We will have two competitions at our Australian festival in 2024: the ECG Qualifier and the DreamHack Australia Cosplay Championship

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We will have two competitions at our Australian festival in 2024: the ECG Qualifier, a performance competition where we will aim to discover Australia’s representatives for the grand finals in Paris, and the DreamHack Australia Cosplay Championship, a catwalk competition focusing on craftsmanship.

Previously exclusive to Europe, The Extreme Cosplay Gathering includes 15 challenger countries, and notably, in 2024, Australia will be participating for the first time! This marks the inaugural qualifier held in the southern hemisphere.

Our Australian Qualifier, scheduled for the last weekend of April 2024 at DreamHack, aims to discover Australia’s representatives for the grand finals in Paris. Contestants will be evaluated not only on their costumes but also on the skits they create themselves, adding an extra layer of creativity to the competition.

And for the DreamHack Cosplay Championship – Cosplayers compete in four tiers (Expert, Artisan, Novice & Junior) for a share of Australia’s largest Cosplay cash Prize Pool.

Whether you just want to show off your costume, or try your hand at a skit, we have the competition for you!

PERFORMANCE based competition

ECG Qualifier

Formerly limited to European participants, this contest welcomes contenders from 15 different countries. Notably, 2024 will mark a historic moment as Australia joins for the first time, making this the debut southern hemisphere qualifier.

This competition emphasises performance, requiring participants to craft a compelling act complete with choreography and a custom performance soundtrack (mp3). The European Cosplay Gathering (ECG) recently rebranded to Extreme Cosplay Gathering starting from season 11, and Season 12 brings exciting changes.

To partake in the ECG Qualifier, one can enter as a solo, duo, trio, or quartet. For duos, trios, or quartets, costumes must derive from characters of the same source (e.g., Kamui from X and Lina from Slayers cannot be part of the same group). However, mixing sources from different opuses within the same license (e.g., Soul Calibur 2 and 3) is permitted.

This is just a quick look at our Cosplay offerings for DreamHack down under in 2024. Expect further details and signups in the new year!

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