These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft ‘The Spartan Quest’ Contest (“Contest”). Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052, USA, is the Contest sponsor (“Sponsor”).


    In these Rules, "Microsoft", "we", "our", and "us" refer to Sponsor and “you” and "yourself" refers to a Contest participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any minor Contest entrant. By entering you (your parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) agree to be bound by these rules.


    The Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 26, 2019, and ends at 11:59 pm. PT on April 1, 2019 (“Entry Period”).


    To enter, you must be a legal resident of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia), United Kingdom, Canada (void in Quebec), and be 18 years of age or older. Minors must have consent of a parent or legal guardian.

    Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, and Contest Parties are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void where prohibited.


    To submit an entry, complete these steps within the Entry Period:

    1.     Each day during the Entry Period, follow instructions within promotional videos posted on official Xbox social channels; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    2.     Find the hidden words in three (3) promotional videos, there is one (1) hidden word per video, so three (3) hidden words in total.

    3.     Once the final video and hidden word has been released, complete the action that is instructed at the end of the final video.

    The entry limit is one per person overall. Only entries received during the Entry Period will be eligible.

    We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete entries. If disputed, entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter.


    Personal data you provide while entering this Contest will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Contest and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.


    The first eligible entrant to complete the instructed action at the end of the final video will be declared the winner. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than the number of Contest Prizes described below.

    Winners will be notified no more than 7 days following judging with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any Forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner (the next person who completed the action) will be selected time allowing. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded.


    One (1) Grand Prize: The winner will receive:
    A Metro Exodus: Artyom Edition. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $5,623.22.

    The Artyom Edition includes:

    • Fully functional Nixie watch

    • Artyom’s bullet lighter

    • Authentic gas mask

    • Leather bound Metro Exodus map

    • Personalized Spartan dog tags

    • Letter of authenticity

    • Military crate

    • Metro Exodus Aurora Limited Edition

    The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award.

    The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $5,623.22

    No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prizes will be sent no later than 28 days after winner selection. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and / or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize.

    By accepting a prize, you agree that Microsoft may use your entry, name, image and hometown online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Contest without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

  9. ODDS

    The odds of winning are based on skill and the number of eligible entries received.


    To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Contest or any prize won.

    All local laws apply. The decisions of Microsoft are final and binding.

    We reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Contest for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Contest, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Contest cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Contest. Rules violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and may be banned from participation in Microsoft Contest.


    Personal data you provide while entering this Sweepstakes will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Sweepstakes and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.


    This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Contest.


    Send email to with the subject line “The Spartan Quest winners” within 30 days of March 27, 2019 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.