In an effort to support content creators, Riot Games is working with Gry-Online to host a European League of Legends cosplay contest with a prize pool of 2,500 Euros. The contest will be split into two stages. Stage one will consist of an online application contest. Competition finals will be held during the Pyrkon Fantasy Festival on May 8, 2020. Pyrkon Fantasy Festival occurs at the Poznań International Fair held in Poznań, Poland.
League of Legends Cosplay Competition
All costumes made for the contest must be from League of Legends. Additionally, each participant can only submit a single costume, 90 percent of which must be self-made.
Hopeful cosplayers will have until March 31 to submit their application via email to [email protected] Applications must include the applicant’s name, country of origin, and the character’s name. Attached to the application, at least two reference photos of the character and at least ten photos of the costume itself will be required. Short videos can also be accepted. Official application formatting is here.
The online judges consist of Aleksandra “Shappi Workshop” Tora, Mel “Riot SwimBananas” Garcia and Sarah “Riot Jynx” Kulyk.
On April 15, 2020, 16 winners from the online portion of the contest will be announced. Qualified finalists also receive the opportunity to participate in a local Riot Games project. As of this writing, specific details on this project are unreleased.
Judges of the League of Legends contest will evaluate cosplays according to three main criteria.
- Quality of the outfit and details added to it.
- Faithfulness to the character and reference picture.
- Their stage performance.
Prizing and Community Rewards
A first-place winner receives 1500 Euros, second place will receive 500 Euros and third receives 250 Euros. Judges themselves will also get 250 Euros.
In recent years, Riot Games has been making efforts to better reach out to their community and support the content creators who empower it. The League of Legends Partner Program is one of the first examples of this. Now, this cosplay contest furthers that goal.
Cosplay is a foundational aspect of popular digital media. All followed interests will have dedicated artists working hard to recreate the characters and world they love. League of Legends is no exception. Pillars of the community, like Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi and Albert “Boxbox” Zheng, strengthen the community around cosplaying, engaging countless fans. Cosplay is here to stay and Riot Games is perfectly aware of that fact.
Written by Devon Huge