ZYNGA WORDS WITH FRIENDS LIVE CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES
Rules effective March 22, 2019
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Zynga Words With Friends Live Contest (“Contest”) is sponsored by Zynga Inc. (“Sponsor”).
The Contest is intended for play IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA by ELIGIBLE residents of THOSE TERRITORIES. The Contest is subject to all federal, STATE, and local laws, and is void where prohibited or restricted by law. DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, OR IF YOU ARE NOT OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence (nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska, twenty-one (21) in Mississippi, and eighteen (18) in all other states and the District of Columbia) at the time of participation. Void where prohibited by law.
The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the Contest: employees, officers, and directors (collectively “employees”) or contingent workers of Sponsor, or of any parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of Sponsor, or of any of Sponsor’s advertising agencies, promotion agencies, production agencies, Web masters/suppliers, or other entities involved in the development or administration of the Contest, along with any immediate family members of such employees or contingent workers, and any other individuals residing with such employees or contingent workers, and any individual identified as a “Specifically Designated National” by the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the US Department of the Treasury. Sponsor reserves the right, at any time, to verify eligibility requirements in any manner it deems appropriate.
ENTRY PERIOD: Subject to these Official Rules, Games in the Contest will be announced in advance in the Words With Friends app, and you may join a Game before it begins while the Contest is ongoing (“Contest Period”). Sponsor reserves the right to cancel any Game or the Contest as a whole, in its sole discretion, without any restrictions. Subject to change at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, a Game will commence daily each weekday. Sponsor may increase or decrease the number and/or frequency of Games throughout the Contest Period, at Sponsor’s sole discretion. The date and start time of each Game will be announced in advance in the Words With Friends app.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Contest. By participating in the Contest you acknowledge that you have provided no consideration in exchange for the right to participate. You further acknowledge that if you are a winner, you have no right to a Prize (as defined below) until you complete all obligations required in the Official Rules, including completing the “Cash Out” process and the “Affidavit, Release, and Tax Documents” described below. These obligations are a material element of the Sponsor offering the Contest. You may participate in the Contest by completing the following steps, subject to any modification as may be communicated by Sponsor in the Words With Friends app or otherwise in connection with the execution of the Contest:
- Launch the Words With Friends app, navigate to and tap on the “Words Live” feature, and follow the instructions to play Words Live.
- When a Words Live Game is live, answer trivia questions in the order they are presented within the allotted time frame.
- If you correctly answer a trivia question, within the allotted time, as determined solely by Sponsor, you will advance to the next question.
- If you fail to correctly answer a trivia question within the allotted time, you will be eliminated from the remainder of the applicable Game, unless you make valid use of an “Extra Life”.
- You may use one (1) Extra Life in any Game to remain in the Game after incorrectly answering a question, but only before the presentation of the final question featured in the Game (e., you cannot use an Extra Life after incorrectly answering the last question in the game).
- Subject to change at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, you may obtain Extra Lives as follows:
- Obtain one (1) Extra Life when you launch Words Live for the first time via a referral link provided by another player.
- Obtain one (1) Extra Life for every new player that launches Words Live based on your personal referral link.
- Complete in-game challenges in the Words With Friends app.
- If you have been eliminated from a Game, you may continue to watch the Game, and Sponsor may allow you to continue playing to win in-game virtual items, in its sole discretion, but you will not be eligible to win any cash Prize associated with that Game.
- Subject to your valid use of an Extra Life, you must correctly answer all questions in a Game in the time allotted and complete the Game for your submission in the Contest to be considered valid and for you to be deemed to be a winner (subject to all conditions in these Official Rules).
- It is possible that more than one (1) participant will correctly answer all questions and complete the Game, or correctly answer all but one (1) question and make valid use of an Extra Life and complete the Game. In such a case, subject to verification, the Game will have multiple winners and the total Prize value for that Game will be evenly distributed among all winners (see “Prizes” section below).
Each submission of an answer must be manually entered by the individual participant. Automated and/or repetitive electronic submissions are prohibited. Sponsor reserves the right to void participation from any IP address or other identifiable source and to disqualify any participant who utilizes (or benefits from another’s use of) automated means of participation or any other system that attempts to undermine the security, fairness, and proper play of the Contest.
To win any Prize in this Contest, the information associated with your Words With Friends account must be true and accurate. Any participant may establish, maintain, use, and control only one (1) Words With Friends account in connection with the Contest, and such account may only be owned, maintained, used, and controlled by one individual. Users may not “co-own” any Words With Friends account used in connection with the Contest. If it is discovered or determined that you have opened, maintained, used, or controlled more than one account in connection with the Contest and/or attempted to participate in a Game more than once, all your submissions will be deemed void, and, in addition to any other rights that Sponsor may have, Sponsor reserves the right to suspend or terminate any, or all, of your accounts and terminate, withhold, or revoke the awarding of any Prize.
Data charges may apply if entering with a mobile phone or other Web-enabled device. Check with your wireless service provider for details on these and any other applicable charges. Participants are solely responsible for any such wireless charges.
