Midwest Cosplay Championship Rules

Note: These rules have been adapted by using portions from past Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Contest. There may be further revisions and clarifications made before the 2020 Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Contest takes place. Please do not consider these rules final until this paragraph has been removed, or until the tournament has begun.

The Midwest Gaming Classic hosts it’s annual Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Contest! As the contest has expanded, we have decided to better explain the rules for all contestants. The Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Contest supports the following three divisions of participation: Male, Female and Group. There are no fees to enter any of these divisions beyond admission to the Midwest Gaming Classic.

Any entrant may choose to enter into either the male or female categories, as well as the group category. One of these divisions for the main contest. Additionally, contestants may choose to additionally enter the Handmade category based on certain criteria that will be explained below.

I. Main Tournament – Quick Overview

MGC Cosplay Contest Rules may appear to be detailed, but the underlying idea is simple.

Cosplay contestants must register their costumes during open registration times at the MGC Cosplay Headquarters near the MGC Main Stage. This must be done before the Cosplay contest to ensure that they are ready to compete.

Cosplayers return at least 15 minutes before the tournament is set to begin in order to be properly lined up and checked in for their introductions.

Starting at 7pm, the categories will be introduced one at a time. Contestants will be invited onto the stage for a moment to show off their costume. During this time, three Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Judges and three Celebrity Cosplay Judges will judge the contestants on criteria including, but not limited to their costume, audience participation, and additional factors.

After all three categories have been introduced, following the handmade category explained below, the winners who receive the highest scores from the judges will be presented with the award.

Judges scores will not be revealed.

II. Main Tournament – Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for the male and female categories in the following way:

First Place – $75
Second Place – $50
Third Place – $25

Due to the Group Category being of an unknown quantity of people, no official prizes are awarded for it. Additional prizes may be awarded to any of these categories. Additionally, prizes for these categories may be increased or added to up to the start of the tournament. Increased prizes may not be listed on the web site, however whatever is listed on the web site is the minimum we would award.

III. Handmade Tournament – Quick Overview

Any participant in the Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Contest may choose to enter the Handmade division in addition to any of the above divisions. The Handmade division has additional restrictions that the above categories do not, including a one-time, $8 entry fee. Additionally, all contestants, regardless of gender, compete against one another in this category. Finally, if there are not at least 25 entrants into this division, the Midwest Gaming Classic may choose not to run this portion of the contest.

To enter the Handmade division, contestants must use a program to upload a photo of themselves in their handmade costume before the Midwest Gaming Classic event. These photos must adhere to all of the same guidelines outlined in the Midwest Gaming Classic Rules & Dress Code for approval.

Approximately 10 days before the Midwest Gaming Classic, contestant photos will be unveiled online. At this point, the Midwest Gaming Classic will open online voting for any handmade contestants. Votes will be tallied using a system which the Midwest Gaming Classic sets up.

At the Midwest Gaming Classic, Handmade division entrants must check in near the MGC Cosplay Headquarters near the MGC Main Stage. Contestants must check in with the costume they wore in their photo, and must confirm with the cosplay judge that the costume is handmade by them.

At the beginning of the Cosplay Contest, all handmade contestants will be invited on stage first and introduced. Any handmade contestants may also compete in other divisions if they so choose as outlined above.

Voting for the handmade category will close approximately 5 minutes after the conclusion of these introductions, or approximately at 7:10pm.

After the three Main Categories are presented, the 10 handmade contestants who received the most votes from our online voting will be called back to the stage for final judging. This judging will only be conducted by the Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Judges.

After all 10 finalists are revealed, the winners from the three main category divisions will be revealed, and then the final handmade winner will be revealed. Handmade division winner may also win other divisions.

Judges scores will not be revealed.

VI. Handmade Division – Prizes

Prizes will be awarded in the following way

First Place – $1000

If participation in the Handmade division reaches certain thresholds, additional prizes will be unlocked:

At 75 entrants, a Second Place Prize of $200 will be awarded.
Starting at 100 entrants, for every 5 additional entrants $10 will be added to the first place prize, $5 will be added to the second place prize.

Example – If there are 147 entrants, the First Place prize will be worth $1090 and the second place prize would be worth $245. If there are 228 participants, First Place would receive $1250 and second place would receive $325.

Additional prizes may be awarded. Additionally, prizes for these categories may be increased or added to up to the start of the tournament. Increased prizes may not be listed on the web site, however whatever is listed on the web site is the minimum we would award.

V. Additional Competition Information

All contestants must adhere to the Midwest Gaming Classic Rules & Dress Code at all times. Failure to do so may result in their scores being disqualified from the Contest, and could result in ejection from the event.

Judge scores will be collected in a manner where judges to not see other scores. We choose to not publish judge scores because we appreciate everyone who attends the Midwest Gaming Classic and participates in the Cosplay Contest, and do not want to highlight decisions that may have contributed to a contestant not winning. Judges will be available to talk with before the Contest and the following day so contestants can query them for ideas on how to improve in the future. Scoring will be tallied and verified by an party independent of the judges.

In the rare case of a tie in judge’s scores, each division will have one judge pre-selected as the main division judge. The contestant this judge gave a higher score will be declared the winner. In the case there is still a tie, the contest who has the highest single score from any one judge will win. In the extremely unlikely scenario there is still a tie at this point, the tied positions shall be declared “co-winners” and any and all prizes for those divisions will be split equally among the winners.

These rules may be clarified in the future, however the form the basis of the rules for the Midwest Gaming Classic Cosplay Contest.