WEBTOON(R) “CALL TO ACTION” CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW AND IS SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION
Submissions into the WEBTOON “Call to Action” Contest (the “Contest”) will be accepted between 06:00:01 p.m. (PT) on June 1, 2022, and 06:00:00 p.m. (PT) on July 31, 2022 (“Submission Period”). The Winner Selection Period will take place from August 1, 2022, through August 31, 2022. Detailed information on the Contest is included in these Official Rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that the entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. The official end time for the Contest, including all winner selection periods, is 11:59:59 p.m. (PT) on September 30, 2022 (the “Contest Period”). This Contest is sponsored by WEBTOON Entertainment Inc. (“WEBTOON”) and will feature prizes from CELSYS Inc.
The Contest is open to legal residents of all territories where participation in such a contest is allowed by applicable law. The Contest is otherwise void where prohibited or restricted by applicable law, including any territories where promotion licensing and registration is required and any territories sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury, including Crimea, Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Somalia and Venezuela.
WEBTOON employees, contractors and interns, and immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings, children) of such employees, contractors and interns are not eligible to participate in the Contest. Each entry may be submitted by an individual creator or by a group of creators. However, only individuals who are at least thirteen (13) years old as of June 1, 2022, are eligible to enter the Contest, whether as individuals or as part of a team. If any entrant is under the age of 18, the individual must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to enter the Contest. If selected as a winner, any entrant under the age of eighteen (18) will be required to provide a parent or legal guardian’s written consent to participate in the Contest and accept a prize, and the parent or legal guardian must execute all required paperwork on the entrant’s behalf. Entrants who have an ongoing Original Series with WEBTOON, who are contracted to work on an upcoming Original Series for WEBTOON, or are working with a WEBTOON editor or producer to develop an Original Series with WEBTOON are not eligible to participate.
3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Each entry into the Contest consists of personal information requested in the entry process about each individual entrant or group, as well as the submission into the Contest. Requirements for each qualified submission are as follows:
a) Genre: Entrants must submit an action webcomic.
b) Number of Episodes: Maximum of one (1) episode.
c) Number of Panels: The episode must be at least sixty (60) panels in length.
d) The episode must contain a fight between at least two (2) characters.
e) The episode must be in full color.
f) The episode submitted must be in English.
g) The episode files submitted must also be in JPG format, with each file being less than 800px wide and 1280px long, and under 2 Megabytes each.
h) All copyright to the submission must be owned by the individual or group submitting it.
Any webcomic episode that was previously published or made public may be submitted, provided that ) there are no third-party agreements or engagements that prohibit its publication through WEBTOON or this Contest, ii) it was self-published by the entrant, and ii) it was not published by a third-party publisher and/or printed offline for circulation (including self-published stories by entrants). Violation of this provision may result in the disqualification of the subject entry, nullification of any prizes awarded for the entry, and/or removal of the entry from its platform, at WEBTOON’s sole and absolute discretion. Submissions containing more than one (1) episode will not increase a participant’s chances of winning.
Each submission must comply with WEBTOON’s Community Policy and Uploading Guidelines, including without limitation, the submission must be the original work of the individual entrant or team of entrants, and may not use stock materials from others; may not contain depictions of characters, symbols, titles, names, brand names, slogans or logos of any third party; may not be inappropriate, offensive, libelous or defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit, unlawful or plagiarized, as determined by WEBTOON in its sole discretion; must not be harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, obscene, excessively violent, overly graphic, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or offensive in any way, as determined by WEBTOON in its sole discretion; may not violate or encourage others to violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation; may not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person's personal or property rights or any other third party rights (including copyrights, rights of privacy, publicity and so forth), or involve physical harm to any person or animal; may not include any viruses, worms, corrupt files, Trojan horses, or other forms of corruptive code or content that may harm or compromise the Service, as defined below, and/or the proper conduct of the Contest.
WEBTOON’s computer shall serve as the official time keeping device for this Contest. WEBTOON will not verify receipt of entries. Entries will neither be acknowledged nor returned. Entrants may not submit episodes from series that have been published on WEBTOON CANVAS prior to June 1, 2022.
