As of end of August, as most know, raffles for kittycats at our auctions will end due to the new policies in Second Life. You can find the post on it at https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/8586-policy-change-regarding-gacha/ . The relevant parts for us are:
“Q: How are breedables impacted by this policy change?
A: This current policy change and deadline does not apply to breedables or other life simulation products. At the present we are working with external counsel on the subject of breedables. If any action is required we will make a separate announcement and have a separate timeline associated with it. “
“Q: I am selling an item that is known, paid for and delivered to a purchaser, and for each purchaser they are entered into a prize drawing where randomly selected people who bought the item may receive a rare item as a result of the drawing, is this permitted?
A: You must also provide a free, concise and easy way for anyone to enter into the random drawing with an equal chance to win.
Q: Can I sell an item, and also then include an unknown random item attached as a bonus? For example, Like a buy one, get one free (BOGO), but the free item is the random/unknown item.
As you can see, there is no real way for us to make this work. We cannot even include the raffle kitty as an extra grand prize, so it just will not work for raffles anymore. Fishbowls are fine because they are not paid into, they are free.
So, we are going to have to find another way to go about this. The key word is free, everyone has to have a free way to win which makes no sense if others have to pay for a chance to win. We’ll keep you updated but for now moving forward, fishbowls will remain and raffles will go.