Costume Contest at gamescom 2012 — Rules

Article 1: The Company Blizzard Entertainment Europe S.A.S, which head office is located at 145, rue Yves le Coz, 78000, Versailles, France, and operating under the commercial name of Blizzard (“Blizzard”) is organizing a competition (the “Competition”) which final will take place during “Gamescom 2012” exhibition on the 18th of August 2012 being held at Halle 6.1 (B21 ) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany (the “Event”) with a limitation of twenty four (24) participants.

Article 2: The Competition is opened to individuals aged 13 or more (minors under 18 must have parental authorization – presence of the parent is required during the contest) who have purchased a ticket for the Event, except Blizzard’s personnel and their family, affiliates or business partners (“Entrants” or “Entrant”).

Article 3: Entrants automatically accept the Terms and acknowledge the fact that this game being organized by a French company, the Competition is governed by French law.

Article 4: Failure to observe the Terms stated here will lead to the nullification of the participation.

Article 5: Only one entry per household will be accepted (same name, same address).

Article 6: In order to participate to the Competition Entrants have to show up during the Event in the costume which is described in the Article 7 of the Terms and register to the local Costume contest registration desk. In order to register the Entrant’s costume must comply with the requirements described in the Article 7 of the Terms.

Entrants may pre-register for the Competition by sending an email to the email address “gamescom2012@blizzard.com” before the 17th of August, 2012, 8:00 pm (CEST). The email may contain a photograph of themselves wearing the costume; or a simple description of the costume. If the pre-registration is confirmed by Blizzard and the Entrant has received a confirmation email, in this case the Entrant should show up to the local Costume contest registration desk on the day of the Competition and present a print version of the confirmation email from Blizzard.

TThe photographs must be submitted in .JPEG or .JPG format and cannot exceed 2 MB in size per file.

Entrants warrant and represent that (a) the Entrant has all of the rights necessary to legally submit the photographs to Blizzard for the Competition; and (b) all such photographs are original works of authorship on the part of Entrants and have not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work and do not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other person or entity. It is understood that ticket to the Event shall not be reimbursed or paid by Blizzard, and that this contest is opened for participation to individuals willing to attend the Event, and should not be considered an incentive to attend.

Twenty-four (24) participants shall be selected by Blizzard during the registration process.

Article 7: Aim of the competition.
Entrants have to create and model an original costume taking its design and theme from any Blizzard game. Costumes will be judged on originality, creativity, and complexity of the design.

A Blizzard staff jury will decide the winner (the “Winner”) on grounds of creativity, originality, and accuracy to the depiction of the character, class, event, or person the costume is based upon. The Winner will be required to give a valid mail address in order to receive their prize.

Article 8: The Winner selected amongst the 24 Contest finalists will be awarded the following prize:

  • 1 XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook
    Key features:
    • 39,6 cm (15.6”) Full-HD (1920x1080) Non-Glare Display
    • Intel Core i7-3610QM - 2,30 - 3,30GHz 6MB
    • AMD Radeon HD 7970M 2048MB GDDR5
    • 8GB DDR3 RAM 1600MHz
    • 750GB / 8GB Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
    Estimated commercial value: 1.658 euros
  • 1 SteelSeries D3 mouse – value 69.99€
  • 1 SteelSeries D3 headset – value 119.99€
  • 1 7G keyboard (DE layout) – value 129.99€
  • 1 QcK D3 mouse pad – value 14.99€
  • 1 Megablok Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault – value 100€


  • Article 9: The winner will be warned within 10 working days.

    Article 10: Resale of the prize is forbidden. No exchange of the prize worth against money, another prize, object or service different from a prize eventually won by an Entrant will be accepted.

    Article 11: The details of each Entrant (name and e-mail address) will be collected during the Competition according to the « Informatique et Libertés » law, of the 6th of January 1978 and its later amendments, and according to the European directive number 95/46/CE.

    Each Entrant grants Blizzard permission to use the information he is providing within the framework set by the« Informatique et Libertés » law of the 6th of January 1978. Each Entrant benefits from the right to access and modify his personal data.

    Article 12: In case of litigation, only tribunals in the country of physical residence of the head office of the organizing company will have jurisdiction.

    Article 13: Responsibility
    In case of circumstances outside Blizzard’s control, in a fortuitous case, or under exceptional circumstances (fire, flood, natural disaster, malevolent intrusion in the IT system, strike, jeopardize of the financial and technical viability of the competition etc.), even in the case of its own responsibility (subject to its good faith), Blizzard retains the right to cancel the whole or part of the Competition. The present Competition will be cancelled in case circumstances outside Blizzard’s control, without the Entrants or a Winner being able to claim any form of compensation. Blizzard retains the right to exclude entry to the present Competition any individual having cheated, deceived, faked or disturbed the operations stated in this Terms. Blizzard retains the right to sue any individual having cheated, deceived, faked or disturbed the operations stated in this Terms, or tried to do so. A Winner having disturbed the Competition in any of the ways described in the present Terms will be rightfully denied the right to claim any prize. Any addition or amendment to these Terms will be announced on the Internet. They will be considered appendices to the present Terms.

    Article 14: Grant of license
    By submitting the photographs, Entrants hereby grant to Blizzard, a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty free license for the duration of the protection usually granted to authors by laws and convention on copyright to: display and reproduce the photographs which Entrants are submitting to Blizzard in association with Blizzard’s Competition on its websites ("Licensed Materials"), including, but not limited to www.blizzard.com and eu.battle.net, for commercial, business, and trade purposes, as well as for advertising and/or publicity purposes. Additionally, Entrants hereby agree and acknowledge that Blizzard may, in its sole discretion, display the Licensed Material, in whole or in part, distorted in character or form, on its website/s.

    Article 15: Blizzard is allowed to reproduce and use your full name, country of residence, age, personal photograph, contest participation video and picture footage and interview (hereinafter « the Elements »). You hereby authorizes Blizzard to reproduce, to digitize, to adapt, to diffuse, to represent and to communicate the Elements on any communication medium relative to the Product as:
    • Press releases, press conferences and press Kits (audio and visual) of the Product by Blizzard relatively to its communication with the general and specialized (multimedia editions, general public computer science, family dedicated newspapers) press, provided that the Elements shall be reproduced and communicated in whole or in part by the aforementioned press.
    • Websites owned or maintained by Blizzard.
    The authorization hereby granted is free of charge, worldwide and for an undetermined term (or at least for the exploitation term of the Product and of the range to which it belongs). It is expressly understood that Blizzard shall not use make use of any of your eventual observation and image in a manner that could harm your reputation.