Tokyopop has announced a Hetalia Chibi Carnival Game Contest!! (Punctuation theirs.)
For a chance to win the first two series volumes plus “a special Hetalia Bonus prize we can’t reveal just yet”, you have to buy the game app on iTunes, then play for a high score, then take a picture of yourself showing the score, then post on their Facebook page. (That’s an awful lot of hurdles. Tokyopop is obviously aiming to improve some of their online stats in terms of purchases and posts.)
I was surprised most of all to see a purchase requirement for the contest. I didn’t think that was legally allowed. When I checked the official rules (link no longer available), I saw that they agreed.
No purchase is necessary to enter. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning.
They go on to provide an alternate method of entry, sending a postcard. However, since the contest says that “we’ll randomly pick 2 winners out of the 10 highest scoring people”, and since postcard entries won’t have a score, does that mean that you can enter without purchasing the app, but you can’t win? Or is this just another case of someone having a clever idea but not running it by legal first?
I also noted that this contest is open to U.S. residents only, although the contest page doesn’t mention that.