Hello and welcome to Digiex's January Giveaway! What a way to start the new year by offering you a chance over the entire period of January to win Microsoft Points for use on Xbox Live. There are 3 challenges going, one with a massive prize of 4000 Microsoft Points, and two easier ones where you can bag yourself 1600 Microsoft Points. Entry into the challenges is open to every member of Digiex This is a trial run for the month of January to see if this will work and is manageable in the long term. Providing everything goes smoothly and contestents are fair and don't abuse the contest, we will be looking to expand this every month for the rest of 2013! Thats right, giveaways every month for the next year! Your find the 3 challenges running for this month below, you are allowed to enter more than one of the challenges. Challenge 1 - MEGA PRIZE! Teacher of the Month Prize: 4000 Microsoft Points* Summary: This to be awarded to the user with the most detailed and original guide posted to Digiex this month. When picking a winner we will be looking at page views, level of detail, use of images to help explain difficult points and level of uniqueness. Winner will be chosen by vote by the Administration team of Digiex. Exclusions: The guide must be original (ie: brand new) and not posted elsewhere on the internet yet. It cannot be taken from another site and must be the authors own work. Examples: How to burn files and folders to a CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc using ImgBurn How to hack a 250gb or 320gb sata drive to work in the Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Slim Challenge 2 Member of the Month Prize: 1600 Microsoft Points* Summary: This is to be awarded to the best conversation starter on Digiex in the month of January. A conversation starter is someone who makes new relevent threads and posts which in turn engage others to respond and reply. When picking a winner we will be looking in the General forum areas to look for relevent, popular discussions made by users. Post count will be looked at to a degree, but isn't the deciding factor as quality over quantity is preferred. Winner be will be chosen by vote by the Administration team of Digiex. Exclusions: People who post exessive spam, or look to be politing the forum with junk will be ignored for this contest. Anyone with infractions against their account will be excluded to. Challenge 3 Reporter of the Month Prize: 1600 Microsoft Points* Summary: This is to be awarded to the best News Reporter on Digiex in the month of January. A News Reporter is someone who finds news across the internet, then writes about it in our news submission area. When picking a winner we will be looking at the quality of news, and how much was written by the member themselves. Having the news hit the front page is also likely to increase chances of being selected. When posting news it's important to follow the guidelines which includes using a relevent image centered at the top of the news letter, sourcing any relevent sources at the bottom and writing about the news in their own words. Winner be will be chosen by vote by the Administration team of Digiex. Exclusions: People who just copy and paste news from other sites without writing up themselves will be excluded. People who post irrelevent news which doesnt match up to the themes of Digiex (Tech/Gaming). Examples: Ubuntu announced for smartphones, compatible with Android Kernels and Drivers Nintendo's European Wii U eShop only sells mature content between 11pm and 3am How to enter: To enter any of these 3 challenges, all you need to do is have made 1 post on Digiex between the 1st - 31st of January 2013. You will then automatically be entered into the contest! The challenges are open till the end of January, after which we will post up the winners for all to see. All going well, based on the response and feedback from this trial, we will look to continue this with new contests every month with the chance to win prizes from Microsoft Points, PSN Vouchers, Netflix Subscriptions and more! The Administration team will be deciding by vote who is to win the relevent contests. Popular vote wins. There is currently 7 members of the Administration Team who will each get one vote. The person with the most votes wins! In the event of a tie, a second vote will be casted with just the two tie winners, and again popular vote will go ahead and win. Thanks for your time, and good luck all! * The Prize Points offered are based on the User Requesting the Points for the USA Region. Sadly a choice by Microsoft means points are available in different amounts with different prices in various regions and as such, we offer the below values for other regions: Big Prize: 4000 (USA), 4200 (UK/Europe), 3500 (Japan), 3200 (Asia) Small Prize: 1600 (USA), 1440 (UK/Europe), 1400 (Japan), 1600 (Asia) Please note Microsoft has also chosen to region lock codes, so you will require an account from the relevent region to apply the codes. Regions not listed are not supported in this contest, however you are welcome to select any of the above regions and attempt to swap the codes outside of the contest with others, or make an account in those regions to apply the code to. Terms and Conditions: Winners will be announced on the first week of February on the forum. If your a winner we will also drop you a PM to let you know. Microsoft Points will be delivered to you as a code to redeem on your Xbox Live account, via a PM after you let us know which region points you are after. Microsoft Points are region locked, and its your job to ensure you select a region for where you can redeem the code. We will not offer returns or swapping as we have to pay upfront for the codes. While we will make every effort to deliver the code to you straight away, please understand as this is a trial run we do not have the points to hand. We have already selected our retailers to purchase them from (Play-Asia for USA, Asia and Japan) and Game (for Europe) and will purchase the points once you have selected your region. If for any reason they are out of stock at the time, we will let you know (and send you the link so you can verify yourself if you have a trust issue with us). We will then await stock to come back in. If after a month we still are unable to secure the product for any reason, we reserve the right to send to you a cash amount via PayPal of how much the points would have cost us instead. Staff of Digiex are allowed to enter, provided they are Moderator Rank or below. The only reason we are allowing this is because you work so hard for Digiex unpaid, that you deserve a chance to. However you are not allowed to use any insider knowledge to your advantage and if you decide to enter the contest you are voiding yourself from being on the panel who decides the winner on any of the challenges. Please note however this giveaway is mainly aimed at members therefore your position at Digiex will work against you being a likely winner unless your posts are something extra special which deserve recognition. If you wish to enter, you must make your intentions known straight away to the Administration team so we can take you out of any discussions on the contest for fairness and transparency. Any abuse at staff, or receiving any infractions for bad behaviour will void your entry into the contest. Only one entry per person per challenge will be accepted. If it becomes apparent that a participant is trying to circumvent this by, for example, the use of multiple accounts, or stealing content from other websites and entering as their own, that person will be disqualified and any prize award will be void or transferred to another user who entered the contest. Posts which are to be entered into the contest, must have been made to the forum by January 31st 23:59 GMT.