Yesterday, BioWare announced that it will run a week long series of auctions to reward the community for it's fifteen years of support. Starting April 6th at 9AM PDT the first of these auctions will take place, and using tokens earned from the registration of BioWare games and "various challenges" that will be posted via BioWare's Twitter. Winning a challenge will net Social Club members 500 tokens which can then be used to bid on more than 400 items such as limited edition painted PC's, Alienware laptops and BioWare apparel.
In addition to firstly being a Social Club member and following BioWare on Twitter, this offer has one other minor catch:
This contest is only open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia with the exception of residents of Florida and New York, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry and who had Internet access as of March 15, 2010.
Now before all you non-Americans get your panties in a knot about the exclusion of the rest of the gaming community, that means "residents of Florida and New York, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry and who had Internet access as of March 15, 2010
Due to the overwhelming backlash from Canadian Social Club members BioWare founders released this statement in hopes of smoothing things over.
Hi everyone -
The BioWare Bazaar was launched this week as the start of a year-long celebration around BioWare’s 15th anniversary.
We recognize that BioWare has a global community, and the Bazaar this week was originally intended to be an international event to reflect our truly global fanbase. Unfortunately, we encountered some last-minute legal complications around how contests can be structured in different parts of the world that prevented us from including all territories in this first event, even though that was our original goal. And for that, we sincerely apologize – our goal with this sort of celebration is to show all our fans worldwide how much we appreciate your support!
BioWare definitely really values all members of our world-wide Community, no matter where you live. Accordingly, in the coming weeks, we will be announcing details about future events specifically for fans living in those territories which were excluded from participating in the first BioWare Bazaar. The future events will be a bit different from the first Bazaar in how they’re set up and structured, but our goal is to feature the same caliber of awesome prizes and great BioWare collectibles. We’ll announce more details in the coming weeks :)
The reception from those fans who have been able to take part in this first event has been incredible – thank you for participating! - and we’re looking forward to future events where we can enable fans from additional territories to also join in the fun.
Thank you all for your continued and ongoing support and participation in the BioWare Community – we really appreciate all your support over the past 15 years, and the future will be even brighter!
Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk
For more information about the contest rules, prizes and how to start collecting/earning your tokens head over to the external link.