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.