General Terms & Conditions FOR COMPETITIONS


1. Introduction

1.1 These Terms and Conditions (General Contest Rules) shall be binding on you (and your guests where applicable) when entering any competitions operated by Virtual Dreaming Studios, its sponsor or any company or website owned or controlled by Virtual Dreaming Studios.
1.2 These General Contest Rules apply to all Virtual Dreaming Studios contestants. Virtual Dreaming Studios may amend them from time to time. Special Terms and Conditions may apply to particular contests, in which case an addendum to these General Contest Rules will be made.
1.3 No purchase or payment is necessary to enter an Virtual Dreaming Studios competition and copies of Contest Rules are available on request from Virtual Dreaming Studios. (Please e-mail glen.stradwick@me.com)
1.4 Entry and participation in any competition shall be deemed an unconditional acceptance by you of these Terms. All entry instructions and any other specific details relating to the competition or the prizes form part of these Terms.

2. Eligibility

2.1 Employees of Virtual Dreaming Studios, their immediate families, press, agencies, sponsors and commercial partners or any other persons directly or indirectly connected with the competition are not eligible to enter any competition.
2.2 Unless otherwise specified, no person may enter a competition more than once.
2.3 You may not enter a competition if, on the date it is announced, you do not conform to the required profile of entrant. For example a competition may be limited by age.
2.4 Unless otherwise stated you must be at least 13 years old, and if between the ages of 13-18, you must have provided proof of parental consent to enter.
2.5 You must provide personal details as reasonably requested to do so by Virtual Dreaming Studios. Refusal to comply will result in disqualification from the contest.
2.6 All decisions of Virtual Dreaming Studios will be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.
2.7 All entries answers must be received by Virtual Dreaming Studios by the closing date specified in the competition. Answers will be entered automatically upon submission. No responsibility will be taken by Virtual Dreaming Studios for any answers that are illegible, misdirected, lost for technical or other reasons or received after the closing date.


3. Prizes

3.1 All prizes must be collected within three months from the date of winning. After that time, unclaimed prizes will be deemed null and void. Virtual Dreaming Studios will not notify winners of the time remaining. It is the sole responsibility of winners to collect their prize.
3.2 Prizes will be distributed by mail unless otherwise advised by Virtual Dreaming Studios. Where prizes are posted out, Virtual Dreaming Studios accepts no liability for the safe and effective postal delivery of a prize.
3.3 In certain situations, and subject to the absolute discretion of Virtual Dreaming Studios, a winner may nominate a designated representative to collect the prize. The representative will be asked to provide written authorisation from the winner and identification for both the winner and the representative.
3.4 Winners under the age of 18 must give details of a parent or guardian to whom their prize can be delivered to on their behalf.
3.5 Where a winner chooses not to accept a prize, they forfeit any and all claims to that prize, which will be dealt with at the absolute discretion of Virtual Dreaming Studios.
3.6 All prizes are accepted entirely at the risk of the winner and Virtual Dreaming Studios excludes all warranties in connection with any prize.
3.7 Prizes are not transferable unless otherwise specified and may not be redeemed for cash.
3.8 If a specified prize becomes unavailable, Virtual Dreaming Studios may substitute a replacement prize at its absolute discretion. In such an instance, Virtual Dreaming Studios will endeavour to ensure the substitute prize is of equal or greater value to the original prize. Please allow 28 days for the delivery all prizes.
3.9 Virtual Dreaming Studios, its agencies, affiliates, sponsors and representatives are not responsible for defective prizes or misuse of any prize, or claims, liability, loss or damage arising out of or in connection with any contest promoted by Virtual Dreaming Studios.
3.10 If the winner(s) of the prize cannot be traced after all reasonable efforts having been made by Virtual Dreaming Studios, then Virtual Dreaming Studios may dispose of the prize as it thinks fit without any liability to the winner(s) for having done so.
3.11 Entry costs (where applicable) are as advertised. Entrants are liable for their costs to access telephone, mobile or computer networks.
3.12 Where prizes are to be provided by a third party then the winner(s) will be required to complete all appropriate or applicable booking or other formalities direct with such provider. Virtual Dreaming Studios will have no responsibility for the acts or defaults of any other persons.
3.13 Virtual Dreaming Studios reserves the absolute right to disqualify any entrant to any competition which it considers has used improper technical means to enter.

