Cosplay comes from the combination of words ‘Costume’ and ‘Play’. Cosplay is a highly interactive and creative activity. Many people define Cosplay as a practice of dressing up as a movie, book, or a video game character, over recent decades, dressing up as a famous character has become a mainstream trend, cosplay events, live shows and comic cons are becoming popular each year and now thousands of people are linked to the cosplay industry directly or indirectly.

People have transformed their two-dimensional work into three-dimensional characters, creating their own fantasy universe and blurring the line between fiction and reality. The phenomenon of cosplays has been around much longer than the age of the word cosplay implies. The global cosplay community is enormous. The creativity, artwork, the essence of fantasy and fusion with video games and movie industries has made the cosplay larger than ever.

The cosplay industry is not bound to a single country or continent, it has been absorbed into almost every country and this is why cosplays are regarded as the true product of 21st century, and believe it or not, they are just getting started!

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The Rapid Growth

People often ask, why and how the rapid growth? The answer lies in the uniqueness of cosplays. An escape from the daily occupations and distractions of this world. Cosplays have been a chance for people to show off their creativity. The expeditious development and rise of social media, internet and increasing number of games, movies and their fandoms, this all has led to such a large global cosplay community than one can imagine.

Today, Cosplays are not just limited to dress made of a common fabric incorporating a character’s face as a mask, curves, funky colors and other features. It has grown into an industry of huge potential and thousands of artists, creators, designers, painters and technicians are now linked with this multibillion-dollar industry.

The modern cosplay has been taken to the next level thanks to its fusion with technology and engineering. The enormous amounts of accessories, mechanical components, electrical prosthetics for face and body and digital graphics on costumes are not just on paper. Without a shadow of a doubt, cosplay industry has the ability to grow as a major contributor to the economy of the world. Already having worth of over billions of dollars, there is still room for immense development and magnification.

  • Employment opportunities.
  • Bringing fans and communities together using a constructive platform.
  • Adding to the creativeness and inventiveness of children
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Some Stats

The global cosplay fandom and industry is massive. It has a market segment too valuable to ignore. Cosplay conventions and events are large and adds a lot of fortune to its growth and market. Each year, the number of these events are increasing.

The Future

Cosplay industry is not confined to a country or a certain group of people, it is estimated to have a worth of almost 40 billion dollars expanding to over 70 thousand employees all over the globe, with an immense annual growth rate of over 15%.

The future of the growth of this industry is bright to say the least. The way people of every age are getting obsessed with this concept of cosplays speaks for itself. This industry is getting bigger every year and is here to stay. Let’s take a deeper look in what makes the future of cosplays so promising and discuss the fusion of other industries into cosplay.

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Cosplay and Anime

When we say, ‘cosplay was born as a mere hobby in some city of Japan’. It is not wrong. The basis of this mega industry has been the obsession people have with cartoons. Breathing life into the cartoons and giving a three-dimensional aspect to their planar fantasy world is what people want. The great success of anime and cartoons in Japan has spread over the entire globe. The audience is not limited to kids, young adults and even old ones are now fans of this great genre of entertainment. Anime cosplays are fashionable, and the fans’ community has made it relevant.

The future of anime cosplays is huge. Each year, anime weeks are held in different parts of the world. Such events bring a lot of happiness and even a source of limited income to many. A gel that bonds this great community together, anime cosplays are the present and the future.

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The Gaming Cosplay

Cosplays have become a key marketing prospect of video games industry. The video game sector is larger than music and movie sectors combined. Cosplays based on video game characters are the spirit of cosplay events.  Gaming fans love to see and even embody the real versions of their most cherished gaming characters.

The storytelling and mesmerizing characters involved in a video game captivates the fans. Character is what ultimately makes the story and video games are full of inspirational and charismatic characters. The cosplays of such characters are highly appealing and popular amongst the gaming fans. These two industries go hand-in-hand and their growth has somehow been dependent on each other.

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Movies and Cosplay

The only industry that gives the video game industry a competition is the movie industry. Of course, the multibillion-dollar gaming scene resembles Hollywood in many ways. Movie industry had been a center of attention far before than the cosplay industry. The great popularity of movie characters and superheroes gave birth to the cosplay industry. People needed some way of expressing their belonging and love for their esteemed heroes.

There is no doubt in the fact that cosplays provide a sense of belonging and escapism. Some people really enjoy the process of planning and creating the costume. Making armor, sewing, and building weapons can be a fun and rewarding hobby. The Batman cosplay is no more limited to a mask, body suit and a cape, today, it comes with a magnetic cape, an armor belt, a digital screen on the chest and a sensor-controlled mask. Definitely, this is just a beginning of the futuristic cosplay industry!

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