Cosplay Contest

Enter the esl one Birmingham 2019 cosplay competition

Europe’s biggest Dota 2 cosplay competition is coming back to Birmingham in 2019! The cosplay contest has been a long-standing part of the festival experience at ESL One and will once again give every talented and aspiring cosplayers a chance to unveil their newest creations in front of thousands of fans live. We can't wait to see all these amazing costumes at Arena Birmingham agin.

Please sign-up even if you don't want to enter the competition! We grant free access to every approved cosplayer!

Cosplays of ESL one Birmingham 2018:



The cosplay contest will feature a total price money pool of 3000 € which will be distributed to the top 10 live on stage. 

pRIZE MONEY distribution

 1. 1250€ (~ 1086 £)
2. 700€ (~ 608 £)
3. 450€ (~ 391 £)
4. 250€ (~ 217 £)
5. 100€ (~ 87 £)
6-10. 50€ (~ 43 £)

live on stage

The contest will conclude during the main broadcast on Saturday, June 1st with the the top 10 being presented live on stage. 


Registration is required to participate within the ESL One Birmingham 2019 cosplay contest and is open until May 10th 23:59 CEST.

Free access

Every approved cosplayer enjoys free access to the event and gets an exclusive Cosplayer badge, even if not participating in the contest.

live on stream

The top 10 will be presented on stage, streamed live - including your nickname and twitter handle if you wish so.


Do you have any question about the sign-up or competition? Write me via cosplay(at) or drop me a message on Twitter!

get connected

You want to get to know other cosplayers coming to the event? Join our ESL One Cosplayer Facebook Group!

general rules

And everything you need to know

Be respectful and ask for permission first if you would like to take a picture with a cosplayer. Please keep your hands to yourself. 

anti-harassment policy

ESL One Birmingham 2019 has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • stalking
  • intimidation
  • offensive verbal comments
  • physical assault and/or battery
  • harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of Panels, signings, and other events
  • bathroom policing
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome physical attention


We know it's super exciting to finally meet your favorite hero in real life, but please keep in mind that our talented cosplayers are also here to enjoy the event, just like you! Make sure to always ask permission first before taking a picture and keep it mind that they spent hours on hours on their hand-made creations, so please don't touch any of their props without consent.

If a person engages in harassing behavior, ESL One Mumbai staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the Event with no refund if needed. 

Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact ESL staff, security team or a Minion.


  • Must be Dota 2 related.
  • May not include liquids, gels, or other messy substances.
  • In order to enter the competition, costumes need to be self-made.
  • The entrant must be able to easily maneuver their costume over stairs or ramps unassisted.


  • The costume cannot include, or otherwise utilize, any edged weapons (such as knives, daggers, swords), or blunt weapons (clubs, maces or other crushing weapons) in steel, iron or any type of heavy material.
  • Banned also are firearms of any kind including air guns or any other type of projectile weapon regardless of whether it is unloaded or nonfunctional. Bows must not be functional to be allowed.
  • All weapons will be examined upon entering the venue.


  • Registry will require name, e-mail address and country of residence.
  • By registering for the event, you consent to ESL’s use of this information to associate your name with your submission in promotional materials for the competition.
  • Pictures will be taken for every entrant of the ESL One Birmingham 2019 Cosplay Competition and additional pictures may be taken during the event of every cosplayer.


  • This competition will be a Craftsmanship competition.
  • Judging will take place in a separate area on Saturday 1st of June
  • No performances necessary for judging.
  • Only self made costumes will be allowed into the competition.
  • Prejudging will be required for to compete in the competition.
  • Judges will be closely inspecting each costume, inside and out as well as asking several questions regarding the creation process.
  • Costumes that has been worn to a previous ESL One Cosplay Competition are excluded from participation.



    All participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisers, employees and agencies will not be responsible for:

    • Any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries
    • Telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures
    • Any contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of ESL

     ESL reserves the right to cancel the competition if there are too few sign-ups or if unforeseeable issues appear

    ESL reserves the right to deny entry to the cosplay competition to anyone who violates the event rules.