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FINAL FANTASY XII COSPLAY CONTEST 2006

SQUARE ENIX, INC.
FINAL FANTASY® XII COSPLAY CONTEST 2006
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

If you think you have what it takes to be an official Square Enix Cosplayer, compete for a spot at our first official FINAL FANTASY XII Cosplay Contest! Three lucky winners will win a free trip to New York to celebrate FINAL FANTASY XII Day! You'll need to hurry up though, the contest ends September 29, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). If you think you have the stuff, send an email with three photos of you in your costume and see if you really have what it takes to win Square Enix’s Cosplayer Contest! Please read the Official Contest Rules for entry details and eligibility requirements.


Now this doesn't mean we don't want you to celebrate with us just because you don't have a FINAL FANTASY XII costume. By all means, join the party, but if you want to win and join the stage with the FINAL FANTASY XII team, you've got to represent!


IMPORTANT! Please read these rules before entering the Final Fantasy XII Cosplay Contest (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.


1. ELIGIBILITY


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. CONTEST OPEN ONLY TO RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. (EXCLUDING RESIDENTS OF THE STATES OF RHODE ISLAND AND ARIZONA AND THE TERRITORY OF PUERTO RICO). IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT OF THESE AREAS, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE, AND SQUARE ENIX RESERVES THE RIGHT NOT TO AWARD PRIZES TO CONTESTANTS WHO RESIDE IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS. CONTESTANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER. 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 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 one entry per person. All entries must be submitted from a valid e-mail account, which may be verified by a reverse domain name search. In the event of any dispute, entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the e-mail address from which the e-mail was sent. IMPORTANT! Contest winners must be available October 10 through 12, 2006, to travel to New York City to participate in Final Fantasy XII promotion events dressed in their Final Fantasy costume.


2. DISCLAIMER


Square Enix, Inc., 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, 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 or other participating sponsors; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.


3. CONTEST PERIOD


The Contest period is from September 12, 2006 at 12:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) to September 29, 2006 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) (the “Deadline”). All entries must be received by the Deadline to be eligible to win a prize. Square Enix will, in its sole discretion, determine the valid and official entry time, should any discrepancies of time occur.


4. PRIZES


Eligible contestants will be eligible to win one of three Grand Prizes. Subject to conditions set forth below, the three Grand Prize winners will receive a trip for one to New York City to attend the Final Fantasy XII events. Trip includes one round trip coach class ticket to New York City from the major airport nearest the winner's residence, 2 night's accommodation, and attendance at select Final Fantasy XII events including Final Fantasy XII day in New York City. Winner must attend the select Final Fantasy XII events in costume used to win the contest. All other costs and expenses are the responsibility of the winner. (ARV $2,200)


Award (3)Prize (3)Approximate Retail Value
Grand PrizeOne roundtrip coach class ticket to New York City from the major airport nearest to winner’s residence, 2 night’s accommodation, Final Fantasy XII Collector’s Edition video game, Final Fantasy XII clothing items, and attendance in costume at select Final Fantasy XII events on October 11, 2006.$2200

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. Judging will be completed no later than September 30, 2006. The winners will be notified before October 2, 2006. Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Square Enix reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize listed in the table above. 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 IRREVOCABLY ASSIGNS TO SQUARE ENIX OWNERSHIP OF THE ENTRY MATERIALS. CONTESTANT WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO ANY COMPENSATION FOR SQUARE ENIX’S USE OF SUCH CONTESTANT’S ENTRY MATERIALS (AS DEFINED BELOW) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE RULES.


5. HOW TO ENTER


Entries can only be submitted via e-mail with attachments. This is an internet only contest. All entries must include the following information:

  1. Contestant’s full name
  2. Contestant’s age (MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER)
  3. Contestant’s street address, including city, state, and zip code
  4. Contestant’s valid e-mail address
  5. Contestant’s phone number
  6. Three high quality photos (in digital PDF, jpeg, or otherwise readable by Square Enix software) of Contestant posed as a Final Fantasy XII character. The three photos must show (a) a face shot, (b) a full figure shot, and (c) an action shot of the Contestant.


Contestants must send an e mail containing the above information, as well as valid information, to the following e mail address:


FinalFantasyXII@square-enix-usa.com


To be eligible, all entries must be received by the Deadline. September 29, 2006 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time).


