Open Cosplay Contest

Welcome cosplayers and fans of cosplay! S2 Games has put together an event to honor the creativity and ingenuity of cosplayers. S2 Games will be host to a Cosplay Contest at PAX East hosted Saturday, April 12th in room 159 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

ANY costume is welcome as long as it does not violate convention rules or the rules detailed on this page.

We're all huge fans of cosplay here at S2 Games. The level of creativity and ingenuity that these cosplayers possess is truly astounding. We wanted to put an event together where we can honor their talent for all the fans at PAX East.
— Marc Deforest CEO of S2 Games

Prizing

Grand Prize Winners in our Male and Female categories will receive a $500 USD cash prize and be officially commissioned by S2 Games to create a costume for their upcoming MOBA Strife. This commission will include:

  • $1500 USD towards creation of the costume
  • Invitation by S2 Games to PAX Prime 2014 including air fare, accommodations, and PAX three-day entry badge
  • An Nvidia 770 Video card valued at $400
  • A Moxie plushie

Judges will choose their favorite contestants to be selected for Round 2. To find out if they have been chosen (and to pick up prizes,) contestants must return at 5:30pm

Second Place Prize winners in our Male and Female categories will receive:

  • An Nvidia 770 Video card valued at $400
  • A Moxie plushie

Third Place Prize winners in our Male and Female categories will receive:

  • A Moxie plushie

All Contestants a Strife cosplay accessory tote bag.

*All winners must be present on Saturday April 12th at 5:30pm after pre-judging to be eligible and pickup of prizing.

If you are interested, enter on the form below. The deadline for entry is April 7th. Entry will be allowed on a first come first serve basis, so if you plan to be at PAX East and in costume enter fast! We can't wait to see you all at PAX East!

Schedule

This contest will be held on Saturday, April 12th and will take place in three rounds.

Round 1: Prejudging 1pm — 4pm Contestants must check in for the competition, meet & greet the judges while talking about their costumes and experience with cosplay. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome into the Strife Lounge during this portion of the day, even if they will not be competing.

Judges will choose their favorite contestants to be selected for Round 2. To find out if they have been chosen (and to pick up prizes), contestants must return at 5:30pm

Round 2: Masquerade 6pm — approx. 8pm Contestants will strut and pose on stage, and are encouraged to use this time to showcase the character they are portraying through mood, feel and overall presentation of the character to the audience and judges.

Awards Ceremony Immediately following Round 2 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the male and female categories will be announced.

Terms and Conditions
Cosplay Rules
Register Here

Terms and Conditions

All participants must read and agree to follow all Terms and Conditions and Rules of the S2 Games Cosplay Contest Series or be disqualified.

By registering for the S2 Games Cosplay Contest Series, all participants agree to allow S2 Games to use their images and information for promotional purposes See legal disclaimer below (If you are under a modeling contract you must agree to this, please email cosplay@s2games.com with any questions so that we may accommodate you)

Entrants are required to attend the brief but important Pre-Meeting to review the event, the short Technical Rehearsal, and of course show up at the requested time for the contest itself. Entrants who miss any of these events may be disqualified. Please see the official event schedule for times and locations of REQUIRED Cosplay Meetings and activities.

All respective PAX East convention and any other convention policies must be upheld during the entirety of the Cosplay competition. Anyone breaking the convention rules where the S2 Games Cosplay Contest Series is held will be disqualified and reported to the appropriate convention enforcers.

Visual/Audio Image Release Form

I grant permission to S2 Games LLC, its employees and agents, to take and use visual/audio images of me. Visual/audio images are any type of recording, including but not limited to photographs, digital images, drawings, renderings, voices, sounds, video recordings, audio clips or accompanying written descriptions. S2 Games will not materially alter the original images. I agree that S2 Games owns the images and all rights related to them. The images may be used in any manner or media without notifying me, such as S2-sponsored websites, publications, promotions, broadcasts, advertisements, posters and theater slides, as well as for non-Event uses. I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished images or any printed or electronic matter that may be used with them, or to be compensated for them.

I release S2 Games and its employees and agents, including any firm authorized to publish, broadcast and/or distribute a finished product containing the images, from any claims, damages or liability which I may ever have in connection with the taking or use of the images or printed material used with the images.

I am at least 18 years of age and competent to accept this release. I have read this release and, I understand its contents, meaning and impact, and I freely accept the terms.

Cosplay Rules

Rules I: Costume Construction:

Commissioned, purchased, rented, or commercially made costumes will be allowed to enter the contest, but will not be eligible for the grand prize. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, the creator of the costume should have constructed a minimum of 60% of the costume. A portion of the costume (such as a leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased finished goods, but If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the contest, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed.
*Unaltered store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a "costume" are NOT allowed.

For safety reasons and to have the event go smoothly, we are not allowing the entry of costumes that require assistance on stage or that a contestant is unable to walk at a normal pace while wearing (such as use of stilts).

Rules II: Costume Weapon Policy:

A COSTUME WEAPON IS *NOT* PERMITTED IF:

  • It fires or can fire any sort of projectile. (Nerf guns are only allowed if they have been deactivated and cannot fire)
  • It is airsoft, even if deactivated
  • It looks like a real firearm at "second glance." (Yes, even if it's a kid's toy.)
  • It's sharp or pointy enough to cut or pierce someone with moderate pressure. This includes all real swords, daggers and knives. It also includes ceramic blades, needles, syringes and anything that can pierce such as a Little Sister syringe made of wood or other non-pliable material.

