Event: WAKFU Comic Contest

WAKFU is a breath-taking piece of art in nearly all facets; gameplay, scenery, animations… and even sound! It only makes sense that Square Enix shows it off next week at San Diego Comic Con (stop by the Square Enix booth [Hall D #3829] if you’re attending!). And to keep everyone in the creative spirit, let the WAKFU Comic Contest commence!

For the next two weeks (beginning 7/15 and ending 7/29), we are hosting a community competition to find the best comic artist! Comics can be hand-drawn, stitched together through screenshots, or anything in-between – it’s really all up to you! The only requirement is that each comic must consist of four (4) panels (no more, no less).

Entries will be judged by a committee  of nine WAKFU staff members (five Square Enix / four Ankama) and will base their critiques on comedic quality, with extra consideration going to originality and creativity.

Three winners will receive…

(1x) Grand Prize

  • WAKFU keyart poster signed by the development team
  • Sadlygrove DX WAKFU action figure, proudly representing the Iop class
  • Complete set of four WAKFU the Animated Series Season 1 “Making of” artbooks, including the special edition Noximilian the Watchmaker artbook
  • High quality WAKFU mousepad
  • Unique forum title: The Comical Comic

 

(2x) Runner-Up

  • Complete set of four WAKFU the Animated Series Season 1 “Making of” artbooks, including the special edition Noximilian the Watchmaker artbook
  • High quality WAKFU mousepad
  • Unique forum title: The Comic

 

Submissions must be posted within the linked comment thread before the deadline at 1:59pm on July 29. One (1) entry per person. See below for full contest rules and conditions.

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WAKFU COMIC CONTEST 2011

              OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

IMPORTANT!  Please read these rules before entering the WAKFU® COMIC CONTEST 2011 (the “Contest”).  By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Contest Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements.

Description

Create the funniest, most original 4-panel WAKFU comic to win!  All entries must be submitted through the WAKFU website. Square Enix and Ankama employees will judge the entries based on originality and comedic quality.   Three (3) winners will be chosen and announced on the WAKFU website.

Summary

A.    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
B.    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS; ELIGIBILITY

a.    Go to (http://www.wakfu.com/na/mmorpg/community/news/9693-event-wakfu-comic-contest) for official entry form and contest rules.
b.    This is an Internet-only contest.
c.    All submissions must be uploaded online to a 3rd party (such as Facebook, ImageShack, etc.) and made available on the official entry form.
d.    Limit 1 entry per person.
e.    Contest starts July 15, 2011 and ends July 29, 2011; all entries must be received by July 29, 2011 at 1:59pm PST.
f.    Entrant (or if a Minor, entrant’s parent or legal guardian) must agree to these official rules.
g.    Entrant must be a legal resident of the U.S., Canada or Mexico and must be 13 years old or older.
h.    Entrant must have an Akama Account in good standing.
i.    Use of name, age, and other information for purpose of advertising and publicity only.  Any information missing may disqualify the entry.

C.    SELECTION

a.    Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and comedic value.
b.    Winners will be announced on or about August 3, 2011.
c.    (1) Grand Prize winner and (2) Runner-Ups.

D.    PRIZES Approximate value:

a.    Grand Prize winner will receive:

i.    WAKFU keyart poster signed by the development team (approximate retail value $6.00 USD)
ii.    Sadlygrove DX WAKFU action figure, representative lop (approximate retail value $35.00 USD)
iii.    Complete set of four WAKFU the Animated Series Season 1 “Making of” artbooks, including the special edition Noximilian the Watchmaker artbook (approximate retail value $78.00 USD)
iv.    WAKFU Mousepad (approximate retail value $14.00 USD)
v.    Unique Forum Rank:  The Comical Comic (no retail value)

b.    (2) 2nd Place Winners will receive:

i.    Complete set of four WAKFU the Animated Series Season 1 “Making of” artbooks, including the special edition Noximilian the Watchmaker artbook (approximate retail value $78.00 USD)
ii.    WAKFU Mousepad (approximate retail value $14.00 USD)
iii.    Unique Forum Rank:  The Comic (no retail value)

E.    SUBMISSION:  All submissions must be uploaded online to a 3rd party (such as Facebook, ImageShack, etc.) and made available on the official entry form.