PRIZE MULTIPLIER: Throughout the Contest Period you will have the opportunity, at Sponsor’s discretion, to complete an in-game challenge during a given week, using the Words With Friends app. Sponsor will post an invitation to complete a challenge in the Words With Friends LIVE and Words with Friends app. Each challenge will include the tasks to complete, and a countdown timer that will expire three (3) hours prior to the start of the show designated to be eligible for that challenge’s multiplier. By completing the challenge before the countdown time expires, you will be eligible to receive the multiplier associated with that challenge on the scheduled day. If you complete the challenge, you will be notified via an in-game dialog that you have completed the challenge for that week. The multiplier associated with the challenge would increase the value of your prize on the scheduled day, if you correctly answered all questions and completed the Game, or correctly answered all but one (1) question and made valid use of an Extra Life prior to the final question, and completed the Game.
MYSTERY BOXES: For each question correctly answered in a Game, you will receive one (1) point. Once you obtain fifteen (15) points, a “Mystery Box” will be unlocked and delivered into the Game drawer in your account. The Mystery Box will contain one, or more, virtual rewards that can be redeemed for use in the Words With Friends application. Rewards include, but are not limited to coins, power-ups, and other Words With Friends in-game items. To open a Mystery Box to reveal and redeem the Mystery Box contents, access your Rewards and Challenges menu in the Game and click the “Claim” or “Claim All” button in the Mystery Boxes section of Words With Friends. The exact contents of each Mystery Box will be randomly determined. The points you receive in a Game towards a Mystery Box will carry over to subsequent Games until you achieve the fifteen (15) points necessary to unlock a Mystery Box. There is no limit to the number of Mystery Boxes you can unlock throughout the Contest Period.
DETERMINATION, NOTIFICATION, AND VERIFICATION OF WINNERS: For each Game, if you correctly answered all questions, or if you correctly answered all but one (1) question and made valid use of an Extra Life, you will be deemed a “winner”, subject to verification in accordance with these Official Rules. If a particular Game does not have a winner, because no eligible individual participated, no eligible individual submitted the required number of correct answers, or for any other reason, the Prize will advance to the next Game, except in the case of the final Game in the Contest, where no Prize will be awarded.
Winners will be notified in Words With Friends Live; provided, however, that Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification.
After completing the Cash Out instructions described in these Official Rules, Winners may be required to complete, sign, and return one or more of the following: an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release and any applicable tax documents (collectively, the “Affidavit, Release, and Tax Documents”). Consistent with these Official Rules, Winners must sign and return these documents within seven (7) days of notification that these documents are required, or such longer period as may be determined by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for suspended or discontinued wireless or online service or for any change in a participant’s contact information that may result in a potential winner not receiving notification that these documents are required.
Sponsor, acting by itself or through its agent, reserves the right to verify a participant’s eligibility before, during, or after the Contest. A participant is not a winner of any Prize, even if a prize-winning message or any other aspect of the Game should so indicate, unless and until the participant’s eligibility and valid Game play have been verified to the satisfaction of the Sponsor. To verify a participant’s eligibility, Sponsor or Sponsor’s agent may attempt to contact the winner via email using their email address associated with their PayPal account provided during the Cash Out process. If Sponsor or Sponsor’s agent cannot obtain contact with the winner using that email address, the Prize may not be awarded. Screen shots or other evidence of winning will not be accepted in lieu of the validation process.
If a winner: (i) fails to follow the Cash Out instructions described in these Official Rules, (ii) fails to return upon request properly executed Affidavit, Release, and Tax Documents or any other required document within the required number of days, (iii) cannot be verified, or (iv) is otherwise unable to accept the Prize as stated, the winner will acquire no entitlement or other property right in a Prize. If any winner fails to fulfill the obligations to obtain a Prize, then Sponsor reserves the right to not award the Prize at all.
In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of a participant, the participant will be deemed to be the registered account holder associated with the Words With Friends account used to play, but only if that person meets all other eligibility criteria. If that person fails to meet all other eligibility criteria, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, the entry may be declared null and void and any potential Prize(s) that would otherwise have been won may be forfeited. A registered account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned as the registered account holder. Winner may be required to show proof of being the registered account holder. If any dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, in its sole discretion, the participant will be deemed ineligible to participate in the Contest.
CASH OUT: To Cash Out your winnings, follow these steps. In the Words With Friends app, launch Words With Friends Live. On the home screen, check your “winnings” to see if you are eligible to be awarded Prize(s). Tap the “Cash Out” button and provide the email address associated with your PayPal account. To obtain rights to and receive payment of any Prize(s), you must follow the Cash Out instructions described in these Official Rules. You must have a PayPal account and provide your PayPal account information to Sponsor as requested by Sponsor to Cash Out. Prize payment through PayPal will be subject to the terms, conditions, and privacy policies of PayPal, located at https://www.paypal.com. You may open a free PayPal account by visiting https://www.paypal.com and following the instructions to obtain a free account. The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with PayPal. Sponsor will not charge any fee for cashing out Prizes via PayPal. You may Cash Out your Prize(s) at any time during the Contest Period via PayPal, subject to PayPal’s terms and policies where applicable. However, if you have not started the Cash Out Process for a Prize by tapping the “Cash Out” button in the app within 90 days after winning the Game associated with that Prize you will not be eligible to complete the Affidavit, Release, and Tax Documents and will acquire no rights to the Prize. Sponsor will endeavor to fulfill all Cash Out requests within 10 business days of an eligible and verified Cash Out request (along with any and all applicable Affidavit, Release, and Tax Documents) being received.
