Vote on the quality of each model and compare your score to previous voters.
A simple model (like a soda can) with perfect geometry and texturing should voted as "Top >80%", which indicates that the model is of better quality than 30% of those available within the TS catalog for what it is trying to be. On the other end of the spectrum, for a complex model (like a car) that needs tons of work, we suggest they be scored as "Bad <20%" category which votes it in the lowest quality 20%. Go with your instinct. There's a trick, though − if you try to game the votes, you usually get it wrong. Do what your gut tells you. You'll see.
After voting 20 times on models that have a score already, you will receive bonus points with each vote. Having a high accuracy will get you a multiplier up to 5x your normal points, but don't walk away − you'll lose your multiplier if you go three minutes without voting. If you vote on a model that hasn't been rated before, it will always be worth points but will not hurt your average.
There's a secret purpose − 3D Expert will allow TurboSquid to improve our search engine and the quality of our library. It's fun, and we truly appreciate your help.
3D Expert Play for $20K Contest OFFICIAL RULES
Congratulations, you are among a select group of players invited to compete in TurboSquid’s 3D Expert Play for $20K Contest.
Here's How It Works
The rules are simple; and for someone with a keen eye for 3D model quality, winning might be just as easy. Just rack up as many votes as you can by playing 3D Expert beginning Friday, September 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm (high noon) through Sunday, October 14, at 11:59 pm CDT.
- Make Sure Your Votes Count: During that time, be sure that your votes are being recorded by confirming that you are logged in using your TurboSquid Member login.
- Accuracy is the Differentiator: While the goal is to vote on as many models as possible, accuracy is just as important when it comes to your chances of winning.
- Play It Straight: Those suspected of defrauding the game will be disqualified. In short, cheat and your chances to win cash are NULL.
The top 100 players based on the rules outlined below, will be eligible to win cash prizes ranging from $10 to $5,000 (USD). Winners will be notified by Friday, October 19, 2012. Prizes will be distributed using the current artist payment method information associated with the player's account.
The 3D Expert Play for $20K Contest (the "Contest") is open only to those preselected and invited by TurboSquid, Inc. ("Sponsor"), who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the start of the competition, and who do not reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Participants are herein referred to as "Players." VOID IN CUBA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA, AND where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees, officers and directors of TurboSquid, Inc. ("Sponsor") and its parent company or companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/officers/directors are not eligible.
2. Start/End Dates
The Contest begins on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm noon Central Daylight Time ("CDT") and ends on October 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm CDT (the "Contest Period").
3. Entry for Invite-Only Participants
Invited and eligible players must have a valid TurboSquid user account. All game play during the Contest Period must be done so while logged into the TurboSquid artist's account in order to be eligible for prize consideration.
Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware, or software malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled, lost, illegible, altered, defaced, mutilated, misdirected, ineligible, or delayed game play or other technical problems related to the website. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person who tampers with the game process, the operation of the TurboSquid site, or who otherwise violates these Official Rules during the Contest Period.
4. Conduct and Decisions
By participating in the Contest, Players agree to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsor and all Contest representatives. All decisions of the Contest organizers or of their representatives regarding the 3D Expert Play for $20K Contest are final and without appeal. Players who violate any rule, gain unfair advantage in participating in the 3D Expert Play for $20K Contest, or obtain a prize level status using fraudulent means will be disqualified. Under the sole discretion of the Sponsor, disqualified players may be subject to limited or blocked access to 3D Expert ratings and related data for their own published assets. Sponsor will interpret these rules and resolve any disputes, conflicting claims or ambiguities concerning the rules or decisions concerning such disputes shall be final. If the conduct or outcome of the Contest is affected by human error, any mechanical malfunctions or failures of any kind, intentional interference or any event beyond the control of Sponsor, the Company reserves the right to terminate the Contest, or make other such decisions regarding the outcome as the Company deems appropriate. TurboSquid, Inc., reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it suspects to be tampering with game play, acting in violation of these Official Rules, to be hacking, or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. All decisions will be made by Sponsor and are final.
If for any reason, the 3D Expert Play for $20K Contest, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer viruses, bugs, worms, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which, in TurboSquid, Inc.'s sole judgment, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the 3D Expert game, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and proceed in such a manner as may be deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
6. Selection of Winners
Sponsor will review all eligible Players and votes received during the Contest Period and in its sole discretion will select thirty (30) potential winners from among all eligible Players based on the Judging Criteria (defined below).
