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Minecraft 10 Year Anniversary Contest Rules



These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft Minecraft Memories Contest (“Contest”). Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052, USA, is the Contest sponsor (“Sponsor”).


In these Rules, "Microsoft", "we", "our", and "us" refer to Sponsor and “you” and "yourself" refers to a Contest participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any minor Contest entrant. By entering you (your parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) agree to be bound by these rules. 


The Contest starts at 12:01 am. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on May 7th, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 17th, 2019 (“Entry Period”). 


To enter, you must be a legal resident of any Xbox Live supported region listed at, and be 14 years of age or older at the time of entry.

Minors must have consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising agencies are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Region of Crimea, and where prohibited.


To enter, visit and if you haven’t done so already, register for a free Instagram account and follow steps to follow @Minecraft.

Then follow instructions to post a non-private post on your Instagram account page that includes a Video illustrating the way you plan to celebrate Minecraft’s 10th Anniversary and include the hashtags #minecraft10years (OR #minecraft10year) and #contest (your "Entry").

All elements must be included to be eligible. The account settings for this message must be set to “unprotected” or “public” to be eligible. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Instagram. The information you provide will only be used for administering the Promotion and to contact you if you are a winner.  

Your Entry may not contain any music other than the music clips from Minecraft “Vanilla Edition” theme music and/or in-game music from footage of the Minecraft game, for Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting an Entry into this Contest. 

You (your parent / legal guardian if you are a minor) must have permission from any recognizable individuals who appear in your Entry to use their likenesses in the Entry and to grant the rights set forth in these rules. If requested, you must be able to provide such permissions or proof in a form acceptable to Sponsor.

The entry limit is one per person/Instagram account.

Any attempt by any you to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your Entries and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited. 

We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete Entries. If disputed, Entries will be deemed submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by an internet or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.


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

  • Your Entry must be your own original work; and
  • Note:  For Contests which require a video entry, the video must be solely your work including but not limited to, the actual filming, editing, graphic design, etc. of the video.
  • Your Entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • You must have obtained any and all consents, approvals, or licenses required for you to submit your Entry; and
  • To the extent that entry requires the submission of user-generated contest such as software, photos, videos, music, artwork, essays, etc., entrants warrant that their Entry is their original work, has not been copied from others without permission or apparent rights, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights, or other rights of any other person or entity. You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos, and Minecraft music clips from Minecraft Vanilla in-game footage and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting an Entry into this Contest; and
  • Your Entry must be in the English language or it will be disqualified; and
  • Your Entry may NOT contain, as determined by us in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is obscene or offensive, violent, defamatory, disparaging or illegal, or that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or a particular political agenda, or that communicates messages that may reflect negatively on the goodwill of Microsoft.


We are not claiming ownership rights to your Entry. However, by submitting an Entry, you grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your Entry and all its content in connection with this Contest and use your Entry in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any non-commercial or commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, the marketing, sale or promotion of Microsoft products or services, without further permission from you. You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your Entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

By entering you acknowledge that the we may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your Entry and you waive any claims resulting from any similarities to your Entry. Further you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your Entry and you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law.

Your Entry may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Entry by visitors to this website. We are not obligated to use your Entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning Entry.

Personal data you provide while entering this Contest will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Contest and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.


Pending confirmation of eligibility, potential prize winners will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent or a qualified judging panel from among all eligible entries received based on the following judging criteria:

  • 50% - Creativity/Originality
  • 50% - Adherence to answering the “How are you celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary?” theme

Winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received within 7 days following the Entry Period.

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. If public vote determines winners, it is prohibited for any person to obtain votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including offering prizes or other inducements in exchange for votes, automated programs or fraudulent i.d’s. Microsoft will void any questionable votes.

Winners will be notified via the Instagram account information provided during entry no more than 7 days following judging with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected time allowing. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded.  If you are a potential winner and you are 14 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.

9.    PRIZES

The following prizes will be awarded:

One (1) Grand Prize: 

The winner will receive at trip for themselves and up to three (3) guests to see “Minecraft the Exhibition” at The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, WA.  Trip includes:

Airfare for one (1) Grand Prize winner and three (3) guests

3-nights hotel accommodations in one (1) double-occupancy room for one (1) Grand Prize winner and three (3) guests

Ground transportation to/from the airport/hotel in Seattle for one (1) Grand Prize winner and three (3) guests

Four (4) Museum of Pop Culture Museum Admission + Special Minecraft Exhibition Tickets at  The Museum of Pop Culture

Four (4) Minecraft 10th Anniversary Swag bags

Attendance to the Minecraft Exhibit Opening Night Party at Museum of Pop Culture for one (1) Grand Prize winner and three (3) guests

$500 corporate check to the Grand Prize winner only

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $7,486

The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award. Actual value may vary based on airfare fluctuations and distance between departure and destination.  Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value.  

Travel must be taken between October 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020.  Winner and his/her guests (as applicable) must travel on the dates determined by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and blackout dates.    All expenses and travel costs not expressly stated, including but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidentals, gratuities, passenger tariffs or duties, airline fees, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses are the responsibility solely of winner and guest(s).  Unless child of winner, travel companion must be eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of departure or a sibling/friend of winner with the appropriate parental permissions and releases and must travel on same itinerary and at the same time as the winner.  If winner is a minor, travel companion must be winner’s parent/legal guardian.  Travel companion must execute liability/publicity releases prior to issuance of travel documents.  Winner and travel companion(s) are solely responsible for obtaining valid passports and any other documents necessary for international travel.  Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply.  If the winner lives within 300 miles of Seattle, WA, ground transportation will be substituted for round trip air travel at Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Sponsor is not responsible if the Minecraft the Exhibition is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  

We will only award one (1) prize(s) per person/company during the Entry Period. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prizes are awarded “AS IS” with no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and / or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. By accepting a prize, you agree that Microsoft may use your Entry, name, image and hometown online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

10.  ODDS

The odds of winning are based on the number and quality of eligible entries received.


To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Contest or any prize won.

All local laws apply. The decisions of Microsoft are final and binding.

We reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Contest for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Contest, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Contest cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest.

If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in any way, we may seek damages from you to the full extent of the law and you may be banned from participation in future Microsoft promotions. 


Personal data you provide while entering this Contest will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Contest and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.


This Contest 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 Contest.  


Send an email to with the subject line “Minecraft 10 Year Anniversary winner” within 30 days of May 17, 2019 to receive information regarding the Grand Prize winner that received a prize worth $25.00 or more. Minecraft/Microsoft retains the rights to publicize the Entries of any entrant to the competition at any time.