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Official Rules


  1. Eligibility: Mass Effect 3 Community Art Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (excluding Quebec), Chile, China, including Taiwan, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States (including the District of Colombia) who are at least as old as the minimum age of majority in the jurisdiction from which they enter the Contest.  Those who are employees of Electronic Arts Inc. or its affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies (“Sponsor and its agents”) or who are immediate family members or persons living in the same household of each such employee are not eligible.  Subject to all applicable laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.  By participating in the Contest, the participant signifies his or her full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules.  For Austrian residents only:  You are hereby notified that you have seven (7) calendar days from the date of your registration for participation to rescind your agreement to the terms of this electronic agreement.  After such period of time, you are bound by the terms of these Official Rules.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Timing: The Contest begins on February 15, 2013 at 12:00PM Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) and ends on February 26, 2013 at 6:00PM GMT (the “Contest Period”) and consists of the phases set forth in the chart below:


Phase Start Date at 12:00PM GMT End Date at 6:00PM GMT
Submission February 15, 2013 February 22, 2013
Judging February 22, 2013 February 26, 2013




  1. How to Enter:  During the Submission phrase, visit (the “Contest Site” or “Site”), and follow the directions to submit your Mass Effect 3 Community Art Submission (collectively, the “Entry”). Entrants must submit their artwork via e-mail to, include their full name, birthdate, country, and the name of the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer challenge that inspired the artwork in the body of the email, and state “I have read and accept the Mass Effect 3 Community Art Contest Official Rules”  in the body of their e-mail.  By emailing your Submission, you agree that it conforms to the Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Sponsor, may disqualify you from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion that your Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions.


Guidelines and Restrictions:


  • Technical Requirements
    • Entries must be submitted in .jpg .bmp, .gif, .psd, or .png file format following the Entry instructions above, sized no larger than 2MB with a resolution of 512 pixels * 128 pixels and attached within your Entry. Be sure to include the words, “Mass Effect 3 Community Art Contest” in the submission.
  • Content Requirements
    • Entries must (i) incorporate only the Sponsor-provided game images as instructed herein and/or on, if any, (the “Contest Assets”) and/or (ii) the entrant’s own originally created artwork (“Original Creations”). Entries must pertain to the Mass Effect 3 videogame, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. No group, or team efforts, or multi-author(ed) designs will be accepted in this Contest.  For purposes of this Contest all Entries will be presumed authored by the person submitting the Entry. You may not incorporate your own facial likeness, or that of another person, within your Mass Effect 3 Community Art submission design.  Entries submitted in this Contest must not contain any pornography, or other illicit, illegal, defamatory, morally offensive or obscene content, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any Entry containing racial, religious, or ethnic slurs, explicit language, obscene, pornographic, violent, or sexual content, or libel, hate speech, references to alcohol, drugs or other illicit substances, or otherwise objectionable, offensive, illegal, inappropriate or prohibited material. Submission of previously published art (other than the Sponsor-provided images) is prohibited.  Any Entry that incorporates prohibited content, including but not limited to, third party creations (other than the Sponsor-provided images), trademarks, names, or other third party property(ies), or the work of creative consultants, or the entrant’s likeness, or the likenesses of any other real-life individuals, or any content that is pornographic, illicit, or otherwise in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion violates the above Guidelines and/or is not in compliance with these Official Rules, may not be accepted for entry and may not be eligible to win any prize in this Contest.
    • By entering, entrants warrant that their Entries contain only Sponsor-provided Contest Assets, if any, and/or their own, Original Creations. Entrants further warrant their Entries do not contain any third party copyrighted materials, and otherwise do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
  • Limitations
    • Each entrant may enter the Contest one (1) time during the Contest Period.  Submissions received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void.  Submissions generated by script, macro or other automated means are void.
    • Uploading a Submission constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes.  If requested, entrant will sign any documentation required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Submission.  Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Submissions, all of which will be void.  Physical copies of Submissions become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.
    • By providing any Contest Assets for entrants’ use Sponsor is granting entrants a limited, non-exclusive, non-commercial license to use the Competition Assets solely in connection with, and as a part of, the Contest. Entrants shall otherwise have no right, title or interest in or to any Contest Assets except as otherwise granted by Sponsor, and any use of the Competition Assets (including use of the Entry that contains Contest Assets) other than as permitted by these Official Rules may constitute copyright and/or trademark infringement.
    • In the event of a dispute regarding any Submission, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant or participant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.  Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.


