counter-strike: global offensive

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.

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 and we will continue to add more in very near future.


All matches will be broadcasted live from the events. Tune in at for a free English broadcast produced by DreamHack TV! For multi-language coverage be sure to check out for all streams available!

Tournament Format & Rules

Teams: 8
Qualification:: 6 teams through direct invitation, 2 teams via online qualification
Tournament Structure: 8 teams will be matched in 2 groups of 4, teams will compete in BO1/BO3 group stage matches with the top 2 moving on to the playffs.
Group Stage Format: All group matches will be played using the Dual Tournament (GSL format).
Ruleset: See full ruleset here.
Prize Pool Breakdown:
Total: $100,000
1st - $50,000
2nd - $20,000
3-4th - $10,000
5-6th - $3,000
7-8th - $2,000

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