COSPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Show us what you can create and join your fellow crafters! Cosplay is an art form full of passion and dedication, and we want to showcase that art. Flaunt your passion, meet our expert judges, and strut your stuff to the cheers of the fantastic DreamHack crowd in our cosplay competition!

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Schedule

Pre-judging

10am – 3pm
Sat, 21 Feb

Stage Finals

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Sat, 21 Feb

Judges Meet & Greet

12pm – 1pm
Sun, 22 Feb

Entry Tiers

Master Tier

You've placed Top 5 three or more times

  • 1st – $700, Trophy, invited as cosplay judge to a future DreamHack event, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)
  • 2nd – $500, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)
  • 3rd – $300, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)

Journeyman Tier

You've placed Top 5 less than three times

  • 1st – $400, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)
  • 2nd – $250, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)
  • 3rd – $100, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)

Novice Tier

You've yet to win any major awards

  • 1st – $150, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)
  • 2nd – $100, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)
  • 3rd – $50, Trophy, 2x Tickets to an approved DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included)

Kids Tier

Ages 12 and under

  • Prizes and recognition for all entrants!

Basic Info about entering

The full rules are available on the sign up form.

Eligibility

All contestants MUST check in and be prejudged and you must have a DreamHack ticket to be eligible to enter. Cosplays should contain nothing dangerous or offensive – this con is family friendly and will not permit fire, excessive glitter, messy substances etc on the stage. Mock fighting is cool if it’s in slow-motion and completely fake (no physical contact). We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying, everyone is here to have fun!

Selection process

Each contestant will have 10 minutes with our panel of expert judges during pre-judging. Contestants will be judged on craftsmanship, technical difficulty, accuracy, embodiment of the character, and stage presence. Judges will use the stage show to judge your stage presence and crowd engagement (so have fun with it!). Cosplayers will get approximately one minute to walk across the stage and take three poses for the final judging.

See judging rubric

Rules

Contestants may not compete in a cosplay that was sponsored and/or has won previous (greater than $500 prize pool) competitions before the entry deadline. Cosplays must be family friendly with nothing beyond a PG-13 rating. Competitors must have made or helped make the majority of their cosplay, or the majority creator must be present to explain their work.

Weapons will be checked by main event security – please be advised that blunt, metal, functioning projectile, and any realistic weapons will most likely not be allowed through security. Ensure cosplay props are easily recognizable as props, could not inflict serious damage, and do not contain sharp edges or other dangerous elements.

You are encouraged to bring pictures of any props to show the judges in the case that they are not appropriate props for a convention setting. See the entry form and rubric for additional guidelines and rules.

Cosplay lounge

If you’re looking to get off the floor and take a load off from carrying around your gear or you want to fix a tear, this is the place to be. While it will be closed off for a small portion of the show for judging, it will otherwise serve as a cosplayers escape or quick fix station. Only cosplayers will be admitted.

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For any questions about cosplay championships, contact us activities@dreamhack.com

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