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Cosplay at DreamHack Summer

Cosplay has a long history of being an important component of DreamHack Festivals. This year we want to level up and showcase DreamHack’s commitment to the cosplay community in a larger sense, by adding more activities for our cosplayers and community.

Besides our DreamHack Cosplay Championship and Parade, we also hope to host panels, workshops, and other fun things for our cosplayers to enjoy. More information to come!



For DreamHack Summer 2023 we will only give free Cosplay badges and 3-day festival tickets to those Cosplayers who sign up beforehand to compete in the DreamHack Cosplay Championship, or to those selected to be part of panels, workshops or other Cosplay activities.

The Cosplay Lounge is a safe haven for Cosplayers to unwind, get dressed/changed in our 4 dressing rooms, have snacks, and prepare for various cosplay activities and competitions during the event.

Only cosplayers are allowed in the Cosplay Lounge. You may bring 1 assistant to help with costumes in the lounge. All who wish to use the Cosplay Lounge must register at check-in by Cosplay Crew. 

The lounge will be closed during cosplay competitions.  Opening hours to be announced.

All weapons and props are to be checked and tagged upon arrival. Tags need to remain at all times and can only be removed during competition and during the Cosplay parade.

Compete at dreamhack

compete in 4 tiers

Cosplayers compete in four tiers for a total share of the SEK 25,000 prize pool.
Our Cosplay Championship will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 17:00 CEST.

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You start by applying to our Cosplay DHS23 sign up before May 31st. If you have any questions in regards to the sign up form or activities outlined, please email
You will receive an email from within 3 days of your application. Please take in consideration if you have applied during a weekend or around public holidays that emails will be delayed.
After we have had the chance to review your application, we will send you an email to confirm your participation, ask questions and send you more information about what to expect moving forward. In the unfortunate event that we are unable to confirm your participation, we will contact you with a reason to why you have not been successfully accepted this time.
If you did not provide all the information and documentation asked for in the sign up sheet, these needs to be emailed to no later than May 31st.


You start by checking into the Cosplay Lounge located in the hallway between the Congress House and Lobby South/North. If you can’t find it, please ask our DreamHack Crew or Cosplay Crew to guide you

If this is your first time competing at DreamHack, please make sure you attend the information session at the start of the competition day to hear how the competition will look like. This is also a chance for you to ask questions and meet the judges. Everyone is welcome to join!

You will receive a timeslot for your individual pre-judging with the judges. Please respect this time and make sure to be there a bit earlier so that they can start as soon as the cosplayer before you is done. This is where the judges will look through your WIP pictures, your costume and ask you questions about your cosplay. Please be aware you need to be in your cosplay at pre-judging and can’t alter it in any way post pre-judging.

After pre-judging is done and we are getting closer to the time of the Cosplay Championship, all cosplayers competing will meet in the Cosplay Lounge to walk together through Elmia to the Main Stage, escorted by the Cosplay Crew and security. Each category will be announced by the hosts, and you will walk in the order that we have provided beforehand, one by one. The host will call your cosplay name when it’s your turn. The judges will sit in front of the stage, to see your catwalk.

After all contestants have done the catwalk, it’s time for the judges to deliberate. Please make sure to stay hydrated and remain backstage. The intermission will be roughly 15-30 min depending on the judges quickness in making a decision.

After the intermission, the judges will return on stage and the host will call up each category/tier of contestants to join them for the awards ceremony. Please wait for the previous category to exit the stage before entering when your category is called to the stage. 

After all prizes have been given, we will take group pictures on stage of all winners, so please don’t leave after your category has left the stage. 

If you haven’t already done a photoshoot in the photo studio located by the Cosplay Lounge, please take the opportunity to do so after the Championship. Free professional photoshoot? Yes, please!

important information

Participants cannot compete wearing a cosplay that previously placed in the top three at DreamHack Cosplay Championship. 

Each contestant will have a couple of minutes for pre-judging and up to 1 min on stage from the entrance to exit – Expert contestants may send in up to 60-sec long music for their catwalk (optional).

Note that ultimately contestants must respect the judge’s decision and the judge’s interpretation of the criteria. The judges have the right to change the contestant’s tier before the stage show based on the contestant’s experience and the cosplay presented. The cosplayer will be consulted regarding this before the stage show.

