The Elder Scrolls Online

Enter the Emote Creation Contest

This contest has officially ended and we are no longer accepting entries.  Thank you to everyone for participating!

Think you can come up with a great emote for ESO? Submit your video idea to us for a chance to win some excellent prizes.

If you’ve played MMO games before, chances are you’ve done a /dance or two. For those not in the know, emotes are a line of text describing an action your character takes or short animations you can order your character to perform by entering a text command. Emotes, like /laugh, /wave, and more add tons of flavor to your in-game interactions. The Elder Scrolls Online already has a long list of emotes, but we want to give you the chance to get your very own emote into the game!

If you have an idea for an awesome emote, we want to see it. To participate, you’ll need to create a video that shows you explaining and performing your emote animation. Submissions must be under 60 seconds in length and need to be uploaded to YouTube for us to view. Once you create your video and upload it, send a link to with “Emote Creation Contest” in the subject line to enter.

The submission deadline is Friday, September 27th at 11:59PM EDT. No entries submitted after this date will be reviewed. Please keep in mind that your emote must be your own creation. It must be appropriate for The Elder Scrolls lore, and can’t contain any pop culture references, copyrighted materials, or any vulgar imagery or sexual content.

We’re looking for original emote ideas. The following is a list of the emotes currently represented in the game; your idea cannot be for one of these actions:



















































































































































On Friday, October 11th, we’ll announce one grand prize winner and three runners-up. The grand prize winner will have his or her emote adapted by our animation team and added to the game!

Prize info:

Grand Prize

  • The winning emote will be adapted by our animators and will appear in The Elder Scrolls Online. The winner will have the opportunity to collaborate with a member of the ESO animation team to assist with the creation of the emote.
  • Invitation to The Elder Scrolls Online beta test.
  • One The Elder Scrolls Online poster, signed by the development team.
  • One The Elder Scrolls Online limited stein.
  • $75 store credit to spend at the Bethesda Merchandise Store.
  • One The Elder Scrolls Online lithograph set including High Elf, Nord, and Breton.
  • One The Elder Scrolls Online t-shirt.

Three Runners-up

  • $25 store credit to spend at the Bethesda Merchandise Store.
  • One The Elder Scrolls Online lithograph.
  • One The Elder Scrolls Online t-shirt.

For more details, please read the Official Rules below:


Participation in the Elder Scrolls Online Emote Creation Contest (the Contest) is subject to the Contest Rules set out below. Failure to comply with them may lead to disqualification as well as legal liability to the Operator and other persons. Each entrant is also granting rights to use their entry and to publish their name and other details in connection with the Contest. Please read the Contest Rules carefully. 


  • Read the Contest Info and Contest Rules set out below.
  • Create a video describing in detail an original Elder Scrolls-themed emote.
  • Upload your video to YouTube with a link sent to


  • The Contest opens for entries on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and closes at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, September 27, 2013 (the Contest Period).
  • The Contest is only open to individuals who are:
    • 18 years of age or older at the time of entry;
    • legally reside in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom or the United States (the Territories); and
    • possess a valid passport, driver’s license, identity card or equivalent official form of personal identification; (collectively, the Eligibility Requirements).
  • Only one entry per person.
  • During the Contest Period, participants are allowed to enter the Contest by (a) submitting one (1) video (not more than 60 seconds in length) describing in detail an emoticon (or “emote”) that is themed for the Elder Scrolls universe and does not contain any vulgar imagery, sexual content, copyrighted material or pop-culture references; and (b) providing contact information upon request, including name, address and phone number (the Entry Requirements).
  • Approved video submissions will be added to a Contest playlist, and select videos shared during the Contest Period on social media.
  • Following the Contest Period, submitted emotes will be judged by two or more community and development personnel of ZeniMax Media Inc. (the Judges), and 1 winner and 3 runners up will be selected by the panel who’s selections shall be final.
  • The Judges will evaluate the submitted emote based on creativity and originality (the Judging Criteria).
  • Finalists will be announced on Friday, October 11, 2013.
  • The winner and runners up will receive the following prizes (the Prizes).  There is no cash alternative and the Prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable in full or in part. Winners are responsible for any applicable taxes on the prizes awarded.
  • One grand prize winner (approximate retail value of $300.)
    • Winning emote will be created by the Elder Scrolls Online team and placed into the game.  Winner will be given an opportunity to collaborate with a member of the ESO animation team to assist with creation of the winning emote. 
    • Invitation to The Elder Scrolls Online closed beta.
    • One The Elder Scrolls Online poster, signed by the development team.
    • One The Elder Scrolls Online limited stein.
    • $75 store credit to spend at the Bethesda Merchandise Store.
    • One The Elder Scrolls Online lithograph set including High Elf, Nord, and Breton.
    • One The Elder Scrolls Online t-shirt.
  • Three runners up (approximate retail value of $65.)
    • $25 store credit to spend at the Bethesda Merchandise Store.
    • One The Elder Scrolls Online lithograph.
    • One The Elder Scrolls Online t-shirt.
  • The Contest is run by ZeniMax Online Studios LLC (including its parent, ZeniMax Media Inc., and affiliates including ZeniMax Europe Ltd) located at 200 International Circle, 2nd Floor, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030, USA (the Operator). Entry is not open to the Operator's personnel and their immediate families or anyone connected with the creation and administration of the Contest. 


