Sony Accidentally Erases List of Anniversary PS4 Winners

Competition starts again from scratch; Sony offers "deepest apologies."

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Sony in Japan has accidentally erased the list of all 123 winners of its PlayStation 4 Anniversary Edition contest, meaning it will need to restart the competition.

The corporation has offered its "deepest apologies," after determining that all data of the winning contestants is irretrievable.

"Our deepest apologies for the trouble we have caused to those who entered the previous campaign," Sony wrote on its website, as translated by Kotaku.

Between December and January, customers in Japan who bought either a PlayStation 3, a PlayStation 4, a PS Vita, or PlayStation TV, were eligible to receive a calendar attached with a unique code.

Of those customers, Sony picked 123 codes as the winners, and was prepared to send each a highly sought-after 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4, of which only 12,300 exist worldwide.

Sony asks that those who still have the calendar codes to resubmit them for the competition. Those who have thrown their codes away after can still enter via a more elongated process, whereby they submit their hardware's serial number, which Sony can cross-reference as being purchased during the competition period.

The company also assures that, while it had lost the crucial data, user details have apparently not been compromised. It did not explain how it lost the information.

In December, Sony marked the 20-year anniversary of the PlayStation 1 launch by manufacturing a custom PS4.

Packaged in a special commemorative box, the custom PS4 is resplendent with a familiar silver/grey finish, with a small insignia etched onto the chassis that shows each unit's unique number. The DualShock 4 controller, meanwhile, is coloured in the same manner and brings back the original PlayStation logo. A closer look shows that the controller's touch-pad has also been decorated with 20 marked in the pattern.

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RandyBumGardner

I would have just written the list out again with some names and handed it in.


Just make sure your mates are aware they have now won something.

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June-GS

LOL

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spikepigeo

Sony is on a roll lately.

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Zilched

Sony got hacked, lost movies, personal data and I'd guess... the winners too.

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AnthonyXP

"Oops."

-Sony
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Gankstar_VX84

they probably just had a heart attack when they saw what they were ebaying for and decided to sell the things themselves.

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PanoramaVee

I'm on mobile and after reading this, I wanted to comment "ROFL" and I was glad when I found out that I was not the only one.

This is really...EPIC FAIL.

(Donkey Kong's realistic clap)

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xcollector

This is too funny. I guess this company doesn't back up their data. The list was probably written on the CEO's lunch napkin.

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justerthought

This mistake does not surprise me. It follows a pattern. IT services and networking is definitely Sony's weak point. You have to wonder why Sony cannot get their act together and use the money they are getting from the PSN Plus subscriptions to employ top quality professionals and instal a high spec networking infrastructure. They have put far too much investment into streaming services. As it stands, networking is the weak link that critics are using to prevent the PS4 from reaching its full potential.

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LJNkickstarter

So who got high?

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jimmydonegood

Sony is too incompetent. what a crappy company to work for or support.

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jyml8582

Oh, so it's Japan only.

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ElectricHobo99

I'd have been straight stammering with rage if I had won one of those prized prize consoles all because Sony refused to retain the winning recipient information. How do you just lose, irretrievably so, a cache of such important data. Just doesn't seem possible in this day and age.

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EnTyme53

Let's face it: someone spilled beer on his laptop at the company Christmas party. That's how all this happened.

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Jinzo_111887

<< LINK REMOVED >> Are you sure it wasn't eggnog?

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Imajinn

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It was sake

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madracing

Sony needs to get their head out of their ass.

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Ladiesman17

Sony fail again.

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Granskjegg

Hahah, that's hilarious.

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iiRickk

Lol, how fucking stupid are they?

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Heinpienaar123

Sounds like April fools.

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Moun7ainMan

<< LINK REMOVED >> February Fools?

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jameston80

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> no, just Sony Fools, lol

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mikhail

<< LINK REMOVED >> you wish...

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TwinStripeUK

"Accidentally"....

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kadaverhagga

Wow haha, how does this even happen. XD

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RussellGorall

*insert GIF from E3 2013 giving and taking away a game to show how Sony contests work, featuring Yoshida and the white guy



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psx_warrior

This has got to be the lamest bunch of crap I've ever heard from them. Total incompetence.

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TruthSerum808

Sony forgot to renew their Last Guardian trademark.


Sony lost their list of contest winners.


How can entire global corporation go senile?....simply amazing. Investors get your cash out now before they leave their bank account number reciept on the bench at the bus stop.

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drysart

<< LINK REMOVED >> They recently lost and had to rebuild their entire IT infrastructure from scratch because their entire company was compromised top to bottom. I'd expect *a lot* of things fell through the cracks in the process.

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Pineapple_Head

-_-

Gee. It would've been nice if they restarted the sales for the U.S. and limited it one per household so greedy eBay scalpers wouldn't have taken them all away.

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Con_Wars

I'm really not surprised and I don't know why all of you are.

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andmcq

Misleading and deceptive conduct.

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Jinzo_111887

Possible new slogans for Sony:

Deletion awaits.

Accidents await

Great Deletion

Great Accident

Great Deletion Awaits

etc.

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psx_warrior

Epic fail awaits!

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Jinzo_111887

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's another possible one for Sony, yeah.

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ministry0011

Ugly looking consoles anyway.

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maitkarro

<< LINK REMOVED >> Xone is the only ugly one here.

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GamerX614

@maitkarro

Mad people are talking bad about Ps4 so you have to irrelevantly bring up Xbox One?

Okay....

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A8ADD0N

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A Sony apologist to the end. Seriously, get off the d**k already.

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ministry0011

Yeah what ever I own all consoles so no loyalty to any brand.

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bakasora

Did their outsource their IT department to India or something?

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KimCheeWarriorX

wow. just wow.

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capocrimeboss

<< LINK REMOVED >> Quiet doge.

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bobodeclown

Sony sold their IT department for cash confirmed.

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Zloth2

Uhh Sony? It's MARCH 1st coming up, not April 1st.

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Jinzo_111887

I guess they didn't have PS+, otherwise they could have used that cloud back up to keep the file safe. My guess why they don't have PS+ is because they don't actually think it is any good.

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Stogin

Wow that's bad, I'd be so mad if I was one of the winners, come on Sony, get it together.