THE ANNUAL COMBO BREAKER COSPLAY CONTEST
- Saturday, May 28, 2022
- Pre-judging from 2:15pm-5:15pm
- Main foyer, first floor by the stairwell
- Contest Finals center stage around 5:45pm
- In-between the Capcom Fighting Collection Exhibition and Skullgirls Top 24
COMBO BREAKER’s annual cosplay contest looks to celebrate fighting games, with all entrants encouraged to limit their costumes to playable characters found in the fighting game genre. The contest hopes to highlight the skills and commitment of artisans in the fighting game community! With 35 years of fighting game history to choose from, and numerous alternate outfits for many characters, the options available are substantial! COMBO BREAKER’s Cosplay Contest is a free-to-enter activity with pre-judging available in a publicly accessible area.
COMBO BREAKER will be supplying a photographer during the prejudging and finalists showcase, ensuring that cosplayers receive a keepsake as part of their participation. Prejudging will be available from 2:15pm-5:15pm at the Cosplay Contest table in the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center foyer near the primary stairwell. Please look for the sign next to the desk! Select participants from the prejudging review will be invited onto the COMBO BREAKER center stage for an awards ceremony.
Cosplay repair will be also available on-site on Saturday, May 28, 2022!
Contestants will have their Cosplays reviewed on the following criteria:
- Craftsmanship: The stitching, fabric selection, form, fit, and construction of your costume. This category includes prop-making in our contest.
- Accuracy: How well your costume represents your character.
- Originality: Is our costume unique? Did it require inventive crafting to realize?
- Presence: Do you bring your character to life?
- Weaponry Rule: Only blunted, wood, plastic, or otherwise non-lethal weaponry will be allowed as part of COMBO BREAKER’s Cosplay Contest
- Contestants are encouraged to bring in-progress photos and reference images for their Cosplay if they are available
COMBO BREAKER’s contest is open to cosplayers of all skill levels, but our Finalists will need to display great skill and a love of fighting game characters to go home awarded. All costumes will be judged singularly, with no additional favor shown to group costumery.
$1,500 and merchandise packages available
1st Place / Best In Show
Costume is at-least 80% hand-crafted, with minimal purchased props or embellishments
Prize: $750 and a COMBO BREAKER merch package
2nd Place / Runner-Up
Costume is at-least 60% hand-crafted
Prize: $500 and a COMBO BREAKER merch package
3rd Place / Notable Cosplay
Costume is at-least 40% hand-crafted
Prize: $250 and a COMBO BREAKER merch package
Each judge will be able to award a cosplayer a merch package acknowledging their individual appreciation of their Cosplay. The judges’ awards do not need to align with placements.