MICROSOFT ADVERTISING SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

1. SPONSOR

These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft Advertising Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”). Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052, USA, is the Sweepstakes sponsor (“Sponsor”).

2. DEFINITIONS

In these Rules, "Microsoft", "we", "our", and "us" refer to Sponsor and “you” and "yourself" refers to a Sweepstakes participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any minor Sweepstakes entrant. By entering you (your parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) agree to be bound by these rules.

3. ENTRY PERIOD

The Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 a.m. US Pacific Time (PT) on January 1, 2020 and ends at 11:59 p.m. US PT on February 29, 2020 (“Entry Period”).

4. ELIGIBILITY

This is a trade Sweepstakes open only to direct advertisers, advertising agencies, technology or channel partners who engage with the Microsoft Advertising platform, and authorised representatives of such agencies who are the age of majority in their country and whose agency is legally domiciled in the 50 United States (including District of Columbia), Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, and Germany. If you have not reached the age of majority to contractually obligate yourself in the country where you reside, then you must have consent of a parent or legal guardian. By entering you agree to be bound by these rules.

Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, and Sweepstakes Parties are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void where prohibited.

If you are participating 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.

5. HOW TO ENTER

No Purchase Necessary.

You will receive entries by completing one or more of the following activities:

  1. Complete (pass) their MACP certification (one entry)
  2. Open a New Account (XID) on the Microsoft Advertising Platform (one entry per new account up to 4 entries per agency)
  3. Enroll or be an existing Microsoft Advertising Partner Program member (five entries)*

a. *For participants in Ireland, this option is not available. To earn five entries alternatively, please send an email to partnerwithmsftads@Microsoft.com and you will be credited.

The entry limit is one per person overall for MACP certification. The entry maximum is 10 per agency for Opening a New Accounts (XIDs) and Microsoft Advertising Partner Program.

Any attempt by any you to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your entries and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited.

We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete entries. If disputed, entries will be deemed submitted by the “authorised account holder” of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorised account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by an internet or online service provider, or other organisation responsible for assigning email addresses.

6. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION

Pending confirmation of eligibility, potential prize winners will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received within 7 days following the Entry Period.

Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no more than 7 days following the drawing with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any Forms in the time period stipulated in the notification email, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected, time allowing. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded.

7. PRIZES

The following prizes will be awarded:

Thirty (30) Early-Bird Prizes: The first thirty (30) entrants to submit a valid entry will each receive a $50 digital Starbucks Gift Card.

For US/CA markets: One (1) Grand Prize. The winning agency will receive:

A trip for two to Redmond, WA to attend Microsoft Advertising Elevate (previously known as Partner Summit) on March 31- April 1, 2020. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $2,000.00. Trip includes:

  • Round trip coach airfare from major airport closest to winner’s home.
  • Three (3) nights standard hotel accommodations.
  • Transportation to/from airport/hotel.
  • Admission for Two (2) to attend the Microsoft Advertising Partner Summit on March 31-April 1, 2020.
    • If the event is cancelled for any reason, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner other than to provide the travel portion of the prize minus the opportunity to attend event.

For EUROPE markets: One (1) Grand Prize. The winning agency will receive:

An eco-experience of your choice for you and your team worth 2000€. Approximate Retail value (ARV) 2000€. Trip includes:

  • An eco-experience of your choice in your city organised by Golden Goose promotions and subject to terms and conditions of Golden Goose promotions.
  • Eco-experience to be redeemed before April 30, 2020 excluding Easter and all bank holidays

Travel subject to availability and must be completed on dates specified by the Sponsor or prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Any expenses not described above are the responsibility of the traveler(s) including but not limited to taxes, ground transportation, gratuities, and room charges. Winner and any guests must travel on same itinerary. If included, winner’s travel companion must execute a Liability/Publicity Release prior to issuance of travel documents. If included, travel companion must be at least 18, or the child/guardian of the winner. Winner and any guests are responsible for providing all required travel documents, including, but not limited to government issued ID, Visa, or Passport. Actual value depends on date/time/destination, and difference between actual value and stated value will not be awarded.

For US/CA markets: Three (3) First Prizes. Each individual winner will receive an Xbox One. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $500.00 each.

For EUROPE markets: Three (3) First Prizes. Each individual winner will receive an Xbox One. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $500.00 each.

Within each market (North America/CA and EUROPE) Five (5) Second Prizes per market. Each individual winner will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card.

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 within US/CA: $6,500
The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes within EUROPE: €6,500

We will only award two (2) prizes per person/company during the Entry Period (excluding early bird prizes). 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. Prizes will be sent no later than 28 days after winner selection. 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.

8. ODDS

The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received.

9. GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

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.

10. USE OF YOUR ENTRY

Personal data you provide while entering this Sweepstakes will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Sweepstakes and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

11. GOVERNING LAW

This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.

12. WINNERS LIST

Send email to partnerwithMSFTAds@microsoft.com with the subject line “Microsoft Advertising Sweepstakes winners” within 30 days of February 29, 2020 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.