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Every year, the Cosplay Contest highlights some of the most incredible creativity this community has to offer. If you haven’t had the chance to watch one yet, just check out some of these insane cosplays on display last year at TwitchCon San Jose.
Prizes and Judges
This year, we’re excited to offer a $15,000 grand prize to the contest winner, plus $4,000 prizes for each of the category winners: Needlework, Armor, FX, and Larger Than Life. We’re also adding a new aspect to the this year’s finale: near the end, the community will be prompted to vote on their favorite cosplay right from their phones or at home using a Twitch extension. The community’s choice winner will also receive $4,000.
Finalist Travel Info
We know that transporting your costumes and having assistance on site is important, so all finalists will get a TwitchCon badge for themselves plus one for an assistant, as well as a stipend.
What are the key dates?
As a Twitch Partner or Affiliate, can I participate? What if I’ve never streamed before?
Absolutely to all of the above! As long as you meet the minimum streaming requirements and follow the rules, you can participate.
What are the categories?
There are four categories: Larger than life, Needlework, Armor, and FX.
What if I have already started working on the cosplay?
Even if you have started, as long as you broadcast and highlight 15 hours of the process during the contest period you can enter.
What should the highlight focus on? What should be shown in the photo?
The 60 second highlight should show the act of creating the cosplay and the photo should focus on what the final piece will look like when worn. Feel free to include multiple pictures, showing multiple angles of the final piece. Do not submit photoshopped images! Photoshopped images will NOT be considered during judging.
Why do we have to highlight our cosplay streams?
A highlight is archived forever. This ensures that you’ve streamed the fabrication of part or all of your costume on Twitch and you have hit the 15 hour requirement.
Do you absolutely have to spend a minimum of 15 hours on just one prop/cosplay?
You can spend 15 hours on the costume and/or prop you plan to submit for the contest.
Are groups allowed to enter the competition? Can there be more than one person in the same costume?
If there are multiple people and multiple costumes, you can submit these as separate entries but not as one entry. If there are multiple people in one costume, ie Larger than Life made with multiple people, you can submit one entry from one person. If the cosplay is accepted into finalists or wins, the person who submitted the entry will receive the stipend or winnings.
Do I have to have the full cosplay completed by July 24th or can we work on it afterwards?
To be eligible, you have to have a costume complete or nearly complete, enough to give the judges an idea of the finished costume. You can finish and add details after submitting your entry and TwitchCon.
How are the finalists chosen? How does the onsite judging work?
The finalists are chosen by an internal team of Twitch employees who are craftspeople, cosplayers, and makers who have an understanding of the craftsmanship that goes into making a cosplay costume.
On-site judging will take place in front of a panel of cosplayers, prop makers, craftspeople, and enthusiasts who will determine the final category winners as well as the Grand Prize Winner.
The Fan Favorite winner will be chosen by a public vote during the stream using a Twitch extension for the audience watching to vote.
Are the prize money, travel stipends, and badges taxable?
Yes. All prizes, including money, stipends and the value of TwitchCon badges are subject to tax reporting and payment requirements. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes related to the prizes.
My question isn’t answered! Where can I ask something else or for more clarification?
Feel free to email CosplayContest@twitchcon.com if you have any additional questions!