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Announcing the Gear Design Contest (Ranged Magic DPS/Healer Edition)!

Designers of the realm, the time has come to dust off your drawing board and grab your set of tools as the second gear design contest has arrived! This time we’re looking to the community to offer up their own striking designs for healers and ranged magic DPS.

Whether you’re the type that ignores mechanics to keep your DPS up, or the healer that struggles to keep those players off the floor, our ranged magic DPS and healers could both use some exciting new duds. As with our previous gear design contest, the winning entries will both be implemented in the game as new outfits!

Gear Design Contest (Ranged Magic DPS/Healer Edition) (“Contest”)

This Contest is being operated and promoted by:
Square Enix Limited registered in England and Wales with company number 01840186 (“Square Enix”, “We”, “we”, “Us”, “Our”) with registered address at 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW.
The Contest is only open to holders of an active FINAL FANTASY XIV service account (“Service Account”) during the Entry Period who are resident in a PAL Territory Country* (the “Territory”). Contestants who are residents of France or Spain should refer to the Additional Specific Provisions under these Rules relevant to their country of residence. Residents of jurisdictions other than the Territory may also be eligible to enter the Contest under rules applicable to those residents’ jurisdictions if Square Enix or one of its affiliates has posted such rules. Contestants who are residents of France should refer to the Additional Specific Provisions under these Rules relevant to their country of residence.

* PAL Territory Country means any of the following countries; ÅLAND ISLANDS, ALBANIA, ALGERIA, ANDORRA, ANGOLA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BAHRAIN, BANGLADESH, BELARUS, BELGIUM, BHUTAN, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BOTSWANA, BOUVET ISLAND, BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (nr. Sri Lanka), BULGARIA, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, CHRISTMAS ISLAND, COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS, COMOROS, CONGO, CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE, COOK ISLANDS, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, DJIBOUTI, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ESTONIA, ETHIOPIA, FAROE ISLANDS, FIJI, FINLAND, FRANCE, FRENCH GUIANA, FRENCH POLYNESIA, FRENCH SOUTHERN TERRITORIES (South Indian Ocean), GABON, GEORGIA, GERMANY, GIBRALTAR, GREECE, GREENLAND, GUERNSEY, HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE), HUNGARY, ICELAND, INDIA, IRELAND, ISLE OF MAN, ISRAEL, ITALY, JERSEY, JORDAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, KUWAIT, KYRGYZSTAN, LATVIA, LESOTHO, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALDIVES (Sri Lanka), MALTA, MAURITANIA (West Africa), MAURITIUS, MAYOTTE, MONACO, MONGOLIA, MONTSERRAT, MOROCCO, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NEW CALEDONIA (Australasia), NEW ZEALAND, NORFOLK ISLAND, NORWAY, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, POLAND, PORTUGAL, QATAR, RÉUNION (S. Africa), ROMANIA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SAINT HELENA, SAMOA, SAN MARINO, SAUDI ARABIA, SERBIA, SEYCHELLES, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SWAZILAND, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TAJIKISTAN, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF, TIMOR-LESTE, TOKELAU, TONGA, TUNISIA, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN, UKRAINE, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, UNITED KINGDOM, VATICAN CITY STATE, YEMEN, ZAMBIA

PLEASE READ THESE RULES (“Rules”) CAREFULLY. By submitting an entry to the Contest you agree to accept and be bound by these Rules and the terms of any policies referred to in these Rules. We reserve the right to cancel or amend the Contest at any stage if deemed necessary in our opinion and/or if circumstances arise which are outside of our control.

Theme

Create your own unique image of healer or ranged magic DPS gear you’d like to see in FINAL FANTASY XIV.

How to Enter

During the Contest period, Entrant must follow the instructions posted on this webpage and take the following steps to enter:

  • Step 1: Create digital images (an "entry") of gear for healer or ranged magic DPS role Final Fantasy XIV characters (including head, body, hands, legs and feet) that comply with the following requirements:
    - Entrant must create the image using digital graphics software or by capturing a photo of artwork Entrant has created by hand.
    - The design must show both the front and back of the gear.
    - The gear must be for all of the following: head, body, hands, legs, and feet.
    - Entrant must include any additional information and/or explanations within the entry image itself (for example, pointing out any aspects of the gear that may be hidden).
    - Design may feature any in-game race/gender combinations. However, the entry must be a gear design that can be used by any race/gender, therefore any entry specific to any one race/gender may be removed from the grand prize winner selection.
    - Note: The development team will assign all in-game parameters to gear implemented into the game.
  • Step 2: Submit entry to Square Enix by email to ffxiv_contest@square-enix.com and comply with the following requirements:
    - Email Subject for ranged magic DPS entries: FFXIV Gear Design Contest – Ranged Magic DPS
    - Email Subject for Healer entries: FFXIV Gear Design Contest – Healer
  • Email Body:
    - Provide Entrant's character name and World name (required)
    - Provide Entrant's nickname (required)
    - Provide entry title
    - Provide a comment about your entry (50 words or less)
  • Attach images of your entry as follows:
    - 1-2 images: front design (required) and back design (required)
    - Image format: .jpg or .png
    - File size for each image must be larger than 500 KB, but total email size with all attachments must not exceed 3 MB.

There is no limit on the number of entries an Entrant may submit, and Entrants may submit entries for both categories, but each entry must be unique and each entry must be sent in a separate email. Square Enix will not consider entries if the image resolution is too low or there are other graphical issues present in the image.

