THQ Invites Kids to Celebrate Their Hometowns Through Art With 'uDraw Your City'

Grand Prize Includes uDraw TM  Art Studio Package, Plus $10,000 Cash For a College Scholarship

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Aug 11, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- From the biggest urban metropolis to the smallest town, every city and town in America is unique, and the maker of the uDraw GameTablet ® is inviting kids across the country to celebrate that diversity with its nationwide  uDraw TM Your City  art contest as it embarks on a multi-city mall tour this week to bring uDraw to aspiring artists and gamers.

From Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, uDraw is inviting kids between 6 and 17 to draw a picture that represents what their hometown or home city means to them. The  uDraw Your City  grand prize winner will receive a prize package worth more than $15,000, including a uDraw, a host of games for the innovative device, and a $10,000 cash prize that the winner can choose to apply toward a college scholarship. Additionally, THQ will donate $10,000 to the winner's elementary, middle, junior high or high school of choice to help support its art program.

uDraw Your City contestants can use uDraw to illustrate what they love most about their city - limited only by their imaginations. Entries may also be created in traditional print formats using any artistic medium. A digital copy of the entrant's artwork must be submitted through the uDraw website:  http://www.WorldofuDraw.com/uDrawYourCity or submitted via mail. Entry submissions begin Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 31.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and selected based on three criteria: artistic merit of the appropriate age group (6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years or 15-17 years); creativity in the use of art tools, which may include the uDraw; and how well the artwork represents the  uDraw Your City  theme. The official  uDraw Your City  judging panel will be announced at a later date. The winners will be selected on Nov. 11.

Since its release in November 2010, uDraw has sparked an art trend and inspired artists from all over the world who use uDraw as an art tool to create extraordinary masterpieces, from graffiti artists to comic-book illustrators. The artistic capabilities of the uDraw GameTablet can be seen in the numerous works of art submitted by the uDraw community, which are featured in the Gallery section of worldofudraw.com and the uDraw Facebook fan page.

"We hope 'uDraw Your City' will further encourage the amazing creativity we've seen on the uDraw and instill the importance of arts in kids and in the community," said Martin Good, Executive Vice President of PlayTHQ TM, the company's division for kids, family and casual games. "Since THQ brought uDraw to the world, it has inspired artists of all ages to utilize uDraw as a unique way to create their works of art."

To promote  uDraw Your City, THQ has partnered with one of the largest video-game retail stores in the nation, Gamestop, which will showcase uDraw and provide information about  uDraw Your City  to consumers as part of its mall tour in more than 25 cities across the U.S., including:

  • Aug. 10-11 - Miami, FL (Dadeland Mall)
  • Aug. 13-14 - Orlando, FL (Florida Mall)
  • Aug. 16 - Tampa, FL (Tyrone Square Mall)
  • Aug. 18 - Jacksonville, FL (The Avenues)
  • Aug. 20-21 - Atlanta, GA (Discovery Mills)
  • Aug. 23-24 - Charlotte, NC (Concord Mills)
  • Aug. 27-28 - Washington, DC. (St. Charles Town CTR)
  • Aug. 29-31 - New York, NY (Menlo Park Mall; Smith Haven)
  • Sept. 3-4 - Boston, MA (Square One; Emerald Square)
  • Sept. 10-11 - Detroit, MI (Briarwood Mall)
  • Sept. 17-18 - Indianapolis, IN (Castleton Square Mall)
  • Sept. 24-25 - Chicago, IL (Orland Square Mall)
  • Oct. 1-2 - Milwaukee, WI (Southridge Mall)
  • Oct. 5 - Minneapolis, MN (Southdale Center)
  • Oct. 8-9 - Kansas, MO (Independence Center Mall)
  • Oct. 12 - Oklahoma City, OK (Woodland Hills Mall)
  • Oct. 15-16 - Dallas, TX (Grapevine Mills)
  • Oct. 22 - Houston, TX (Katy Mills Mall)
  • Oct. 23-26 - Denver, CO (Colorado Mills Mall)
  • Oct. 29-30 - Phoenix, AZ (Arizona Mills)
  • Nov. 5-6 - San Francisco, CA (Great Mall; Stoneridge Mall)
  • Nov. 12-13 - Los Angeles, CA (Ontario Mills)

For more information about  uDraw Your City, how to enter, and for the complete official contest rules, please visit http://www.WorldofuDraw.com/uDrawYourCity.

MANY WILL ENTER FEW WILL WIN. Contest open to residents of the 50 U.S. (and D.C.) between the ages of 6 and 17. Void where prohibited. Enter online at  http://www.worldofudraw.com between 12:00:00 a.m. (PT) on 9/1/11 and 11:59:59 p.m. (PT) on 10/31/11 (the "Contest Period"). To enter by mail, send your drawing, along with your name and other information required in the Official Rules, to: uDraw Your City Contest, THQ Inc., 29903 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Mail-in entries must be postmarked during the Contest Period and received by THQ no later than 11/7/11. All entries must include (i) a drawing of a landmark from the entrant's city of residence or a depiction of what the entrant's city of residence means to him/her, (ii) the entrant's name, address, telephone number(s), email address, date of birth, and (iii) the entrant's parent's/legal guardian's email address and/or telephone number(s). Incomplete entries may be disqualified.  All online entries from entrants under the age of 13 require verifiable parental consent. Entries without verifiable parental consent will be disqualified.  Contest subject to Official Rules, available at  http://www.worldofudraw.com. SPONSOR: THQ Inc., 29903 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301.

About uDraw

The uDraw GameTablet for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation ® 3 computer entertainment system is scheduled to be available in time for the holiday season, joining the uDraw for Wii TM - which is now available worldwide - as the ultimate creative device for video game consoles. Discover more about the uDraw GameTablet online at  http://www.WorldofuDraw.com or by visiting the World of uDraw Facebook page. To view THQ's growing collection of inspired artwork created on the innovative uDraw GameTablet, go to  http://www.WorldofuDraw.com/art-spotlight.

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products can be found at  http://www.thq.com.

THQ, PlayTHQ, uDraw,  uDraw GameTablet and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

SOURCE: THQ Inc.


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