Made this account just to post this. Curse is not affiliated with Mojang or notch so stop blaming them, Curse is the one who made the rules to this contest.
Also, noone is making you enter this contest. I live in the US and the 2 ways to enter the contest are frankly a hassle and I probably won't be taking part in this contest unless I feel like I really need to go.
If you really wanted to go to Minecon, you'd just buy your own ticket to it, pay for airfare and get a visa if you're from outside the US. It's not like your chances of winning the contest are even decent. Stop complaining about a contest which is virtually free and giving away things they really don't OWE you.
Giving away trips to conventions etc was my brainchild and I put a lot of work into getting it set up.
While we want to offer this to everyone (really we honestly do) we simply cannot due to the consumer protection laws, tax laws, and random regulatory fees in all the various countries. Curse is a US company and I had to spend months cutting through red tape just to get it approved in the US, and some US states still won't allow us to offer it to their residents.
If we were to offer it to even one non-US country all that red tape would have to be repeated, weird tax fees would arise, and a handful of European countries would require us to pay tons of extra taxes and regulatory fees to offer a contest to their residents. Additionally, some countries just outright make it impossible to run contests.
Essentially we were presented with three choices, make the contest US only, don't offer the contest at all, or run the contest for everyone and get the pants sued off of us. I really wanted to be able to do contests AND keep my job so I had no choice but to choose option A.
I hope our international audience can forgive us but this is something we just can't bring to you guys. We still feel that our continually evolving premium membership is a great deal and part of your subscription goes to support addon/mod authors in the community, so we hope it will contribute to the growth of Minecraft in its own small way. If you have any other suggestion on how we can improve it let us know.
Subscription Type: Curse Premium (12 Months)
Signup Date: 9/27/2011
Date Expires: 9/27/2012
Auto Renew: True
Status: Active (processing*)
* Accounts may be cancelled 24 hours after purchase in order to allow synchronization time with the accounting system.
I think that's slightly misleading.. I think you mean to say that unpaid invoices may be cancelled, not accounts.. "Congratulations, you bought premium. Now you account is closed so that our accounting lines up."
Also, how long does "Processing" take, because I already paid and it's still Processing?
I wish that they would pick the winner sooner. If winners are picked at the end of October, that isn't much time to plan ahead before the convention. Also, I would assume that most of the people who are going already bought their tickets. There is so much planning for this trip. There is airfare, hotel, and time off from work.
I love that they are giving this away for free, but 18 days isn't enough to plan ahead.
Well crap. I WAS excited because I live in the US and was going to enter via mail but then I saw that Massachusetts residents can't enter. Why say it's even for US residents if it's not the whole country?