6. CONTEST RULES


Winners will be determined by the following process. Entries will undergo screening by selected employees of Square Enix during the period between the start date and the Deadline. The entries will be judged on their overall quality, creativity, and artistic interpretation. Based on these criteria, Square Enix will select finalists. Entries that qualify as finalists will be screened by Square Enix for the prizes. All decisions by the judges, including the selection of finalists and the selection of winners by Square Enix and its selected employees, will be final and will be made in the sole discretion of the judges. In the case of a tie, one appointed member of the judging panel will determine the winner. Square Enix will notify the contestants whose entries have been selected as winners by e-mail on or before September 29, 2006.


7. SQUARE ENIX 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 Square Enix upon submission, and Entry Materials will not be returned to any contestant. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge that Square Enix will own all rights to reproduce, use, modify, and make derivative works of the Entry Materials, without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity. For the avoidance of doubt, Square Enix will have the right to recreate, replicate, reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of each contestant's costumes, including modified versions of the same, in any form or any medium, including any and all future games, products, and promotions. You agree to take, at Square Enix’s expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by Square Enix to effect, perfect or confirm Square Enix’s ownership rights as set forth above in this paragraph 7. 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 may be destroyed by Square Enix at any time following the Contest unless otherwise required by law.


8. ORIGINAL WORK OF AUTHORSHIP


You hereby warrant and represent that (a) as between you and parties other than Square Enix, 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 Final Fantasy XII game, including all copyrighted works and trademarks and derivative works thereof, are the exclusive property of Square Enix, 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.


9. GENERAL RELEASE


By entering the Contest, you release Square Enix, 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.


10. SELECTION OF PRIZE


Actual prizes shall be selected or approved by Square Enix in its sole discretion and may vary from advertising included in the Square Enix web site.


11. 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 shall 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.


12. AFFIDAVIT & RELEASE


As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners will be required to execute and deliver to Square Enix a signed Independent Contractor Agreement, Affidavit of Eligibility and acceptance of these Official Contest Rules and release of liability. Winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone and will have 24 hours to respond affirmatively. If a winner declines the prize, then Square Enix reserves the right to choose an alternate or no alternate due to time constraints. Winners will have three days to return the Independent Contractor Agreement, Affidavit of Eligibility and acceptance of these Official Contest Rules and release of liability. If the winner does not return the signed Independent Contractor Agreement, Affidavit of Eligibility and acceptance of these Official Contest Rules and release of liability to Square Enix within the three days, then the winner will forfeit the prize. If the winner does not return the Independent Contractor Agreement, Affidavit of Eligibility and acceptance of these Official Contest Rules and release of liability in the required time, then an alternate may chosen or not chosen at Square Enix’s sole discretion.


13. WINNERS LIST; RULES REQUEST


For a copy of the winners list, send a stamped, self addressed, business size envelope after October 11, 2006 and before November 11, 2006, to Square Enix at the address listed below (Attention: Final Fantasy XII Cosplay Contest 2006 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: Final Fantasy XII Cosplay Contest 2006 Rules Request). Residents of the state Vermont may omit return postage.


14. COPYRIGHT NOTICE


The Contest and all accompanying Contest materials are Copyright © 2006 by Square Enix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


15. 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, which are final and binding in all respects. Square Enix reserves the right to change these Official Contest Rules at any time, in its sole 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’s control affect the administration, security, or proper play of the Contest or Square Enix otherwise becomes, as determined in its sole 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, the Contest, or any other contestant, in each case as determined in Square Enix’s sole discretion, are subject to disqualification from entry into the Contest. Square Enix reserves 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 e-mail them to FinalFantasyXII@square-enix-usa.com or send written questions to Square Enix at the address set forth below.


16. FORCE MAJEURE


Square Enix reserves the right to change, suspend, or cancel the Contest if, in Square Enix’s sole discretion, intervening circumstances warrant such change, suspension, or cancellation. Intervening circumstances include, but are not limited to, interruption, preemption, or cancellation of the Contest owing to conditions beyond Square Enix’s control, such as 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.


17. CONTEST SPONSOR


The sponsor of the Contest is Square Enix, Inc. Square Enix is a leading developer and publisher of digital entertainment content. Correspondence regarding the Contest or these Official Contest Rules may be directed to the following address:


Square Enix, Inc.
Attention: Final Fantasy XII Cosplay Contest
999 North Sepulveda Blvd., Third Floor
El Segundo, California 90245

FinalFantasyXII@square-enix-usa.com


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