Though many would consider July 4 a great time to get together outside in the sweltering heat, we think staying inside and playing amazing games might also be time well spent. What better way to show our appreciation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness than offering more FREE games? Over this entire holiday weekend -- from July 3 through July 8, all previously featured arcade games are now available to anyone using the free StarCraft II Starter Edition. From StarDodgeball to Blasterbots to Night of the Dead, there’s a wide range of different games to please everyone.

It’s a great time to save your friends from sunburns and deadly colorful sky explosions, and invite them to play some of the best StarCraft II Arcade games out there!

Click here to learn more. Official rules below.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES FOR BLIZZARD’S
WEEKEND OF FREEDOM!

1. Eligibility. BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, (SPONSOR") IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS CONTEST. ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS CONTEST IS LIMITED TO AUTHORS OF THE CUSTOM GAMES POSTED TO BLIZZARD’S ‘ARCADE,’ IDENTIFIED AS, “TRIAL OF ZEAL,” “ WOW TD 2,” “CLOWNZ’S GLADIATOR ARENA,” “ WARSHIPS,” “ PIMP MY FOOTMAN,” “TOFU,” “SC UNIVERSE: CHRONICLES OF FATE,” “NIGHT OF THE DEAD,” “MASS DESTRUCTION 2,” “STARDODGEBALL,” “TOWER DEFENSE TYCOON,” “BLASTERBOTS,” “KOBOLD TRIBES,” “LING LING ROCKET,” “ANGRY ANGRY TEMPLAR,” “ELEMENT TOWER DEFENSE,” AND “SNIPERS PROMOD” (THE “ARCADE GAMES”) “WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, FRANCE, BELGIUM, THE UNITED KINGDOM, LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, DENMARK, NORWAY, SPAIN, IRELAND, RUSSIA, THE NETHERLANDS, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, CROATIA, THE UKRAINE, POLAND, BULGARIA, AND HUNGARY WHICH ARE: (i) OVER THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE ON THE DATE REFERENCED BELOW AS THE START DATE FOR THE CONTEST; AND (ii) WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATES OF NORTH DAKOTA, VERMONT, CONNECTICUT, OR MARYLYAND IN THE UNITED STATES; THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA; OR RESIDENTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN STATES OF VICTORIA, QUEENSLAND OR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY; AND (III) WHO ARE THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AS OF JULY 3, 2013 (“ENTRANTS”). IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT OF THESE AREAS AND/OR YOU ARE NOT THIRTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE. "). If you are under the legal age of majority in your country of residence, but are (i) over the age of 13 years of age and a resident of the United States of America, or a member country of the European Union other than Spain, or the United Kingdom; (ii) who is least 14 years of age and a resident of Spain, the United Kingdom, or Russia; or (iii) who is at least 15 years of age and is a resident of the Republic of Korea; and one of your parents or legal guardians must submit a signed, written statement that they have read, understood and agree to these Contest rules with your entry, and that such agreement constitutes acceptance of these Contest rules on behalf of you and themselves. If you reside in the States of North Dakota, Vermont, Connecticut or Maryland in the United States, the Province of Quebec in Canada, or Queensland, Victoria or the Australian Capital Territory in Australia, you are not eligible to participate in this Contest. To be eligible to win a prize, entries must be completed and received by Sponsor in the format designated below. Directors, officers and employees of Sponsor, its parent, and any of their respective affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate families of each are not eligible to win any prizes. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Offer void where prohibited. Limit one entry per household. In the event of any dispute, entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the e-mail address from which the e-mail was sent.

2. Disclaimer. Sponsor, all participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.

3. Contest Period. The Contest shall commence upon 12:01 p.m., Pacific Standard Time on July 3, 2013, and entries will be taken until 11:59 p.m., PST July 8, 2013 (the “Contest Period”).

