The Cosplay World Masters qualifier is a cosplay competition where you will be judged by your performance on stage. The quality of the costume and the resemblance to the source material will be taken into account as well during judging.
All participants must be at least 16 years of age. Participants under 18 years must need their parent/guardian to sign a declaration of participation and hand it to the organisation.
The duration of an act on stage will be limited to a maximum of 2 (two) minutes.
All referential materials/ video files/ audio files et cetera need to be submitted to Duh-Events before the end of a to be determined time and date.
All characters represented by contestants must come from existing characters in Anime, Manga, Video Games, Animation Movies or similar others. Fan Arts or OCs are not allowed.
It is strictly forbidden to make use of firearms or similar, excluding replicas.
Any kind of attitude and comments of racist or offensive nature are expressly prohibited.
All participants must cooperate with the organization in a positive way by following their directions, ensuring the success of the Cosplay Contest. Any incorrect conduct, including delays, inappropriate language, conflicts between participants, among others, may be considered in the jury evaluation and may even lead to disqualification.
Entering and leaving the stage must be done via the designated access places.
Concerning the Cosplay shows at DreamHack Rotterdam: The winners of the walk on/walk off Cosplay competition on Saturday will be excluded from a winning candidate participation in the Acts Performance show on Sunday. If you’ve signed up for both competitions and you manage to win the competition on Saturday, you will not be able to win any prizes on Sunday. Participating for fun with the winning costume is still allowed as well as dropping out of the competition, but we will also accept a last minute change of costume if you still wish to participate for a prize.
Costumes and performance
A minimum of 60% of the costume and accessories used during this competition must be made by the participants themselves. If used accessories are bought they need to be customized by the cosplayer. Preferably we ask of you to create as many aspects of your cosplay yourself as much as possible.
Participants may use 30 seconds to make the stage ready for their performance. After performing you’ve got 30 seconds to leave the stage (including taking the placed accessories).
Causing a delay on both the performance and the preparation will mean a point reduction on your final score, with 0,5 reduction per 30 seconds delay.
The time used for preparation, performing and breaking down will be timed by the organization.
The performance starts when the background music starts or when the stage manager gives the GO-signal.
The performance does not officially end until the cosplayer thanks the audience.
For the Cosplay Acts Contest only the use of English audio is allowed.
It’s not allowed to use liquid or sticky materials, as well as accessories or objects that may endanger the safety of other participants, the audience, the judges or others. This includes objects such as fireworks, firearms, fire extinguishers, sharp objects, abrasive and corrosive solvents and other acidic or damaging substances.
The organization will provide two people who can assist with placing props on the stage. After this placement, only cosplayers are allowed to handle the props.
When participants choose to use the help of two staff members when placing props and / or accessories, the participant is also responsible for all risks and possible accidents. The build up time will always remain 30 seconds; the set is prepared by the cosplayers or assisting crew members.
It will not be possible to use scenarios or props that must be attached to existing setups (nailed, glued, hung etc. to walls or other parts of the stage). All background materials and props must be easily transportable and portable, so that construction can be done quickly and easily.
The maximum dimensions allowed for usable scenarios are 2m wide x 2.5m high x 2m deep, and can be divided into a maximum of three parts.
By scenario we mean everything that is on stage before the start of your performance. Accessories are all objects that are used and transported by the cosplayers during the performance.
The organization is not responsible for possible accidents that could occur during the performance of participants.
The organization can and may inspect and examine the presentation of participants at all times to see if it follows the rules of the competition. If one does not meet this requirement, the cosplayer can be disqualified.
Participants must have submitted the following documents before a to be determined time and date: Cosplay photo, screen content (video or photo) and music/sound file.
The winner of the Cosplay Acts Contest will be interviewed and filmed, with and without cosplay.
Each cosplayer must bring two copies (CD or USB) of the audio or video files that will be used during the show.
During the pre-judging, before the start of the show, the judges will evaluate the participants’ cosplays and give them a score. Not only the quality and complexity of the construction of the suit will be considered, but also the number of details.
