Hearthstone Cosplay Contest 2018 - Official Rules

General Discussion
Hearthstone® Cosplay Contest (“Official Rules”)

1. Eligibility. BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT SAS, A FRENCH COMPANY, with its principal business address at 145, rue Yves le Coz, 78000 Versailles, France (referred to herein as the “Sponsor”), IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS CONTEST (the “Contest”). This Contest is open to anyone aged thirteen (13) or over residing in AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BULGARIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, IRELAND, ITALY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MALTA, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, NETHERLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM (the “Entrant”). If you are between the ages of thirteen and the legal age of majority in your country of residence (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. Directors, officers, and employees of Sponsor, its parent company, 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. Void where prohibited or restricted.

2. Disclaimer. The 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 Contest shall commence on May 15, 2018 at 12:00 CEST and shall end on July 27, 2018 at 23:59 CEST (the “Deadline”).

4. How to Enter the Contest. To enter the Contest, an Entrant must:
(i) meet the eligibility requirements set forth in Section 1 above;
(ii) create a cosplay costume inspired by a Hearthstone card/s (the “Costume”);
(iii) send a picture/s of the final version of the Costume (the “Entry Materials”) to CMTeamEU-Hearthstone@blizzard.com before the Deadline indicating your full name. The picture must be submitted in .JPEG or .JPG format and cannot exceed 2 MB size per file.

5. Determination of the Winner. On or before August 1, 2018, Sponsor will choose one Costume among the Entry Materials, based on the creativity and the compliance with the theme.

6. Prizes.
- One Hearthstone Aluneth Staff Replica (approximate retail value €7,000) which will be handed over to the Winner during a public awards ceremony at the gamescom 2018 video games trade fair in Cologne, Germany (the “Awards Ceremony”), which will be filmed and promoted by Sponsor.
- One shipment of the Hearthstone Aluneth Staff Replica to the Winner’s premises after gamescom 2018.
- One return trip to gamescom 2018, including two-night accommodation and a ticket to gamescom 2018 (approximate retail value €1,000)

7. Grant of Rights. Sponsor hereby grants to Entrants the non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable, worldwide, free of charge, license and right to use Sponsor’s Hearthstone related intellectual property for the Contest’s Costume creation. Further, the Costume may be used by the Entrant for personal, non-commercial purposes.

8. Original Work of Authorship. You hereby warrant and represent that you have the right to use the Costume and the Entry Materials that you send to enter the Contest, and that such Entry Materials and/or Costume do not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other person or entity.

9. Sponsor Use of Entry Materials. Entrant hereby agrees that upon sending the Entry Materials for the Contest, Entrant hereby grants Blizzard Entertainment SAS and its subsidiaries and affiliates a perpetual (or for the maximum duration of intellectual property rights permitted by applicable law in case where such perpetual license cannot be granted under applicable law), non-exclusive, worldwide, free of charge license and right to utilize the Entry Materials. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Entrant acknowledges that the Sponsor shall have the right to use, modify, reproduce, publish, perform, display, broadcast, make publicly available on all forms of media, distribute, make derivative works of, and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit the Entry Materials in perpetuity and throughout the universe, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed, without separate compensation to Entrant or any other person or entity. Entrant agrees to take, at the Sponsor’s expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by the Sponsor to effect, perfect, or confirm the Sponsor’s rights as set forth above in this Section 9.

10. Sponsor Use of the Awards Ceremony video. The Winner of the Contest hereby grants Blizzard Entertainment SAS and its subsidiaries and affiliates a perpetual (or for the maximum duration of intellectual property rights permitted by applicable law in case where such perpetual license cannot be granted under applicable law), non-exclusive, worldwide, free of charge license and right to utilize the Awards Ceremony video. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Winner acknowledges that the Sponsor shall have the right to use, modify, reproduce, publish, perform, display, broadcast, make publicly available on all forms of media, distribute, make derivative works of, and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit the Awards Ceremony video in perpetuity and throughout the universe, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed, without separate compensation to the Winner or any other person or entity. The Winner agrees to take, at the Sponsor’s expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by the Sponsor to effect, perfect, or confirm the Sponsor’s rights as set forth above in this Section 10.