Official Contest Rules

A.    ELIGIBILITY
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  CONTEST OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE U.S., CANADA AND MEXICO OVER THE AGE OF 13.  IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT OF THESE AREAS, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE, AND SQUARE ENIX AND/OR ANKAMA RESERVE THE RIGHT NOT TO AWARD PRIZES TO CONTESTANTS WHO RESIDE IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS.  If you are under the legal age of majority in your state of residence (a “Minor”), your parents or legal guardians must read, understand, and agree to these Contest rules.  To be eligible to win a prize, entries must be completed and received by Square Enix in the format designated below.  Directors, officers, and employees of Square Enix and Ankama and any of their respective affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate family members of each are not eligible to win any prizes.  All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  Offer void where prohibited.  Maximum of 1 entry per person.

B.    CONTEST PERIOD
The Contest period is from July 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) to July 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm. (Pacific Time) (the “Deadline”).  All entries must be received by the Deadline to be eligible to win a prize.  Square Enix and Ankama will, at their discretion, determine the valid and official entry time, should any discrepancies of time occur.

C.    PRIZES
Eligible contestants will be eligible to win the prizes described in the summary above.

Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.  Winners will be announced on or about August 3, 2011.  Prizes will be awarded after winners are announced.  Prizes are not transferable.  No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Square Enix and Ankama reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize listed in the table above.  Prizes won by a Minor (as determined by the laws of the contestant’s state of residence) will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian on the Minor’s behalf.  Actual retail value of prizes may vary due to market conditions at the time prizes are awarded.  All prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

IN NO EVENT WILL THE CONTEST WINNERS BE ENTITLED TO ANY FEE, ROYALTY, OR OTHER COMPENSATION OF ANY KIND AS A RESULT OF THE CONTEST.  BY ENTERING, EACH CONTESTANT (AND, IF A MINOR, HIS OR HER PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN) IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO COMPENSATION FOR SQUARE ENIX’S USE OF SUCH CONTESTANT’S ENTRY MATERIALS (AS DEFINED BELOW) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE RULES.

D.    ANKAMA OWNERSHIP OF ENTRIES
All entries and other materials (the “Entry Materials”) (including all copyright, trademark, and other proprietary rights associated therewith) submitted by you become the property of Ankama upon submission, and Entry Materials will not be returned to any contestant.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge that Ankama will own all rights to use, modify, and make derivative works of the Entry Materials, without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity.  You agree to take, at Anakama’s expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by Ankama to effect, perfect, or confirm Anakama’s ownership rights as set forth above in this paragraph.  Entry Materials may be used by contestants only for purposes of the Contest or for private, personal, non-public viewing.  Entry materials received by Square Enix and Ankama may be destroyed by Square Enix and/or Ankama at any time following the Contest.

E.    ORIGINAL WORK OF AUTHORSHIP
You hereby warrant and represent that (a) as between you and parties other than Square Enix and Ankama, you own all rights to all Entry Materials submitted by you; and (b) other than the fact that all intellectual property embodied in and related to the WAKFU game, including all copyrighted works and trademarks and derivative works thereof, are the exclusive property of Ankama, 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.

F.    GENERAL RELEASE
By entering the Contest, you (and, if you are a Minor, your parents or legal guardians) release Square Enix and Anakama, other 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, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or acceptance, possession, or use of 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.  IF YOU ARE A MINOR, YOUR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS FURTHER AGREE TO INDEMNIFY EACH OF THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES DESCRIBED IN THE PRECEDING PARAGRAPH THAT MAY BE SUFFERED BY YOU.

