Update on February 27th, 2012, at 7:44pm: This is the post we just made on the Kotaku article: "Hey guys, I'm the Droz from the article. I wish I could blame it on something else (it was the desert madness! I swear) but the truth is we made a rushed decision based more on excitement than stopping and considering common sense. This wasn’t completely thought through, but was done with 100% honest intentions. In our excitement and enthusiasm to get our video online as soon as possible we just never stopped to think about the potential negative outcomes.
"Our love for social media just took over our brains and honestly the least important thing to us was the money, we just believed it was a cool way to launch our company. What we were really hoping for was a mention on Kotaku (we just didn't realize the headline would be "Two Idiots Try Something Dumb")!
"A representative of Child’s Play wrote us a very kind e-mail, and provided us with links to rules and regulations and best practices when trying to do something like this in the future. We've also reached out to EA to assure them we have zero future intentions of profiting from their competition in any way, and that we will not be transferring/gifting/giving/providing this copy of the game to any other party due to the unfortunate massive legalities.
"We do however super appreciate (yes, Joystiq, we really talk that way) the very kind words and support we've received from the people who did donate, and the patience and understanding of everyone who donated when it came to getting a refund and the contest being cancelled. We also have very real intentions of starting this video game company (but will be heavily Googling the potential legal troubles of any event we try in the future). So if you're at all interested in seeing how that works out, friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our YouTube channel for future announcements on our products to be released and fully sanctioned contests and fundraisers. We’re not that bad of guys if you get to know us. :) "
Update on February 27th, 2012, at 12:46pm: As of right now all of the donations we recieved (it was under $500) have been refunded through PayPal. We have received a confirmation from PayPal for every refund, but if you donated and for any reason do not receive an e-mail from PayPal with the details of your refund, please contact us immediately and we'll get right on it.
Update on February 27th, 2012, at 12:26pm: So, it looks like to accept donations for something, there is a ton of work you're supposed to do that we had no idea about, so as of now we are officially cancelling this entire thing, and refunding everyone's money through PayPal. Sorry about that, we should have done our homework first, but in the rush to get this done, hopefully do something cool for charity and get ourselves a kickstart to start our company, we just didn't do our due diligence. That's mostly my fault (Davis) more than anyone's. Again, we super apologize for wasting anyone's time.
Update on February 27th, 2012, at 12:06pm: We will not benefit personally from any of the donations.
THE SHORT VERSION
We were going to raffle off the copy of Mass Effect 3: Space Edition we won on February 24th, 2012 in the Arizona Desert in the Las Vegas launch to raise money for Child's Play, a charity ran by Penny Arcade, but it turns out that is not legal, so we have cancelled this event. However, if Child's Play would like the copy of the game to use for one of their charity events, such as their auction, we would be happy to send it to them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DID YOU GUYS NOT KNOW RAFFLES ARE ILLEGAL?
... snap. No, we've never done anything like this before. And Kotaku just e-mailed us saying "surprise, idiots. You're running an illegal lottery." The last thing we want is to have any negativity associated with what we're doing, so we decided to cancel the entire thing.
HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU? I WANT TO MAKE OUT.