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    Cartographers and Seekers Contest (NA)

    After soaring through the skies and journeying through the vast lands beyond Ishgard, the opportunities for discovering new vistas of peace, tranquility, and excitement have risen straight through the clouds. If you’ve found such a place and would like to share with fellow adventurers, why not create a sightseeing treasure map for others to find your special location? By participating in the Cartographers and Seekers Contest, we’re giving adventurers the option of either creating a map to a location you want others to find, or deciphering the location of another adventurer’s map for a special in-game item reward. Thirty entries from each category will be awarded a prize, so put your cartographic and seeking skills to the test!


    Contest Entry Period
    Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific time) to Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time)

    Theme
    Creating and deciphering sightseeing treasure maps.

    Prizes
    Cartographers category
    Up to 30 entries will be chosen to win the following prize for the “Cartographers” category.

    One (1) in-game item of your choice from the selection below:
    • Ahriman choker
    • Mandragora choker
    • Bluebird earring
    • Scarf of Wondrous Wit

    Seekers category
    Up to 30 entries (up to 240 players) will be chosen to win the following prize for the “Seekers” category.

    One (1) in-game item of your choice from the selection below:
    • Ahriman choker
    • Mandragora choker
    • Bluebird earring
    • Scarf of Wondrous Wit

    * This is a virtual item and has no real world monetary value.
    * Please note that prizes are transferable only to the characters’ linked to the Entrant’s service account.


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    How to Enter
    Cartographers Category
    • Step 1: Create a treasure map of a location in Final Fantasy XIV which you would like to share with other players.
      • Map size must be minimum of 300 by 300 pixels.
      • Maps must not include areas that cannot be accessed by normal means. (Example: personal chambers, personal housing, and free company housing.)
    • Step 2: Post the image of the map in the Cartographers thread on the forum. Be sure to include the following information:
      • Character name
      • World name
      • Name of the location where the map is for.
      • The in-game item prize that you would like to receive from the list above. If no item is selected, one will be chosen for you.
    • Step 3: Once the submission period has concluded, you must post a screenshot from the location in which the map was created for in the Answers thread along with a link to your original entry.
      *Please note the Answers thread will be created once the submission deadline has concluded. Answers must be posted by Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time)

    Seekers Category
    • Step 1: Select one of the sightseeing treasure maps posted in the Cartographers thread, decipher the map, and take a screenshot of the location. (*You may collaborate with other players, but only a maximum of 8 people may work together for a single submission.)
    • Step 2: Post the screenshot in the Seekers thread on the forum and be sure to include the following information:
      • Link to the post from the Cartographers thread on the forums in which you used to decipher.
      • Your character name as well as the character names of additional collaborators
      • World name
      • The in-game item prize that you would like to receive from the list above for the entrant as well as all of the additional collaborators. If no item is selected, one will be chosen for you.

    Cartographer's Thread / Seeker's Thread


    Rules for Entry
    • The screenshot must be taken by the user who is submitting.
    • You may use image editing software to crop your screenshots.
    • You may not use image editing software to alter, enhance, or add more features to your screenshot.
    • Maps that are in locations of areas only accessible through the use of clipping or other abnormal means will result in disqualification.
    • Failure to post a screenshot of the correct location in the Answers thread with a link to your original entry will result in disqualification.
    • Please see the full terms and conditions below.
    When posting your screenshot images, you may utilize image hosting sites such as Flickr, Imgur, Yfrog, etc.
    Please note that some image hosting websites, such as Flickr, will delete images when an account is inactive for a certain amount of time, so make sure to verify this when choosing a site to host your entry image.

    Please Note
    • You may enter in both categories multiple times; however, you can only be selected as a winner for one category.
    • Only your first entry in each category will count.
    • Prospective contestants must have a North America Square Enix Account to enter and must be in the US or Canada (excluding Quebec). Must be 18 or older (or 13 or older with parent’s approval).
    • For the Seekers category, a maximum of eight players may collaborate for a single submission. Each collaborator will be awarded a prize.
    • Normal forum rules apply to all posts within the contest thread.
    • Square Enix reserves the right to judge whether or not material is appropriate for public display.
    • Square Enix reserves the right to remove or take down any content in its sole discretion.

    Forum Submission Rules
    • Inappropriate submissions will be moderated. If an entry falls under any of the below categories, the submitter may be disqualified and the post may be deleted by a moderator:
      • Any posts containing obscenity, vulgarity, discrimination, or any other offensive subject matter
      • Infringements upon copyright/intellectual property, personal credit, privacy, etc.
      • Counter to public order and/or morals
      • Submissions with content judged to be grossly deviant from the established theme
      • Submissions that otherwise violate the full terms and conditions below

    Selection
    The Community Team will select winners for each category based on the following:

    Cartographers category: Maps will be judged on the creativity of the location selected.