All Players will be judged and ranked based on the total number of votes submitted during the Contest Period with an overall accuracy of 30.00% or above. In the event of a tie, TurboSquid, Inc., will run a tie-breaker round of play.
There are a total of 100 cash prizes to be awarded. One (1) Top Prize of $5,000 USD; One (1) Second Prize of $3,000 USD; One (1) Third Prize of $1,500 USD; One (1) Fourth Prize of $1,000 USD; One (1) Fifth Prize of $825 USD; Four (4) Available Prizes of $525 USD for players placing in Sixth through Ninth place; Four (4) Available Prizes of $250 USD for players placing in Tenth through Thirteenth Place; Four (4) Available Prizes of $200 USD for players placing in the Fourteenth through Seventeenth Place; Four (4) Available Prizes of $175 USD for players placing in the Eighteenth through Twenty-first Place; Four (4) Available Prizes of $150 USD for players placing in the Twenty-second through Twenty-fifth Place; Five (5) Available Prizes of $125 USD for players placing in the Twenty-sixth through Thirtieth Place; Five (5) Available Prizes of $100 USD for players placing in the Thirty-first through Thirty-fifth Place; Five (5) Available Prizes of $75 USD for players placing in the Thirty-six through Fortieth Place; Five (5) Available Prizes of $65 USD for players placing in the Forty-first through Forty-fifth Place; Five (5) Available Prizes of $60 USD for players placing in the Forty-six through Fiftieth Place; Five (5) Available Prizes of $55 USD for players placing in the Fifty-first through Fifty-fith Place; Five (5) Available Prizes of $45 USD for players placing in the Fifty-six through Sixtieth Place; Ten (10) Available Prizes of $35 USD for players placing in the Sixty-first through Seventieth Place; Ten (10) Available Prizes of $25 USD for players placing in the Seventy-first through Eightieth Place; Ten (10) Available Prizes of $15 USD for players placing in the Eighty-first through Ninetieth Place; and Ten (10) Available Prizes of $10 USD for players placing in the Ninety-first through One-hundreth Place. Prizes will be awarded through transfer using the information contained within the artists' payment information as associated with their TurboSquid account for each player. Total approximate retail value ("ARV") of all prizes is $20,000 USD.
For all prizes: Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made unless Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines otherwise. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or a component thereof for one of equal or greater value should it become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, fees and other expenses not listed herein associated with prize receipt and/or use.
Winners will be notified by e-mail on or about October 19, 2012 and will be required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and/or rights transfer document within seven (7) days of prize notification. If winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity and rights transfer document must be signed by his/her parent or legal guardian. If winner cannot be contacted within seven (7) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Contest Official Rules, such prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to the entrant with the next highest score. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.
By receipt of any prize, the applicable winner agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, and each of its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, successors, assigns, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, 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 any Contest-related activity or receipt, possession or use or misuse of any prize and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action and/or merchandise delivery. Sponsor is not responsible if Contest cannot take place or if the prize cannot be awarded due to cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather, acts of terrorism or any other cause outside Sponsor’s reasonable control. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way, shall be disqualified.
10. Additional Terms
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any viruses, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such case, Sponsor will select the winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry 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 non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives. 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, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
In the event of a dispute, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each entrant may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.
11. Limitation of Liability; Disclaimer of Warranties
The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing 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) lost or unavailable network connections, website, Internet or ISP availability, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to qualify for prize level status within the Contest, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest; (4) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Contest; (5) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the selection of prize recipients; 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, possession or use or misuse of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable votes 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. Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for any typographical/other error in entries, selection announcement or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, accessing or downloading information in connection with this Contest. If for any reason a player’s votes are confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, player’s sole remedy is resume play in the Contest, if it is possible. If the Contest, or any part of it, is discontinued for any reason, Sponsor may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims.
12. Disputes; Governing Law
Except where prohibited, 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 resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana or the appropriate Louisiana State Court located in Orleans Parish, Louisiana; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will 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 Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Louisiana without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Louisiana or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Louisiana.
13. Use of Data
14. List of Winners
For a copy of the rules, or a list of winners, please send request within thirty (30) days of the end of the Contest by mail with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope addressed to: 3D Expert Play for $20K Contest, c/o TurboSquid, Inc., 935 Gravier St. Suite 1600, New Orleans, LA 70112.
TurboSquid, Inc., 935 Gravier Street, Suite 1600, New Orleans, LA 70112.
Rules Subject to Change
Unfortunately, some people use automated programs for malicious purposes, so we want to make sure you are a real live person. Programs don't play like people do, so these games stump them. Have fun!