We allow cosplays from all media, video games, role-playing games, comic books, manga, anime, TV or film adaptations, Fan-art, etc. We also allow for gender bends, gijinkas, and original characters (e.g. DnD characters, or your character from a game). Important to note that you still need to bring reference materials for your design.

Please note that mascot costumes are not accepted as cosplay.

Real weapons are not allowed, including soft air guns or other air/gas weapons. Weapons made of metal are not allowed as props, these will be taken care of by security. So no real swords, knives, bats, etc. We do not allow explosive materials, fire, smoke, sparks, or similar effects.

Props will be checked by the Cosplay team and/or Security when entering the event and getting an approval tag, this tag may only be removed during the competition and if needed for a photo-op.


Since this is a family-friendly event, Costumes must be appropriate for wear in public. No hateful, offensive, or provocative symbols, designs, or text are allowed. We encourage cosplayers to participate in activities around the event. Have fun, join competitions at the expo, and mingle with visitors. But when walking around the event, full-cover masks/helmets are not allowed.  E.g. ski masks showing only eyes and mouth, or full helmets. Please carry the helmet or mask, and put it on for posing and photo-op. Some exceptions apply, like when walking to the competition and the cosplay parade.

When walking around the event, weapons should be sheathed or carried in a non-aggressive way. So no actively walking around the event aiming around you with a gun. We love large cosplays but for extremely large ones please notify us before the event so we can plan to help you have the best experience possible. This also applies if your cosplay makes it very hard to see.

Breaking the rules may lead to disqualification and/or a cut festival bracelet. DreamHack and Elmia will have the final say in decisions when enforcing the event rules.


Cosplayers compete in four tiers for a total share of the SEK 25,000 prize pool.

Kids Tier

Ages 0-15 years old

Prizes and recognition for all competitors!


Cosplayers who haven’t won 1st place in any cosplay contest (particularly at DreamHack).

Eligible if you do not have a crafting education (sewing, welding/3D-printing, etc)

Self-made costume, may use modified/changed garments.


Contestants who have outgrown the novice tier, but are not quite ready for the Expert tier. 

Self-made costume, may use modified/changed garments.

Expert Tier

Contestants who want to compete on a higher level.

Costume must be self-made, the exceptions are Base wig, shoes, and undergarments.


Compete for 2 additional rewards

Judge’s choice

More information soon

Tournament of Champions

DreamHack Summer will host the Swedish selection for the Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

We are happy to announce that DreamHack Summer will host the Swedish selection for the Tournament of Champions (ToC) at YuniCon, and select the winner that will represent Sweden at ToC 2023. The Selection will be part of DreamHack Cosplay Championship, sign up här

The idea for the “Tournament of Champions” was created by YuniCon in 2020, shortly before the Pandemic, and has been a work in Progress since then. The first official final will be happening at YuniCon 2023, 20. – 22. October 2023, with selections happening all over Europe from late 2022 to 2023.

Selections for the first final event will be held in 15 European countries, and Sweden is one of them. ToC’s goal is to create a contest where crafting skills are valued equally, so the most complete costume will be the winner. Therefore, every costume will be judged in 5 Categories: Needlework, Armor, Prop making, Wig & Makeup, and Craftsmanship, giving participants the chance to win separate categories, as well as the “Best in Show” award, which will be the highest score of all categories combined.

To have a valid entry into the competition, must be a Swedish native or hold a Swedish permanent residency. The contestant must provide the following (in English): 

  • Cosplay Name (if available)
  • First Name
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • E-Mail
  • Phone number (for emergency contact)
  • Name of character
  • Source (Series/Movie/Game/Anime/etc.)
  • Social media

Furthermore, each contestant/event must provide the following files:

  • A reference image of the character (for display on stage, max 5MB)
  • A portfolio in PDF format (max 10 MB) which should contain:
    • 1-5 detailed reference images (if possible front – side – back pictures)
    • 10 to 15 WIPs (work-in-progress pictures of your work)
    • A list of used material
    • An approximate amount of work time
    • (short) description of your work steps as well as your material choices.
    • Picture of your (mostly) completed cosplay.
    • The portfolio cannot be more than 30 pages.
  • An introduction video of the cosplayer (to be played as an intro before going on stage)


Important: It is possible to create a new cosplay for the final event. It is the contestants’ choice to do so. If they choose to create new cosplay, a portfolio has to be created for this new cosplay.

