Wizards of the Coast's Great Designer Search 3 Terms and Conditions

Posted in News on December 4, 2017

By Wizards of the Coast

Thank you for your interest in participating in Wizards of the Coast's Great Designer Search 3 ("GDS3")! We have put together these Terms and Conditions to explain the rules and process of GDS3 as simply as we (legally) can. Please be sure to read these Terms and Conditions carefully before participating in GDS3.

First, a few important items:

  • These Terms and Conditions are legally binding rules for your participation in GDS3.
  • These Terms and Conditions contain important legal promises, including rules regarding liability and dispute resolution to which you are agreeing. Please read them carefully.
  • There is no purchase necessary to participate in GDS3.
  • GDS3 has a limit of one entry per person.
  • Participation in the GDS3 does not guarantee you an internship or employment with Wizards.

1. What is GDS3?

GDS3 is the Magic: The Gathering Design Internship Contest. GDS3 is a skill-based contest in which contestants compete for the opportunity to interview for a paid design internship with Wizards of the Coast LLC ("Wizards").

2. Am I eligible to participate in GDS3?

You are eligible to participate in GDS3 if:

  • You are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry;
  • You reside in and are legally eligible for long-term work in the United States, and can provide proof of such eligibility upon request;
  • You are not (a) an employee of Wizards or Hasbro, (b) an immediate family member (parents, children, siblings, partner/spouse) of or a member of the same household as a Wizards employee, or (c) a former employee of Wizards;
  • You speak, read, and understand English; and
  • You agree to these Terms and Conditions.

3. If I'm eligible, how do I enter?

To sign up to participate in GDS3:

  • Go to www.dailymtg.com (the "Site") between 12:01 a.m. PST on December 4, 2017 and 12:01 a.m. PST on January 15, 2018;
  • Click on The Great Designer Search 3 link;
  • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions; and
  • Fill out and submit a brief questionnaire.

That's it! We will follow up with you via email with further instructions. Limit one entry per person.

4. What else do I need to agree to in order to participate in GDS3?

A bunch of other legal jibber jabber! By participating in GDS3, you agree to the following:

  • These Terms and Conditions. You agree to be bound by and comply with these terms and conditions. You also acknowledge and agree that because of the unique nature and scope of GDS3 and the complexity of its administration, Wizards has the right to modify any dates, deadlines, or other provisions or requirements set forth here. If we modify these Terms and Conditions, we will provide you notice. Your continued participation in GDS3 constitutes your agreement to any updated Terms and Conditions.
  • Originality. As a part of GDS3, you will create and submit materials to Wizards in connection with the Trials and Challenges described below. You agree and promise that (1) you are the sole author of any materials you submit to Wizards as part of GDS3 (the "Submissions"), (2) you own the copyright in the Submissions, and (3) the Submissions do not infringe any third-party rights (including without limitation, patent, copyright, trademark, trade-dress, privacy, or publicity).
  • Publicity. During GDS3, Wizards may publish information about contestants and their Submissions on its website or other platforms. You agree that Wizards may publish, reproduce, publish, and distribute (1) your name, image, likeness, biography, city or other personal information you provide to Wizards; (2) your advancement or elimination from a Trial or Challenge (defined below) and (3) any Submissions you provide to Wizards on Community media platforms; on or in Wizards' website, products, services; in any and all advertising or promotions without any attribution, notification, or compensation to you or any other person or entity.
  • Public Critique. You acknowledge and agree that your Submissions may be published publicly and may be subject to public critique by Wizards' employees. Third parties may also critique your Submissions and Wizards shall have no control or responsibility for any third-party critiques.
  • Assignment. You assign to Wizards all your intellectual-property rights in all Submissions. You agree all Submissions are Wizards' sole property and, upon Wizards' request, you agree to execute any documents necessary to effectuate Wizards' ownership all Submissions (including without limitation a written copyright assignment). You also agree to waive all a moral right in the Submission and waive claims arising therefrom.
  • Confidentiality. You agree that until the deadline for completion of a particular Trial or Challenge (both a "Round") has passed you will not discuss that Round, including without limitation discussing any assignment or test with anyone.
  • Further documentation. You agree to timely and fully complete any and all documents required by Wizards in connection with GDS3, including without limitation, if requested by Wizards, a Confidentiality Agreement and Publicity Release (in addition to the confidentiality agreement and publicity release included in these Terms and Conditions).
  • Relocation. To become the Internship Winner, you must agree to, at your own expense, move and live near the Company's headquarters in Renton, Washington for the period of the Internship.
  • Code of Conduct. You agree to abide by Wizards' Code of Conduct.

