THIS weekend, more than 170,000 video game fans are converging on the Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland, to watch the longest-running pro-gaming tournament: Intel Extreme Masters.
Some had been waiting for hours in sub-zero temperatures to get a good seat.
Among the throng of hoodie-clad esports enthusiasts, though, a small collective stood out, thanks to their bright, DIY outfits.
Meet the cosplayers: people who dress as specific characters using hand-crafted costumes and accessories.
And, what better place to show off your meticulous outfit than the “world cup” of pro-gaming (as one attendee described it).
There was the Polish girl, with striking purple hair, who said she’d come as “Morgana from League of Legends” – a fallen angel who deals in black magic.
“I had to take my wings off to try Echo Arena,” she said, pointing to the virtual reality game people were lining up to play.