Hey there everyone! I’d like to say thank you to all of you wonderful people who have been following the channel and liking, commenting, sharing, and just being all around awesome! I don’t have a lot of money for this, but it’s the holidays and I’m really having fun with YouTube lately.

This giveaway however, isn’t your ordinary giveaway. I’m not just having a party and throwing things out completely random here. This is designed to reward those who are really into the channel, watch videos regularly, and engage with me. That means the people who regularly watch videos have more chances to win!

How it works

Here’s how this will work. As you can see, this website hosts nearly every video I upload to the HotTips! YouTube channel. Every video’s description has a link to it’s corresponding post here on this website. Pretty much, every post here has the same text as the description on YouTube. Makes sense so far right?

Through the month of December, from December 1st through the 24th though, there will be something else added here on… a single question. That question will be about the video you just watched. It’ll be a really easy question to answer if you’ve watched the video – but if you haven’t watched it, you’ll probably get the answer wrong. Every correct answer, gets you an entry. Every incorrect answer gets you nothing. The more entries you have by the 25th, the more likely you are to get a prize!

So let’s say, for example, I upload 15 videos in December. If you’ve watched all 15 of them, and you’ve answered the question about them all correctly, you’ll have 15 entries! Pretty sweet right? Of course, if you don’t watch the videos, or you only watch some, then you’ll have less entries. That doesn’t mean you cannot win. Technically, you only need 1 entry to win. It just increases your chances.

PATRONS: If you’re a patron of the channel, you’ll AUTOMATICALLY be gaining 1 ENTRY PER DAY, in addition to any video entries you submit. Additional patron details are in the Rules section below.

How To Enter

To prevent cheating as best as possible, you will be required to have an account at Making an account is fast and easy, and YOUR DATA WILL BE SECURE. I don’t share data with anyone, this won’t be signing you up to any newsletters (although you can if you’d like using the forms on this page), and after the contest has concluded, you can delete your account even easier than you created it.

VERY IMPORTANT: Your “Name” When You Sign up should be your real name. Your USERNAME when you sign up here should match your STEAM NAME. When you are sent your Steam Wallet money or the game key gift, you’ll be having it sent to your username on Steam. I’m making this requirement to further prevent fraud/cheating. Your username here should match your Steam Name (this is NOT the same as your Steam login that you use to log in. This is the name others see you as. For example, I’m just charliepryor. If you do not have a Steam account, or you game off of steam, feel free to select your own username as you choose, but be sure to tell me that you don’t have a steam account in a message somewhere so that I can omit you from eligibility from any Steam-related gifts (the wallet money).

IF YOU ARE NOT LOGGED IN, you will NOT be able to see the question for the videos. Each question (and answer form) is BLOCKED to viewers who are not logged in. You will be able to see an example of how this works by logging into the site, and seeing how this post changes for you when you do.

What does this look like?

If you aren’t logged in when viewing the site, and you navigate to a video page to submit for an entry, you’ll see an image that looks like this one below

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If you can see the image above this text, it means you are not logged into the site right now. If you were to log in, however, this image would move out of the way, revealing a very short form for you to fill out. It’s just that easy. Clicking the image sends people to this post you’re reading now so that they know the rules too. YOU CAN USE THIS LINK OR THE BUTTON BELOW TO SIGN UP!

Since this may also have evaded people still at this point… here’s a big button to signup as well.

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These rules are non-negotiable. I have very good ways of tracking cheating, and if you’re caught cheating, you’ll be disqualified. I won’t warn you or notify you… I’ll simply ignore all of your entries. Consider this text your warning text.

  1. Limit ONE entry PER VIDEO, PER PERSON.
  2. Limit ONE HotTips! account PER PERSON.
  4. Only the FIRST ANSWER you submit will count as your entry, so there’s no point in guessing a bunch of times.
  5. You must be eligible to receive prizes in the state/country where you live. It is your responsibility to know whether you are allowed to enter. I will double-check this information if you win anyways.
  6. Winners MUST claim their prizes within 30 days of the winners being announced. Prizes unclaimed after 30 days will be forfeit.
  7. To be eligible for automatic entries as a Patron, you must be a valid Patron by December 1st (when rewards refresh). Pledging as a patron after December 1st activates your rewards for Patreon on January 1st, meaning your Patron rewards would be activated after the contest has concluded. The HotTips! Patreon is linked in the description of every video, including this one.


If we can succeed in getting to 10,000 subscribers on the channel before the end of this calendar year, I’ll be doing another giveaway shortly into 2017 to celebrate that. I’m able to do this stuff every day because of your support, and doing things like this makes this whole experience that much more wonderful. I don’t do this for money. It pays pretty much nothing, especially with adblockers in play. I do it because it’s fun, and I love doing it, and as long as those two conditions remain true, I’ll keep doing it as often as I’m financially able to do so.


Tentatively, the prizes that will be included in this giveaway are as follows. Please note that I’ve grouped like prized together in this short list, but each winner would be receiving only one instance of the prize in that group (for example, 5 people would be winning 5 gift cards). You may not win more than 1 prize.

  • $20 Steam Gift Cards (at least 5 of them).
  • 2 License Keys to any game of your choosing, including AAA titles.
    • The examples I used in the video above were Civilization VI and Mass Effect Andromeda. Your choice can be a pre-order or a game that isn’t released yet, but delivery of that prize will need to wait until the title is available to the public. Once the game is released to the public, the purchase will be made and transferred to you. Keep in mind that even if the game doesn’t come out for months, you still MUST ‘claim’ the prize by the deadline.
  • A Mystery prize perhaps?? Leave me your ideas for others.

This list may be expanded upon as time goes one. What is listed above is the minimum I’m committed to doing.


This contest begins December 1, 2016 and ends December 24, 2016 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, USA (GMT -5). Winners will be announced within 7 days of the contest ending via a video uploaded to the YouTube channel. The holidays are a busy time. It is my plan to live stream the selection process, but in the event I cannot access internet reliable enough to do this, a video will be created and uploaded for On-Demand Viewing.

Charlie Pryor

Charlie is a media producer day and night, at his company Pryor Media. He's also the founder of HotTips! and loves working with every project with the HotTips name on it, to a passion. He's 29 years young, married with an awesome one-year old son, and absolutely loves gaming and teaching.

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