BlizzCon® 2013 Costume Contest—The Rules

As we announced a while back, the Costume Contest is returning to BlizzCon 2013, and we know you have some burning questions regarding the rules. While the contest sign-up date is still a little ways off, we wanted to share this year’s official rules with you in advance to help you better prepare. You can read the full rules at the link below, but here are a few highlights:

  • Your safety is a huge priority, so we want to make sure that contestants can safely navigate the stage and the show floor. That means costumes can be no wider than 4 feet across, no longer than 6 feet, and no taller than 8 feet. You’ll also need to be able to easily maneuver your costume over stairs or ramps unassisted.
  • No weapons—or articles that could be construed as real weapons—are allowed. As has been the case in the past, costume “weapon props” are acceptable, and construction will be limited to costuming materials such as foam or soft plastic. As has also been the case in the past, wooden staves that are not shod with metal are OK.
  • No liquids, gels, or other substances which could cause a mess or a safety hazard are allowed.
  • This year’s costume should not materially be the same costume that you’ve used to enter a previous BlizzCon Costume contest.

Regarding that last rule, a new costume recreating the same character that has been enhanced from a previous version is probably OK. If you’re not sure whether what you’re planning is “enhanced” enough to qualify, it’s best to err on the side of caution and really make significant improvements or refinements if you want to re-use a concept.

This is the year to bring out your very best: More competitors than ever before will walk away with prizing, and in a very special twist, the Grand Prize Winner will have the option to be honored in a future Blizzard game!

You’ll need to sign up online in advance (and have a ticket to the show) to be eligible for one of the 100 open slots. Attendance early on day one of BlizzCon will be mandatory too, for pre-judging and photos.

You can check out the full rules on the BlizzCon forums.

Sign-ups are currently planned to start August 6, so stay tuned! We’ll post an update once they’re open.

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