Cosplayer of a decade wins CosGames

The winner of this year's CosGames, held at Licence2Play at Marina Bay Sands, was cosplay-event organiser and freelance writer Jason Koh (second from right), who was dressed as Diablo character Tyrael.

IT WAS his second time participating in Licence2Play's cosplay competition and, this time, Mr Jason Koh emerged victorious as the CosGames Grand Champion.

Mr Koh, 30, a cosplay-event organiser and freelance writer, was dressed as Tyrael, a character from the action role-playing video game, Diablo.

His intensely-detailed costume - made out of foam and complete with sword and wings - took him about two months to make. The wings on his costume were even removable, for a reason.

"In the game, Tyrael removes his wings when he casts away his 'angel' status and becomes a mortal," said Mr Koh, adding that he could pull the wings off for dramatic effect.

His efforts won him a pair of air tickets to Japan and a pair of Japan Rail passes. He was among eight finalists who participated in this year's CosGames.

Asked what draws him to cosplay, Mr Koh - who has been involved in it for 10 years - said that it "is a great hobby that brings people together". CosGames was just one of many activities at Licence2Play, held from last Friday to yesterday.

The gaming event, held at Marina Bay Sands, attracted 62,000 visitors in its first two days. It was the fourth instalment of the gaming event - organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings - which was ticketed for the first time this year.

Mr Y. Lio, 19, a Malaysian university student who had travelled from Penang just to attend the event, was thrilled by the activities presented this year. He was particularly elated to be able to meet guest stars like professional gamer Kim Ga Young, also known as StarTale Aphrodite, who is one of the few female pro gamers in the gaming industry.

Mr Lio said: "I'd love to see more guest players at next year's convention and learn how to play like them."

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