are permitted to use the payment source that you have provided, and
    4. you authorise our designated payment processor to charge the full amount to the payment source you have identified for the transaction.
  • Once you have placed your order, you will receive a thank you message and confirmation on screen. Please notify us immediately if you dispute a transaction for Coins or believe that any transaction occurring on your account is unauthorised.
  • All purchased or allocated Coins will be assigned to the associated account through which the purchase or allocation is made.

4.   How do I spend my Coins?

You can spend your Coins in order to acquire additional features, items, or benefits within the game where you purchased the Coins. When you use Coins to acquire an item within a game, the relevant amount of Coins will automatically be deducted from your account that is connected with that game.

5.   What am I not allowed to do with my Coins?

You agree not to:

  • transfer Coins between accounts or between you and any other person.
  • transfer or attempt to transfer Coins between two or more accounts in any way; or
  • transfer Coins between accounts by any means that attempts to bypass normal playing rules or that is contrary to the general purpose of a game (for example: by using one account to intentionally lose a game to another account for the purpose of transferring credits between the accounts).

Although users may hold more than one account, it is strictly prohibited to use multiple accounts to hold and use Coins in any manner that is contrary to the general purpose of a game. It is strictly prohibited to sell an account or any Coins to any person.

We may from time to time limit the use of Coins, including applying limits to the number of Coins allocated to your account at any time, and/or the number of Coins redeemable within a given time period.

6.   What legal terms do I need to be aware of when I am purchasing Coins?

When you buy Coins, you are buying a limited personal revocable licence to use the Coins. You agree that the Coins do not constitute personal property and are not legal tender or currency of any kind. All Coins purchased by you are non-refundable. No interest is paid or earned on any Coins balance.

You have certain rights in respect of the Coins. These include that we have the right to supply the Coins to you and that the Coins will be of satisfactory quality and as described. You have certain legal remedies if we breach any of these rights. Nothing in these Coin Terms is intended to affect these legal rights or other rights to which you may also be entitled.

If we are unable to resolve any disputes between us about your purchase of the Coins or these Coin Terms, you have the right to refer the dispute to the EU’s Online Dispute Resolution platform at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/odr/main/index.cfm?event=main.home.chooseLanguage.

7.   Can I cancel my order once I have bought my Coins?

By purchasing Coins from us, you agree that we can transfer them to your account as soon as we can. By agreeing to these terms, each time you click to confirm a purchase, you acknowledge that you expressly consent to the supply of the Coins immediately and acknowledge that you will lose your right to change your mind and cancel such order within the 14-day cooling-off period otherwise provided by law.

8.   What happens to my Coins if my account is suspended or terminated?

We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your account if:

  • we or our designated payment processor are unable to verify or authenticate any information (including payment information) you provide in connection with the purchase or use of the relevant Coins;
  • we or our designated payment processor are notified of or reasonably suspects any cheating, fraudulent, abusive or other unlawful activity whatsoever in relation to your account or Coins balance; or
  • you are otherwise in breach of these Coin Terms, the terms of the third party payment service provider or any other Terms.

If your account has been suspended for the first time, we may remove all of the Coins in your account. If we have reasonable grounds to suspect that you are engaging in unlawful, fraudulent or other improper activity for a second time, we may suspend or terminate your account and any use of your Coins. If this happens, you are not entitled to any reimbursement, refund or any other compensation, except at our sole discretion.

If your account has been suspended for a second time or terminated, you will lose all of the balance of your Coins. If this happens, you are not entitled to any reimbursement, refund or any other compensation, except at our sole discretion.

9.   What do I do if I have not received my Coins?

It is possible that you have successfully ordered and paid for your Coins, but you may not have received them. Please remember that during busy periods, there may be a short delay before your Coins are assigned to your account.

If you are still having issues receiving your Coins and you have not received them after a short period of time, please let us know by contacting customer support

10.   What is FBS not responsible for?

We are not responsible for the following types of loss or damage which may arise from your use of the Coins:

  • damage or loss not caused by our breach of the Coin Terms;
  • loss or damage which is caused by us when it does not comply with the Coin Terms but which we and you could not anticipate nor expect to happen when you started using the Coins;
  • any loss which is indirect or a side effect of the main loss or damage and which we and you could not anticipate nor expect to happen when you started using the Coins, for instance if you lose revenue or salary, profit, opportunity or reputation; and
  • any loss or damage if the Coins are not provided to you are interrupted or suspended or if we do not comply with the Coin Terms because of events beyond our control, such as an act of God, accident, fire, lockout, strike or other official or unofficial labour dispute, civil commotion or other act or event beyond our reasonable control.