During the performance of the acts the jury will give points based on the performance of the clothing and the similarity of the costume compared to the original (similarities between the costume and the source material).
The overall rating of each competitor will be based on clothing (30%), performance of the act (40%) and resemblance to the original (30%). a) When evaluating the costume, the following aspects are taken into account: confection/finishing, details, accessories and other applications used. b) By performance we mean the interpretation of the character (but also the personality of the original character) and the quality of the performance. c) The resemblance to the source will be rated by the similarity of the costume made and the reference material supplied.
The judges may always request a re-enactment of an act when there is doubt about a cosplayer, or when no decision can be made.
The rating of the participants will be based on the 1 to 10 system for all rateable components.
The winners of the Cosplay Acts Contest will be determined by this overall rating.
Decisions in case of a tie will be made based on the sum of the assigned scores:
a) In case of a tie, the cosplayer with the highest score in performance will be crowned the winner.
b) If a tie still exists after this, the highest score given at the costume confection/finishing point will be the deciding factor.
c) If a tie still exists after this, the organization of the event will determine what score counts. This all counts for every other place when no decision can be made by the judges.
Registration for this competition is free for everyone. Registrations will only be rejected if the organisation feels that the cosplay has not been created by the participating cosplayer, if the form has been filled in incompletely or if the cosplay is irrelevant to the show. There is a registration limit of 24 cosplayers per show.
The cosplay competition uses one category with a first, second and third prize winner. This category includes a Walk on/Walk off show with the theme General Gaming/ Geek.
Use of your own audio/video material is not possible with this contest. The organisation will support the show by using a themed audio track.
The cosplay with which you register must be made on as many aspects and points as possible by yourself.
Leading up to the start of the cosplay contest the judges will take a closer look at all the costumes for an extensive quality check backstage. No decisions will be made about potential winners yet, this will happen during the show itself. The time at which the pre-judging will take place will be communicated to all participants well in advance.
It is strictly forbidden to carry weapons (real, replica or model weapons). Cosplay weapons are allowed as long as it is only used as part of the cosplay and as long as it is obvious that this is a prop. Cosplay weapons must be in accordance with the Dutch Weapons Act.
As long as your costume hasn’t won a prize during a major cosplay competition (read: a competition with a decent cash prize of more than €75, fysical prizes with a minimum price worth of € 150 or a qualification for an international competition), you’re allowed to participate with this costume.
We offer the option to get dressed backstage. There will be spaces available including mirrors for both men and women. Here you can also safely leave your belongings during the competition.
It’s always annoying when your cosplay breaks, so we will offer the cosplayers the opportunity to perform quick repairs, if the schedule and time allow it. We try to be as prepared as possible, but can’t guarantee that we have the materials to be able to repair any defect. If you want to be sure, bring your own repair tools
Judging and rating your costume will be based on a few points, determined by the current panel of judges. The most common points are general quality, execution of the show, finishing of details and faithfulness to the source material.
Cosplayers are free to make their cosplay as ‘’crazy’’ as possible. If necessary, we will help you on stage.
A costume may not be a danger to the general safety of yourself or other people. Absolutely no nude, obscene or offensive costumes. We want to keep the contest and the time at the venue for the participating cosplayers as pleasant as possible.
The format in which we hold the competition is a ’Walk on/ Walk off Catwalk performance’. One by one the cosplayers will show off their costume on stage. The cosplayers are free to decide on the interpretation they want to give to their moment in the spotlights. There is no time for complete acts, so keep this in mind.
We organize gaming events, so we recommend basing your cosplay on gaming/geek culture. We will generally disapprove of cosplays from portraying an OC or fan art.
The announcement of the winners and the award ceremony will take place as soon as the judges have made a decision. This is usually half an hour after the show has closed, but there’s no fixed time attached to this.
During pre-judging it’s desirable to let the judges do their thing with the cosplayer they’re judging at that time. Sabotage and/or disruptive actions will be disapproved of and in the worst case can lead to disqualification. Give them all the room they need.