By actively entering into the Contest each entrant (the Entrant) will be bound by and grant the rights set out in these Contest Rules.

1. The Contest is run by the Operator on (the Website). The Contest is only open to individuals who comply with the Eligibility Requirements above. The Operator reserves the right to require verification of compliance before the finalists and/or winners are announced. 

2. Each Entrant may only submit an entry in accordance with the Entry Requirements during the Contest Period. The Operator cannot accept late, incomplete or undelivered entries for any reason, including but not limited to technical failure. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt of entry. Automated, disruptive or fraudulent entry means are prohibited.

3. Each Entrant confirms that: (a) their entry is original and does not contain anything created or owned by any other person (save for any material provided by the Operator expressly for the Contest which Entrant is permitted to use solely for the creation of the entry and participation in the Contest - as set out in the Contest Info); (b) they have the written permission of anyone who features (or whose name, voice, likeness, image or performance features) in the entry and that person is 18 years of age or older; (c) their entry has not been previously published; (d) their entry has not been copied from someone else's work and does not feature the trade mark, brand or name of someone else nor breach anyone's legal rights including of privacy or publicity; (e) further copying, display, distribution, posting for streaming/download, public performance or any other use of the entry by the Operator will not infringe the rights of any third parties; and (f) their entry does not contain anything defamatory, obscene, offensive, vulgar or otherwise inappropriate for the Website or which is unlawful, controversial or would bring the Website or the Operator into disrepute.

4. By submitting an entry each Entrant grants to the Operator a non-exclusive but unlimited licence of any and all rights in their entry on a worldwide, irrevocable (save where the Contest is cancelled under paragraph 12 below), transferable and royalty-free basis, for the full duration of the existence of those rights, for any and all purposes including without limitation copying, display, distribution, posting for streaming/download, public performance and any other use PROVIDED THAT if their entry is selected as a finalist and/or winner the Entrant shall be required to grant such rights on an exclusive basis and enter into a confirmatory assignment transferring all rights to the Operator or an exclusive licence document as required by the Operator under paragraph 7 below.

5. Entrant irrevocably grants all necessary permissions, consents and waivers including in respect of so-called moral rights and performers' rights necessary to permit the Operator's unrestricted use of the entry including the right to edit, adapt, re-arrange, amend or change the entry in any way including combining it with any other works without the need for further notification or permission. Entries will not be returned. 

6. The Operator shall therefore have the right to use each Entrant’s entry in any and all media for all promotion, publicity, marketing and advertising of and by the Operator, whether in connection with this Contest or other promotions by the Operator, or as the Operator otherwise sees fit without further notification or permission but the Operator shall have no obligation (express or implied) to do so or use the entry in any manner. Entrant shall not be entitled to any credit or publicity if the entry is used by the Operator but Entrant gives its permission now for such credit or publicity. No compensation will be paid to Entrant for entering the Contest, for the Operator's use or non-use of the entry or for any other reason. 

7. By entering the Contest, each Entrant agrees to sign and deliver to the Operator such documents as the Operator may reasonably require to give effect to the rights and obligations granted in these Contest Rules if they are selected as a finalist and/or winner. 

8. The entries will be reviewed by the Judges who will select finalists and/or winners in accordance with the Judging Criteria as indicated in the Contest Info. The finalists and/or winners will be notified by email on or about the dates set out above in the Contest Info. If a finalist and/or winner: (a) has not been contacted after the Operator have made reasonable efforts to do; (b) is unable to provide evidence of valid usage rights in their entry to allow the Operator to confirm that the finalist and/or winner can transfer all necessary usage rights to the Operator; (c) fails to sign and deliver the documents under paragraph 7; or (d) is deemed ineligible in accordance with these Contest Rules an alternate may be selected. Entrants agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any decision made will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

9. Names and city/county of the finalists and/or winners and their entries may be posted on the Website on or about the dates set out above in the Contest Info. The finalists and/or winners may (but the Operator does not guarantee that they will) also be required to take part in and/or appear in a range of publicly-available media as part of the Contest activities and/or for publicity for the Operator in any form including on the Website and the Operator's social media pages for no additional fee. Otherwise each Entrants' personal data will only be used for administering and operating this Contest unless Entrant opts-in on the Website to receive marketing communications from the Operator. Entrants can opt-out of receiving these at any time by notice to the Operator. For more information please read the Privacy Policy

10. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the relevant e-mail account was registered on the date the entry is submitted.

11. The Operator may in extreme circumstances have to cancel or suspend the Contest or modify these Contest Rules and the Operator may provide notice of this by email or on the Website. Except as required under applicable law, the Operator shall have no other obligations, financial or otherwise, to Entrants, finalists and/or winners except for those explicitly set forth in these Contest Rules. Entrants agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Operator has the sole right to decide all matters arising from this Contest and that all decisions of the Operator are final and binding.

In some jurisdictions there are guarantees, warranties, terms and conditions imposed by law relating to the supply of goods and services which the law expressly provides may not be excluded, restricted or modified or may only be modified to a certain extent. Nothing in these Contest Rules attempts to exclude, restrict or modify those except as permitted by law. 

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. In entering the contest entrants are providing information to Operator and not to Facebook. By entering the contest each entrant releases Facebook completely from any liability in respect of the contest.

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