WEBTOON reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. In the event WEBTOON determines there has been a violation of any of these restrictions, it may disqualify the subject entry, cancel any prizes awarded for the entry and/or remove the entry. Failure by WEBTOON to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights. While an individual entrant or team of entrants may submit multiple qualified submissions, duplicate entries containing the same submission(s) are not allowed.
5. HOW TO ENTER
During the Submission Period, go to the Contest Pages to submit your episode. All entries must be submitted within the Submission Period in digital format through our online uploading process which allows up to 20MB in total per episode, with each file up to 2MB. Only online entries will be accepted. No hard copies of entries will be accepted for judging.
6. RIGHTS, OBLIGATIONS AND WARRANTIES
Each individual entrant or team of entrants hereby understands and agrees with the following:
1) The entrant or team of entrants associated with each submission owns and shall retain the copyright to the submission. Each work submitted will remain the exclusive property of its creator(s).
2) By submitting comic episodes to the Contest, the entrant or team of entrants acknowledges and agrees that such episodes may be posted by WEBTOON, including but not limited to the WEBTOON site and mobile app (the “Service”).
3) If a submission is selected as a prize-winning work (Grand Prize, 2nd Place Prize, and 3rd Place Prize winners), the entrant or team of entrants will be offered an Original Series contract with WEBTOON. The entrant or team of entrants will have fifteen (15) calendar days to formally accept WEBTOON’s offer to become an Original Series as a condition to accepting the 3rd Place Prize, 2nd Place Prize and Grand Prize.
a) The entry submitted is your original artistic work and does not infringe the copyright or other proprietary rights of any third party.
b) The entry submitted is not prohibited from being submitted into this Contest or displayed/published through the Service due to any third-party agreements or engagements.
c) The entry submitted does not include any material that violates these Official Rules.
d) If the entry or any part of the information provided in relation to the entry includes a depiction of a natural person, entrant(s) warrant that they have obtained permission from that individual to use his or her likeness for any and all purposes allowed by WEBTOON described herein.
e) Entrant(s) shall indemnify and hold WEBTOON harmless against all claims and costs by any third party arising from a breach of this warranty.
7. SELECTION OF WINNERS
This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners. Chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Judging and selection of the ten (10) Honorable Mention Winners, seven (7) Finalists (placed from 4th – 10th), 3rd Place Prize Winner, 2nd Place Prize Winner, and Grand Prize Winner will be conducted from among all eligible entries received, by a panel of judges from members of WEBTOON, in accordance with this Section.
Eligible entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Up to 10 points for Narrative – The story has a strong plot and strong character(s).
- Up to 10 points for Readability - The story is easy to read on a mobile device.
- Up to 10 points for Clarity - The story is delivered clearly and is easy to follow.
- Up to 30 points for Action Execution - The story's featured fight is well choreographed and paced, featuring impactful and dynamic action panels.
A maximum of sixty (60) points may be assigned to each entry by the panel of judges. Determination of the Honorable Mentions, Finalists (placed from 4th-10th) 3rd Place Prize Winner, 2nd Place Prize Winner, and Grand Prize Winner will be based on the judge-assigned score (60%) and the level of audience engagement through WEBTOON (40%).
WEBTOON reserves the right to select fewer than the above number of prize winners, if, in WEBTOON’s sole discretion, WEBTOON does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified submissions. LIMIT: one (1) winning entry per user or team of users. The Contest will be administered and judged by WEBTOON, and the decisions of WEBTOON, in all matters regarding this Contest are final and binding. Potential prize winners must meet all eligibility requirements including the timely execution and return of all necessary releases and documents (including but not limited to an affidavit of eligibility, a tax acknowledgement form, liability release, and, except where prohibited by law, a publicity release) within five (5) days after accepting the prize, including but not limited to accepting WEBTOON’s Original Series offer. Additional document(s) including a Master Creator Agreement (to become an Original Series) will be required for the corresponding prize winners, and all selected winner(s) must continue to comply with timely return of documents. Non-compliance with each allotted time period(s) or failure of potential prize winners to respond after two notification attempts may result in disqualification and, at WEBTOON’s discretion, an alternate winner may be selected by the panel of judges from among the remaining qualifying entries. If (i) any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, (ii) a potential winner declines the prize (including but not limited to rejection of the WEBTOON Original Series offer), or (iii) a potential winner fails to comply with any of the Official Rules as outlined herein, such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected by the panel of judges, at WEBTOON’s sole and absolute discretion.
