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Rugby World Cup Pick’em - Terms and Conditions

Last Updated: Aug 3 2023 21:55 EDT

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Eligibility: OfficePools “World Cup of Rugby” (the “Pick’em Contest”) is open to legal residents of Canada, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, except that you must be nineteen (19) years of age or older if you live in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, PEI, Saskatchewan or Yukon; and legal residents of the United States (excluding all U.S. territories, including but not limited to Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older. Sponsor (as defined below), its subsidiaries and affiliates,  and any other companies or agencies associated with this Contest are collectively referred to herein as the “Contest Entities.” Employees of the Contest Entities and their immediate family members (defined as parents, parents-in-law, children, siblings and spouse (including common law), regardless of where they reside) are not eligible to enter the Contest or win Contest prizes. Any other persons with whom such employees are domiciled are also not eligible to enter the Contest or win Contest prizes. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 

Tournament: As used herein, “Tournament” means the 51 days of Rugby. The 20 teams are divided into four five-team groups. The teams will first play across three pools of four, each playing the other three teams in their pool. The two top teams in each pool, together with the two best-third-placed teams, will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Teams will be seeded from one to eight for the quarter-finals, based on the position they finished in their respective pools and most competition points scored, with the quarter-final make-up being: seed 1 v seed 8, seed 2 v seed 7, seed 3 v seed 6 and seed 4 v seed 5.

The four quarter-final winners will progress to the semi-finals, with the two teams emerging victorious from that stage meeting in the finals.

Sponsor: The Contest is sponsored by Officepools.com Services Ltd., 88 E Pender St Unit 500, Vancouver, BC V6A 3X3 (“Sponsor”).

Apple is not a sponsor, nor is it involved in any way in this contest. 

Agreement to Official Rules: By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to abide by the terms and conditions thereof as established by the Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to qualify all submissions and to reject any submissions that do not meet the requirements for participation as established by Sponsor.

 

Entry Period: The Contest will accept Picks from August 7, at 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time up to 6:00 am September 8, 2023, Eastern Standard Time (the “Entry Period”). 

Picks received before or after the Entry Period are void. OfficePools computer server, on which the Contest is hosted, is the official time-keeping device for the Contest. OfficePools employs a rolling deadline for Pick'em. This means that the cutoff is based on the individual game. Picks can be changed right up until the start of the respective game.

How To Enter: To enter this Contest, you need an authenticated OfficePools account (an “Account”). If you don’t already have an Account, simply visit OfficePools at https://www.officepools.com/accounts/signup/. Creating an Account is free. By submitting your information, you agree to the Sponsor’s Web Site Use Agreement (https://www.officepools.com/site/terms). If you do not agree to the Web Site Use Agreement, you cannot create an Account or participate in this Contest. After signing up for an Account, you must authenticate your Account by clicking on the link in the verified email that will be sent to the email address you provided.

Once you are logged into your Account, click on the link to the Contest on the OfficePools.com homepage. You can start making selections for the Pool Stage (by picking one (1) winner for each matchup). There are 40 games in the Pool Stage (September 8 to October 8, 2023), and picks must be submitted before each game officially begins. Once the Pool Stage concludes, contestants can submit picks for the Knockout Stage’s Quarter-Finals (4 games from October 14 to 15th, 2023). Once the Quarter-Finals conclude, contestants can submit their picks for the Semi-Finals  (2 games from August 20th to 21st, 2023). Once the Semifinals conclude, contestants can submit their pick for the Third Place Playoff Game (1 game on October 27, 2023) and the World Cup Final (1 game on October 28, 2023). Picks must be submitted before each game officially begins. 

Due to the Autosave feature, picks will be deemed submitted when you select within the Contest interface. You may update and change your Picks before each individual game begins. The date and time of your last update and submission shall be deemed to be your submission date and time. Failure to make your pick(s) within the designated period will automatically be scored as zero points. 

Limit one (1) set of Picks per person. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be disqualified from participating in the Contest or winning Contest prizes.

Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an entry shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest. In the event of a dispute over the ownership of an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the person whose name the email account was opened.

Normal internet access and device usage charges imposed by your online service provider may apply. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for the computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature, or for damaged, lost, late, illegible or misdirected entries; technical, hardware, software, electronic or telephone failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; fraudulent, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions whether caused by Sponsor, the users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest; or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions or downloading, that may limit, delay or prevent an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest. Sponsor is not liable for any loss, injury or damage caused, whether directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading data or otherwise participating in this Contest.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel this Contest for any reason, including if viruses, bugs or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control, unauthorized human intervention, malfunction, computer problems, phone line or network hardware or software malfunction, which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupt, compromise or materially affect the administration, fairness, security or proper play of the Contest or proper submission of Picks.

