[Editor's Note: Article by Illuminasa]
If a lot of you are on Twitter and follow our favorite video game companies, you’ll know that they do contests every once in a while to get more followers and what not. Usually it’s as easy as “retweet this message for a chance to win!” And everyone can do that. It’s a great chance for the company to gain publicity and fans. But no one ever thinks of, “Well, if I win, when do I get it?” In my case, it seems to be never.
On November 8th, Konami (yes, the same Konami we’re thinking of) held a contest to win something if their message was retweeted. They would pick the winner. No problem. I quickly got on my phone and retweeted their message. The next day, I see this.
I’m super ecstatic, telling all my friends I finally won a contest from Konami. I’ve always had a love for Konami. Ever since I was three years old, I’ve been supporting this company. From the original Castlevania, to Rocket Knight on the Sega Genesis, and even Metal Gear HD Collection: I have supported them.
Anyway, I look at my DM (Direct Messages) and see Konami has given me the next step to getting my prize.
No problem! I send them an email, and then play the waiting game. I patiently await my code for my game. I’ve waited over a MONTH. That’s okay; I’m a pretty patient guy. Then I get to see this.
A slight wrench in the plans, but that’s okay. I am totally willing to wait another few weeks to get my code. This is Konami, after all. The company I have total loyalty to. So let’s fast forward to January 20th. I see Konami is finally getting it together in regards to the contest I won. All right!
I never received another DM. It was like I fell off the face of the planet. I was starting to feel like they really didn’t care about my prize, or even what I had to say. Konami’s Twitter account took three days to finally reply to what I had said in a DM.
So this is exactly what I did. I got on my Gmail account, and sent an email to Konami.
I sent that out on February 7th. I haven’t heard a reply from Konami since. I’m very disappointed and angry with Konami for this. The company I’ve supported for years and trusted in, is going to do this. I’ve waited so long and been so patient with them. Let’s remember: I won the code on November 9th, and I am writing this article on March 5th. It’s been almost four months since I’ve won just a code.
I understand that the purpose of these contests were to gain a lot of followers for Konami. At the same time, I feel like I’ve been swept under the carpet and forgotten about. Konami has a lot to do to gain my support back after this. This goes to show you that if you really win something over Twitter, you aren’t guaranteed to win your prize. So don’t celebrate once you’ve won; celebrate when you actually get your prize.