Blizzcon 2015 Contests Announced


blizzcon-2015-contestsBlizzard has posted news about their annual Blizzcon contests. There are four contests, and while the Costume and Talent contests are judged live on stage at Blizzcon, there are limited entrant slots and fans who are going to attend the show must enter in advance. In addition to those live spectacles, there’s a Fan Art and Fan Movie contest which can be entered online whether you’re attending Blizzcon or not.

Contest sign ups aren’t live yet, so the Blue post is just general info. Blizzcon 2015 Contests Announced:

BlizzCon 2015 Costume Contest

2014 Costume Winner

2014 Costume Winner

The Costume Contest is coming back, and we’re already trying to guess what heroes, adventurers, villains, and oddities we’ll see onstage. Each year your creations get more elaborate and spectacular, and we’re sure that this year will be no exception.

As in prior years, we’ll be opening up online signups for the contest in the coming weeks. The number of contestants will be limited, and those who don’t make the initial cut will be placed on a wait list. Final contest registration and participation confirmation will take place on Friday morning at BlizzCon, so please make sure you have a purchased BlizzCon ticket in hand, secure your place in the contest or on the wait list during the online sign-up, and have your costume finished well in advance. Spread the word to all of your cosplay friends — BlizzCon is the place to see and be seen!

Remember: It’s important to keep safety in mind as you’re planning your creation — that means you must be able to easily and safely see out of and maneuver in your costume without assistance, and make sure your costume allows you to see clearly and move easily. In addition, no real weapons, dangerous materials, or large motorized costumes will be allowed.

In recent years we had a run of Diablo cosplay winners, though that streak did not continue last year, when that um… Protoss (?) bug thing won. Perhaps some enterprising Diablo cosplayers can take back the crown this year. Or at least look really cute in their Demon Hunter costumes?

Lock and load.

Lock and load.

Click through for the full Blue post about the Blizzcon 2015 contests; the costume part above was just an excerpt.

BlizzCon® 2015 Contests—Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Preparations!

The time has come to begin your preparations for this year’s BlizzCon contests! All of the contests from BlizzCon 2014 will be returning—Costume, Talent, Art, and Movie—and we can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with to impress the world this year.

Information on how to sign up and official rules are coming soon, but if you’d like to start planning your creations in advance, here’s a bit more information on what to expect.

Live Contests

The Costume Contest is coming back, and we’re already trying to guess what heroes, adventurers, villains, and oddities we’ll see onstage. Eachyear your creations get more elaborate and spectacular, and we’re sure that this year will be no exception.

As in prior years, we’ll be opening up online signups for the contest in the coming weeks. The number of contestants will be limited, and those who don’t make the initial cut will be placed on a wait list. Final contest registration and participation confirmation will take place on Friday morning at BlizzCon, so please make sure you have a purchased BlizzCon ticket in hand, secure your place in the contest or on the wait list during the online sign-up, and have your costume finished well in advance. Spread the word to all of your cosplay friends — BlizzCon is the place to see and be seen!

Remember:It’s important to keep safety in mind as you’re planning your creation—that means you must be able to easily and safely see out of and maneuver in your costume without assistance, and make sure your costume allows you to see clearly and move easily. In addition, no real weapons, dangerous materials, or large motorized costumes will be allowed.

BlizzCon 2015 Talent Contest

The Talent Contest will also be returning to the stage at BlizzCon 2015! Last year’s competition featured performances by some truly talented participants, and this year, we’re looking forward to seeing an even wider variety of acts—juggling, dancing, hooping, we want to see it all!—so even if you can’t carry a tune, your other skills might carry you to the stage.

If you’ve got serious performance chops, you could have a chance to showcase your Blizzard-themed talent live on stage at BlizzCon in front of a massive audience and win great prizes (including a trip to BlizzCon and lodging). We’ll be accepting video applications of your performances in the near future, so start rehearsing!

Whatever you choose to show us, please make sure your video is 2 minutes or less in length, choose a good (higher is better) resolution, and keep it simple—we want to see you just as you would be performing live. Since your audition video could be shown onstage at the show, please make sure that there are no non-Blizzard brand logos present in your shoot.

Online Contests

blizzcon-2014-art-winnerBlizzCon 2015 Art Contest

The Art Contest offers talented artists a chance to showcase their work at BlizzCon. As you prepare to craft your masterpiece, please keep in mind that you’ll need to submit high-quality jpegs no larger than 5MB. Also, the content of your work needs to be your own original creation, so no PhotoShop manipulations of existing work will be accepted.

BlizzCon 2015 Movie Contest

Aspiring auteurs in animation, machinima, live-action filmmaking, and more—we want you to entertain us! Start storyboarding now, but keep in mind that the length of your film should be 3 minutes or less and the size of your file no larger than 100MB. If you’re shooting a live-action piece, please make sure that there are no non-Blizzard brand logos in your video.


BlizzCon 2014 First place winner — Mushanga (Jeffrey Cuiper) “The Sore Loser”

Complete rules and more information on all of the upcoming contests will be available soon. Signups begin in the near future, but there’s no better time to start preparing than now!

Have BlizzCon contest-related questions? Email [email protected]

Need more inspiration? See more of BlizzCon 2014’s winners and runners-up here.

There’s usually some amazing fanart submitted for this, and the costume and talent contests are popular on-stage events, plus the fans walking around in cosplay all day the first day of the show are fun. At last year’s show Nerdwards and me were recording a live podcast sitting up on the press level late Friday afternoon, shortly before the registration for the costume contest, and thus we had a non-stop parade of people in amazing kits walking past. One was even dressed exactly like Wyatt Cheng!

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