Rules

Introduction#

Impy Awards are presented to recognise and reward the most creative Creations and Creators. Any eligible Creations and Creators can be nominated for any of the 23 award categories.

Key dates#

Date
24 Nov 2020Nominations open at 5PM GMT and can be made via https://indreams.me/impys.
04 Dec 2020Nominations close at 11:59PM PST.
07 Dec 2020The Promoter will review nominations and create a shortlist of Creations and Creators.
9 - 15 Jan 2021Creators of shortlisted Creations and shortlisted Creators will be contacted by the Promoter for confirmation that they wish to participate for a chance to win an Impy Award.
28 Jan 2021Final shortlist of Creations and Creators will be announced by the Promoter. The list will be available here at 9AM PST.
28 Jan 2021Voting opens at 9AM PST for the categories where the winner is selected by the Dreams community (herein referred to as “Community Categories”). Members of the Dreams community can vote via the link on https://indreams.me/impys. Shortlisted Creations and Creators for all other categories of Impy Awards will be considered by a panel of judges.
04 Feb 2021Voting closes for Community Categories.
14 Feb 2021Winning Creations and Creators to be announced by the Promoter at the Impy Awards ceremony at 9AM PST on Twitch(opens in new tab).

Eligibility#

Eligible Creations and eligible Creators may be nominated by anyone that is part of the Dreamiverse (herein, a “Nominator”). A Creation is eligible if: (a) it has been created by a resident in a Participating Country or Region (defined below); and (b) it has been created on or before 24th November 2020 and available to play between 12 December 2019 and 4 December 2020; (c) it is entirely the Creator's original work and does not infringe a third party's intellectual property. Creations must not: (i) contain content that is unsuitable for young adults under 18 years of age; or (ii) contain content that is protected by any third party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. The Creator of the eligible Creation must follow with the Dreams’ User Guide and comply with the Community Code of Conduct set out in the PSN Terms of Service(opens in new tab). A Creator is eligible if they: (a) are resident in a Participating Country or Region (defined below); (b) follow with the Dreams’ User Guide; (c) comply with the Community Code of Conduct set out in the PSN Terms of Service(opens in new tab); and (d) they have been active between 12 December 2019 and 4 December 2020.

Nominators must have an account for PlayStation™Network (“PSN”) and own or have access to a PlayStation® console and a copy of the PlayStation® game Dreams (the “Game”) as of 24 November 2020. If Nominators do not already have an account for PSN, they may create one using their PlayStation® system or by visiting http://eu.playstation.com/registration(opens in new tab). Registration for PSN is subject to acceptance of the PSN Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy PSN Terms of Service(opens in new tab).

Any Final Nominees under the age of majority in their Participating Country or Region must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to take part in the Impy Awards.

No purchase is necessary to participate in the Impy Awards.

Participating Countries or Regions” means: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, China Mainland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan Region, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay and United States of America.

The following individuals cannot take part in the Impy Awards including, without limitation, as Nominators or participants in any public voting process: (a) employees of the Promoter; (b) employees of agents or suppliers of the Promoter who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or (c) the members of the immediate families or households (i.e., those with whom they are domiciled) of (a) and (b).

Nomination#

All nominations for all award categories must be made via the nomination site between 24 November 2020 and 4 December 2020: https://indreams.me/impys Nominations close at 11:59PM PST on 4 December 2020. Following this date/time, the nomination site will be closed. Nominators must nominate one Creation or Creator for each award category. The submissions should be for those Creations or Creators which the Nominator feels have made a significant creative contribution to the Dreamiverse within the relevant award category.

Award Categories#

The Impy Awards categories are as follows:

