Official Rules: $1,000 Holiday Giveaway [Warning: Legalese Ahead!]


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  1. ELIGIBILITY: The GameSkinny Holiday Giveaway is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (19 years of age or older if a resident of AL or NE). The following individuals are not eligible: employees, contractors, directors and officers of GameSkinny (“Sponsor”), its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies,  and the immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and spouse or “step” of each) of, and those living in the same households as, each such individual. Contest is void outside the USA and where prohibited.
  2. OVERVIEW: Successful entry into the Contest consists of two parts:

    1. Part 1: Entrant Completes the Wishlist Survey Located here:

    2. Part 2: Entrant crafts and publishes a Letter to Gamer Santa on GameSkinny tagged with “Letter to Gamer Santa.”
  3. JUDGING: One (1) Grand Prize winner will be determined by rank on GameSkinny. Rank is calculated by the GameSkinny platform based on engagement metrics like sharing, comments and views. The completed entry with the highest rank will win. In the event of a tied rank, the GameSkinny editors will break the tie based on creativity, impact and effect.
  4. TO ENTER:Visit the Sponsor’s Web Site at (the “Web Site”) between 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on November 1, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on November 29, 2013 (the “Entry Period”) and follow the instructions to access and complete the online entry form and publish your letter.

    You may submit more than one Entry; however each Entry must be unique and different from any other Entry submitted. If Entrant hasn’t completed the Wishlist (Part 1), Entry will be disqualified.

    Entries may be posted at websites or social media sites.

    If you think that any Entry infringes your intellectual property rights, please contact support at: [email protected]

    Sponsor is not responsible for late or incomplete Entries. If a problem occurs in the online submission process or in uploading a video, Entrant should receive an error message. However, the responsibility to electronically complete the Entry process is the Entrant’s; GameSkinny shall be responsible for any Entry not actually received due to incomplete or improper transmission.

  5. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:Entrant warrants and represents that the contest entry:
    1. is original;
    2. does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy, publicity rights, ownership or any other legal or moral rights of any third party;
    3. has not been entered in previous contests or won previous awards;
    4. is suitable for public viewing.

    By submitting an Entry, Entrant represents that he/she owns all rights to each element of his/her Entry.

    Each Entrant irrevocably grants Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), on an exclusive basis within the gaming category, each element of the Entrant’s Entry, and use of the Entrant’s name, and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant’s name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party. Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Sponsor’s use of any element of the Entry, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor for the use of any element of the Entry or Entrant’s Likeness or statements. Entrant further grants all end users of Sponsor’s Web Site (a) the ability to comment on the Entry; (b) the ability to send and distribute the Entry via e-mail, instant messenger, and via social media or other electronic means.

    Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor, its agencies and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out of the use of any element of Entrant’s Entry, or the Entrant’s conduct in submitting an Entry or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of an individual’s right of publicity or right of privacy, or defamation. Entrant further agrees to release Sponsor from any and all claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Sponsor infringes Entrant’s rights with regard to any elements or ideas contained in any element of the Entry.

  6. Entrants may encourage family and friends to vote for his or her Entry, but may not attempt to induce others to vote for his or her Entry through the use of any incentive, sweepstakes or other promotion. Any use of automatic voting methods by any party will void all such votes and will result in the Entry in question being declared ineligible and disqualified from the Contest. Any attempt to use any fraudulent mechanism, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, shall give Sponsor the right to disqualify the Entrant in Sponsor’s reasonable discretion.
  7. PRIZE:

    One (1) Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 cash, awarded as a check.

    Total value of prize is: $1,000.

  8. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Winner subject to verification, including without limitation, verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Potential Semi-Finalists will be required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release and, where lawful, Publicity Release. All winners are solely responsible for any taxes on their respective individual prizes. No substitution of prize will be offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prizes are non-transferable. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest. Further, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (b) violating the Official Rules; or (c) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.  Entrants agree that the Sponsor has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of Sponsor are final and binding. This Contest is governed by the laws of the state of Virginia, and by entering; Entrants agree that all claims or disputes must be resolved exclusively in the federal or state courts in Richmond, Virginia.
  9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor or Contest Parties resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Contest. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor or Contest Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Contest: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Contest. Sponsor and Contest Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of the Web Site is at user’s own risk. Sponsor and the Contest Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained by user’s or any other person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Contest, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant releases Sponsor and Contest Parties from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant’s participation in the Contest. By accepting a prize in the Contest, winner agrees that the Sponsor and Contest Parties shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from participation in the Contest, acceptance or use of any prize. Sponsor and Contest Parties are not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest is cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.
  10. Winners List: For an announcement of the winner, visit or send a self addressed, stamped, #10 envelope to: GameSkinny, Attn: Editors – Holiday Contest Results, 7204 Glen Forest Drive, Richmond, VA 23226. Requests must be received by December 20th, 2013.
  11. Privacy: By submitting an Entry in this Contest, each Entrant agrees to Sponsor’s use of participant’s personal information as described in the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, located at

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