Hello partners!

We are pleased to announce that we just launched a new element within WPC Connect called Partner Pursuit. It’s a gaming experience that allows you to earn points and special badges while doing what you already do in WPC Connect. This provides you with the opportunity to continue to network with other Microsoft partners, engage in conversation and dialogue, and prepare for WPC 2013—all while earning points and badges that give you the chance to win different prizes. Now, through the end of early-bird registration on April 5th, the top point earner in WPC Connect will win a Windows 8 tablet PC and the runner up will win a Windows 8 phone. For those of you who are already participating in WPC Connect, this additional feature will integrate with the profile you have already created. You can start earning points immediately!
Earning points and badges is simple. When you view videos, read content, and engage in discussions on WPC Connect, you earn points. You can also earn coveted badges like the Referral Madness badge which is earned when five (5) of your colleagues’ register for WPC 2013 via content you shared in WPC Connect on your social media channels. Other badges indicate if you’re new to WPC Connect or if you’ve registered for WPC! If you’re into conversations, keep the dialogue going and earn your Conversation Keeper badge. You can find more information via the rules below or FAQ document in WPC Connect.
The Leaderboard will show the top point earners for Partner Pursuit from around the world. You can check to see which other partners are engaged and ready to network. These highly motivated and community-oriented individuals could be great contacts for you as you seek to maximize your benefit from WPC 2013.
Remember, you don’t have to be registered yet for WPC 2013 to participate in WPC Connect or the WPC Partner Pursuit game. Make your profile in WPC Connect and begin to make the connections that count today!
UPDATE: This sweepstakes and skill contest has now concluded
Award winners:
First Place Prize/Tablet: Piotr Sulgostowski
Second Place Prize/Windows 8 phone: Eran Barlev
PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions.  If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes.  Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible to enter the Challenge or receive prizes.  However your survey response is welcome.
This Partner Pursuit is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Challenge 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 Challenge. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Challenge.
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Partner Pursuit will operate.  This will be simply referred to as the “Challenge” throughout the rest of these rules. 
In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Challenge. “You” refers to an eligible Challenge entrant. 
The Challenge consists of a Sweepstakes drawing and a skill Contest.
This Challenge starts at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on March 12th, 2013 and ends at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (PT) on April 5, 2013. (“Entry Period”).  Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible. During the Entry Period, only points earned from 11:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on March 12th until 5:00 PM PT on April 5, 2013 (“Prize Period”) will be counted for the purposes of awarding prizes.  For the purpose of awarding virtual badges, activities completed during the entire Entry Period will be counted.
All dates and times are listed in Pacific Time Zone.  Please visit http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ or other world time database to determine your local date and time.
You are eligible to enter this Challenge if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
  • You are an authorized representative of a company actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) and you are 18 years of age or older (“Entrant”); and
  • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
    • PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.
  • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
  • You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Challenge; and
  • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Challenge.
This Challenge is void within the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
You will earn points for viewing, sharing and commenting on content available on http://connect.digitalwpc.com during the Entry Period as further described below.  At the close of the Prize Period prizes will be awarded to entrants who earn points.  
Point Levels
 Point limits
 5 points per tagged content item
  • Player reads Challenge  tagged content items within WPC Connect
10 points per Category
  • Player comments on a discussion category
  • Player’s initial comment per discussion is rewarded
  • Players will not receive points for commenting in the same category multiple times
10 points one time
  • Complete a profile in WPC Connect
20 points for share/referral
1 time 20 points for registering for WPC
  • Players will receive 20 points when they share their content, and then their colleagues go to that content and comment
  • Players will receive 20 points for registering for the  WPC Event*
Virtual Badges awarded upon completion of activity
Badge limits
Conference Attendee
One time, when Player registers for WPC 2013
Player completes WPC registration process
Referral Hero
One time, when Player’s colleague registers for WPC 2013
A Player’s colleague is referred and signs up for WPC 2013
Referral Madness
One time, when the 5th colleague registers for WPC
Five of Player’s colleagues are referred by Player email signs up for WPC 2013
Knowledge Knockout
Multiple opportunities
Player will receive this badge once they have viewed 10 pieces of unique content (i.e., videos, reference documents, Info Graphics, etc.)
I’m New Here
Once, Player Joins Community
Player enters the WPC Connect Community. This badge  will only remain for 30 days
Conversation Keeper
Multiple opportunities
Player comments 3 or more times, in 3 or more discussions
Profile Pro
One time, when Player completes full profile
Player has completed all fields of the community profile and linked all social accounts
* To receive 20 points without registering for WPC, send an email to mswpc@microsoft.com with the subject line “free WPC points” for receipt by 5:00 PM PT on April 5, 2013.  Limit 20 WPC registration points per person, regardless of entry method. 
You may not compete under multiple identities to fraudulently enter this Challenge.  You may not use any mechanical or other methods to automatically and fraudulently enter this Challenge.  We reserve the right in our sole discretion to disqualify any person we believe has violated these Official Rules.
We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason. We will automatically disqualify any incomplete or illegible entry.
Microsoft is not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections, undeliverable email, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications, telephone, telephone line or other telephone related problems or errors, whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Challenge, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this Challenge. If there is any suspected or actual evidence of tampering with any portion of the Challenge, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Challenge, the Microsoft reserve the right to terminate the Challenge and determine a winner using all eligible entries received as of the date of termination or to modify the Challenge in a manner deemed appropriate by Microsoft.
The Entrant who has earned the most amount of points during the Prize Period will receive the First Place Prize.  The next highest scoring Entrant will receive the Second Place Prize.
First Place Prize: A Windows 8 tablet PC.  Specific make / model at the Sponsors discretion.  Approximate Retail Value, ARV, $599.
Second Place Prize: A Windows 8 phone.   Specific make / model at the Sponsors discretion.  Prize consists of the phone only; winner is responsible for obtaining mobile service.  ARV $499
Limit one prize per person.  In the event that there are not enough qualified entries in any prize tier, all advertised prizes may not be awarded.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be the Entrant who was the first to earn the most points.
All values are stated in US dollars.  The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1098
If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Challenge. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 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.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If you are confirmed as a winner of this Challenge:
  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.  However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
  • If you are otherwise eligible for this Challenge, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
  • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions. 
Your odds of winning this Challenge depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.
By entering this Challenge you agree:
  • To abide by these Official Rules; and
  • To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Challenge or any prize won; and
  • That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Challenge; and
  • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Challenge, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
This Challenge 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 Challenge.
If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Challenge, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Challenge. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Challenge, we reserve the right randomly to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Challenge.
If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Challenge by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Challenge, so please play fairly.
Winners will be announced through the WPC and MPN Social Channels on or about April 15th, 2013.
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