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! 

Schedule

Saturday, June 2nd 
12:00PM – Cosplay Registration Closes (Register Here)
12:30PM – Cosplay Contestants Mingle with Judges for Pre-Judging (3rd Level - Room 9C)
6:00PM – Cosplay Finalists Arrive at Main Stage
7:00PM – Cosplay Championship Finals Begin at Main Stage 
8:00PM – Prize Ceremony 
8:15PM – DreamHack Cosplay Photo Shoot Together with Judges/Hosts
Sunday, June 3rd 

3:30PM – Meet & Greet with Yaya Han, Meg Turney and Jennifer Van Damsel (Community Zone / Stream Studio)



Jury 

Yaya Han   


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. 

Meg Turney 




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.


Jennifer van Damsel 


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.  

Hosts

Pokket


Full-time variety broadcaster, cosplayer, and photographer. I started streaming 7 years ago when Twitch was still in it's baby stages. I love the community I built via my broadcasts, so this last year I opened up a Patreon to really dive into the world of photography and cosplay to share what art comes out of it with them. It's been an absolute blast. Now I get to share both my passion for games and dress as my favorite characters!

Wes "Wes the Editor" Johnson


Wes Johnson is one of five talented cast members on SMOSH Games, one of the leading entertainment gaming channels on YouTube with over 7 million subscribers, and an extension of comedy powerhouse SMOSH. Known as “Wes the Editor”, Wes worked at SMOSH Games as an editor for two years before transitioning to a fulltime cast member in 2014. Prior to working with SMOSH Games, Wes worked as an actor and writer, and co-founded the casting company Dare to Dream Casting. A passionate gamer and purveyor of all things fandom, Wes is a former competitive gamer and experienced cosplayer, having dressed as Cloud from Final Fantasy 7, Dante from Devil May Cry, Fox McCloud from Star Fox, Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil and The Winter Soldier fromCaptain America.  

Cosplay Championship Tiers & Prizes 

There will be four different tiers for the championship based on experience: Master, Journeyman, Novice, and Kids. 
Master Tier
1st
$700, Trophy, 2x Tickets to a DreamHack event of your choosing (travel not included), Plus a flyway for 2 to Las Vegas including round trip airfare from within in the United States, 2 tickets to see KÀ by Cirque du Soleil and a two-night stay at MGM Grand
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)   


Journeyman Tier
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)   


Novice Tier
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)


Kids Tier
Prizes and recognition for all entrants!

For further details and entry, see here. 
For rules and eligibility, see here. 

Selection Process 

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!   


Eligibility  

  • 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 the convention.  

COSPLAY FAQ 

  • Register to enter cosplay competition here   
  • Rules and eligibility here   
  • General event FAQ here   
  • Tickets available here   
  • General festival rules here   
  • Additional information here     


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL MASTER TIER PRIZE 

The DreamHack Cosplay Championship Master Tier winner will also receive a flyaway for two (2) to Las Vegas courtesy of Cirque du Soleil, including round trip airfare for two (2) from within the United States, two (2) tickets to see KÀ by Cirque du Soleil and a two (2) night stay at MGM Grand.



Questions, suggestions, want to say hi... 👉 activities@dreamhack.com      


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