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Rules for GDC 2017 Developer Sweepstakes




These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft 3PP Game Developer’s Conference Event Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”). Microsoft Corporation is the sponsor (“Sponsor”).


In these Rules, “Microsoft”, “we”, “our”, and “us”, refer to Sponsor and “you” and “yourself” refers to a Sweepstakes participant. “Event” refers to the Game Developer’s Conference event held in San Francisco, CA. By entering you (your parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) agree to be bound by these Rules.


The Sweepstakes will operate during regular Event hours from February 27, 2017 to March 3, 2017 and will consist of five (5) daily Entry Periods, one for each day of the event. (“Entry Period”).


Open to any registered Event attendee 18 years of age or older . Minors must have consent of a parent or legal guardian. Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, and the family members of each (dependents, immediate family members, and individuals residing in the same household) are not eligible. Void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria and where prohibited.

For business/tradeshow events: If you are attending the Event in your capacity as an employee, it is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies. Microsoft will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.

Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government and public sector employees are not eligible to enter.


To enter login to your legally registered social media account on Twitter and post a publicly viewable message that includes your entry and the hashtag #sweepstakes:

  • Monday: Respond with a picture of your game.
  • Tuesday: Respond with a picture with an ID@Xbox Button.
  • Wednesday: Respond with a photo of the ID@Xbox Lobby Bar or IGF Kiosk.
  • Thursday: Respond with a photo of the ID@Xbox logo.
  • Friday: Respond with a picture of your game developer pride.

All elements must be included to be eligible. The account settings for this message must be set to “unprotected” or “public” to be eligible. For doing this, you will receive one Sweepstakes entry.

The entry limit is one per person per Event day.

We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, damaged, or incomplete entries. If disputed, entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address, social media profile, or other method used to enter.


Each day of the event, pending confirmation of eligibility, twenty four (24) potential prize winners will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent from among all eligible entries received. Drawings will take place at approximately eight (8) random intervals each day of the event. During each drawing, three (3) winners will be selected. Non-winning entries from each drawing within a day will continue to carryover to all subsequent drawings for that day. Entries will re-set at the end of each day and you must enter again when a new day begins.    

Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry and may be required to complete a prize claim and tax form (“Forms”). If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any Forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected time allowing. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded. Prizes will need to be claimed prior to the end of the event.


Each winner will have their choice from one of the following prizes listed below on a first come, first serve basis.

Fifteen (15) Pillows. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $20

Fifteen (15) Water Bottles. ARV $20

One Hundred (100) Skateboards. ARV $50

Fifteen (15) Pop Sockets. ARV $15

Seventy Five (75) Portable Batteries. ARV $20

Twenty Five (25) Controller Stands. ARV $15

Two Hundred (200) USB Hubs. ARV $10

One Hundred Fifty (150) Buttons. ARV $1

A select number of each prize will be made available during each day of the event as follows: 3 pillows, 3 water bottles, 20 skateboards, 3 popsockets, 15 portable batteries, 5 controller stands, 40 usb hubs, and 30 buttons available per day.

The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award.

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $9,850

We will only award five (5) prize(s) per person (one prize per person per day). No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and / or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. By accepting a prize, you agree that Microsoft may use your entry, name, image and hometown 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.

  1. ODDS

The odds of winning are based on the number and/or quality of eligible entries received.


To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won.

All local laws apply. The decisions of Microsoft are final and binding

We reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Sweepstakes, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Sweepstakes cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes. Rules violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and may be banned from participation in Microsoft Sweepstakes.


Send email to with the subject line “Game Developer’s Conference winners” within 30 days of March 3, 2017 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.


At Microsoft, we are committed to protecting your privacy. Microsoft uses the information you provide to notify prize winners, and to send you information about other Microsoft products and services, if requested by you. Microsoft will not share the information you provide with third parties without your permission except where necessary to complete the services or transactions you have requested, or as required by law. Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Your personal information is never shared outside the company without your permission, except under conditions explained above.

If you believe that Microsoft has not adhered to this statement, please notify us by sending email to or postal mail to, Microsoft Privacy, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 USA, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation.