The International Gloving Championship has been a staple in the world of gloving & light shows since its inception in 2011. We’ve run IGC once per year here in Southern California, which brought roughly 500-800 people on average, and offered up some of the largest amounts of prize money to be offered in competitive light shows.
Our mission for gloving has always been to pioneer and pave the way for professional light shows via competitions for everyone across the world. This year, the tough decision was made to take a step back from IGC in-person competitions, so that we could really build the foundation we need to get to that mission.
We had to accept that running an event that only 500-800 people could access per year was not the best way to provide an “international” experience to the entire gloving population that exists out there. We had to accept the cold hard truth that we are not good in-person competition organizers. We had to accept there were concerns across the board year after year–legitimacy behind the judging, things not staying on schedule or meeting expectations, limited access to glovers around the world due to distance, work, school, etc., along with a list we could all go on and on with.
Since we announced the “Lights On!” competition a few weeks ago, there’s been one common concern that has come up–the competition being a popularity contest. We heard you loud and clear and we’re making the changes you’ve asked for.
IGC has come and gone. The 5th year of competitive gloving gives us a chance to look at what we’ve built as a community and reflect on everything that has gotten glovers to this point.
This year we had a star-studded event that featured cash prizes and some of the biggest names in gloving and dance, but most importantly, we celebrated our community coming together and gathering as friends for one of the biggest and best tournaments ever thrown. Continue Reading
Don’t worry, we’ve got full video coverage of IGC coming soon, along with an event recap article, but for now I just wanted to share some amazing photos from our friend Jason Fenmore at Oh Dag Yo Photography.
This guy is a true professional, it takes skill to be able to tell stories through photo the way he does. I’m not sure if gloving has ever been shot so vividly.
With so much hype surrounding big name glovers like [PM] Cypher and [ION] Vex in the Legends Bracket, people forget that there are 128 awesome competitors in the Open Bracket. Since IGC boasts talent from all over the country, I wanted to shout out some of the top sleepers in my book.
While the IGC Legends Bracket year is as stacked as ever, the Open Tournament hosts a fair share of light show monsters, too.
The Open Tournament consists of two 64-man Swiss Style tournaments. The winner of each tournament gets a spot in the main event, the Legends Bracket, where they will face 14 Legends who have each won previous BOSS or IGC competitions in a single elimination bracket.
The competition will be intense, and the trades will be hot fire. Whether they are coming from out-of-state or representing the IGC homeland of Southern California, these 5 glovers are ones to keep an eye on.
In light of IGC coming up this Saturday, we decided to conduct some highly intensive research on the gloving community. What we found is that our competitors have all followed this exact 10 step formula to gloving stardom. Study up boys and girls!
Competitor Tickets are sold out, but you’ll need to grab a Spectator Ticket if you want to see the madness that is IGC this Saturday in Santa Ana, CA.
The 2015 IGC Legends Bracket this year is entirely stacked with some of the best glovers ever. There are representatives from all over the country facing off, and each one of these guys has earned Superhero status in the gloving community. This year, the Legends Bracket is going to be a battle that will go down in history with Waterloo, Normandy and that time Loki opened a portal over NYC.
The LEGENDS and their superhero alter egos:
[PM] Rhapsode – The Blue Ranger
Fear the words, “It’s morphing time” when it comes to this guy. His digits and dials are creative as can be, but Rhapsode’s true skill comes from his ability to pantomime concepts and create humorous illusions. This power ranger was a favorite to win IGC last year and has only leveled up since.