MICROSOFT "ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE" PROMOTION

OFFICIAL RULES

Ultimate Experience Winners

Hunter Mayer, Doodle Army
David Mock, Impossible Mountain
Ram Prasad Vellamsetti, Indian Cinema Pro

Xbox Console Winners

Adrian Gordon
Alexey Strakh
Amir Shahid
Austin Kettner
Carlos Ramirez
Gerry High
Kylie Fernandez
Nick Larson
Patrick Johnson
Tanner Cypret
Travis Cherry
Walter Soto

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft "Ultimate Experience" promotion will operate ("Promotion"). In these rules, "we," "our," and "us" refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Promotion. "You" refers to an eligible Contest entrant.

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:

This promotion consists of a free gift offer, a Sweepstakes, and a skill-based Contest. The objective of this content is to showcase Windows 8 and Windows Phone as platforms for developing cool apps. For purposes of this Promotion, each complete Windows 8 or Windows Phone app you create and publish will be called an "entry". All eligible entries received will be eligible for prizes based on the details described below.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

This Contest starts at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on December 20, 2012, and ends at 5:00 p.m. PT on February 28, 2013 ("Entry Period").

CAN I ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Contest if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

This Contest is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.

HOW DO I ENTER?

In order to participate in this Contest, you must do all of the following:

  1. First, develop a Windows 8 app OR a Windows Phone app, or both. Info and tools for creating an app can be found here:
    1. Generation App
    2. Windows Dev Center
    3. Windows Phone Dev Center
  2. Once your app is created, submit your app for consideration into the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store.
  3. Once your app is published, visit the official contest website at www.generationapp.com/ultimateexperience and complete and submit the online entry form.*Note that you must include the URL your app receives from the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store with your submission in order to be eligible. Please consider the time it takes for your app to be approved. All apps must be published to the store no later than 5:00 p.m. PT February 28, 2013.

NOTE: In order to submit an app into the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store you must have a valid Windows Store or Windows Phone Store account. If you do not already have a valid account, follow these steps to obtain one:

If you do not already have a Windows Store or Windows Phone Store account, follow these steps to obtain one:

All new subscribers who are not part of DreamSpark, BizSpark, or MSDN and publish an app during the entry period are eligible for a subscription reimbursement in the form of a Gift Card ($49 for Windows Store or $99 for Windows Phone Store). To request your gift card(s), visit www.generationapp.com/ultimateexperience and check the box for "Request a Reimbursement."

You may request a reimbursement at any time between December 20, 2012 and February 28, 2013 once your app has been published. This offer is only good in the 50 United States and D.C. to legal residents 18+ who meet the contest eligibility requirements and are not current Windows Store or Windows Phone Store account holders as of December 20, 2012. Limit one (1) Windows Store and one (1) Windows Phone Store reimbursement per Publisher GUID. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer will be fulfilled in the form of a Gift Card and is not redeemable for cash. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Each reimbursement will be associated with the Publisher GUID used to sign up for each Store. This offer is good up to the first $60,000 in reimbursements or until the end of the promotion period, whichever comes first.

While there is no limit to the number of apps you can submit in this promotion, each app you submit to a single platform must be substantially unique and different. If you publish one (1) specific app on both platforms, you will receive two (2) entries.

We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

We will automatically disqualify:

WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE ENTRY?

To be eligible an entry must meet the following content / technical requirements:

In addition:

Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that:

We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria.

HOW WILL MY ENTRY BE POTENTIALLY USED?

Other than what is set forth below, we are not claiming any ownership rights to your entry. However, by submitting your entry, you:

Please note that following the end of this promotion your entry may be posted on a website selected by us for viewing by visitors to that website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website. While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry.

If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this promotion.

WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZES

There are multiple ways to win prizes in this promotion:

Free Gift Offer

For your first eligible app published between December 20, 2012 and February 28, 2013 to the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store, you will receive one (1) copy of Halo 4 for Xbox 360. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $59.99. There is a limit of one (1) free game per person.

Sweepstakes

For all eligible apps published between December 20, 2012 and February 28, 2013 to the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store, you will receive an entry into a random drawing (one entry per app). At the close of the promotion, we will select twelve (12) winners to each receive one (1) 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $299.99. Limit one (1) Sweepstakes prize per person.

Contest

At the close of the promotion, a panel of judges from Microsoft or a designated agent will review all eligible apps published during the contest period and select three (3) winners based on the following criteria:

Judging Criteria

The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than described above.

In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below.

Each contest winner will receive a trip for (2) people (the winning individual and one guest) to Redmond, WA. All winning individuals will spend a day with members of the Windows 8 Games Studios team on the Microsoft Campus at a mutually agreed upon date/time between April 1, 2013-October 31, 2013. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,950.00. Trip includes:

Actual value depends on date/time/destination, and difference between actual value and stated value will not be awarded.

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 may apply. Winner and any guests must travel on same itinerary. No cancellation of reservation or transfer of reservation to another date after reservation has been made. Winner and any guests will be required to complete a Microsoft NDA prior to arrival.

Limit one (1) Contest prize per person.

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $39,450.
If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following completion of judging. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award to a runner-up.

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Promotion. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. 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. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select a runner-up.

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Promotion:

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS AM I AGREEING TO BY ENTERING?

By entering this Promotion you agree:

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS PROMOTION IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

This Promotion 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 Promotion.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE PROMOTION CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Promotion, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Promotion. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Promotion, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Promotion.

If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Promotion by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Promotion, so please play fairly.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WON?

We will post the names of winners online at www.generationapp.com/winners. This list will remain posted one month after winner selection.

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS PROMOTION?

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

Updated 12/21/12