11. Prize related important information. ALL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE AS WELL AS ANY COSTS AND EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH ACCEPTANCE AND USE OF A PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. In the case of the absence of a Winners’ answer to the Sponsor’s email and/or failure to provide a correct mailing address in one of the eligible countries mentioned in Section 1 above within the time period specified by Sponsor, the prizes will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, awarded to an alternate winner. The Winner will be responsible, at his or her own cost and expense, for obtaining all the necessary visas, passports and other travel documents required to travel to gamescom 2018. 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 (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value for any prize. 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). All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

12. Collection of Information. The information submitted to Sponsor during the registration for the Contest (name, email address) will be used to contact you in the event that you are chosen to receive a prize and as otherwise specified in Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/company/about/privacy.html. Note that the data collector for this Contest is Blizzard Entertainment SAS. The details of each entrant (name, email address) will be transmitted by the Sponsor’s servers, which will process the data. The data collected during the Contest will be used in accordance to the «Informatique et Libertés» law, of the 6th of January 1978 and its later amendments, and in accordance to the European directive number 95/46/CE. Each entrant grants Sponsor 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. You may also withdraw your personal data upon request; however you will be disqualified as an entrant in the Contest if you withdraw your personal data prior to the determination and fulfilment of the prizes listed in Section 6 herein.

13. 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.

14. Copyright Notice. The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective owners.

15. Miscellaneous. The Contest and these Official Rules will be governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of France. 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 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.
lol
Could this for example be a humanoid version of the dragon aspect cards or does it have to be a cosplay exactly like what is on the card?

Other question related in a way, I wish to participate in the other cosplay competition (if it takes place this year) with another costume has this any effect/disqualifies me to enter this one?
The light shall bring victory
14/05/2018 15:39Posted by Zaerhinon
This Contest is open to anyone aged thirteen (13) or over residing in AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BULGARIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, IRELAND, ITALY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MALTA, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, NETHERLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM (the “Entrant”).

Hello, I am asking out of my own curiosity. Why are Czech Republic and Netherlands listed out of their alphabetical order? I am pretty sure, there is some reason for it and I am curious to know it. :-) Thank you in advance.
Probably 'The' Czech Republic and 'The' Netherlands, but typed up.
Is one able to enter both the Hearthstone cosplay contest and the normal Blizzard contest with the same cosplay? Normally Blizzard won't allow the same outfit to be submitted twice, but this is (most likely on the same date), same place, same year etc. Just wondering if i should totally wreck myself in attempting 2 outfits.
16/05/2018 23:16Posted by sapphirra
Is one able to enter both the Hearthstone cosplay contest and the normal Blizzard contest with the same cosplay? Normally Blizzard won't allow the same outfit to be submitted twice, but this is (most likely on the same date), same place, same year etc. Just wondering if i should totally wreck myself in attempting 2 outfits.


DO it!!!!! join the club :')

good thing one is almost finished so I have time for second one hahahahaha RIP me
17/05/2018 10:54Posted by sugarsweet
16/05/2018 23:16Posted by sapphirra
Is one able to enter both the Hearthstone cosplay contest and the normal Blizzard contest with the same cosplay? Normally Blizzard won't allow the same outfit to be submitted twice, but this is (most likely on the same date), same place, same year etc. Just wondering if i should totally wreck myself in attempting 2 outfits.


DO it!!!!! join the club :')

good thing one is almost finished so I have time for second one hahahahaha RIP me
i barely started, lol. they gona have to carry me away if i have to make 2 before that time XD
well you have 2months for this one say guessing other one it might be the same (since we haven't heard anything for it right? or am I missing a post somewhere) meaning one costume a month :') but I do get what you mean I already starte don the big competition one after last year & take me overly sweet time but if I had to make two now aswell I would go crazy xD

btw may I ask what you wanna make?
17/05/2018 14:56Posted by sugarsweet
well you have 2months for this one say guessing other one it might be the same (since we haven't heard anything for it right? or am I missing a post somewhere) meaning one costume a month :') but I do get what you mean I already starte don the big competition one after last year & take me overly sweet time but if I had to make two now aswell I would go crazy xD

btw may I ask what you wanna make?
Attempting to make a shaman deck with the Thrall card in front and the goblin cardback in the back. I'm found on facebook under @maisalicosplay Went to Blizzcon last year and made my first cosplay for that ( troll shaman in windfury set) And if i indeed need to make 2, ill attempt the bee mount from wow as well(yes i'm insane and i've lost my mind)
how many am i allowed to submit?
21/05/2018 14:23Posted by TotalAnarchy
how many am i allowed to submit?
There's no restriction to the amount of entries.
16/05/2018 23:16Posted by sapphirra
Is one able to enter both the Hearthstone cosplay contest and the normal Blizzard contest with the same cosplay?

There's no restrictions on the side of our Hearthstone competition and I would say it can only improve your chances to appear on stage: either by winning this one and moving to gamescom or through direct participation of the gamescom / blizzcon competitions and being selected that way. - Please note that as long as competitions like these are not officially announced yet, that this message does not mean that they will happen. Also note to check the rules for such future announced competitions before entering as they might have additional rules that do prevent entry when a costume is used already on their side.

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