    Seekers category: Screenshots will be judged on the accuracy of the maps location, creativity, and overall execution.


    Winners will be announced on or around November 20, 2015.
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    FINAL FANTASY® XIV
    “Cartographers and Seekers” Official Contest Rules

    IMPORTANT! Please read the following rules before entering the Final Fantasy XIV “Cartographers and Seekers” Official Contest (the “Contest”). By entering the Contest, you (“Entrant”) agree to be bound by the Official Contest Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements for the Contest.

    1. Eligibility. THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) WHO HAVE AN ACTIVE NORTH AMERICA SQUARE ENIX ACCOUNT AND ARE OVER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN (13) AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. IF YOU DO NOT SATISFY THESE REQUIREMENTS, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE, AND SQUARE ENIX, INC. (“SQUARE ENIX”) RESERVES THE RIGHT TO NOT AWARD PRIZES TO ENTRANTS WHO DO NOT SATISFY THESE REQUIREMENTS. If you are under the legal age of majority in your state, province, or country of residence (a “Minor”), your parents or legal guardians must read, understand, and agree to these Contest rules. To be eligible to win a prize, you must participate in the Contest in the manner described below. Directors, officers, and employees of Square Enix and any of their respective affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, vendors, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate family members of each are not eligible to win any prizes. All applicable federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations apply. If multiple entries are made, only the first entry made in each category will be counted towards submission. Offer void where prohibited.

    2. Contest Period. The “Contest period” begins on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific time) and ends on October 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time) (the "Deadline"). Entries must be submitted 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. Square Enix reserves, in its sole discretion, the right to extend the Contest period for whatever reason without notification.

    3. How to Enter. During the Contest period, you must follow the instructions posted on this webpage and take the following steps to enter:

      For the “Cartographers” category:
      1. First, create a treasure map (a “Map”) of a location in Final Fantasy XIV (the “Game”).
        1. The Map must be a minimum of 300 by 300 pixels in size.
        2. The Map must not include areas of the Game that cannot be accessed by normal means. (Examples of such inaccessible areas include personal chambers, personal housing, and free company housing.)
      2. Second, post an image of the Map in the Cartographers thread on the official Final Fantasy XIV online forum (the “Forum”). The Cartographers thread will be located in the Current Events section of the Forum at http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/forums/673. Be sure to include the following information:
        1. Your character name
        2. Your World name
        3. The name of the location portrayed on the map
        4. The in-game prize item you would like to receive if your entry is the winner, from the following list of items:
          1. Ahriman choker
          2. Mandragora choker
          3. Bluebird earring
          4. Scarf of Wondrous Wit
            (If no item is selected, Square Enix will select one.)
      3. Third, after the Deadline, make a post in the Answers thread that contains a screenshot from the location depicted on the Map as well as a link to your original entry.

      For the “Seekers” category:
      1. First, select a Map posted in the Cartographers Forum thread, decipher the Map, travel to that location in the Game, and take a screenshot of the location.
        1. Entrants may collaborate with other Game players, but no more than eight (8) people may work together on a single submission.
      2. Second, post the screenshot in the Seekers thread on the Forum and include the following information:
        1. The URL of the post from the Cartographers Forum thread that contains the Map you used
        2. Your character name as well as the character names of any of your collaborators
        3. Your World name
        4. The in-game prize item you and your collaborators would like to receive if your entry is the winner from the following list of items:
          1. Ahriman choker
          2. Mandragora choker
          3. Bluebird earring
          4. Scarf of Wondrous Wit
            (If no item is selected, Square Enix will select one.)
      3. The Seekers thread will be located in the Current Events section of the Forum at http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/forums/673.

      Additional rules:
      1. The Entrant who submits the entry must be the person who captured the screenshot.
      2. The Entrant may use image editing software to crop screenshots.
      3. The Entrant may not use image editing software to alter, enhance, or add more features to the screenshots.
      4. Maps of locations that are only accessible through the use of “clipping” or other abnormal means will result in disqualification.
      You must not include personal information such as your name (unless you use your real name in character name or Forum account name) or address in the body of your submission entry.

      Entrants may submit multiple entries in each category (“Cartographers” and “Seekers”), but Entrants can only be selected as a winner for one (1) category. Each entry must be submitted in a separate Forum post.