Scoring: Contestants’ primary objective is to earn as many points as possible by picking the winners of all 48 Rugby World Cup games on a round-by-round basis. Picks must be submitted before each game officially begins. 

 

  • Pool Stage Win: 1 point
  • Quarter Finals Win:  3 points
  • Semi-Finals Win: 5 points
  • Finals Win: 10 points

 

Each correct pick will contribute to the entrant’s overall point total. 

Selection of the Overall Points Prize Winner(s):  At the conclusion of the Tournament, correct predictions will be calculated for each entrant who has submitted their picks. The contestant with the most points will win the 1st Place Prize. The contestant with the second most points will win the 2nd Place Prize. The contestant with the third most points will win the 3rd Place Prize. 

In the event of any ties: The in-game tiebreaker of how many total points will the World Cup Champion score throughout the tournament will be used. The tiebreaker winner will be the contestant who is the closest to the total number of points the Championship team scored without going over.

Prizing: 

  • 1st Prize: 65” Samsung Television
  • 2nd Prize: $250 Craft Beer Delivery
  • 3rd Prize: $50 Kicking Horse Coffee Delivery

 

Requirements and Notification of Prize Winners: The Prize Winners will be notified via email on or about five (5) business days after the end of the Tournament. Suppose the Prize Winner does not acknowledge acceptance of his or her prize within ten (10) business days after being notified that he or she is a Prize Winner. In that case, the prize may be forfeited, and a re-draw will occur for the remaining eligible entries. In the event that there are no other Prize Winners, the Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize. Sponsor may require the Prize Winners to provide a copy of valid government-issued photo identification as evidence of age and identity and to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release, wherever lawful, as a precondition to award the prize. Suppose the Prize Winner fails to provide such identification and sign and return the requested documents to Sponsor in the time indicated by Sponsor. In that case, that Prize Winner may be disqualified, and the prize will thereafter be awarded to one of the other Prize Winners from the remaining valid entries using the re-draw procedure specified above. The prize shall be delivered to the Prize Winner at the mailing address provided by the Prize Winner.

Privacy: By submitting an entry, participants acknowledge and agree that any personal information they provide will be maintained per OfficePools.com Services Ltd’s “Website Use Agreement,” which can be viewed here: https://www.officepools.com/site/terms. By participating in the Contest, you: (i) grant to the Sponsor the right to use your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, user name, Private Team name, and gameplay information (including but not limited to Picks, scores, and standings) (“Personal Information”) for the purpose of administering the Contest, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the winners; (ii) grant to the Sponsor the right to use your Personal Information for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law; and (iii) acknowledge that the Sponsor may disclose your Personal Information to third-party agents and service providers of the Sponsor in connection with any of the activities listed in (i) and (ii) above. Sponsor will use the entrant’s Personal Information only for identified purposes and protect the entrant’s Personal Information in a manner that is consistent with the Website Use Agreement.

RELEASE: ENTRANTS AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE CONTEST ENTITIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST. ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST AND ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION AND USE OF ANY PRIZE. SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TYPOGRAPHICAL OR OTHER ERROR IN THE PRINTING OF THE OFFER OR ADMINISTRATION OF THE CONTEST OR IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PRIZE. NO ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. ALL ENTRIES BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE SPONSOR.

DISPUTES EACH ENTRANT AGREES THAT:

TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZES AWARDED, SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORTING TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION, EXCEPT THAT YOU MAY ASSERT CLAIMS IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT IF YOUR CLAIMS QUALIFY;

  1. ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, INCLUDING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS CONTEST, BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEYS' FEES; AND
  2. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND THE ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM 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.

JURISDICTION: ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ENTRANT AND SPONSOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST, SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWs OF THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, PROVIDED THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN THE CASE OF CANADIAN RESIDENTS, APPLICABLE LAWS IN CANADA MAY REQUIRE THAT THE LAWS OF THE CANADIAN JURISDICTION IN WHICH YOU RESIDE APPLY INSTEAD, IN WHICH CASE THE LAWS OF THAT JURISDICTION WILL APPLY.

Contest Results and Official Rules: To obtain the identity of the prize winners and/or a copy of these Official Contest Rules, send an email to help@officepools.com -or- send a self-addressed stamped envelope to OfficePools.com Services Ltd., Officepools.com Services Ltd., 88 E Pender St Unit 500, Vancouver, BC V6A 3X3.