Each Words With Friends account may only be associated with one (1) PayPal account, and a PayPal account may not be associated with more than one (1) Words With Friends account. Attempts to associate a Words With Friends account with multiple PayPal accounts or to associate a PayPal account with multiple Words With Friends accounts may result in the termination of those Words With Friends and PayPal accounts and forfeiture of any Prize(s) awarded.
If a winner cannot or does not complete all of the obligations required in these Official Rules, the winner obtains no rights to the corresponding Prize in its entirety. No substitution, cash redemption (via any method other than Pay Pal or as determined by Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion), or transfer of a Prize is permitted
PRIZES: Each winner of each Game who completes all of the obligations required by the Official Rules will receive a cash prize in U.S. dollars (a “Prize”). The total value of all Prize(s) (“Total Prize Value”) for any Game will be determined solely by Sponsor and will be clearly specified in Words Live in advance of the Game. If there is more than one verified and compliant winner, each such winner will receive a Prize (upon completion of the obligations required in the Official Rules) equal to the pro rata share of the Total Prize Value split evenly amongst such winners to the nearest cent. In such a case, if each winner’s pro rata share would be less than one cent, then the Prize will advance to the next Game. Winner(s) are solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes and withholdings (as applicable), and any other costs or expenses incurred in accepting or using any Prize.
OTHER GENERAL CONDITIONS: As a condition of entering, participants agree (and agree to confirm in writing upon request): (a) to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents, and PayPal (collectively, the “Released Parties”) and that such Released Parties shall have no liability whatsoever for and against any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person(s) including, without limitation, death, or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any Prize or participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities; and (b) to grant (and agree to confirm that grant in writing) permission to Sponsor and those acting under its authority the right to the use of his/her name, picture, likeness, voice, biographical information, and statements, at any time or times, for advertising, trade, publicity, and promotional purposes without additional compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, in perpetuity, and on the Internet and World Wide Web, without notice, review, or approval, unless prohibited by law.
GAME MODIFICATION, SUSPENSION OR CANCELLATION: You acknowledge the Contest will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. The Sponsor reserves the right to alter the Contest and amend these Official Rules at any time, at its sole discretion, with notice to the participants. Sponsor also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Contest, any Game or any element thereof, without notice in any manner and for any reason, including but not limited to virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, technical failures, or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of the Game or Contest. In the event a Game is modified, cancelled, or suspended, Sponsor shall post notice of same, except where, in the opinion of Sponsor, the modification or suspension in question is necessary or advisable to remedy a potentially unfair outcome for one or more identifiable participants, but not for participants generally. If a Game or the Contest is cancelled, winners who have not yet completed the obligations necessary to acquire rights to a Prize may still complete those obligations within the time period allowed under the Official Rules in effect on the date the Game or Contest is cancelled. If a Game has been completed in part or in full and the Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that the Contest must be suspended or canceled for any reason, Sponsor will advance the Prize for that Game to the next Game in the Contest, or, in the case of the final Game in the Contest, no Prize will be awarded. Released Parties shall have no liability whatsoever for and against any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising from game modification, suspension, or cancellation.
LIABILITY LIMITATIONS, MANDATORY ARBITRATION, WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION, APPLICABLE LAW, JURISDICTION, AND FORUM: The Contest forms part of Zynga’s “Services” under the Zynga Terms of Service. Participation in the Contest is at participant’s own risk and, without limitation, IS subject to all limitations of liability provisions, mandatory arbitration provisions, WAIVER OF class action provisions, and applicable law, JURISDICTION, and forum provisions in the Zynga Terms of Service.
Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or non-delivered submissions, GAME PLAYS, CASH OUT REQUESTS, or emails; or for interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), the WORDS WITH FRIENDS App, telephone, or other connections, availability or accessibility, or miscommunications, or failed computer, satellite, telephone, or cable transmissions, or lines, or technical failure or jumbled, corrupted, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, changes to or unavailability of THE WORDS WITH FRIENDS APP, WORDS LIVE or PayPal platform that may interfere with the Contest (including any limitations, restrictions or conditions placed upon Sponsor’s ability to use the platforms as set forth herein that are not acceptable to Sponsor), failures, or technical errors or difficulties which may or may not result in discontinuation or restarting of a Game, or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, or network or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of a Play or other information or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information.
To the extent any court of competent jurisdiction finds that the applicable law and/or forum provisions of the Zynga Terms of Service are not enforceable, participants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, participant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, and that by entering the Contest, any participants consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in the State of California.
DISQUALIFICATION: Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of this Contest or otherwise attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other participants or Sponsor representatives, as solely determined by the Sponsor, will be disqualified. ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY APP OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
SPONSOR: Zynga Inc., 699 8th Street, San Francisco, California 94103, USA.
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