      Square Enix shall not accept and may delete submissions that: (a) deviate from the established theme; (b) violate or infringe any laws, regulations, or rights, including any intellectual property or privacy rights; (c) are missing required information; (d) are obscene, vulgar, discriminate, or contain any other offensive subject matter; (e) are counter to public order and/or morals; (f) Square Enix judges, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate for any reason; (g) contain false or misleading information; (h) make unauthorized or fraudulent use of a third party’s name, email address, character name, or likeness; (i) are potentially defamatory; (j) that are of low resolution or otherwise difficult to see or evaluate; (k) violate any other rule or condition in these Terms or on this webpage; and (l) are otherwise damaging or detrimental to Square Enix or any third party. Square Enix reserves the right to reject and/or delete any submissions for any other reason.

    4. Prizes. Square Enix shall select thirty (30) entries in the North American Region in the “Cartographers” category to win a prize and thirty (30) entries in the North American Region in the “Seekers” category to win a prize.

      The Game Community Team will select the winning entries for each category based on the following criteria:
      1. Cartographers category: Maps will be judged on the creativity of the location selected.
      2. Seekers category: Screenshots will be judged on the accuracy of the location based on the Map, creativity, and overall execution.

      In the Cartographers category, the winner will be the Entrant who submitted the winning entry. In the Seekers category, the winner will be the Entrant who submitted the winning entry and up to seven collaborators who the Entrant identified in his/her winning entry (collectively with the winners in the Cartographers category, the “Contest Winners”). Square Enix shall award a prize to each Contest Winner.

      The prizes are one (1) in-game item from the selection below as pre-selected in the winning entries:
      1. One (1) Ahriman choker (an in-game Final Fantasy XIV item with no monetary value)
      2. One (1) Mandragora choker (an in-game Final Fantasy XIV item with no monetary value)
      3. One (1) Bluebird earring (an in-game Final Fantasy XIV item with no monetary value)
      4. One (1) Scarf of Wondrous Wit (an in-game Final Fantasy XIV item with no monetary value)

      Eligible entrants will be eligible to win the prizes described above.

      The number of winners of each prize is subject to change at Square Enix's sole discretion.

      Prizes are transferable only to the characters’ linked to the Entrant’s service account. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Square Enix reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value for any prize listed above. Retail value of prizes is listed in United States dollars. Actual retail value of prizes may vary due to market conditions at the time prizes are awarded. Prizes won by a Minor (as determined by the laws of the entrant's country, state, or province of residence) will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian on the Minor's behalf. 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.

      Square Enix shall deliver the prizes to Contest Winners on or around November 20, 2015. Prize delivery timing is subject to change.

    5. General Contest Rules. Contest Winners will be announced between approximately October 9, 2015 and November 20, 2015. Square Enix shall notify Contest Winners via the email account or Forum account associated with the winning entry at or about the same time (the “Notification Package”). Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

      To be eligible to receive a prize, each Contest Winner must follow the instructions contained in the Notification Package and respond with the information or documents requested prior to the date specified in the Notification Package. Such requested information may be necessary for purposes of filing a 1099 form with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”). If a Minor is selected (as determined by the state, province, or country of residence), a parent or legal guardian must sign any required or requested documents. The requested documents must be sent to Square Enix at the address specified in the Notification Package and must be received by Square Enix by the date specified. If the Contest Winner fails to provide the requested information or documents according to the instructions provided in the Notification Package, or if the requested documents are not signed by an appropriate party (e.g., by a parent or legal guardian, if a Minor is selected) or are not received by Square Enix by the specified date, the Contest Winner shall be deemed disqualified and will forfeit his or her eligibility.

      If disqualified for any reason, the Contest Winner will not receive any prize. In the event that the Contest Winner forfeits or is disqualified, Square Enix will select an alternate entrant as a replacement for the disqualified or forfeited winner.

      Entrant must submit their own name, birth date, email address, cell phone number, and/or other information as requested. Entrant may not impersonate any other person, or entity, or submit false or misleading information; Square Enix reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that does so. If a Minor is selected (as determined by the laws of state, province, or country of residence), such Minor needs to obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

      In the event of a dispute about the identity of the participant, entries shall be declared made by the authorized account holder of the Forum account submitted at time of entry. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned a Forum account by and Forum service provider. The potential winner may be required to provide Square Enix with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the Forum account associated with the winning entry.

    6. 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 entrant. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge that Square Enix will own all rights to use, modify, and make derivative works of the Entry Materials, without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity. 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. Entry Materials received by Square Enix may be destroyed by Square Enix at any time following the Contest.

    7. 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) 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.

    8. Square Enix Intellectual Property. You acknowledge that the products related to, and the trademark rights in, the SQUARE ENIX® marks are exclusive to Square Enix and include, but are not limited to, the rights to use, reproduce, sell, distribute, broadcast, display, and make derivative works of, without compensation to the Contest Winner.

