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Alpha Universe 2022 Forum Sweepstakes

Sony Electronics’ Alpha Universe Community Forum Sweepstakes 2022 Official Rules


  1. ELIGIBILITY: The Sony Electronics’ Alpha Universe Community Forum Sweepstakes described herein (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who at the time of entry are at least eighteen (18) years of age (19 in AL, NE) and have reached the age of majority in their state of residence. Employees (and their immediate families, defined as spouse, parents, children, and siblings) of Sony Electronics Inc. (“Sponsor”) and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, advertising agencies and persons living in the same household as such employees are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on October 20, 2022 (“Sweepstakes Entry Commencement”). Entries received prior to the Sweepstakes Entry Commencement will not be valid. All entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2023 (“Sweepstakes Entry Deadline”) (collectively, “Sweepstakes Period”).

  2. HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) methods of entry. 

    (a) By Posting on the Community Forum: Make a post about Sony products on https://community.alphauniverse.com/ (“Website”) during the Sweepstakes Period. Sponsor’s computer will be the official timekeeper for the Sweepstakes. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. By participating, entrants agree to abide by these Official Sweepstakes Rules, which shall be final and binding in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.  

    (b) By Mail: Mail in a 3x5 index card on which you have legibly hand printed your first and last name, email address, complete mailing address (street, city, state, zip code), telephone number, and date of birth in a hand-addressed envelope with first class postage affixed to: Sony Electronics Alpha Universe Community Forum Sweepstakes, 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127.  Mail-in entries must be received no later than April 30, 2023. No mechanical reproduction of entries or facsimiles is permitted.

    There is a limit of one (1) entry per person, per Entry Period, regardless of entry method.

  3. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds depend on the number of eligible Entries received for each Entry Period.

  4. SELECTION OF PRIZE WINNERS:  Six (6) Grand Prize Winners will be selected in random drawings per the chart below, from all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes period. Each Entry Period begins at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on the dates stated in the chart below. 

    Entry Period

    Start Date

    End Date

    On/About Drawing Date

    On/About Winner Notified Date































    Winners will be notified by email on or about the date stated in the chart above. If the notification email is undeliverable or if winner does not respond to it within five (5) days of sending, they may be disqualified, and an alternate winner may be selected in their place. Any potential winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and/or a publicity release.  Failure to comply when requested may result in disqualification. 

  5. GRAND PRIZES (6): One (1) winner for each Entry Period will win one (1) ZV-E10 camera kit (ARV: $800.00). Total value of all Grand Prizes is $4,800.00.

    Prize winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes due as a result of receipt of prize. Prize may not be transferred, redeemed for cash, or substituted, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another of comparable or greater value if the advertised prize becomes unavailable

  6. MISCELLANEOUS: Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void.  Entrants found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes will be disqualified. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be in violation of criminal and civil law, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes if any fraud, virus, or other problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment.  Sponsor, Harte Hanks and Administrator are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, garbled, illegible, incomplete, undelivered, or damaged entries and such entries will be void. If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck, and the remaining provisions shall be enforced.  Entering the Sweepstakes and accepting the prize constitutes permission to use the name and likeness of the prize winners for advertising and publicity purposes related to announcing the prize winners without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

  7. LIABILITY & RELEASE: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its parents, distributors, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, agents, vendors, employees and their advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”) from and against any and all liability, injuries, loss, claim, damages, or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use, misuse or possession of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) human error or unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines (including but not limited to disruption related to Internet traffic, virus, bug or non-authorized intervention); (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, misdirected, garbled, illegible, undelivered, or damaged entries, email, or mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons, including death, or property (including damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer) which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt, use or misuse of any prize.  Entrants hereby acknowledge that Sweepstakes Entities have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize.

  8. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Delaware or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Delaware.  

  9. WINNERS LIST: For the name of the prize winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Sony Electronics Alpha Universe Community Forum Sweepstakes” Winners List, 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127. Requests must be received no later than May 31, 2023.

  10. Sponsor: Sony Electronics Inc., 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127

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