    Please note that Little Sister syringes that are made of wood are not allowed because you might accidentally poke someone, especially in the crowded Expo hall. If the syringe part is made of rubber or other soft, pliable material instead it could be acceptable. If in doubt, see a PAX official for peace bonding.

  • Bats are allowed as long as you don't go around hitting people with them. Always adhere to laws, mores, and customary rules of society.
  • Foam props are perfectly acceptable and are very popular. These are a good choice since they can't hurt, can be made to look very good, and are totally accepted by the convention center and TSA.

Rules III: Peace Bonding at PAX and Other Conventions for Costume Weapons:

The method of checking will be a booth or location designated by PAX East prior to the event. See the respective event details as if you cannot meet event rules and regulations for costume weapons, then you will not be able to for the contest. The station will be staffed by event members from 1 hour prior to the show to the close of Expo Hall. All attendees who have costume weapons will be directed there.

Anyone who has a costume weapon needs to be verified. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Attendees whose weapons are allowed will have to show that they have been checked and Ok'd. If an attendee's weapon is approved they will receive (dependent on event) BOTH a colored zip tie placed on the weapon and a sticker on the back of their badge with a short description of the item and the name of the Event member who checked it. Any Enforcer can verify to if the weapon has been checked and that you have a sticker and zip tie on it. Please note that zip ties will be placed on the prop in an area of your choice. It must remain secure but it can be in an area that can be covered for photos.

If you bring something in that's not allowed or not approved you will be politely required to leave, stow the offending item in your vehicle/hotel room/etc, and then return. If you have any doubt as to whether your prop weapon falls under these restrictions — it probably does. Err on the side of caution! We do not want individuals to have to compete with costumes missing important features.

If your weapon does not pass peace bonding but you use it in competition, you will be disqualified and asked to leave. (Obviously we don't want this. So please make sure your weapons follow all PAX rules.)

Rules IV: Presentation and Stage Etiquette:

This is a family friendly contest. Content should not go beyond PG-13:

  • Offensive language of any kind is not allowed — no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity, etc.
  • No excessive violence.
  • No sexual activity or contact — real or implied.
  • All sexual jokes and innuendo must have a non-sexual interpretation that is at least as obvious as the sexual one.
  • No nudity — ALL costumes must adhere to the official Kumoricon rules.
  • No yaoi, yuri, or hentai.
  • Be clever, not crass! If you think your costume or presentation might be too risqué or offensive, it probably is.

Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to their entry.

You may surprise the audience, but NEVER SURPRISE THE CREW.
No fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gases or liquids.
No messy substances — wet, dry, or oily — in the Strife Lounge or on stage.
No jumping on or off stage — please use the officially designated stage entrances and exits.
Leave the stage as clean as it was when you set foot on it. Arrange to remove all items you brought on stage at the end of your presentation.

***Disclaimer: Rules can be changed at any time by S2 Games ***

Cosplay Rules

Rules I: Costume Construction:

Commissioned, purchased, rented, or commercially made costumes will be allowed to enter the contest, but will not be eligible for the grand prize. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, the creator of the costume should have constructed a minimum of 60% of the costume. A portion of the costume (such as a leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased finished goods, but If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the contest, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed.
*Unaltered store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a "costume" are NOT allowed.

For safety reasons and to have the event go smoothly, we are not allowing the entry of costumes that require assistance on stage or that a contestant is unable to walk at a normal pace while wearing (such as use of stilts).

Rules II: Costume Weapon Policy:

A COSTUME WEAPON IS *NOT* PERMITTED IF:

Rules III: Peace Bonding at PAX and Other Conventions for Costume Weapons:

The method of checking will be a booth or location designated by PAX East prior to the event. See the respective event details as if you cannot meet event rules and regulations for costume weapons, then you will not be able to for the contest. The station will be staffed by event members from 1 hour prior to the show to the close of Expo Hall. All attendees who have costume weapons will be directed there.

Anyone who has a costume weapon needs to be verified. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Attendees whose weapons are allowed will have to show that they have been checked and Ok'd. If an attendee's weapon is approved they will receive (dependent on event) BOTH a colored zip tie placed on the weapon and a sticker on the back of their badge with a short description of the item and the name of the Event member who checked it. Any Enforcer can verify to if the weapon has been checked and that you have a sticker and zip tie on it. Please note that zip ties will be placed on the prop in an area of your choice. It must remain secure but it can be in an area that can be covered for photos.

If you bring something in that's not allowed or not approved you will be politely required to leave, stow the offending item in your vehicle/hotel room/etc, and then return. If you have any doubt as to whether your prop weapon falls under these restrictions — it probably does. Err on the side of caution! We do not want individuals to have to compete with costumes missing important features.

If your weapon does not pass peace bonding but you use it in competition, you will be disqualified and asked to leave. (Obviously we don't want this. So please make sure your weapons follow all PAX rules.)

Rules IV: Presentation and Stage Etiquette:

This is a family friendly contest. Content should not go beyond PG-13:

Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to their entry.

You may surprise the audience, but NEVER SURPRISE THE CREW.
No fire, flame, smoke, fog, dry ice, wind machines, lasers, pressurized gases or liquids.
No messy substances — wet, dry, or oily — in the Strife Lounge or on stage.
No jumping on or off stage — please use the officially designated stage entrances and exits.
Leave the stage as clean as it was when you set foot on it. Arrange to remove all items you brought on stage at the end of your presentation.

***Disclaimer: Rules can be changed at any time by S2 Games ***