5. Wizards' Notices and Disclaimers.

  • Disqualification. You acknowledge and agree that Wizards has the right, exercisable at any time and in its sole discretion, to disqualify you from GDS3 for breach of these Terms and Conditions or for any other reason or no reason at all.
  • Termination of GDS3. You acknowledge and agree that Wizards has the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or cancel GDS3 at any time without notice.
  • Wizards obligations. You acknowledge and agree that Wizards has no obligation to contestants whatsoever. Wizards may, but is not obligated to, notify any contestant that he or she is not advancing to the next round. Wizards is under no obligation to select contestants to participate in any portion of GDS3. Wizards will not pay any money or give any other consideration to contestants for their participation in GDS3 except as specifically provided in these Terms and Conditions. Neither GDS3 nor selection of a Winner (if one is chosen) constitute a promise or guarantee by Wizards of a contract for employment or of future employment.
  • Indemnification. You agree on behalf of yourself, your executors, heirs, and assign to forever release, indemnify, and hold harmless Wizards, its parent and affiliates, and their current and former directors, officers, and employees from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising from, incidental to, or in connection with GDS3 or acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize, including without limitation any travel award or internship, including without limitation, claims based on personal injury, death, property damage, publicity rights, advertising, defamation, invasion of privacy, whether suffered by yourself or a third party.
  • Washington Law. You acknowledge and agree that GDS3 and these Terms and Conditions will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the State of Washington. You also agree to accept the exclusive jurisdiction in the courts of the State of Washington located in King County.
  • Waiver and Enforceability. Any waiver by Wizards of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not be a waiver of such provision for the future. The invalidity or unenforceability of any part of the Terms and Conditions shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any of the remainder of the Terms and Conditions.

6. Will Wizards require me to provide my real name and other personal information in connection with GDS3?

Yes, Wizards will need accurate information from you to administer GDS3. Wizards will treat your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted in these Terms and Conditions (e.g., publicizing the name of contestants who advance to the next Round or the Internship Winner).

7. Enough with the legal jibber-jabber! Give me the Contest Details!

Okay, Okay. You've waited long enough! GDS3 will progress in stages:

  • First, contestants will participate in three initial trials (collectively, the "Trials") to cull the number of contestants down to the top eight finalists.
  • Second, the top eight finalists will then participate in five design challenges (collectively, the "Challenges"), which will cull the number of contestants down to the top three finalists.
  • Third, the top three finalists will be offered an opportunity to travel to Wizards' headquarters in Renton, tour the Wizards' building, meet with members of the Magic: The Gathering Research and Development Department, and participate in the Live Challenge to compete for a six-month internship position (the "Internship") and an uncut foil sheet signed by Mark Rosewater.

THE GDS3 TRIALS

Trial Description Advancement Duration
One Contestants will have one week to answer ten essay questions. Answers must be no less than 250 words and no more than 300 words in length. Contestants who successfully complete Trial One shall qualify for and advance to Round Two. Begins: January 16, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. PST
Concludes: January 21, 2018 at 11:59p.m. PST
Two Contestants will have 24 hours to take a multiple-choice exam that tests contestants' Magic: The Gathering knowledge as well as their familiarity with numerous elements of Magic: The Gathering important to game design. Advancement to Trial Three will be based on the number of exam questions answered correctly.

Wizards anticipates advancing approximately the top 100 contestants.*

Wizards will notify contestants who have qualified for Trial Three via email on January 30, 2018. The email will include instructions for how to participate in Trial Three.
Begins: January 26, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. PST
Concludes: January 27, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. PST
Three Contestants will be challenged to design Magic: The Gathering cards. The Judges will assess Trial Three based on creativity (30%), design aesthetics (20%), knowledge of Magic (20%), and originality (30%).

Advancement to Challenge One will be based on contestant's performance in Trial One (weighted 30%), Trial Two (weighted 10%), and Trial Three (weighted 60%).

Wizards anticipates advancing approximately the top eight contestants.*

Wizards will notify contestants who have qualified for Challenge One via email on February 16, 2018. The email will include instructions for how to participate in Challenge One.
Begins: January 30, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. PST
Concludes: February 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST

*Wizards may increase or decrease this number in its sole discretion.

One or more Wizards employees (selected by Wizards in its sole discretion) will assess the Submissions to the Trials to determine which contestants will advance to the Challenges. Wizards anticipates that eight contestants will advance to the Challenges—however, Wizards may increase or decrease this number in its sole discretion. Wizards will also publish on the Site the names of contestants who have qualified for the Challenges.

THE GDS3 CHALLENGES

Challenge Advancement Duration
One The Judges will assess Challenge One Submissions based on creativity (30%), design aesthetics (20%), knowledge of Magic (20%), and originality (30%).

Wizards anticipates advancing approximately the top 7 contestants.*

Wizards will notify contestants who have qualified for Challenge Two via email on March 22, 2018. The email will include instructions for how to participate in Challenge Two.
Begins on or about: March 9, 2018
Concludes on or about: March 12, 2018
Two The Judges will assess Challenge Two Submissions based on creativity (30%), design aesthetics (20%), knowledge of Magic (20%), and originality (30%).

Wizards anticipates advancing approximately the top 6 contestants.*

Wizards will notify contestants who have qualified for Challenge Three via email on April 5, 2018. The email will include instructions for how to participate in Challenge Three.
Begins on or about: March 23, 2018
Concludes on or about: March 26, 2018
Three The Judges will assess Challenge Three Submissions based on creativity (30%), design aesthetics (20%), knowledge of Magic (20%), and originality (30%).