    9. General Release. By entering the Contest, you (and, if you are a Minor, your parents or legal guardians) release and indemnify Square Enix, other participating sponsors, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, vendors, 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, misdelivery, use of, or inability to use 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, misappropriation or infringement of intellectual property, whether intentional or unintentional) whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty, or other theory.

      IF YOU ARE A MINOR, YOUR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS FURTHER AGREE TO RELEASE AND INDEMNIFY EACH OF THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES DESCRIBED IN THE PRECEDING PARAGRAPH THAT MAY BE SUFFERED BY YOU.

    10. Selection of Prize. Actual model, color, accessories, and features of the items awarded as prizes shall be selected by Square Enix in its sole discretion and may vary from photos or images, if any, shown in the Contest materials and advertising including the Square Enix web site.

    11. Use of Entrant’s and Contest Winner’s Name, Likeness, Etc. Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Contest constitutes permission to use the Entrants’ and Contest Winners’ names, account names, avatars, profile images, likenesses, prize information, submissions, and/or other information in connection with the Contest or for promotional purposes without further permission or compensation. As a condition of being awarded any prize, except where prohibited by law, Contest Winners may be required to execute a further consent to the use of their names, account names, addresses, likenesses, and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further permission or compensation. You hereby warrant and represent that you own all rights to your name, account name, avatar, profile image, and likeness connected with your entry and your Final Fantasy XIV or Square Enix account, and that all such 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.

    12. Affidavit and Release. As a condition of being awarded any prize, Contest Winners (and if Contest Winner is a Minor, winner’s parent or legal guardian) may be required to execute and deliver to Square Enix a signed Affidavit of Eligibility, an acceptance of these Official Contest Rules, a release of liability, and/or other agreements or releases. Square Enix may require, in its sole discretion, to have any requested documents notarized by the Contest Winner (or his or her parent or legal guardian, in the case of a Minor).

    13. Winners’ List; Rules Request. For a copy of the winners’ list, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope after November 20, 2015 and before December 31, 2015 to Square Enix at the address listed below (Attention: Final Fantasy XIV Cartographers and Seekers Contest 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 XIV Cartographers and Seekers Contest Rules Request).

    14. Copyright Notice. The Contest and all accompanying Contest materials are Copyright © 2015 by Square Enix, Inc. unless otherwise indicated. 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 of America. Entrants 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 entrant’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 at any time without any notice. Entrants who violate these Official Contest Rules, violate the terms of service of Square Enix or Final Fantasy XIV, tamper with the operation of the Contest, or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Square Enix, the Contest, any other entrant, or any other person 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 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, 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. Disclaimer. Square Enix, all participating sponsors, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees, agents, vendors, and agencies will not be responsible for any of the following: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled, or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) any 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.

    18. Amendment. Square Enix reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions set forth herein without notice; however, the remaining terms in this Official Contest Rules remain in full force and effect, and all rights and obligations set forth herein and any amendments shall be binding upon Square Enix and the Contest Winner, should such change take place.

    19. Taxes, Costs, and Fees. It is each Contest Winner’s sole responsibility to file winning prizes with the IRS or other governmental entities, should it be required by law to do so. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, PROVINCIAL, AND LOCAL TAXES, OR OTHER COSTS OR FEES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CONTEST WINNERS. Each Contest Winner shall consult with a professional, if necessary.

    20. No Entitlement to Fees. IN NO EVENT WILL THE CONTEST ENTRANTS OR CONTEST WINNERS BE ENTITLED TO ANY FEE, ROYALTY, OR OTHER COMPENSATION OF ANY KIND AS A RESULT OF THE CONTEST. BY ENTERING, EACH ENTRANT (AND, IF A MINOR, HIS OR HER PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN) IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO COMPENSATION FOR SQUARE ENIX’S USE OF SUCH ENTRANT’S ENTRY MATERIALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE RULES.

    21. Legal Compliance. Each Contest entrant and Contest Winner shall comply with all applicable federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations at all times.

    22. Square Enix’s Mobile and Online Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound and abide by Square Enix, Inc.’s Mobile and Online Terms of Service (available at http://na.square-enix.com/us/documents/tnc), Square Enix Inc.’s Privacy Policy (available at http://na.square-enix.com/us/documents/privacy), and the Final Fantasy XIV user agreement (http://support.na.square-enix.com/ru...2&tag=users_en).

    23. 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 XIV Cartographers and Seekers Contest
      999 North Sepulveda Blvd., Third Floor
      El Segundo, California 90245
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