ReedPOP has evolved the stakes of cosplay to a competitive level through their Cosplay Central Crown Championships series. Their pan-convention competitive cosplay showcase challenges creators to enter their best costumes in the ultimate contest that will crown one victor at MCM London Comic Con in October 2022. While 2022's final fandom faceoff may take place in the United Kingdom, ReedPOP will host the 2023 contest in Chicago in Spring 2023.
The Global Final has chosen C2E2 2023 to welcome top cosplayers from around the world as they bring their best work to display before the Windy City. C2E2 2023's Global Final will divide itself into a trio of branches: four United States regional qualifiers, one United States champion selected from the four regional finalists, and one ultimate crown champion on an international basis. Competitors will hail both from the United States and other nations as all are encouraged to enter.
The United States regional qualifiers will be selected at Florida Supercon, Emerald City Comic-Con, New York City Comic-Con, PAX Australia, and MCM Birmingham Comic-Con. The final cosplayer who will participate in the Grand Final Cosplay Central Crown Championships will be announced at C2E2 2023. The 2023 competition will eliminate using defined stage presentation scores though Grand Final judges will still examine each costume. Qualifier rounds in the United States Cosplay Central Crown Championships will revist individual awards for Armor, Needlework, and FX categories. Registration for most other 2022 Crown Championships competitions have closed, but the New York Comic-Con 2022 Crown Championships registration remains open until September 2, 2022.
An entire breakdown of expectations and rules designated for the Cosplay Central Crown Championships Global Final can be viewed through ReedPop's official master document. ReedPop nor C2E2 has not yet announced its official dates, though advertises itself as a "Spring 2023" convention. C2E2 2022 return to the McCormick Place from August 5th - 7th, 2022. Tickets for C2E2 2022 are available for online purchase or in-person sales at select retailers.