MMO Week in Review: The Elder Scrolls Online’s million dollar prize (December 6, 2015)

    
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Bethsoft is giving away a million dollars in a new Elder Scrolls Online promotion ostensibly designed to get people hyped for the game around the Christmas season. The contest is open to people in the UK, Germany, France, Russia, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada except Quebec, and the US, excluding residents of Florida, New York, Rhode Island, US territories, and folks on military installations. So instead of talking about this new phase of MMO marketing and what we’d do with the money, we’re talking about how sweepstakes laws suck.

If you don’t feel like complaining about that, you could always complain about the game’s cash shop, which is now selling vampire and werewolf transformations.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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syberghost
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syberghost

Hawkzilla14 I don’t think it’s a lot of states, but yeah there are some. In Florida anything over $5,000 has massive legal hoops.

Hawkzilla14
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Hawkzilla14

I can not enter :( i live in Florida , looks like $1 million prize isn’t allowed in alot of states

Tamanous
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Tamanous

Telos_ You are making a grandiose statement. Many players enjoy the game so you cannot speak for everyone. This is advertising budget money and evidently they figured this is the best way to spend it. You became hooked by it the moment you posted about it so apparently it is working for them.

Tamanous
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Tamanous

SoMuchMass Restark The actual environmental sound is superb. The music is uninspired and I have yet played game where I eventually turn off the in game music and listen to streaming music of my choice anyway. Music does not impact me at all. 

ESO sounds are amazing. Weather and effects in surround sound speakers or headset is amazing.

d0ub1ep1u5g00d
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d0ub1ep1u5g00d

I entered the contest. I wonder what the odds of winning are. I am guessing there will be hundreds of thousands of entries, maybe even over a million other contestants? hmmm probably not over a million ESO players lol

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d0ub1ep1u5g00d

Armsbend Marelius very interesting….so they purchased the prize from the annuity company. Does that mean that Zenimax paid the 1 million up front? and then the annuity company distributes that money? wonder why its over 20 years.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Actintous There will be nothing that’s very eye catching (like a $1 million giveaway) that works in every single country/state/region. Period. So you take what’s going to get you the most buzz and attention in the most important countries/regions and go out with that.
Business, yo.

syberghost
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syberghost

breetoplay BalsBigBrother and can you imagine the hue and cry if the contest was “the winner gets one million dollars if in the United States, or a hundred bucks worth of ingame cash if not.”

It could easily do a million dollars worth of damage to the game’s marketing, which is the exact opposite of the point.

shadowblender
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Armsbend shadowblender I rather not rub the lepfrechaun, too kinky for my taste.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

BalsBigBrother A lot of the rules about sweepstakes apply whether the prize is a dollar or a million dollars or a totally digital item, so that won’t always work. :/