  1. Creator of the Year - Which Dreams creator has stood out for you in the Dreamiverse over the last year?
  2. Creation of the Year - There have been plenty of jaw-dropping moments in the Dreamiverse over the last year, but which creation has stuck with you from the moment you first played it?
  3. Best Art Direction - There are creations which push the tools to new graphical heights and creations which showcase incredible art styles. What's your pick for best art direction of the year?
  4. Best Narrative - Dreams is full of amazing stories, whether they’re interactive or not. We’ve laughed, cried and wondered “what’s next?” so many times we've lost count! What's been your favourite story told in the Dreamiverse?
  5. Best Sculpture - There are enough gorgeous sculptures in the Dreamiverse to fill a museum (or seven!), plenty of which have made Kareem say “OMG”! Which sculpture has taken your breath away?
  6. Best Music - This award recognises the most impressive original music track created in Dreams this year, be that part of a creation or a standalone piece.
  7. Best Animation - Whether it’s the motions of a character, the way a scene unfolds or the movements of an enemy, animations help bring creations to life. What’s made you want to watch over and over again?
  8. Best Gameplay - From the ultimate “okay, one more go” mini-game, to a platformer so slick and smooth that you’ve hit replay the minute you reached the end, what's your pick for best gameplay?
  9. Best Curator - Collections in the Dreamiverse are key to helping uncover hidden gems, or displaying your interests front and centre. Whose Collections have helped you discover your favourite Dreams creations, or given you the assets to put the finishing touches to your own?
  10. Best Character - Mini superheroes, deadly creatures or even friendly giants! The Dreamiverse is home to a wealth of amazing characters, but who’s your favourite?
  11. Best Audio Design - Great audio design instantly levels up a game or brings a scene to life. Which creation’s audio design has wowed you?
  12. Most Helpful Dreamer - Dreams has an amazing community of teachers who create kits to build with, make online tutorials or stream their top tips. Who takes the prize for the most helpful dreamer?
  13. Funniest Creation - Which creation made you lol for real? We’re giggling just thinking of a few right now!
  14. Scare of the Year - Who needs cutesy when you have scary? Which creation has given you the biggest fright in Dreams this year?
  15. Most Improved Dreamer - Which dreamer has upped their Dreams game from their first creation till now? This award celebrates someone whose skills have noticeably improved.
  16. Best Innovation - Dreams is a place for experimenting to see what works. Dreamers have been discovering new possibilities each and every day, but which innovative creation stands above the rest?
  17. Favourite Streamer - We love ALL our amazing Dreams streamers, but we’re leaving this one up to YOU. Who have you tuned in to time and time again this year?
  18. Hidden Gem Creator - Is there a creator hiding away that you’d love to see up in the spotlight? Maybe you stumbled upon their creations by accident? Now's your chance to give them their moment.
  19. Hidden Gem Dream - Which creation deserves its time in the sun that it may not have had yet? Have you uncovered a hidden treasure in Dreams?
  20. Community Star - This award could belong to a streamer, a creator, a curator, a fan-site editor – you name them, and we’ll put the list together!
  21. Best Voice Acting  - Voice acting in the Dreamiverse has brought to life so many characters and stories. Who is your favourite golden-voiced community member?
  22. Favourite Video Creator - Dreams video creators cover all sorts – from tutorials to top 10s and everything in between! Who are you most glad you subscribed to this year?
  23. Best VR Experience - With Dreams VR, we’ve been able to step in to the Dreamiverse … literally! Which VR experience has wowed you the most in Dreams?

Note: An award category may not run in a given year if fewer than 10 nominations are received.

Shortlisting #

All nominations received by 4 December 2020 will be grouped together into their entered categories and considered by a panel of experts within the Promoter. The top five Creations across each category or Creators will be included on the Final Nominee Shortlist subject to agreement by its creator(s) (“Final Nominees”). All decisions made by the Promoter are final and no correspondence will be entered into as to why particular nominations were not included on the Final Nominee Shortlist. Nominations for each category will always be listed in alphabetical order.

Final Nominees#

Creators of shortlisted Creations and shortlisted Creators will be contacted on 9 January 2021. To participate in the final round, Creators must confirm in writing:

  • acceptance to be included on the Final Nominee Shortlist;
  • their Dreams Creation, relevant to the award category, is entirely their original work;
  • their Dreams Creation, relevant to the award category, does not infringe a third party’s intellectual property;
  • they consent to appear, and/or for their work to appear, during the Impy Awards Ceremony and within all other Impy Award related publicity/marketing materials; and
  • that they will not rig votes or otherwise act dishonestly.

Final Nominees in Canada may also be required to correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question posed by the Promoter at a mutually convenient time prior to being awarded any prize in the final round. To be Final Nominees, Creators must confirm the above by 12:00 GMT on 15 January 2021. Where a Creator is unable to confirm the above by 12:00 GMT on 15 January 2021, the next top Creator, or Creator of a Creation, in that category will be eligible to be included on the final shortlist and will contacted. Responses must be received by 23:59 GMT on 16 January 2021. By responding, Creators are agreeing to be bound by these rules. Creators will be contacted via an email to the email address linked to their PSN account. The Promoter will not accept responsibility for any responses that are not received for any reason. The Promoter reserves all rights to disqualify a Creator if their conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Impy Awards.

