MIX08 Rock Band Tournament Rules

MIX08 The Pit: Rock Band Tournament OFFICIAL RULES  
By entering the MIX08 The Pit: Rock Band Tournament (the "Tournament"), you agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  The MIX08 The Pit: Rock Band Tournament is a skill-based contest in which Bands (as hereinafter defined) will compete in a single round of gameplay to  determine one Overall Winner as described herein.  

ELIGIBILITY:  This Tournament is open only to registered MIX08 event attendees (each, a “Contestant”).  Employees of Microsoft Corporation, anyone working directly on the execution and administration of this Tournament, and each of their respective affiliates, parent companies, subsidiaries, prize suppliers, promotion, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate family and household members are not eligible to enter. 

REGISTRATION:  If you wish to participate in this Tournament, you must personally register on-site at MIX08 The Pit: Rock Band in the 4th Floor Alcove of The Venetian across from Room 4501A for one (1) of twenty-four (24) gameplay sessions.  You may personally register individually, or a as a member of a Band.  A Band may consist of up to four (4) Contestants (each a “Band”).  At the time of registration, each Band must identify one (1) Band member as the Official Band Leader.  You can only register once and you can’t change/remove yourself and/or any Band member from a Band once you have registered.  In addition, Band members may not play for more than one Band.  Subsequent registrations and participation attempts by a single person are ineligible   Registration for the Tournament is on a first come, first served basis. .  If the Tournament has reached maximum capacity, you can opt to put your name on the waitlist.  If a registered Contestant / Band is not present within five (5) minutes of the scheduled start time for its game play session, such Contestant / Band will forfeit, and a waitlisted Contestant / Band will be invited to participate instead.  Alternatively, if all twenty-four (24) game play sessions have taken place before the Tournament Period has expired, Sponsor, may, in its sole discretion, invite  waitlisted Contestants / Bands to participate during the Tournament Period. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE / WINNER DETERMINATION   The Tournament will start at 7:00 p.m. local time and end at 9:00 p.m. local time on March 6, 2008 (“Tournament Period”).  The Tournament Period consists of a single round of gameplay to determine one (1) Overall Champion.  During the Tournament Period, each Band will compete by participating in one (1) gameplay session.  A gameplay session is defined as playing one (1) song of the Band’s choice from among the available �in-game” options in the Rock Band Xbox 360 video game.  Limit one (1) gameplay session per Band.  At the end of a gameplay session, the Band’s in-game score will be recorded. When the song / gameplay session is over DO NOT PLAY ANY MORE NOTES! The judges will need to record your score. If you skip past the scoring screen before the judges can record your score, your Band will automatically be disqualified from the Tournament.  If all registered members of a Band are not present within five (5) minutes of the scheduled start time for the Band’s gameplay session, the entire Band will forfeit, and the next Band will be invited to participate instead.  At the end of the Tournament Period, the Band with the highest overall score will be named the Overall Champion. In the event of a tie, the tied Bands will participate in a Tie Breaker Round.  During the Tie Breaker Round, each Band will play one (1) song of the Band’s choice from among the available “in game” options in the Rock Band Xbox 360 video game.  At the end of the Tie Breaker Round, the Band with the highest overall score will be named the Overall Champion. 

CODE OF CONDUCT:   Anyone competing in an unsportsmanlike manner or in a manner that is not in compliance with these Official Rules may be immediately disqualified from this Tournament.  Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following violations:  

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Swearing or threats
  • Screaming Harassment
  • Lewdness
  • Any other type of conduct deemed inappropriate
  • Cheating of any sort through various means including devices to add gameplay
  • Any other known or unknown way of tampering with gameplay

WINNER NOTIFICATION:   If you are the Overall Champion:  

  • You will be  notified on-site at the Event;
  • You may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability/Publicity release, unless prohibited by law, within ten (10) days of date of prize notification. 

If you are an Overall Champion  and you: (i) do not reply to such notification, or the notification is undeliverable, (ii) do not return the Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability/Publicity release completed and signed within ten (10) days of date of prize notification; or (iii) you are otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, you will be disqualified and, we may, at our discretion, notify a runner-up.  

If you accept a prize, you agree that we and our designees shall have the right to use your name, city and state of residence in any and all media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.   

PRIZES:  One Overall Champion Prize.  A prize package consisting of the following items:

  • A Fender Highway One Stratocaster Electric Guitar (Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”): US$749;
    • The Fender guitar will be awarded to the Band Leader, who is responsible for determining prize dispersal amongst the Band. 
      Microsoft is not responsible for any disputes arising between Band members regarding prize dispersal.
  • and For each qualifying member of the Band, a Xbox 360 Elite console (ERV, $479).

PRIZE CONDITIONS:  
If a Band is the prize winner:  

  • Contestant may not exchange their prize for cash or other merchandise;
  • If Contestant does not wish to or cannot accept the prize, it will be forfeited and we may, at our discretion, award it to a runner-up.  We may, however, award a prize of comparable or greater value, at our discretion;
  • Contestant is  responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes) as well as any other costs and expenses associated with accepting and/or using the prize that are not included above as being part of the prize award;
  • Contestant understands that the prize is provided “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by us; and
  • Contestant understands that all prize details shall be determined by us.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:
The Promotion Parties (as hereinafter defined) are not responsible for any liability, cost or injury incurred by Contestants/Bands arising out of or in connection with this Competition, including, without limitation, the following.

  • lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, fraudulent, misdirected, undelivered, interrupted, damaged, delayed entries, or other information;
  • any incorrect or inaccurate information or error or defect of any kind regardless of who it is caused by, or the means by which it occurred; or
  • equipment, software, network or systems that fail, have viruses or other problems, are breached or that cause injury or damage to participants or their property

By entering this Competition, either individually or as a member of a Band, you agree to, and hereby release and hold harmless Microsoft, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising or promotion agencies, and anyone working directly or indirectly on this program, product and promotion, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees and representatives (which for the purpose of these Official Rules will be referred to together as the “Promotion Parties”) from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Competition or acceptance and use of any prize.

GENERAL CONDITIONS:   
This Tournament is governed by Washington law.  You agree that the jurisdiction and venue for the handling of any disputes or actions arising out of this Tournament shall be in the courts of the State of Washington.   

If, for any reason, this Tournament is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including, without limitation, the reasons set forth above, we reserve the right at our sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Tournament.  If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Tournament, we may, at our sole discretion, determine the winners of this Tournament using all non-suspect, eligible entries received before we had to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Tournament.  

We may disqualify you from participating in the Tournament or winning a prize if, in our sole discretion, we determine you are attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of this Tournament by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass us, any other entrant or our representatives or if you are otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules.  CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY YOU OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS TOURNAMENT IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.  

PRIVACY:   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 contact Microsoft by sending email to mixtalk@microsoft.com or postal mail Microsoft MIX08 Event Team, 18/2457, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA  98052 and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation.

SPONSOR:   The Sponsor of this Tournament is Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington, 98052-6399.

WINNERS LIST:     For a list of winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Microsoft MIX08 Event Team, 18/2457, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA  98052. Requests received more than one month following winner confirmation will not be fulfilled.

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