In the DreamHack spirit of bringing the world of games and fantasy to life, what better way to explore than through cosplay! Start prepping your costumes or just come experience the spectacular contestants in attendance this year. We have three skill tiers to compete in as well as a kids tier, so whatever your experience, we look forward to seeing your coolest new cosplay!
Date: Saturday, June 2nd
TBD – Cosplay contestant check in opens
TBD – Cosplay contestants mingle with judges for pre-judging
TBD – Cosplay parade through venue
TBD – DreamHack Cosplay Championship begins at Main Stage
TBD – DreamHack Cosplay Championship prize ceremony
TBD – DreamHack Cosplay winner photo-shoot together with judges
TBD – Meet & Greet in Fan Zone with Yaya Han and judges
Cosplay Championship Tiers
There will be four different tiers for the championship based on experience: Master, Journeyman, Novice, and Kids.
1st – $700, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included).
2nd – $500, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included) .
3rd – $300, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing(travel not included) .
1st – $400, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing(travel not included) .
2nd – $250, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing(travel not included) .
3rd – $100, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing(travel not included) .
1st – $150, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing(travel not included) .
2nd – $100, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing(travel not included) .
3rd – $50, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing(travel not included) .
Yaya Han® is one of only few cosplayers in the world to build a business in this hobbyist community, but even after a decade of success, she strives to stay true to what got her into this field originally - fun and creativity. To this day, Yaya has made over 375 costumes, appeared as a Guest at hundreds of events all over the globe, and been featured in two US Network TV Shows. Yaya is the first cosplayer to create a cosplay-focused fabric line for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores; the first to design a cosplay pattern line for a major company, McCall Patterns; and the first cosplayer to launch a sewing machine with Bernina Sewing Machine Company.
Jennifer van Demsel
Jennifer Van Damsel is a cosplayer from Houston, Texas. She discovered cosplay 6 years ago, and now it has been her full time job for 2 years. While primarily focusing on sewing and fabric, she also dabbles in armorsmithing, both foam and Worbla, props, and leatherworking. In addition to creating her own costumes, she also has learned photography, photographing and editing her own cosplay and modeling images. Jennifer's interests include a wide variety of platforms such as comics, video games, anime, tabletop gaming, TV and movies, art, photography, coffee, and more, which she uses an inspiration to fuel her passion for cosplay.
Meg Turney is a streamer and cosplayer whose professional adventures include performing with Cirque du Soleil for Nerdist News, interviewing comic greats for deviantART, and covering video game and world news for SourceFed and SourceFedNERD, where she did everything from shooting guns in the desert to exploring Tokyo's hotspots. After SourceFed, she covered all things geek on Rooster Teeth's news channel, The Know, where she helped grow the small channel to over 1 million YouTube subscribers. Meg is also a 16-year cosplay veteran, who's been internationally recognized for her work and appeared in Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay. Now you can find Meg on Twitch, where she streams regularly or traveling around the world cosplaying and making YouTube videos.
Each contestant will have 10-15 minutes for pre-judging. Each contestant will be given up to 2 min on stage from entrance to exit. It is recommended to bring reference photos / build book to pre-judging. Please bring all pieces of cosplay to pre-judging. Judges reserve the right to change the tier/class of your cosplay at any time. Contestants will be judged on Preparation / R&D, Craftsmanship, Stage Presentation, Creativity, and an added bonus of "Star Power". Star Power points will be granted to contestants who can really engage the crowd and get the crowd to cheer / go insane!
All costumes must abide by general cosplay convention rules.
All contestants MUST check in and be prejudged.
A valid convention badge will be required at check-in.
Content should not go beyond PG-13, as the con is family-friendly: Offensive language of any kind is not allowed—no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity, etc. No excessive violence. No sexual activity or contact—real or implied.
"Dabbing", drug references, etc are not allowed.
All costumes must be self contained, including no fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gases or liquids, messy substances—wet, dry, or oily, including glitter, flower petals, etc in the green room or on stage.
No jumping on or off stage—please use the officially designated stage entrances and exits.
No Stage fighting (one foot must remain on the stage at all times and any mock fighting must be done at a distance and at half speed - no physical contact).
Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to their entry.
Sportsmanship is SUPER important. Any bullying will not be tolerated and will be disqualified and/or escorted from theconvention.
Register to enter cosplay competition here Rules and eligibility hereGeneral event FAQ here Tickets available here General festival rules here Additional information here