FBS – Limitation of Liability

1. FBS Liability

FBS will not be liable to you for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, exemplary, punitive or other similar damages, including but not limited to loss of revenues, lost profits, lost data or business interruption or other intangible losses (however such losses are qualified), arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms or our Services, whether based on contract, tort or any other legal theory, and whether or not FBS has been advised of the possibility of such damages. FBS will not be liable to you for more than the amount you have paid to FBS in accordance with these Terms in the six (6) months immediately preceding the date on which you first assert a claim. You acknowledge and agree that if you have not paid anything to FBS during such time period, your sole remedy (and FBS’s exclusive liability) for any dispute with FBS is to stop using the Services and to cancel your Account.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for certain types of damages. Accordingly, some of the above disclaimers and limitations may not apply to you. To the extent that FBS may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any warranty or limit its liability as set forth herein, the scope of such warranty and the extent of FBS’s liability will be the minimum permitted under such applicable law. In particular, nothing in these Terms will affect the statutory rights of any consumer or exclude or restrict any liability for death or personal injury arising from any negligence or fraud of FBS. This provision shall have no effect on the choice of law provision set forth below.

  1. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, save, and hold FBS, its affiliated companies, officers, directors, contractors, employees, agents, third-party suppliers, licensors, and partners harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, and liabilities, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of or relating to: (i) your use or misuse of our Services or goods or services obtained in connection therewith; (ii) any breach or violation of these Terms; (iii) our use of your User Content; or (iv) any breach of the representations, warranties, and covenants made by you herein. We reserve the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us, and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims. We will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such matter upon becoming aware of it. You agree that the provisions in this paragraph will survive any termination of your Account(s) or of our Services.

  1. Dispute Resolution

Informal Dispute Resolution

If a dispute arises between you and us, we prefer amicable resolution to protracted legal battles. To that end, we have created an informal dispute resolution program we believe can resolve most matters. Before initiating any arbitration or court proceeding, you must first exhaust these steps to resolution:

a).  CHECK THE FAQ: You can start your resolution process by reviewing our “Help/FAQ” section for the applicable game or Services. Each “FAQ” section is specific to each game, and addresses the most commonly asked questions or concerns players may have, so please start there.

b).  IN-GAME SUPPORT: If our FAQs did not resolve the issue, please contact us. Please bear with us; we may need to research your issue and this may require us to ask further questions and engage with you over several communications. Although most issues can be resolved in this way, certain issues may require further escalation, as reasonably determined by us.

c).  ESCALATION: If you’ve followed the above steps, but you feel that the issue remains unresolved after our agents have stated that a matter is closed, please email us at info@gridwordz.com. We will work with you further to resolve your issue. In some cases, we may address the issue remotely. In others, we may ask to speak with you directly and will arrange a mutual time to discuss your matter. If you provide us with your phone number for this purpose, it will not be used for other purposes.

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  1. Entire Agreement


These Terms, including any additional policies and documents referenced in this agreement, are the entire agreement between you and FBS. They supersede all prior understandings between you and FBS, regardless of the medium (oral, written electronic) and practice (custom, policy, course of business, precedent) by which such understandings were communicated.

No Waiver

Any failure of FBS to enforce any right or provision in these Terms shall not constitute a waiver or relinquishment of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by us in writing. The express waiver by FBS of any provision, condition, or requirement of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of any future obligation to comply with such provision, condition or requirement. Except as expressly and specifically set forth in these Terms, no representations, statements, consents, waivers, or other acts or omissions by FBS will be deemed a modification of these Terms or legally binding, unless documented in physical writing, hand signed by both you and a duly appointed officer of FBS.

Notices
We may give notice to you via: (i) postings on the Services; (ii) email, telephone, or text message to any email address or phone number connected with your Account; (iii) written communication sent by mail to any address connected with your Account. All notices given by you or required from you under these Terms must be in writing and addressed to: FBS, Ltd C/O Charnwood Accountants, The Point, Granite Way, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire UK, LE12 7TZ.  Any notices that you provide without compliance with this subsection will have no legal effect.

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