Paris Games Week has always been a showcase for activities revolving around video games and pop culture. Cosplay (a contraction of "costume" and "play") has played a key role at the show for several years now.
Poster for the cosplay competition at the show
Paris Games Week has always been a showcase for activities revolving around video games and pop culture. Cosplay (a contraction of "costume" and "play") has been a key part of the show for several years now.

PGW Cosplay Championship

France cosplay and Imagin Con will be organising a prestigious competition to reward the best cosplayers. It will take place on the PGW x Fnac Stage and will be a highlight of the show not to be missed.

If you're a cosplayer, come and play your favourite character at the PGW Cosplay Championship!


*Registration open from 6/10/23 at 8pm to 20/10/23 at 11.59pm.

The Cosplay Village at PGW! Activities and events not to be missed

Throughout the show, Imagin Con will be offering a wide range of activities.

Meet the cosplayers

Several cosplayers dressed in their costumes will be on the stand to answer all your questions and share their passion with you.

The cosplayers meet to take the photo

Discovery workshops

If you'd like to get behind the scenes and get hands-on, Imagin Con will be offering workshops to create your own objects/accessories. You'll be able to take home with you a souvenir that might just spark off a new passion.

Cosplay at PGW

A photo area

Are you a cosplayer? Take a photo shoot and immortalise your costume through the lens of a professional photographer, and get some great shots.

A photo area dedicated to cosplay photos

Costume exhibition

The most beautiful creations will be on display, providing an opportunity to appreciate the meticulousness, attention to detail and, above all, the creativity and hard work of the artists.

A costume exhibition for cosplayers

Photo exhibition

As well as the actual costumes on show, you can also admire some wonderful shots of other cosplayers.

Cosplay: a multi-faceted artistic passion at PGW 2023

Behind this creative hobby are fans of video games, manga, TV series and films, who bring their favourite heroes and characters to life. It takes a lot of time to imagine and design the costumes of their idols, as well as working on make-up, hairstyles and accessories. For the most complex creations, it's not uncommon for these enthusiasts to learn and master the skills of the great artistic techniques to reproduce their heroes' costumes with extreme meticulousness. Some can even make bespoke objects and accessories to match the character's original design.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of hours are often required to produce the most accomplished costumes. The result is stunning, and sums up the passion that drives these artists. It's the same passion that drives the cosplayers at Paris Games Week every year. And it's a passion that's growing, as there are almost 20,000 cosplayers in France, from beginners to experts**.

Visitors' artistic passion

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at Imagin Con

Paris Games Week is proud once again to welcome Imagin Con, one of the oldest cosplay associations in France. Founded more than 10 years ago, Imagin Con has helped to develop cosplay with the aim of spreading strong values such as sharing, tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness. Cosplayers of all ages, from beginners to experts, can come and share their passion. During Paris Games Week, the Imagin Con stand will become the place to be for cosplay. There will be plenty of activities to meet cosplayers and find out more about this artistic discipline.

*5 prizes worth a total of €10,000 - 1st prize: €4,500 - 2nd prize: €3,000 - 3rd prize: €1,500 - Up to 2 special prizes awarded by the jury: €500 each.

** Data 2021

The cosplay competition takes to the stage