rAge 2019, Vodacom 4U Cosplay Competition

Vodacom 4U has revealed not only why the brand is on board, but also what awesome prizes will be up for grabs at the Vodacom 4U Cosplay Competition run by GES at the Vodacom rAge Gaming expo taking place from 27 through to 29 September at the Ticketpro Dome.

“At Vodacom 4U, gaming and esports is one of our key strategic pillars of our brand strategy. We see our brand, Vodacom’s Youth branded Franchise Channel, to be the best suited to ‘speak gaming’ and offer the best in class connectivity solutions, like our Vodacom Fibre offerings, as well as any gaming peripherals that any serious or casual gaming customers require.

Following on from our deep involvement within the esports sector in South Africa during the past few years, we’ve decided to connect the dots to include the passionate Cosplay community and have partnered with Samsung Mobile South Africa to sponsor the tournament at Vodacom rAge happening in September this year. The Vodacom 4U Cosplay Competition will see the largest single event cash prize purse to date and we are excited to see who will walk away with bragging rights of being crowned the 2019 winners,” says Ulanova Visser, Marketing Director of Vodacom 4U.

The prizes

For the prizes, Vodacom 4U and Samsung Mobile South Africa have also has teamed up with My Mini Me, a 3D printing company from Gauteng. My Mini Me has a unique business, where they scan and print 3D models of real people to be used as gifts, 3D selfies and ornaments.

The prizes up for grabs:

Best in Show – R15 000 plus 3D printed figurine (Large)

Master’s Division Winner – R5000 plus 3D printed figurine (Medium)

Armour’s Division Winner – R5000 plus 3D printed figurine (Small)

Needlework’s Division Winner – R5000 plus 3D printed figurine (Small)

The 3D figurines will be of the winners in their winning cosplays, scanned and printed. The winner of Best in Show will also take home the Vodacom 4U Cosplay Competition floating trophy… and a year’s worth of bragging rights!

Some background

Every year at Vodacom rAge, there is a Cosplay Competition; which is effectively a platform for cosplayers to show off their amazing outfits. If you are unsure of what Cosplay is – it is a contraction of “costume play” – is an increasingly popular and professional hobby where fans wear costumes and accessories to represent fictional characters. The term was coined in Japan, where the trend kicked off in the 1980s with people dressing up as video game characters. It has since grown globally, with fans recreating their favourite sci-fi, fantasy and comic book characters down to the finest details. Costumes are often planned and handmade months in advance of events. “We wish all the participants best of luck and can’t wait to see all your amazing costumes!” says Ulanova Visser.

Vodacom rAge Event Details:


27 September – 29 September 2019

Show times:

Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 09:00-16:00

Day ticket:

R160 per person (tickets available at the door or via TicketPro outlets)

Weekend ticket:

R320 per person (tickets available at the door or via TicketPro outlets)

Kids under 6:



Ticketpro Dome  | Cnr Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road | Northriding, Johannesburg | GPS: 26 03’48.39”S / 27 56’35.54”E