Judging & Voting#

The Final Nominees will be announced at 9AM PST on 28 January 2021 on indreams.me. For Community Categories, the Dreamiverse can begin voting for their favourite Final Nominees from 9AM PST on 28 January 2021. Each member of the Dreamiverse should only vote once for each award category. In the event that it is discovered by the Promoter that more than one vote has been submitted by a member for each award category, the Promoter reserves the right to declare all votes submitted by such a member to be null and void. Voting will close on 4 February 2021 at 11:59PM PST. The Final Nominee with the most votes in each Community Category wins, subject at all times to confirmation by the Promoter, as applicable. In the event of a tie in any Community Category, the Creations or Creators will be submitted to the panel of five judges who are judging the competitive Impy Award categories and the decision of the panel of judges (acting reasonably) will be final. Odds of winning a Community Category Impy Award will depend upon the number of eligible votes received by each Final Nominee in each Community Category; however, such odds will be no less than one in five (1:5).

The Community Categories are:

  1. Most Helpful Dreamer - Dreams has an amazing community of teachers who create kits to build with, make online tutorials or stream their top tips. Who takes the prize for the most helpful dreamer?
  2. Community Star - This award could belong to a streamer, a creator, a curator, a fan-site editor – you name them, and we’ll put the list together!
  3. Best Curator - Collections in the Dreamiverse are key to helping uncover hidden gems, or displaying your interests front and centre. Whose Collections have helped you discover your favourite Dreams creations, or given you the assets to put the finishing touches to your own?
  4. Most Improved Dreamer - Which dreamer has upped their Dreams game from their first creation till now? This award celebrates someone whose skills have noticeably improved.
  5. Hidden Gem Creator - Is there a creator hiding away that you’d love to see up in the spotlight? Maybe you stumbled upon their creations by accident? Now's your chance to give them their moment.
  6. Hidden Gem Dream - Which creation deserves its time in the sun that it may not have had yet? Have you uncovered a hidden treasure in Dreams?

For the competitive Impy Award categories, between January 4 2021 and February 5th 2021, the work of the Final Nominees will be judged by a panel of five judges based on the equally-weighted criteria outlined below. The decisions of the panel of judges (acting reasonably) will be final. The full names of the judges are available to anyone who writes within 30 days of the Impy Awards Ceremony (14 February 2021) requesting details of the judges and who encloses a self-addressed envelope to the following address: Media Molecule, PO BOX 1127, Guildford, GU1 9LW. Judging criteria:

  1. Creator of the Year - A creator whose content is recognised as outstanding by both the Promoter and Community. Consistent in their work, or someone who has developed over the year and is now a known name in Dreams.
  2. Creation of the Year - Must be a fully realised creation with criteria that might make it outstanding in a combination of other categories as well.
  3. Best Art Direction - Truly eye-catching. Utilises the Dreams art tools suite to the best of its ability. An original work.
  4. Best Narrative - An engaging, well rounded story. Has a beginning, middle and an end.
  5. Best Sculpture - Finely detailed. Expert use of the tools.
  6. Best Music - 100% made in Dreams using the audio tools. Catchy, complex or genre-bending, a shining example of what can be done with the tools.
  7. Best Animation - An animation the Promoter would use to demonstrate the capabilities of the animation tools. Shows originality and skill with the animation tools.
  8. Best Gameplay - Refined gameplay mechanics, feels like a complete game. Implements unique and well-rounded ideas. Feels professional!
  9. Best Character - A fully-realised character with animation, full visual style and possibly audio. Original and one-of-a-kind.
  10. Best Audio Design - Well-developed audio within a creation. Something that truly brings to life a creation. Could be atmospheric audio, sound effects etc.
  11. Funniest Creation - Makes people laugh. Great comedic timing. Can be a dream, a character, a song, there is not a restriction on what the asset is.
  12. Best Innovation - A clever use of the tools, an original concept. This can be something that pushes the Dreams tech, uses the game in a clever way, or is just incredibly unique.
  13. Scare of the Year - A creation that can be truly classed as ‘horror’. Something that has made you jump, or sent a chill down your spine.
  14. Best VR Experience - A creation using the VR tool set to create an experience that can only be experienced fully in virtual reality.
  15. Favourite Video Creator - A creator who creates best-in-class videos, whether these are showcases of Dreams creations, tutorial videos to help creators, or engaging and entertaining content centred on Dreams.
  16. Favourite Streamer - A streamer who hosts livestreams, championing Dreams. These streams can be focused on the Create and/or Play experiences in Dreams.
  17. Best Voice Acting  - A Dreams creator who has lent their voice to a creation in Dreams and stands out among others.