WEBTOON is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to users not by WEBTOON.
Any type of fraud, or attempt to commit fraud, as well as any breach of these Official Rules, will result in the entrant being disqualified from the Contest, without the possibility of re-entry.
Winners will be announced on September 30, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. (PT).
8. CONTEST PRIZES
Contest prizes are as follows:
a) Ten (10) Honorable Mention Winners: Each Honorable Mention winner will receive a CLIP Studio Paint EX license (single device, valid for 12 months) with a value of $71.99 USD each.
b) Seven (7) Finalist Prize Winners: The Finalist Prize winners will receive Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00 USD) and a CLIP Studio Paint EX license (dual device, valid for 24 months) with a value of $199.98USD each.
c) One (1) 3rd Place Prize Winner: The 3rd Place Prize winner will receive Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00 USD)*, an offer for an Original Series contract for their series to become published as an Original Series on the WEBTOON English Service, and a CLIP Studio Paint EX license (dual device, valid for 24 months) with a value of $199.98 USD.
d) One (1) 2nd Place Prize Winner: The 2nd Place Prize winner will receive Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00 USD)*, an offer for an Original Series contract for their series to become published as an Original Series on the WEBTOON English Service, and a CLIP Studio Paint EX license (dual device, valid for 24 months) with a value of $199.98 USD.
e) One (1) Grand Prize Winner: The Grand Prize winner will receive Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00 USD)*, an offer for an Original Series contract for their series to become published as an Original Series on the WEBTOON English Service, and a CLIP Studio Paint EX license (dual device, valid for 24 months) with a value of $199.98 USD. The Grand Prize Winner will also have their submission adapted into an animated short of no more than 10 minutes to be published on WEBTOON’s official YouTube channel and/or its website or social media accounts, at WEBTOON’s discretion.
Entrants acknowledge that, if a team of contestants is selected as a winner, the prize money shall be paid to the authorized account holder or to the individual designated by such team as their representative. No prize substitution will be permitted, except at WEBTOON’s sole discretion. Prizes are nontransferable. The total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of all prizes to be awarded is One Hundred Thirty-Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Nineteen United States Dollars and Seventy Cents ($137,719.70 USD).
*3rd Place, 2nd Place, and Grand Prize Winners can only claim the prize money, the Clip Studio Paint EX licenses and the adaptation to the animated short (in the case of the Grand Prize Winner only) if they accept the Original Series contract offer.
9. PRIZE CONDITIONS
Each prize winner shall be solely responsible for all federal/national, state/province and/or local taxes, and the reporting consequences thereof, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize. Winners agree that WEBTOON may deduct and withhold from the prizes hereunder any sums, including all tax obligations, required to be withheld and/or paid by WEBTOON to any governmental authority pursuant to any law, statute, ordinance, rule, judgment, or decree now or hereafter in effect. Each winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and/or Liability/Publicity Release by email (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”). In the event that a prize winner is a minor, such entrant shall be required to provide Prize Claim Documents signed by their parent or legal guardian, and WEBTOON will be in contact with said parent or legal guardian for prize fulfillment. Additional document(s) may be required for all winners, and all selected winner(s) must continue to comply with timely return of documents.
If a potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if a potential winner does not comply with these Official Rules (including failure to return all Prize Claim Documents), then the potential winner may be disqualified, and an alternate winner may be selected, at WEBTOON’s sole and absolute discretion. Users waive the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize.
Except where prohibited by law, each winner's acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for WEBTOON to use said winner’s name and/or username, entry, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city/state/country for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with this Contest on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission or further compensation. All entries are subject to verification prior to awarding a prize. Eligibility, age, and claims made by a prize winner also are subject to verification prior to awarding of prizes.
By receipt of any prize, winners agree to release and hold harmless WEBTOON, CELSYS Inc., and any other organization responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising, or promoting this Contest, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the submission process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable entries or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any entry.