4. Determination of Winners and Prizing. Commencing upon the start of the Contest, Sponsor shall make the Arcade Games available to anyone who has a StarCraft II license to play. After having an opportunity to play the Arcade Games, players will be able to cast votes for their favorite Arcade Game on the StarCraft II forums located at http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/. The authors of the three Arcade Games that receive the most votes during the Contest Period will be chosen by Sponsor to receive the following prizes:

a. First Place Winner. The author of the Arcade Game that receives the most votes during the Contest Period will receive one (1) Razer Marauder Keyboard, with an approximate retail value of $99.99:, one (1) Razer Zerg Messenger Bag, with an approximate retail value of $79.99; one (1) Razer Spectre Mouse, with an approximate retail value of $59.99; and one signed Collector’s Edition of StarCraft® II: Heart of the SwarmTM, with an approximate retail value of $79.99.

b. Second Place Winner. The author of the Arcade Game that receives the second highest number of votes during the Contest Period will receive one (1) Razer Zerg Messenger Bag, with an approximate retail value of $79.99; one (1) Razer Spectre Mouse, with an approximate retail value of $59.99; and one signed Collector’s Edition of StarCraft® II: Heart of the SwarmTM, with an approximate retail value of $79.99.

c. Third Place Winner. The author of the Arcade Game that receives the third highest number of votes during the Contest Period will receive one (1) Razer Zerg Messenger Bag, with an approximate retail value of $79.99; and one signed Collector’s Edition of StarCraft® II: Heart of the SwarmTM, with an approximate retail value of $79.99.

ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.

All prizes will be awarded. Prize Winners will be contacted through email at the email address associated with the Prize Winner’s Battle.net Account. Prize Winner will be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility before they can receive their Prize. Prizes returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within fifteen (15) days after delivery of notification will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize. Limit one prize per household or address. Monetary prizes will be paid by Sponsor via check. All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).

5. Sponsor Use of Entries. You hereby agree that in consideration of your being allowed the chance to enter the Contest, Sponsor shall have the perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide license and right to utilize your name, character, likeness, and a biography of you. Sponsor shall have the right to use, modify, reproduce, publish, perform, display, distribute, make derivative works of and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit your name, character, likeness, and a biography of you in perpetuity and throughout the universe, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed, without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity. You agree to take, at Sponsor's expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by Sponsor to effect, perfect or confirm Sponsor's rights as set forth above in this paragraph 5.

6. Collection of Information. The Entry Materials include a survey that requires you to enter your name, e-mail address, and state of residence. By entering the Contest, you consent to Sponsor's use of this information to inform you of open positions with Sponsor, and to associate your name with your submission in promotional materials for the Contest in the event that you are chosen to be a winner. As stated above, the contest is not open to anyone under the age of majority in your country of citizenship. In the event that Sponsor becomes aware that you are under the age of majority in your country of citizenship Sponsor will delete, erase or destroy any and all personally identifiable information that is obtained from the Entry Materials. In the event that you are a citizen of France and/or any of the other countries whose citizens are eligible for this Contest, and pursuant to French law pertaining to data collection and processing, you are informed that the data collector is Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., and the data collected will be transferred to the United States of America. Upon request, you will be provided with access to your personal data. You also have a right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances. To exercise such right, you may write to "Blizzard’s Weekend of Freedom Contest – Personal Data,” c/o Blizzard Entertainment, P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92612. You may also withdraw your personal data upon request, however you will be disqualified as a entrant in the Contest if you withdraw your personal data prior to the determination and fulfillment of the prizes listed in Section 4 herein.

7. General Release. By entering the Contest, you release Sponsor, participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, mis-delivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

8. Affidavit & Release. As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners will be required to execute and deliver to Sponsor a signed Affidavit of Eligibility, which includes an acceptance of these Official Rules and a release of liability.

9. Winners List; Rules Request. For a copy of the winners list, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope after July 31, 2013 and before December 31, 2013 to Sponsor at the following address: “Blizzard’s Weekend of Freedom Contest -Winners List,” c/o Blizzard Entertainment, P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92612. To obtain a copy of these rules, send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to Sponsor at the following address: “Blizzard’s Weekend of Freedom Contest -Rules Request,” c/o Blizzard Entertainment, P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92612. Residents of WA and VT may omit return postage.

10. Copyright Notice. The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2013 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.

11. Miscellaneous. The Contest and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the United States. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Contest or any entrant's participation in the Contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor's control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Contest or Sponsor otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Contest as planned. Entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Contest or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Contest or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Contest. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Contest, please e-mail them to BlizzConContest@Blizzard.com or send written questions to Blizzard Entertainment, “Blizzard’s Weekend of Freedom Contest”, c/o Blizzard Entertainment, P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92612.

12. Contest Sponsor. The sponsor of the Contest is Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.