Cosplay Contest Rules

  1. Contest Period. The Contest shall take place on Saturday, March 30, 2024. The Contest schedule will be posted at the show’s Cosplay Contest Stage. 
  2. Initial Sign-ups. The Contest will accept registrations online. Verification will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Cosplay Registration Table.
  3. All participants must have purchased an attendance ticket and must read and agree to follow all Cosplay Contest rules. If one member of your group is found in violation of these rules (or the event policies), the entire group is disqualified.
  4. By registering and participating in the Cosplay Contest, participants allow the Washington State Gaming Expo to use their images for promotional purposes during and after the event. This includes both photographs and video.
  5. Entry forms must be completed and turned in if you wish to compete at the Cosplay Registration Table.
  6. All events are mandatory attendance. Neglecting to attend the pre-meeting, your tech rehearsal time slot or the Cosplay Contest itself will result in disqualification. Craftsmanship judging time slots are the only optional event and are assigned at the pre-meeting to participants who elect to have their craftsmanship judged. If for any reason you need to drop out, please let us know. Failure to notify staff in a timely manner may bar individuals/groups from Cosplay Contest participation at future events.
  7. Participants will be doing a “walk-on” entry (not performing a skit, but still having craftsmanship judged) and are allowed a total of one minute onstage. Going beyond this time limit will result in disqualification, except in cases where a disability or cumbersome costume requiring extra time to enter/exit is brought to the attention of staff. This needs to be identified at the time of registration.  The staff will do all it can to properly accommodate individuals within this category.
  8. Please refrain from swearing, sexual contact, nudity, dangerous fight choreography, or any combination therein. Safe and well-rehearsed fight choreography is perfectly fine. Encouraging the audience is acceptable, but no direct audience interaction is allowed.
  9. Please do not bring messy substances like food, glitter, glue, or open containers of cream/liquid/powder makeup to the prep room or to the stage area, for the safety of all costumes involved in the production.