Wizards will notify contestants who have qualified for Challenge Four via email on April 19, 2018. The email will include instructions for how to participate in Challenge Four.

Wizards anticipates advancing approximately the top 5 contestants.*
Begins on or about: April 6, 2018
Concludes on or about: April 9, 2018
Four The Judges will assess Challenge Four Submissions based on creativity (30%), design aesthetics (20%), knowledge of Magic (20%), and originality (30%).

Wizards will notify contestants who have qualified for Challenge Five via email on May 3, 2018. The email will include instructions for how to participate in Challenge Five.

Wizards anticipates advancing approximately the top 4 contestants.*
Begins on or about: April 20, 2018
Concludes on or about: April 23, 2018
Five The Judges will assess Challenge Five Submissions based on creativity (30%), design aesthetics (20%), knowledge of Magic (20%), and originality (30%).

Wizards will notify contestants who have qualified for the Live Challenge via email on May 17, 2018. The email will include instructions for how to participate in the Live Challenge.

Wizards anticipates advancing approximately the top 3 contestants.*
Begins on or about: May 4, 2018
Concludes on or about: May 7, 2018

*Wizards may increase or decrease this number in its sole discretion.

After a challenge is complete, a panel of Wizards employees (to include Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic: The Gathering and other Wizards employees selected by Wizards), (collectively, the "Judges") will review and assess the contestants' Submissions based on the criteria above. Wizards anticipates that one contestant will be eliminated after each Challenge.

After each Assessment, Wizards shall notify any contestant who has been eliminated via email. Wizards will also publish the elimination (including details regarding the contestant who has been eliminated) on the Site.

Contestants not eliminated in the Fifth Challenge (the "Top Three") will be offered an opportunity to travel to Wizards' headquarters in Renton, tour the Wizards' building, and participate in the Live Challenge to compete for an internship position (the "Internship") within Wizards' Magic: The Gathering Research and Development Department.

THE LIVE CHALLENGE

Wizards anticipates the Live Challenge will begin on or about June 4, 2018 and conclude on or about June 5, 2018. The Judges will assess the Live Challenge Submissions based on creativity (30%), design aesthetics (20%), knowledge ofMagic (20%), and originality (30%).Wizards will notify the Internship Winner on or about June 8, 2018.

8. Travel Details.

Wizards will pay round-trip, coach air transportation for the Top Three to SeaTac Airport from a major commercial airport (as determined in its sole discretion) near Interview Winners residence in the 50 United States of America or the District of Columbia, standard hotel accommodations for two (2) nights (single room), and round-trip ground transportation between SeaTac Airport and hotel, and between hotel and Wizards' headquarters (the "Travel Package"). Air transportation will not be provided to any Top Three contestant who lives within 100 miles of Wizards' headquarters. Any expenses not specifically identified in these Terms and Conditions as included in Travel Package (including, without limitation, meals, additional ground transportation, gratuities, phone usage, and other incidentals) are not included. Travel expenses to be awarded to Interview Winners will have an approximate retail value (ARV) of $700.00 (depending on the city of departure). Failure of a contestant to comply with the any term or condition of GDS3 may result in forfeiture of this prize and opportunity.

9. The Internship.

Wizards hopes to offer and award the Internship to the winner of the Live Challenge (the "Internship Winner"), however, Wizards reserves the right to not make an offer, and or to not award the Internship to anyone. In addition, Wizards may at any time, within or beyond the scope of GDS3, interview or hire additional or different individuals who have competed in GDS3.

  • Internship Details. The Internship is a six-month paid internship, beginning on or about July 1, 2018 and ending on or about January 4, 2019. The wages for the Internship are expected to be $7,979.30 per month (estimated based on the Internship Winner's full-time work of 40 hours per week), subject to adjustment in Wizards' sole discretion. You acknowledge that employment as an intern with Wizards is "at-will." You acknowledge and agree that Wizards has the right to terminate the Internship with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time and in its sole discretion.
  • No Relocation. All expenses incurred as a result of being hired for the Internship, including travel, relocation and housing, are the sole responsibility of the Internship Winner.
  • Additional Documentation. Prior to the start of the internship, the Internship Winner must complete and furnish all documents required by Wizards and any governmental agency or otherwise in order for the Internship Winner to work for Wizards including without limitation, an INS Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility and Verification Form) completed to Wizards' satisfaction. The Internship Winner will also be required to sign an Invention Assignment, Proprietary Information and Non-Solicitation Agreement in a form acceptable to Wizards.
  • Internship Winner's Representations. By accepting the Internship, the Internship Winner represents and warrants that his/her employment withWizards will not violate any agreements, obligations or understandings that he/she may have with any third party or prior employer. The Internship Winner agrees not to make any unauthorized disclosure to Wizards or use on behalf of Wizards any confidential information belonging to any of his/her former employers (except in accordance with agreements between Wizardsand any such former employer).

GDS3 Sponsor: GDS3 is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast LLC, P.O. Box 707, Renton, WA 98057-0707.

© 2017 Wizards.

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