RULES FOR “FUNPLUS INDIEPLUS CONTEST 2016”
SPONSORED BY FUNPLUS INTERACTIVE USA INC.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO ENTRY. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
THE “FUNPLUS INDIEPLUS CONTEST 2016” PROMOTION IS SPONSORED BY FUNPLUS INTERACTIVE USA INC. (“FUNPLUS”). THIS PROMOTION IS GOVERNED BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES (“RULES”). BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROMOTION, YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES, INCLUDING ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE RESULTS OF THE PROMOTION AS DETERMINED BY FUNPLUS AND ITS AGENTS, ARE FINAL IN ALL RESPECTS. THE PROMOTION IS SUBJECT TO ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. THIS PROMOTION IS OPEN TO USERS WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AS OF THE ENTRY DATE, AND IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDIOS THAT ARE (1) COMPRISED OF THIRTY (30) OR FEWER EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS AND (2) OWN AT LEAST SEVENTY-FIVE (75) PERCENT OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GAME BEING SUBMITTED AS PART OF THE PROMOTION. VOID IN NORWAY, QUEBEC, NORTHERN IRELAND, BELGIUM, SWEDEN, ITALY, INDIA, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, U.S. MILITARY BASES OVERSEAS AND IN PUERTO RICO. FUNPLUS’ EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Apple or Google. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion should be directed to Funplus, the sole sponsor of this promotion, not Apple or Google.
The contest will run from January 21, 2016 at 10:00am to February 26, 2016 at 11:59pm (the “Promotion Period”).
ENTRY METHOD AND REQUIREMENTS
You can enter the following way: http://indieplus2016.funplus.com/.
All submissions must be in a completed, playable form on either iOS and/or Android. Funplus will require a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of ten (10) total builds of all submissions via either TestFlight or HockeyApp (no pure .ipa/.apk files allowed).
Games will be judged on how well they leverage the global mobile platform in creating “fun.” This includes innovation in design, tech, sound, multiplayer and how these positively affect the player experience on a mobile device. Great games should “feel” native to the platform the user will be playing on. We believe this is key to success on mobile, and are looking for the best example of this philosophy across the contest submissions. The panel of celebrity judges will select one (1) Grand Prize winner and two (2) Runner-Ups by a supermajority vote.
WINNERS AND NOTIFICATION
Ten (10) finalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, and three (3) winners will be announced at Funplus’ GDC Party on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in San Francisco. Finalists should be able to physically attend our GDC Party (travel at own expense). If they cannot, they can elect a representative to receive the award (actual award transfer to be arranged separately). There will be a total of three (3) winners following the end of the Promotion Period. The odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received.
The confirmed winners will receive the following prizes: Grand Prize winner will receive US$10,000; Runner-Up No. 1 Winner will receive a LenovoY50 Gaming Laptop valued at US$1,4000, and Runner-Up No. 2 will receive a 64GB iPad Air 2 valued at US$600. Each winner will also receive unique glass or metal, laser engraved trophy, with all three (3) trophies having a combined value of US$1,000. Funplus reserves the right to change the prize to one of equal or greater value, and may award the prize as a gift card, at its sole discretion. Funplus makes no representation or warranties concerning the appearance, safety or performance of the prize awarded. The prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash.
PRIVACY AND USE OF USER-GENERATED CONTENT (UGC)
ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
If the promotion is not capable of running as planned, Funplus reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion and select winners form among all otherwise eligible entries received prior to the cancellation. Persons found tampering with, attempting to “game” the promotion, tampering with the promotion in any way whatsoever to gain an unfair advantage, violating the fair play or spirit of the rules, or abusing any aspect of this contest will be disqualified. Funplus reserves the right to correct any typographical, printing, computer programming or operator errors, including without limitation computer errors that erroneously award prizes. Decisions by Funplus are final and binding in all matters related to the promotion.
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By entering the promotion, you agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless Funplus and its affiliates and subsidiary companies, including without limitation, Funplus’s administrators, advertising and promotional agencies, attorneys, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any liability, damages, losses or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the promotion and the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize that may be won. Funplus and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies do not make any warranties, express or implied, as to the condition, fitness or merchantability of the prize. Funplus and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from access to or the download of information or materials connected with the contest.
To obtain a winners list up to 120 days after the promotion end date, please reference http://indieplus2016.funplus.com/.
Starting February 27, 2016 all submissions will be reviewed and the top 10 finalists selected. The finalists will be announced on March 2, 2016. From there, our fantastic panel of judges will select the winners. The IndiePlus Awards will be presented at the FunPlus GDC Party on March 15, 2016, and all finalists will be invited to attend.
Although all finalists are encouraged to attend, we understand that it may not be possible to do so. We do ask you be available via Skype for the announcement. Prizes for winners who do not attend in person will be sent within 30 days.
The finalists will be notified directly by email. Finalists will be listed on http://indieplus2016.funplus.com and will also be announced via the @funplusgames Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The deadline for submissions is February 26th, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific
The 2016 IndiePlus contest officially ends March 15th, 2016 at 9:45 PM Pacific with the announcement of the winners at the 2016 FunPlus GDC Party in San Francisco.
Sorry, but the 2016 IndiePlus contest is only accepting submissions on the mobile platform.
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