G.    SELECTION OF PRIZE
Actual model, color, accessories, and features of the gaming-related merchandise awarded as prizes shall be selected by Square Enix and Ankama, at their discretion and may vary from photos or images shown in the Contest materials and advertising including the WAKFU web site.

H.    USE OF WINNER’S NAME, LIKENESS, ETC.
Except where prohibited by law, entry into the contest constitutes permission to use the winners’ names, addresses, likenesses, and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further permission or compensation.  As a condition of being awarded any prize, except where prohibited by law, winners may be required to execute a consent to the use of their name, address, likeness, and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further permission or compensation. Each Winner acknowledges that the products related to, and the trademark rights in, the SQUARE ENIX®, Ankama™ and WAKFU® marks are exclusive to Sponsor or its licensors and include, but are not limited to, the rights to use, reproduce, sell, distribute, broadcast, display, and make derivative works of WAKFU, without compensation to the Winner.

I.    AFFIDAVIT & RELEASE
As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners (and if winner is a Minor, winner’s parent or legal guardian) will be required to execute and deliver to Square Enix a signed Affidavit of Eligibility and acceptance of these Official Contest Rules and release of liability.

J.    WINNERS LIST; RULES REQUEST
For a copy of the winners list, send a stamped, self addressed, business size envelope after August 3, 2011 and before August 7, 2011 to Square Enix at the address listed below (Attention:  WAKFU Comic Contest 2011 Winners List).  To obtain a copy of these rules, send a stamped, self addressed business size envelope to Square Enix at the address listed below (Attention:  WAKFU Comic Contest 2011 Rules Request).  Residents of the states of Washington and Vermont may omit return postage.

K.    COPYRIGHT NOTICE
The Contest and all accompanying Contest materials are Copyright © 2011 by Square Enix, Inc. WAKFU is a registered trademark of Ankama. All Rights Reserved.

L.    MISCELLANEOUS
The Contest and these Official Contest Rules will be governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of the United States.  Contestants agree to be bound by these Official Contest Rules and by the decisions of Square Enix and Ankama, which are final and binding in all respects.  Square Enix and Ankama reserve the right to change these Official Contest Rules at any time, at their discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Contest or any contestant’s participation in the Contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond Square Enix and Anakama’s control affect the administration, security, or proper play of the Contest or Square Enix and/or Ankama otherwise become, as determined at their discretion, incapable of running the Contest as planned.  Contestants who violate these Official Contest Rules, tamper with the operation of the Contest, or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Square Enix and/or Ankama, the Contest, or any other contestant, in each case as determined in Square Enix and Ankama’s discretion, are subject to disqualification from entry into the Contest.  Square Enix and Ankama reserve the right to disqualify 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 Contest Rules or the Contest, please send written questions to Square Enix at the address set forth below.

M.    FORCE MAJEURE
Square Enix  and Ankama reserve the right to change, suspend, or cancel the contest if, in Square Enix and Anakama’s discretion, intervening circumstances warrant such change, suspension, or cancellation.  Intervening circumstances include, but are not limited to, strikes, labor disputes, war, insurrections, revolutions, terrorism, riots or other civil disturbances, earthquakes, fires, floods, or other natural disasters, governmental restrictions, embargoes or other exercises of governmental authority, unavailability of supplies, components, or material, or any other cause beyond Square Enix’s control.

N.    DISCLAIMER
Square Enix, Ankama, 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 Square Enix and/or Ankama or other participating sponsors; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.

O.    CONTEST SPONSOR
The sponsors of the Contest are Square Enix, Inc and Ankama.  Square Enix and Ankama are leading developers and publishers of digital entertainment content.  Correspondence regarding the Contest or these Official Contest Rules may be directed to the following address:

Square Enix, Inc.
Attention:  WAKFU Comic  Contest 2011
999 North Sepulveda Blvd., Third Floor
El Segundo, California 90245

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