1. Eligibility.

    BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION (referred to herein as "SPONSOR") IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS CONTEST. THIS CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, FRANCE, BELGIUM, UNITED KINGDOM, LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWEDEN, FINLAND, DENMARK, NORWAY, SPAIN, IRELAND, THE NETHERLANDS, AND SOUTH KOREA WHICH ARE: (i) OVER THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH THAT THE ENTRANT SUBMITS A COMIC TO SPONSOR TO ENTER THE CONTEST; AND (ii) WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATES OF NORTH DAKOTA, VERMONT, CONNECTICUT, OR MARYLAND IN THE UNITED STATES; THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA; OR RESIDENTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN STATES OF VICTORIA, QUEENSLAND OR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY ("ENTRANTS"). If you are under the legal age of majority in your country of residence, or your state of residence if you are a resident of the United States (a "Minor"), one of your parents or legal guardians must submit a signed, written statement that they have read, understood and agree to these Contest rules with your entry, and that such agreement constitutes acceptance of these Contest rules on behalf of you and themselves. If you reside in the States of North Dakota, Vermont, Connecticut or Maryland in the United States, the Province of Quebec in Canada, or Queensland, Victoria or the Australian Capital Territory in Australia, you are not eligible to participate in this Contest. To be eligible to win a prize, entries must be completed and received by Sponsor in the format designated below. Directors, officers and employees of Sponsor, its parent, and any of their respective affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate families of each are not eligible to win any prizes. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. There is no cost to enter or win. Offer void where prohibited. In the event of any dispute, entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the e-mail address from which the e-mail was sent.
  2. Disclaimer.

    Sponsor, all participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.
  3. Contest Period.

    The period of time during which the Contest will be held (the "Contest Period") shall commence on 3:00 PM Pacific Standard Time October 29, 2009 and shall continue in duration until 2:59 PM Pacific Standard Time April 28, 2010 (the "Deadline"). All entries must be received by the Deadline to be eligible to win a prize.
  4. Prizes.

    1. Each month during the Contest, Sponsor shall determine three (3) qualified entrants to receive prize packages each month during the Contest, as follows:
    1. One (1) qualified entrant will be chosen by Sponsor each month during the contest to receive a prize package that consists of two (2) StarCraft II Beta Test Keys, which do not have a retail value, one (1) StarCraft-themed T-shirt with an approximate value of $14.99, and one (1) StarCraft II Poster with an approximate retail value of $14.00.
    2. Two (2) qualified entrant will be chosen by Sponsor each month during the contest to receive a prize package that consists one (1) StarCraft-themed T-shirt with an approximate value of $14.99, and one (1) StarCraft II Poster with an approximate retail value of $14.00.

    ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. All prizes will be awarded. Prize Winners must execute an affidavit of eligibility before they can receive their Prize. Prizes returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within fifteen (15) days after delivery of notification will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize. Limit one prize per household or address. All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).
  5. How to Enter.

    Each month during the Contest, you may submit an original "comic" based on Blizzard Entertainment's "StarCraft" products (the "Blizzard Product") during the Contest period to: http://www.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/form/starcraftcomic.html. Your submission must be your original work, and must be submitted by the 28th day of the month ("Monthly Deadline") to be considered as a potential prize winner for the thirty (30) day period immediately preceding the Monthly Deadline. Original Comics, once submitted, will be considered for all successive monthly prizes during the remainder of the Contest Period.
  6. Contest Rules.

    Sponsor, in its sole discretion, shall choose the winners from all entrants who have submitted an entry prior to the Monthly Deadline. Winners shall be chosen by Sponsor at its sole discretion based upon which submissions are the most original, authentic and/or funny artistic expression of a "comic" that is based on the Blizzard Product. The decision of Sponsor is final. Prizewinners will be notified by e-mail within fourteen (14) days thereafter. To claim a prize, winners should follow the instructions contained in their notification.
  7. Sponsor Ownership of Entries.

    You hereby agree that in consideration of your being allowed the chance to enter the Contest, you hereby grant Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide license and right to utilize the entry materials that you submit to Sponsor in connection with the Contest (collectively, "Entry Materials"). The Entry Materials will not be returned to any entrant. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge that Sponsor shall have the right to use, modify, reproduce, publish, perform, display, distribute, make derivative works of and otherwise commercially and noncommercially exploit the Entry Materials in perpetuity and throughout the universe, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed, without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity. You agree to take, at Sponsor's expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by Sponsor to effect, perfect or confirm Sponsor's rights as set forth above in this paragraph 8.
  8. Original Work of Authorship.

    You hereby warrant and represent that (a) you own all rights to all Entry Materials submitted by you; and (b) all such Entry Materials are original works of authorship on your part 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.
  9. Collection of Information.

    The Entry Materials include a survey that requires you to enter your 'screen name,' your real name, e-mail address, and state of residence. This information will only be used to contact you in the event that you are chosen to receive a prize. Sponsor will not sell, rent or otherwise transfer this information to any third party, nor will Sponsor use this information for marketing purposes without your consent. As stated above, the contest is not open to Minors under the age of majority in their country of residence. In the event that you are under the age of majority in your country of residence, and submit Entry Materials to Sponsor, Sponsor will delete, erase or destroy any and all personally identifiable information that is obtained from the Entry Materials.
  10. General Release.

    By entering the Contest, you release Sponsor, participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
  11. Affidavit & Release.

    As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners will be required to execute and deliver to Sponsor a signed Affidavit of Eligibility, which includes an acceptance of these Official Rules and a release of liability.
  12. Winners List; Rules Request.

    An updated copy of the winners list is available on 30th of the month during the Contest beginning October 29, 2009 through April 28, 2010. To obtain a copy of the then current winners list, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to Sponsor at the following address: "STARCRAFT COMIC CONTEST" -Winners List, c/o Blizzard Entertainment, P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92612. To obtain a copy of these rules, send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to Sponsor at the following address: "STARCRAFT COMIC CONTEST" -Rules Request, c/o Blizzard Entertainment, P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92612. Residents of WA and VT may omit return postage.
  13. Copyright Notice.

    The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2009 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.
  14. Miscellaneous.

    The Contest and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the United States. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Contest or any entrant's participation in the Contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor's control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Contest or Sponsor otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Contest as planned. Entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Contest or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Contest or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Contest. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Contest, please e-mail them to blizzardcontest@blizzard.com or send written questions to Blizzard Entertainment, "STARCRAFT COMIC CONTEST", c/o Blizzard Entertainment, P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92612.
  15. Contest Sponsor.

    The sponsor of the Contest is Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.