Square Enix may publicly post some or all of the information Entrants provide in their entries, including nickname, entry title, comments, images, etc.

Entries posted on blogs or other social media channels before the list of initial finalists are posted on the Lodestone will not be accepted.

Additional Rules:

  • 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.

Entry Period

27 January 2017 at 12:01 (GMT) to 24 February 2017 at 14:59 (GMT)

Entry Requirements

Contestants must possess an active Service Account and have access to a working internet connection and web browser in order to be able to enter. Contestants are responsible for all connection charges associated with the internet connection and subscription fees associated with the registration for a Service Account. Contestants must ensure that their contact information is correct at the time of registration for a Service Account, during and after submission of their Entry.

Contestants must accept our privacy policy located here and cookies policy located here. Contestants must have a permanent residence in the Territory. Contestants under the age of 18 must obtain the permission of a legal guardian before submitting entries. The Contest is not open to employees, directors or other officers of Square Enix or its respective affiliates, agents, media partners and suppliers.

Winner Selection

The FINAL FANTASY XIV development and operations teams will select the top eleven (11) entries for each category based on the overall execution and quality of the entries (each Entrant of such entries, a “Contest Winner” or “Winner”), totalling twenty-two (22) entries. Square Enix will publicly announce the top twenty-two (22) entries on the Lodestone and, at a later date, which of these entries is the grand prize Winner for each category. Square Enix will announce the final Winners’ list within three (3) months of the conclusion of the Entry Period (“Announcement Date”).
Once the Winners are announced, virtual prizes will be delivered to each Winner via the in-game Moogle delivery service (which may be subject to change at our discretion). Prize delivery timing is subject to change.

Prize

  • The one (1) Entrant who submitted the best entry (i.e., the grand prize winner) in each category will receive each of the following items (total approximate retail value of zero Euros (€0.00)):
    • Square Enix shall implement winner’s gear design into FINAL FANTASY XIV (approximate retail value of zero Euros (€0.00)); and
    • One (1) in-game item package that includes one (1) Gaelicap, one (1) Noble Barding chocobo barding, one (1) Ahriman Choker, one (1) Mandragora Choker, and one (1) Bluebird Earring (in-game virtual items with no monetary value).
  • The ten (10) Entrants who submitted the ten (10) next-best entries (i.e., the runners-up) in each category will each receive each of the following items (total approximate retail value of zero Euros (€0.00)).
    • One (1) in-game item package that includes one (1) Gaelicap, one (1) Noble Barding chocobo barding, one (1) Ahriman Choker, one (1) Mandragora Choker, and one (1) Bluebird Earring (in-game virtual items with no monetary value).
Gaelicap
Noble Barding chocobo barding
Mandragora Choker
Ahriman Choker
Bluebird Earring

For the grand prize, Square Enix reserves the right to modify the design of the entry for any reason.

Prizes will be delivered to Winners in or around May 2017.

In the event that an Entry other than the grand prize winning entry is deemed to be excellent, Square Enix may implement that design into the game in future.

All in-game items are virtual items and have no real-world monetary value and cannot be sold or transferred to third parties.

We reserve the right, at all times, to vary or modify any Prize referred to above.

We reserve the right to re-distribute any prizes that remain unclaimed. No alternative prize shall be provided in place of the prize.

Inappropriate Submissions

Entries containing obscenity, vulgarity, discrimination, or any other offensive subject matter and/or containing any plagiarized or copyrighted material will not be considered by the judges. Entries which infringe upon copyright/intellectual property, personal credit, privacy, are counter to public order and/or morals, are judged to be grossly deviant from the established theme, do not contain all of the required information or contain erroneous information may face disqualification. Square Enix reserves the right to judge whether or not material is appropriate for public display.

Additional Specific Provisions

Contestants resident in FRANCE:
In accordance with the 6th January 1978 data protection and freedom of information law n° 78-17, we inform you that you have the right to access, rectify and delete information concerning you, by requesting it in writing to the Promoter.

Contestants resident in SPAIN:

The name of the winner will be sent to anyone who requests the same within three (3) months of the Closing Date and by entering the Competition you hereby agree that the Promoter shall be permitted to do so if you are the winner. Requests should be made via the Square Enix Support Centre.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW SQUARE ENIX WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ENTRY THAT IS SUBMITTED TO THE CONTEST THAT INFRINGES THE COPYRIGHT OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF A THIRD PARTY. YOU WARRANT AND AGREE THAT YOUR ENTRY WILL CONTAIN WORK THAT IS ENTIRELY ORIGINAL TO YOU AND DOES NOT INFRINGE OR INTERFERE WITH ANY THIRD PARTY COPYRIGHT OR OTHER RIGHTS AND YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY SQUARE ENIX AGAINST ANY LOSS ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF YOUR WARRANTY.

In the event that an entry violates a third-party’s copyright, the user’s Service Account may be suspended or cancelled. 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 contestant. In consideration of our acceptance and review of your Entry Materials into the Contest, you hereby assign to Square Enix absolutely all right, title and interest for the full duration of copyright in and to the Entry Materials throughout the world. 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 may be used by contestants only for purposes of the Contest or for private, personal, non-public viewing. Entry materials received by Square Enix may be destroyed by Square Enix at any time following the Contest.

Governing Law

These Rules and all or any dispute arising from them shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

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