The judging is split into multiple categories:

  • Needlework: Any sewing-related parts of the costume
  • Armor: Any armor parts of the costume
  • Wig&Makeup: Wig- or hairstyling, face&body makeup/body paint, prosthetics
  • Craftsmanship: Techniques, the precision of work, skillsets, quality
  • Propmaking: additional props to enhance the costume, such as (but not limited to) weapons, jewelry, accessories, etc.

The following cannot be used in your costumes, to ensure the safety of the event:

  • Cutting weapons or tools: Any prop made with a cutting edge of any metal or ceramic
  • Firearms: Any prop that can fire projectiles that can cause harm (Nerf and similar are permitted, the event takes no responsibility in retrieving any projectiles)
  • Incendiary devices: Any prop intended to cause a fire
  • Liquids: The use of liquids is strictly prohibited on stage and during judging.
  • All products that would require cleanup, such as confetti, glitter, etc.
  • Costumes that have already been placed in other contests are excluded from participation. This includes any award (except audience vote).
  • The same is valid for original creations (OCs) or personal characters. Costume variations are only permitted with reference art (such as designs by Zach Fischer or Hannah Alexandre Designs). It has to be proven that the reference art was done prior to the costume creation, to prevent people from creating reference art based on their costumes after completion.
  • Furthermore, costumes have to be at least 80-90% self-made and will not be permitted otherwise. Exceptions will be made for things like contact lenses, shoes, wigs, etc. as well as using other people’s equipment (such as using someone else’s 3D printer after modeling your own file)
  • Any depiction of sexual activity, racist or slandering behavior, or similar is not allowed and will lead to disqualification. Depiction of racist symbols or such that can be associated with such (e.g. Swastika on “Tokyo Revengers” costumes) is illegal in Austria, and can therefore not be used.
  • Contestants are only eligible for participation if they are 18 and over at the time of the qualifying event.
  • Should any of these exclusion/disqualification reasons come to light after the contest, the contestant will be retroactively disqualified, and by applying to this contest you agree that you will return the entire prize, should such things come to pass.

Contact DreamHack Cosplay

If you have any questions regarding Cosplay at DreamHack Summer 2023, please reach out to us här


Tenkou is a Swedish cosplayer and streamer that has traveled all around the world and had the honor of representing Sweden in several international cosplay competitions!  By day she works with wigs, hair, and makeup in the film industry and has merged these hobbies for many years. Always up for a chat and a laugh you can find her at DreamHack Summer!


Yumidun has won several cosplay awards in her 10 years of cosplaying. The most notable was last year when she was crowned in Japan as Grand Champion of the Video Division at the World Cosplay Summit 2022. Being the first time ever for Team Sweden to place on the winners’ stand. In February 2023 she was also awarded at Swedish Cosplay SM. Outside of competing, she’s also worked with wig commissions for other cosplayers, had plenty of creative photoshoots, and performed live with acting and singing both in and out of cosplay.


Trine is a Danish cosplayer, who has been making props and costumes for 7 years and is currently working towards making crafting her full-time job; by making cosplay guides, sewing patterns, foam patterns, 3D models, etc. She usually cosplays characters inspired by dark fantasy and medieval ages from games such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Skyrim. She crafts and sews everything herself, but loves making detailed armor and cool props! Last year she represented Denmark at the ECG and loves traveling to different conventions all around the world to meet other cosplayers. In February 2023 she won at J-Popcon and will represent Denmark in the Tournament of Champions, later this year.


Enayla is a cosplayer, armor smith, and prop maker based in the UK. Specializing in costumes with meticulous detail, massive scale, and complex engineering, she is always looking for ways to expand her skills and challenge reality. She actively works with fabric, foam, feathers, thermoplastics, resin, 3D printing, and a host of other materials (whatever will get the job done!). When not working on a project, she is active in sharing techniques and encouragement with the cosplay community.