- Posted by Johanna on June 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
The video game site IGN is running a sweepstakes to win a trip to Comic Con in San Diego for two in conjunction with the August science fiction movie District 9. Nothing wrong with that — it’s becoming a common promotion technique.
However, I was flummoxed by the rules:
This sweepstakes is open only to males who are both legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and Washington D.C. and who are at least between 18-24 years of age as of July 23, 2009
It goes on to say that you have to be available to travel to San Diego during convention dates and participate in an “assignment”.
… granting to the winner of an opportunity to participate in a DISTRICT 9-themed journalistic assignment trailing Sponsor’s editorial team covering portions of the Event related to DISTRICT 9 (the “Assignment”). … During the Assignment, the winner will work closely with an IGN Editor to attend select events, as determined at the sole discretion of Sponsor. The winner MUST be willing to conduct interviews, appear on-camera, write a blog and/or participate in other on-site activities as determined by Sponsor.
Why does any of this require only a boy under 25 years old? Is that even still legal these days? Even more strangely, if you visit the official rules page, they refer to the winner as “his/her”.
Update: (June 13) The contest is now open to both genders. Men can apply until June 22; women until July 3 (probably to compensate for the period they were ineligible). Looks like someone finally talked to the lawyers.