Over the last few months you may have seen some social media posts about a new program from WorldCosplay, promoting a payment system for cosplayers and a currency called Cosplay Token, aka COT.
Wondering just what this COT is? Unfamiliar with Cure or WorldCosplay? Well, here’s a little backstory.
The website Cure was a longstanding staple in the Japanese cosplay community for years. Just about every active Japanese cosplayer (and many westerners like me) had a Cure account a decade ago. Prior to the social media takeover, cosplayers heavily relied on sites like Cure and Cosplay.com to share photos and connect to others in the hobby. The combination of these two sites would take photo submissions from eager cosplayers and publish them in COSMODE, the premier cosplay magazine in Japan at the time. It was where some of the big names in cosplay got their first fans. Cure eventually took notice of the massive influx of international cosplayers and opened up WorldCosplay.net to better service a growing international community.
Now Cure WorldCosplay is attempting something bigger. They are setting up a system in which cosplayers can monetize their work on an international scale. Imagine being able to use your WorldCosplay account to be booked for work by major companies, get tips from fans who love your work, and commission others for cosplay related goods. When I first heard the news, I thought of the benefit of having something like Patreon meets a talent agency out there for us to use. Sound interesting? If you are a cosplayer with a fan base or a fan of cosplayers, this should be something you are watching.
As WorldCosplay is an international site, using one national currency as payout won’t fit every company and individual’s needs. They’ve opted to create COT, an Ethereum based cryptocurrency that will act as the main means of trading on this marketplace. Cryptocurrency to many of us still an unknown, but a growing number of people do business with blockchain and trade cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
Whenever something new hits our community, there’s a lot of scrutiny and criticism. Rightfully so! You should want to know more. Cure has been a major player in the cosplay community, particularly in Asia for well over a decade. Seeing as COT is being put forward by an established company, I’m eager to see how it will develop. That’s why I jumped at the offer to be an Ambassador for them. It gave me an opportunity to have a front row seat & see just how this will develop.
Why jump so quickly to join this program? Partially it’s because of my past experiences over the last 2 decades as a person who has made a side job out of my hobby. I still remember being criticized years ago when I set up an early version of this website. It was seen as arrogant and unnecessary, but now it’s pretty standard for cosplayers to have a dot com of their own. It happened again when I set up my Facebook Page and Twitter very early on. When I sold prints, when I was a Crunchyroll Ambassador, when joined Patreon at launch, when I modeled costumes for sellers at a time when making everything yourself was a given… all were abnormal at first, and now it’s normal. Trying out new things is a gamble, and I’ve seen how taking a gamble sometimes pays off.
I think Cure WorldCosplay and COT have a shot at being that next big tool in our cosplay arsenal. That is, if we give it a chance and grow with it. I’m optimistically watching this program develop. If you want to learn more about Cosplay Token, here’s where to go: https://cot.curecos.com
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