Winners#

Winning Creations and Creators for each award category will be announced at the Impy Awards Ceremony to be held on 14 February 2021 at 9AM PST. A complete list of winners will be kept on indreams.me. Winners will be contacted by a representative of the Promoter prior to the Impy Awards Ceremony between 12 February 2021 and 13 February 2021. The Promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place and that the prizes have been awarded to the confirmed winners. To comply with this obligation the Promoter will publish the surname and county of winners and, if applicable, their winning entries on indreams.me on 14 February 2021. If a winner objects to their surname, county and/or winning entry being published or made available, please contact the Promoter at hello@mediamolecule.com. Please note that the Promoter may still be required to provide a full list of Winners to a regulator, or to other third parties, as required by applicable local law.

Prizes#

All 115 Final Nominees will receive an in-game badge to add to their nominated content or profile. All 23 Winners will receive a winner’s in-game badge to add to their winning content or profile and a physical Impy Award. To clarify, for creation categories (such as Creation of the Year or Funniest Creation), only the main creator will be awarded the physical Impy Award. In-game badges have no monetary value and are non-transferrable. The physical Impy award has no retail market value. No cash alternative will be provided. In order to receive the physical Impy Award, winners will need to provide a postal address. The Promoter will ask for this information when they notify confirmed winners between 12 February 2021 and 13 February 2021. If a confirmed winner does not provide an address by 19 March 2021 to hello@mediamolecule.com, such confirmed winner's claim to receive the physical Impy Award will become invalid. Impy Awards will be delivered to confirmed winners within 6-8 weeks of notification. The Impy Award remains the property of the Promoter and is to remain in the care of the recipient or his/her descendants. The Impy Award must not be sold or transferred to any third party.

General#

All personal information submitted in connection with the Impy Awards 2021 will be processed in accordance with applicable data and/or personal information protection laws, these Rules and the Promoter's privacy policy: https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/legal/privacy-policy(opens in new tab). If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these Rules, the Dreams’ User Guide or the PSN Terms of Service(opens in new tab), the Promoter reserves the right and may, at its sole discretion, terminate, modify, cancel or suspend this competition, exclude any individual from participating in the Impy Awards 2021, remove any content within Dreams which infringes a third party’s intellectual property, remove any Dreams profile and/or rescind any prize given and all connected privileges. The promoter may disqualify and/or exclude from the Impy Awards, without granting the participant the right to any claim, all those creations, comments and/or phrases that in its sole discretion violate and/or infringe the Rules or may be offensive, illegal, or may damage or threaten the safety and/or integrity of any person, including - but not limited to - clearly offensive material that encourages racism, intolerance, hatred or physical damage of any kind against a group or a person, or it is contrary to morality and good customs, good name and honour or the rights of third parties or it is in violation of current legislation or that affects property rights of third parties. The Promoter does not assume responsibility for the content of the Dreams creations, comments and/or phrases or for the consequences that the publication of these could generate. The participants assume full responsibility for the Dreams creations, comments and/or phrases published by them. Any response and/or comment and/or phrase may be reported by any user, in accordance with the provisions of these Rules. In the event of a dispute, the Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into. To the extent permitted by applicable law, these Terms shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and the parties (each Final Nominee and the Promoter) shall submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. The “Promoter” of the Impy Awards 2021 is set out in the table below for the participating Countries or Regions.

Quebec, Canada residents only: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

PROMOTERADDRESSCOUNTRIES
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited10 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7LP United KingdomAustralia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ukraine
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC2207 Bridgepointe Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94404, United StatesArgentina, Brazil, Canada and, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, United States of America
Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc1-6-27, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8270, JapanHong Kong Special Administrative Region, Japan, Korea, China Mainland, Taiwan Region

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