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Instructions on How to Participate in Year Seven Showdown!

As you may know, our 7th birthday is right around the corner - It's this week, in fact - and what better way is there to celebrate a mutual love of videogames than a tournament?

So we ask you: What's the best game in The Escapist's history?

Join us in finding out.

Below you will find everything you need to know about participation, voting, and accruing entries for great prizes.

How to Participate

It's easy to begin supporting your favorite games in Year Seven Showdown! First, you must be logged into your The Escapist account. If you are not a member of The Escapist's community, you can register for a free account by clicking here, or Login with Facebook. (Please note that creating multiple accounts will result in all of your accounts being banned and all votes negated.)

Everyone can vote and participate but you must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for prizes.


By voting in a matchup you are entered to win one of the amazing prizes. Voting can be done two different ways:

  1. Click on the "VOTE" button from our main bracket page, and a match-up page will pop up. Go through the list and vote on each of the match-ups, then head over to the forums to chat!
  2. Voting is also available via each match-up thread in our official Year Seven Showdown forums. Just click any of the threads and there will be a click-able link within each thread.

Each round lasts 24 hours, except the final round which will last 48.

Round Schedule

On July 9th, you can begin casting your votes. Below is a schedule for each round, with all rounds starting at approximately noon Eastern Standard Time. Make sure to cast your vote for each round. Remember: every vote gets you another entry towards the prizes!

  • Round 1: July 9th at 12:00PM EST
  • Round 2: July 10th at 12:00PM EST
  • Round 3: July 11st at 12:00PM EST
  • Round 4: July 12th at 12:00PM EST
  • Round 5: July 13th at 12:00PM EST
  • Round 6: July 14th at 12:00PM EST


You can win one (1) of three (3) prize packs from The Escapist. Check out the prize page for more information.

Picking a Prize Winner

  • This event will be open from July 9th, 2012 until approximately 11:59 AM EST on July 16, 2012.
  • Winners will be chosen at random on July 18th and contacted via email with 24 hours to respond.
  • Failure to reply within 24 hours will negate the previous entry and another winner will be chosen.
  • Once a winner has been verified, the winner will have to fill out an affidavit to verify age and a W9 for tax purposes (or their country's tax form if any).
  • You MUST be 13 years of age or older to participate.
  • You MUST be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US, Canada, UK, AUS, or NZ to win.