Mod DB and the 5th Annual Mod of the Year Awards is the definitive event that showcases the best mods in the world and recognizes the mod teams behind them. The MOTY is a tribute to the creativity, dedication & hard work independent developers put into creating unique gaming experiences that enable us to "Play Something Different".
Mod DB brings you the best mods in the industry. You decide which ones are worthy of recognition. At the top of this program sits the ultimate prize... the Mod of the Year Award! Thanks to our sponsors, this year we have greatly enhanced the program with video content, interactive features and top shelf prizes.
From Nov 15th to Jan 1st, industry professionals, developers, gamers and the general public cast their votes to decide which mods define the cutting edge of interactive entertainment & which mod teams attain gaming celebrity.
For those new to mods, a modification is a variation of an original game that can be freely downloaded. These variations can be minor or epic in scope. In brief:
Entrants of all ages are eligible to participate. Contestants who are minors, however, must have a parent/legal guardian submit written authorization. Employees and agents of Mod DB their respective agents, officers, parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively "Contest Sponsors"), and members of their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouses) and/or persons living in the same households as such persons, whether related or not, are ineligible to enter the Contest and cannot win prizes. This contest is governed by the laws of Australia and of the State of Victoria. This contest is void where prohibited. Contestants are responsible for compliance with applicable laws in jurisdictions where they reside.
Contest Registration & Rules
All active projects listed on the Mod DB (collectively "mods") will be automatically enrolled in the competition. You can request your mod to be excluded at any time by contacting us with the details.
A representative from each winning mod team will be required to fill in a Submission Release that verifies you represent the creators of the mod and that you agree to comply with all the rules and all decisions of the judges. Each mod team representative will be required to provide your name, address, date of birth, email address and telephone number. Prize recipients will be decided by the official mod team leader.
All entries must be the original creations of the entrants, not contain any intellectual property not owned by the entrant and must never have been published or professionally developed unless written authorization from the intellectual property owner is provided at the time of entry submission. Entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless sponsors from any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property infringement claim or liability with regard to their submissions. All submissions must be in compliance with the applicable game End User License Agreement that comes with each game.
Standalone games deemed active and non-commerical by Mod DB staff will be eligible to win only in the “best standalone” category. Active, unreleased mods deemed by the Mod DB staff will only be eligible to win only in the “best upcoming” category. The remaining categories will be won by mods deemed non-commercial and active by the Mod DB staff, and have released a version of their mod to the public in 2006. The decisions of the Mod DB Staff regarding mod eligibility will be final and binding on all entrants.
The contest will be conducted in two (2) consecutive phases. Phase one will determine the top 100 mods. The closing date for voting for phase 1 shall be December 15, 2006, at which point votes will be tallied and verified and the top 100 mods will be announced on the official contest web site (2006 Mod of the Year) on December 16, 2006. Upon announcement of the results of Phase 1, Phase 2 will commence. The closing date for voting during Phase 2 shall be January 1st, 2007, at which point the votes will be tallied electronically and the winners from each category will be announced on the official contest web site (2006 Mod of the Year) in late January.
Judging will be based on Mod DB members’ votes. Any mod found falsely accumulating votes via dummy registrations or other means will be instantly disqualified. At the end of the competition the votes will be tallied electronically and the top mods from each category will be chosen by Mod DB staff. They will decide the ranking of the top mods in each category. The decisions of the Mod DB Staff will be final and binding on all entrants.
Mod DB reserves the right in its sole discretion to, disqualify any entry which is, in any individual judge's sole discretion, inappropriate, to disqualify winners and to chose alternate winners if information contained in the registration from cannot be verified to Mod DB’s sole satisfaction, if the winner refuses to abide by the contest terms, or if the selection of a particular entrant would, in Mod DB’s sole discretion, harm Mod DB or any Sponsor's reputation.
Entrants agree to accept and abide by the rules of this contest and agree that any dispute with regard to the conduct of the contest, rule interpretation, or award of prizes, shall be submitted to Mod DB, whose decisions shall be binding and final. Entries not satisfying the Official Rules will be automatically disqualified.
By participating, entrant agrees to release and hold harmless sponsors and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, service agencies, independent contractors, and the officers, directors, employees, investors, agents, and representatives of any of the above organizations from any injury, loss, or damage to person, including death or property, due in-whole or in-part, directly or indirectly, to the acceptance from or use/misuse of a prize or participation in any promotion-related activity.
Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, in the administration of the contest, or in the announcement of prizes. In the event that sponsors are prevented from continuing with the promotion, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the promotion is severely undermined by any event beyond sponsors' control, including but not limited to fire; flood; epidemic; earthquake; explosion; labor dispute; strike; act of God; public enemy act; satellite or equipment failure; riot or civil disturbance; war (declared or undeclared); terrorist threat or activity; any federal, state, or local governmental law, order, or regulation; order of any court or jurisdiction; or other cause not reasonably within sponsors' control (each a "Force Majeure" event), sponsors will have the right, in their sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the promotion without further obligation.
If sponsors, in their sole discretion, elect to abbreviate the promotion as a result of a Force Majeure event, sponsors reserve the right, but not the obligation, to award the prize from among all eligible entries received up to the date of such Force Majeure event. The administrator of the contest is Mod DB.
An entrant's submission of entry constitutes permission for Mod DB and, in Mod DB's sole discretion, such other Contest Sponsors to use entrant's name, photograph, likeness and other material provided in the entry for any business purpose, including for promotional purposes in any media. Contest sponsors have the following rights with respect to contest entries:
Mod DB will not knowingly provide any personally identifying information that is not already publicly available of minors to any third party without the written consent of entrant's parent/legal guardian.
All rules, regulations and categories for this contest are subject to change without prior notice. This Contest shall be governed as to all matters, including validity, construction and performance of the Contest General Rules, by and under the Laws of the Australia and the State of Victoria and the sole venue for resolving all questions related the rights of the Entrants and winners in this Contest shall be the courts located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Winners will be notified through email and winning mods will be highlighted on the official Mod Awards website.
Mod DB reserves the following rights.
All costs, taxes, fees and expenses associated with entry into this contest and any prizes received shall be the sole responsibility of the entrants and winners.