  1. Personal Information:  Nothing in these Official Rules shall be deemed to exclude or restrict any of the winner’s or the entrant’s statutory rights as a consumer.  Participation in the Contest implies authorization to collect, use and disclose entrant’s personal information including the right to transfer personal data to the United States for purposes of administration of the Contest and prize fulfillment.  All information submitted to the Sponsor as part of this Contest will be treated in accordance with the EA’s privacy policy, available at  Personal information includes name, address, email address, birthday and will be used to: (a) contact potential winners; and (b) if an entrant selects to receive additional information from the EA on the entry form, to send additional information to that entrant. The recipient of your personal data is the Sponsor and Administrator. YOUR INFORMATION WILL NOT BE STORED OR PROCESSED ON SERVERS LOCATED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. Entrants have the right to access, withdraw, and correct their personal data. Entrants may request such action by sending a message with the request, subject line Mass Effect 3 Community Art Contest Removal to


For Residents of Germany:  This personal information is collected and processed only for the purposes of organising, running and monitoring the campaign. The organising entity shall be considered the data controller for the database containing this personal information and provides for an appropriate data protection level. Entrants have the right to access, withdraw, and correct their personal data. Entrants may request such action by sending a message with the request, subject line “Mass Effect 3 Community Art Contest” to


  1. Winner Determination: Winners will be determined according to the process set forth below.
    1. Judging Phase: During the Judging Phase, a panel of qualified judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion will select 5 entrants with the highest-scoring Submissions (the “Top Entry” or “Top Entries”) based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):
      1.                                           i.    33% – Creativity
      2.                                          ii.    33% – Originality
      3.                                         iii.    34% – Accuracy to the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer challenge the artwork was inspired by.
      4. In the event of a tie, the entrant whose Submission received the highest score for Creativity, as determined by the qualified judges, in their sole discretion, will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner.  Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than 5 Top Entries if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Submissions.


  1. Notification:  The potential winners will be notified by email on or about February 27, 2013. Except where prohibited, each potential winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (or Declaration of Compliance, if potential winner is a Canadian resident, or confirmation of eligibility form, and liability/publicity release if potential winner is a UK resident), which must be received by Sponsor, within ten (10) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize.  If any potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (or Declaration of Compliance or confirmation of eligibility form, and liability/publicity release) within the required time period, fails to answer the skill-testing question correctly (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner using the skill-based criteria set forth above.


  1. Prizes: Each winner will have an opportunity for their submission to be displayed in the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer mode on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.  (Valued at $0 USD and 0 EURO).  If for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.  Each contestant may only win once.  Limit one (1) prize per person during entire entry period.  The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received and relative skill of entrants.



  1. General Terms: 
    1. By participating in this Contest, each participant agrees: (1) To the extent allowable under applicable law, to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its agents from any and all liability  or any injury, loss, damage, right, claim or action of any kind arising from or in connection with this Contest or any Contest-related activity or the receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize won, except for residents of the United Kingdom, France and Germany with respect to claims resulting from death or personal injury arising from EA’s negligence and for residents of the United Kingdom with respect to claims resulting from the tort of deceit or any other liabilities that may not be excluded by law;  (2) That EA’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Contest; (3) That by accepting a prize, EA may use your name and place of residence online or in any other media, in connection with this Contest, without payment or compensation to the winner or anyone else, except where prohibited ; and (4) The Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and all claims must be resolved in the United States.
    2. EA reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above.  Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or those of any other Contest or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
    3. Winners are responsible for any applicable taxes on prizes.


  1. Winner(s) List: Winner List requests will only be accepted after the end date of the Promotion Period (listed above) and no later than April 1, 2013.  For the Winner List, If you send an e-mail to the e-mail address on or before April 1, 2013 we will provide you with a list of winners that received a prize.    



  1. Sponsor:  Electronic Arts Inc., 209 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065.


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