It is now official. There will be a Cosplay competition on October 19th, 2024 at the Video Game Summit in Schaumburg, IL. The first year that VGS will be hosting this competition. Prizes and awards will be given out to winners if multiple categories.


Click here to sign up 

Pre-judging will take place on October 19th in a room on site at the Pinball Expo ’24 Video Game Summit 2024 starting at 10 am and continue until 5pm. This will take approximately 5 minutes per entry, more at the discretion of con staff. While day of entry will be available, signing up ahead of time gets you a scheduled time slot for judging no matter the line.



Cosplayers are more than welcome to wear their projects at our event. As always, we do want to make sure that everyone has the safest time possible. Here are the conduct expectations for cosplayers and con-goers. Please do not get expelled from the con without refund or recourse and possibly referred to local law enforcement for violating these guidelines.

We abide by the Golden Rule of Cosplay. While we will seek to accommodate cosplayers (and if you need an accommodation, please ask), cosplayers must also accommodate other con-goers. Please do not prevent others from enjoying the cons with posing and setups of pictures, blocking thoroughfares, using overpowering lights and sounds unexpectedly, or behaving in character to the point that it becomes and issue.


  • Your name
  • Your cosplay name(s)
  • The character or thing you will be presenting/portraying (If you are coming as a group, these become the list of people & characters/things)
  • A reference what is being portrayed, whether by link or photo What category you are competing in
  • Your preferred pre-judging time






Todd Friedman Todd Friedman (403 Posts)

Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the retro gaming community and has co-promoted the Video Game Summit in Chicago, IL for the past 16 years. He also has published 2 books and written for various different gaming magazines including Old School Gamer.