Gamescon 2016: Defcon Unlimited's Cosplay Contest Applications Now Open

Flex your cosplay muscle at this year's Gamescon and you could win a trip to Dragon Con!

Time to dust off the ol' sewing machine and bust open a pack of fresh polyethylene foam: Gamescon 2016's cosplay contest by Defcon Unlimited has just begun its application phase for this year's event and is offering some sweet prizes to top cosplayers.

Gamescon is an annual trade show in Germany that brings together gaming's top developers to show off upcoming titles and hardware for thousands of fans. And where there's a gaming convention, there is sure to be plenty of cosplayers adopting the personas of their favorite gaming heroes and villains.

This year, there will be six categories for cosplayers to compete in:

Best Cosplay - The costume with the best overall evaluation.

Best Dress - The best work with fabric (sewing, embroidery, draping).

Best Armor/Weapon - The best armor/armor elements or weapons.

Best SFX - The most impressive special effects work (stilts, wings, makeup, lighting, design, etc.)

Best Original Design - Best design of an original character.

Best Group - Best costumed group.

The Best Cosplay winner will be awarded with a trip to Dragon Con, Atlanta USA including tickets, travel and accommodation. Prizes for the rest of the categories include gaming merchandise and hardware.

Applicants must have a valid Sunday ticket and provide the necessary application information listed in their registration page here. All applications must be sent to gamescomcosplay@defcon-unlimited.com.

A jury of experts will select 35 nominees among the applicants following the end of the submission date on Sunday, July 24th. The winners will be announced live at Gamescon 2016 on the Cosplay stage Sunday, August 21st.

Gamescon 2016 is going down August 18th to the 21st in the Koelnmesse in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The cosplay contest will be happening in the Cosplay Village (hall 10.1).

If you're in need of some inspiration, check out the awesome Overwatch style guide Blizzard recently released.

Published May. 30th 2016
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