MICROSOFT IT PRO GAMIFICATION GAME AND SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

 

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies.  If your participation violates your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability and will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.

 

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.

 

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:


These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft IT Pro gamification game and sweepstakes promotion will operate.  Both the game itself and the sweepstakes promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules. 


In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant. 


WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

 

This Sweepstakes starts at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 30th, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30th, 2014 and will consist of monthly Prize Periods as follows:

 

Prize Period 1: 12:00 a.m. PT March 30, 2014 – 11:59 p.m. PT April 30, 2014

Prize Period 2: 12:00 a.m. PT May 1, 2014 – 11:59 p.m. PT May 31, 2014

Prize Period 1: 12:00 a.m. PT June 1, 2014 – 11:59 p.m. PT June 30, 2014

 

Entries will be eligible for the monthly Prize Period in which they are received and will not carryover to subsequent Prize Periods. You must enter each Prize Period separately.

 

CAN I ENTER?

 

You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

 

·         You are an IT Professional and are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia 18 years of age or older; and

o   If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes; and

 

·         You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and

 

·         You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and

 

·         You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

 

This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.

 

HOW DO I ENTER?

 

You can enter online by visiting the web site for the Sweepstakes at https://www.cloudwalker.microsoft.com  and completing all of the registration requirements including using your Microsoft ID to register and download one of the three software product trials of Hyper-V Server 2012 , Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, or signing up for the free one month trial of Microsoft Azure.  For each software product trial downloaded or Microsoft Azure trial subscription and its attributable code entered in to the code overlay dialog box in the game, you will receive one entry for an overall maximum of four (4) entries per person.

 

We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

We will automatically disqualify:

·         Any incomplete or illegible entry; and

·         Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

 

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

 

On or around the close of each month, we will randomly select one (1) winners of the prizes designated below. 

 

Three (3) Grand Prizes (one winner per month).  An Xbox One that includes one (1) wireless controller.

Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $617.00.

 

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1,851

 

We will only award one (1) prize per person overall. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.

 

If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the random drawing.  If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner. 


If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Sweepstakes . If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize.If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.


If you are confirmed as a  winner of this Sweepstakes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?

 

Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.

 

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

 

By participating in the game and entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

 

·         To abide by these Official Rules; and

 

·         To the extent you elect to engage in any social media activity in connection with the game, to comply with the applicable terms of use of such platform and to permit Microsoft, its affiliates, vendors or designees to contact you regarding the game, the challenges and any downloads you may have made; and

 

·         To release and hold harmless Microsoft,and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and

 

·         That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and

 

·         That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

 

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?


This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.  


WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?


If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.

 

If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.


HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?


If you send an email to gamificationwinnerre@microsoft.com within 30 days of winner selection, we will provide you with a list of winners that receive a prize worth $25.00 or more.  Due to privacy issues, we will only be able to provide first name and last name initial.

 

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

 

Microsoft  Corporation

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052