11. PRIVACY POLICIES AND DATA COLLECTIONS:
Users hereby agree that WEBTOON will collect users’ name, username(s), email address and other necessary personally identifying information, which will be used only for the delivery of the prize and for no other purpose. By providing this personal information, entrant is deemed to agree to the collection and handling of the personal information by WEBTOON, and, if required, to regulatory authorities. WEBTOON will not use this information for promotional, marketing, publicity, research and profiling purposes. If entrant does not provide the personal information that is requested, they may be unable to participate in the Contest.
12. GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE
Entrants agree that WEBTOON (A) shall not be responsible or liable for, and are hereby released from, any and all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, death and bodily injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize, and (B) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. WEBTOON assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant’s computer system or other device which is occasioned by accessing the Service (whether through website or app) or otherwise participating in the Contest, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, WEBTOON is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, stolen, or postage-due submissions or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WEBTOON DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN, OR ACCESSING, POSTING, UPLOADING OR DOWNLOADING INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH, THIS CONTEST, AND RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO MODIFY, CANCEL, TERMINATE OR SUSPEND THIS CONTEST SHOULD ANY VIRUS, BUG, TECHNICAL FAILURES, UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION OR OTHER CAUSES BEYOND WEBTOON’S REASONABLE CONTROL CORRUPT OR AFFECT THE ADMINISTRATION, SECURITY, FAIRNESS OR PROPER CONDUCT OF THE CONTEST.
In the event of any such cancellation, termination or suspension, a notice will be posted on the contest site and the winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received prior to such time. WEBTOON reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant from this Contest or any other promotion conducted now or in the future by WEBTOON or any of its affiliates if the entrant's fraud or misconduct adversely affects the integrity of the Contest.
No mechanically reproduced, illegible, incomplete, forged, software-generated or other automated multiple entries will be accepted. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the entrant, any entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the WEBTOON account and underlying email address from which it was sent, provided such account holder must still meet the eligibility requirements for the Contest. The authorized account holder shall be the natural person to whom the email address associated with the applicable WEBTOON account has been assigned by the internet access provider, service provider, or other online organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. The potential winner may be requested to provide WEBTOON with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. If a dispute cannot be resolved to WEBTOON’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible.
Only the type and quantity of prizes described in these Official Rules will be awarded. If, for any reason, more bona fide winners come forward seeking to claim prizes in excess of the number of each type of prize set forth in these Official Rules, the winning entries, or remaining winning entries, as the case may be, associated with the advertised number of prizes available in the prize category in question may be re-judged from among all submissions with purportedly valid claims for such prize(s). Inclusion in such re-judged prize pool shall be each entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with law by a duly authorized representative of WEBTOON. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
By participating in this Contest, each entrant accepts the conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of WEBTOON, and warrants that the entrant is eligible to participate in this Contest.
13. FORCE MAJEURE
In the event WEBTOON is prevented from awarding prizes or continuing with the Contest or a particular Contest drawing as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic of health of other means, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis (e.g. Coronavirus), order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within WEBTOON’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, WEBTOON shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest in its entirety, or the affected portion thereof. WEBTOON reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by WEBTOON in its sole discretion. If terminated, WEBTOON may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. WEBTOON, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the submission process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law and, should such an attempt be made, WEBTOON reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. WEBTOON’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
14. CONTEST INTEGRITY
If, for any reason, the Contest or any part thereof is not capable of running as planned, or if the Contest, or any website or application used in relation with the Contest, becomes corrupted, hacked, abused, tampered with, or otherwise does not allow for the secure, proper and fair functioning and administration of the Contest, WEBTOON reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any implicated individual (and all associated entries will be void) and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend this Contest or any portion thereof. In the event the Contest is cancelled, WEBTOON shall work in good faith to award the Prize among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of such necessary cancellation.
Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resorting to any form of class action, and exclusively by the competent jurisdiction within Los Angeles, California, United States; (2) 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 (3) under no circumstances will any 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 WEBTOON in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.
16. RULES AND WINNERS LIST
For a copy of the Official Rules or Winners List, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: WEBTOON Call to Action Contest - Winners, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 220, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States. The Winners List will also be made available on WEBTOON’s website.
WEBTOON Entertainment, Inc., 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 220, Los Angeles, CA, 90036