Compete in the International Waze Worldcup right from your car for achance to win a new iPad!

Ok, Soccer/Football/Futbol fans, this one’s for you…announcing the Waze Worldcup! Like in the regular worldcup competition, it’s an epic battle, country against country, to see who’ll come out on top - and in the Waze Worldcup, the final country left standing will not only get all the glory, but three lucky users in that country will also get a brand new iPad! Woo hoo!

So here’s the deal - the Waze Worldcup is all about munching soccer ball road goodies for the win. And similar to the FIFA structure, you guys will be competing on behalf of your country, tournament-style, in different phases of the game. All countries will be eligible to participate (currently we have wazers in over 100 countries!), and on June 11, along with the regular Worldcup, we’ll get set this thing off. Soccer ball road goodies will be distributed all over the map and the countries that munch the most soccer ball road goodies will be the ones to make it to the next round.

Here’s the schedule:

  • June 11 – Competition begins

  • June 26 – only 16 countries will move to the next round

  • July 4 – only 4 countries will move to the next round

  • July 11 – the competition ends at midnight GMT – winning country and iPad winners will be announced within 24-48 hours as it will take some time for us to validate results

Note that at every stage above, we’ll refresh the road goodies and countries will start all over collecting balls, from scratch, so everyone’s got a fair chance if you’re still in that game. The road goodies will be refreshed at the end of the day on the dates above, we’ll also remove the balls from the maps of countries that are no longer in the running.

And as far as the iPads go, we spent a great deal of time trying to make the competition as fair as possible and as many of you have suggested in the past, we changed the overall mechanics of winning the competition, moving to a raffle system. Now, each participant in the overall winning country has a chance of winning that is proportional to the number of road goodies they ate throughout the entire competition, so get out there and get munching people!

Also, for those of you interested in the technical background of the competition, in terms of road goodie distribution, we’re using a calculation that takes into consideration the number of a country’s active users (within the last two months), the density of road segments and the size of the country, so this should equalize all countries to compete on, more or less, the same playing ground. Also, as another way of equalizing the competition, the calculation of who advances at each stage of the competition will be based upon the total road goodies munched from each country’s teams (ie: the top 11 road munchers) – but for those of you who will only munch a few, don’t be discouraged - even these few will keep you in the running for the iPad raffle should your country be the big winner!

And another thing - we know that there were road goodies in all kindsa funky places last time (What? You don’t want to drive into a lake to get that ripe road goodie right in its center?), so this time around we’ve tried to minimize that. Keep in mind though, it’s an automated system, so, though we hope you’ll notice an improvement, there might still be some glitches…

Lastly, we’ll update you all on the top countries on a daily, or every-other-day, basis via Twitter, so make sure you’re following us: @waze

Best of luck to you all out there, and may the best country win!  :-)

And now, the fine print…

ELIGIBILITY:You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the Waze Inc. (Hereby “Waze”) Worldcup contest. PERIOD: Waze’s Worldcup contest  begins at 09:00 GMT on June 11, 2010 and ends on July 11, 2010 23:59 GMT. PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Each winner is responsible for any applicable taxes. Prizes listed are subject to its general availability on the market. In the event of non-availability on the market, Waze will provide a similar or equal compensation. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Waze and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. Waze reserves the right under its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the terms of the contest, in whole or in part; and the right to disqualify any participant in the event of tempering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which in Waze sole opinion corrupt or effect the fairness, integrity, legality or proper conduct of the contest.  CONDITIONS: This contest is subject to federal, state, provincial, territorial and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Void where prohibited. Waze makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, directly or indirectly, regarding the prize delivery and Waze is not responsible for prize delivery being late, lost, stolen, damaged, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, misdirected, or postage-due. Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the judges are final on all matters relating to the contest and (c) In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another winner..GOVERNING LAW/DISPUTE RESOLUTION: This contest shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of New York without regard to the conflict of laws doctrine of any jurisdiction; and any disputes, claims or causes of action shall be resolved only in a state or federal court located in the County of New York, State of New York. Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of pocket costs incurred and under no circumstances will participants be permitted to obtain awards for and participants hereby waive all rights to claim, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages other than for actual out-of-pocket costs and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.


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  8. Hi Svache,
    Per the fine print, this time we're in GMT...

  9. I don't see any soccer road goodies in Canada, more specifically in Winnipeg, Manitoba!

  10. I've been pretty disheartened by the sheer number of these balls that are inaccessible (either on roads that don't exist or ones over which the car can appear to drive repeatedly without picking it up). What's with this? I've gone out of my way to get several on roads which have not previously been traveled. I'll get the points for eating the road, and it will literally show me driving over the ball, but no matter how many times I drive in either doesn't work. I tried to get one on foot on a bridge only accessible to pedestrians; and again, it showed me on both sides of it. It even showed the entire bridge as a red zone (<5 MPH since I was walking the length of it repeatedly)..but again, no ball. At this point there are at least a dozen balls I've been unable to pick up, and these were all in out-of-the-way places. :(

  11. Thanks Alli, after I posted and read it again I kind of thought it was GMT. Thanks for making it certain though :)

  12. Hey Carl, that is frustrating. Can you send us exact locations to

  13. What's more frustrating is not seeing any road goodies in this contest or the BB one!!!

    Please help!

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