Today DreamHack is proud to announce for the 6th consecutive year, DreamHack Open will continue in 2017. DreamHack Open was launched in 2012 and has given away over $2.3 million USD to hundreds of the World’s most talented professional gamers. In 2017 the circuit will feature CS:GO across 9 different DreamHack festivals in six countries and two continents. Each tournament will feature a similar structure to the pro-am format in 2016, and $100,000 in prize money per stop, for a total of $900,000 to be awarded in 2017.
In 2016 DreamHack established the first ever DreamHack events in North America and Germany, and will return to these key regions. As well in 2017 bringing CS:GO to DreamHack Montreal, DreamHack Tours and DreamHack Valencia, which did not feature DreamHack Open CS:GO in 2016. Every DreamHack Open stop will feature international teams being directly invited to participate.
DreamHack Open will continue with a big focus on the amateur scene and open qualification, so that up and coming gamers will be able to earn their chance to play against the World’s best on stage.
"With the constant growth and being the most sought for esports title at our festival events, it is natural for us to have DreamHack Open with CS:GO as a household part of all festival events in 2017,” said Marc Winther, project manager of DreamHack Open, “It is important to us, that DreamHack Open stays open, allowing for up and coming teams to have a chance to qualify and a playground to evolve. At the same time we will continue to invite teams directly based on merits.”
Having previously announced DreamHack festivals in Leipzig, Austin, Tours, Jönköping, Atlanta, and Denver, we are also pleased today to confirm the final two DreamHack festivals to be hosted in 2017 in Valencia and Montreal, held July 14-16th and September 8-10th respectively.
Each event will consist of six direct invites, issued to teams based on merits through ranking and results. Teams will have the chance to qualify for the events via online qualifiers, each event will feature one qualifier for the European region and one covering North America. For selected events, five direct invites will be issued, one spot for each of qualifiers in Europe and North America, the last spot will be handed to a wildcard team in a region not covered by a qualifier.
The tournament will span across three days and have the eight teams split into groups of four, playing double elimination bracket to determine the two teams advancing to the playoffs. Initial and Winner’s matches will be played best-of-one map, while the remainder of the group stage will be played best-of-three maps. The four teams advancing to the playoffs will compete in a single elimination bracket playing best-of-three maps.
Want to experience one of the DreamHack Open stops yourself? We have already now put up tickets for multiple of the events coming in 2017, they are available at ticket.dreamhack.com
and we will continue to add more in very near future.
DreamHack is the world's largest computer festival. DreamHack's core, and origin is the LAN party, with the two major festivals in Sweden, DreamHack Summer in June and DreamHack Winter in November. DreamHack also arranges festivals, events and competitions in several locations in Europe and North America.
The events are a platform for esport, knowledge and creative competitions, music acts, lectures by game developers, Internet & game culture, cosplay, the fair DreamExpo and much much more. DreamHack is also a production company with a focus on gaming, esports, music and arena productions for both traditional TV and the Internet.
During 2015 DreamHack had 192,000 visitors to its events and more than 72 million unique viewers who followed the live broadcast online. More information is available on www.dreamhack.com