4. The Contest

4.1 Virtual Dreaming Studios does not accept responsibility for entries lost, damaged or delayed in transit to the competition address. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt (nor will proof that an email has been sent be accepted as proof it has been received).
4.2 Source material utilised by Virtual Dreaming Studios's question compilers shall be taken as correct.
4.3 Fraudulent, illegible or incorrect entries will not be accepted (at the absolute discretion of Virtual Dreaming Studios).
4.4 The decision of Virtual Dreaming Studios's judges is final and conclusive in all circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into.
4.5 Virtual Dreaming Studios may terminate any contest at any time at its absolute discretion. In the event of such termination, Virtual Dreaming Studios may, at its absolute discretion, elect not to award any prize in respect of the terminated contest.
4.6 All entries become the property of Virtual Dreaming Studios and will not be returned to you unless otherwise stated. In the case of Character creation contests, characters will become the exclusive property of Virtual Dreaming Studios and the entrant waives all rights to any kind of remuneration beyond allocated prizes.

5. Confidentiality

5.1 You undertake not to disclose, reveal, communicate or otherwise make public to anyone at any time any information relating to Virtual Dreaming Studios, its business, personnel, servants, agents or officers.
5.2 You may not publicise your involvement in the competition, or the fact that you have won a prize, without the prior written permission of Virtual Dreaming Studios.

6. Publicity

6.1 Competitors may be required by Virtual Dreaming Studios to provide a single, up to date photograph of themself, and acknowledge that Virtual Dreaming Studios has the right to use such publicity photos, videos and/or films in any medium and in any reasonable manner it sees fit, unless that person informs Virtual Dreaming Studios at the time of entering the competition that he or she wishes to retain his or her anonymity.
6.2 Contest entries and material submitted in connection with any contest (whether in written, audio, electronic or visual form, or any combination of those) or any photographs, video and/or film footage and/or audio recording taken of competitors become the property of Virtual Dreaming Studios, which may use the material in any medium and in any reasonable manner it sees fit. Copyright in any such material remains the sole property of Virtual Dreaming Studios.
6.3 Virtual Dreaming Studios may publicise, broadcast or otherwise disclose a competitor's name, character, likeness, statements or any recording of his or her voice in advertising or promotional activities concerning a specific contest, or Virtual Dreaming Studios contests generally. Virtual Dreaming Studios may promote or advertise that a winner has won a contest.
6.4 Virtual Dreaming Studios may incorporate information from entrants in any contest in any database to be used for the purpose of its business. Upon entry into a competition a contestant will automatically give permission for use of personal data and this information will be retained in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

7. Virtual Dreaming Studios - Exclusion of Liability

7.1 Virtual Dreaming Studios is not liable in any way for any costs, expenses, damages, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the competition or prizes, other than those costs and expenses specifically provided for in the prize (if any). This exclusion does not include any liability for negligence by Virtual Dreaming Studios or death or personal injury arising out of such negligence.
7.2 Virtual Dreaming Studios shall have no liability in respect of competitions operated on behalf of third parties (for example, sponsors) except in respect of death or personal injury directly attributable to Virtual Dreaming Studios's negligence.
7.3 Virtual Dreaming Studios accepts no liability (and excludes all liability) for any loss of profit, business, contracts, revenues or anticipated savings or for any special, direct, indirect or consequential loss of any nature howsoever arising.
7.4 Virtual Dreaming Studios shall not be liable to perform any of its obligations under the competition or in respect of the prizes where it is unable to do so as a result of circumstances beyond its control and shall not be liable to compensate you in such circumstances.

8. Jurisdiction

8.1 These rules shall be governed and construed in accordance with New Zealand Law.
9.2 Where Virtual Dreaming Studios has special contest Terms and Conditions in relation to a particular contest, then they (the special terms and conditions) will prevail in the event of inconsistency between those special contest Terms and Conditions and these General Contest Rules.
9.3 Persons under the age of 18 are ineligible to enter any contest where the prize consists of a vehicle or alcohol, or where the Special Contest Terms and Conditions otherwise provide.
9.4 A failure by Virtual Dreaming Studios to enforce any of these contest rules in any instance(s) will not give rise to any claim by any individual.
9.5 Special restrictions or qualifications may apply to particular contests, in which case an addendum to these General Contest Terms and Conditions will be made.
9.6 Virtual Dreaming Studios may change these General Contest Terms and Conditions at any time.