Cosplay Contest Rules
Cosplay Competition General Information

Costumes should be based on anime, manga, video games and free play (costume outside the mentioned category). Have fun and be creative!
Cosplay Contest Categories
Best In Show
Second Place
Third Place
Ages 15 and up
Registration is required
Pre-Registration is available online or you can also register on Saturday
All costumes should be PG-13 appropriate.
Contestants will be judged on creativity and charisma.
Judge interviews time and location will be announced at check in.
Event is live streamed on stage.
All skits are limited to 2 minutes.

Big E Gaming reserves the right to make adjustments or modifications to the rules at any time to improve the clarity of the rules or the operation of the cosplay event.

Showing Time
Cosplayers have up to 2 minutes to present themselves in their character’s personality. Be one with your character!
You are not required to perform a skit, but you are required to go on stage.
Walk on Stage – You will be on stage for about 30 seconds, so take the time to pose and show of your costume.
Stage Skits – You will be preforming for the judges and the audience. The skit can only last for 2 minutes. Make sure you plan a head of time. Please let staff know at check in in you need a mic for your skit. Offensive language, or explicit content is not permitted and your skit will be cut short. If that happens you are disqualified.
While on stage be careful showing off your character’s spirit. Avoid running, jumping and any acrobatics on and off stage.

Contestants are not allowed to wear costumes that have already won a Big E Gaming cosplay competition.
All costumes can be either handmade or store-bought but be aware that you are being judged on creativity. At least 30% of your costume must to be handmade.
Body paint is not permitted.
No nudity allowed.
Footwear is required.
No costume that completely covers the eyes is permitted except for glasses.
Women – Costumes must cover breasts and buttocks. If you costume calls for less than minimum coverage, you must wear a bodysuit beneath it.
Men – Costumes must cover boxer area. If you are wearing a skin tight suit, you must wear undergarments. Genitalia and nipples should not be visible through the costume.
No costume should have any inappropriate or offensive references in any language.
Failure to comply will result in you being escorted to your room or car to change your attire. You will also be disqualified.

Weapons like guns, knife, spears, darts or crossbows are not permitted.
Staves, Bo sticks, boken, shinai, and wood swords will be allowed as long as they are handled responsibly.
Live steel is not allowed.
Swords are to be made of non-metal, not sharp material. It cannot be any longer than 72 inches in length. Misuse of a weapon or prop, such as swinging it in a public area or posing a hazard to others, will result in the weapon or prop being deemed unsafe for the venue. You will be asked to leave the main floor and disqualified from the contest. If you are not sure if your prop is allowed, please ask the cosplay coordinator.
Approval is needed at the time of registration. Please bring a picture of your costume to the front desk for approval before wearing it
A video waiver form must be signed during registration.
The cosplay coordinator has the right to disqualify any entry from the competition on basis of taste, danger to audience, danger to facility, one’s self, or violation of any of the above rules and any other reason deemed sufficient.
All decisions made by the cosplay coordinator are final.
Please contact Celeste AKA Cece via email at for any questions or concerns.