DreamHack Enters Three New Markets
Building off the success we saw in 2016 in Austin, our North American expansion continued with three new cities hosting DreamHack events for the first time in 2017.
Las Vegas, Nevada
We brought our premiere arena style tournament "DreamHack Masters" to Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event saw Virtus.pro taking home the championship, and most of the $450,000 prize purse.
The second US festival of the year was in Atlanta, awarding over $800,000 in total prize money across competitions in CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Halo, H1Z1, Super Smash Brothers, Injustice 2, and Street Fighter 5.
The last US festival of the year, and also one of the most unique, as we took over a venue that is traditionally known for hosting stock shows and rodeos. The juxtaposition of the old west with the new digital age created for one of the most unique atmospheres we have ever had at a festival.
New, and Returning, Esports at DreamHack
We are proud of the fact that our festivals are able to support a wide variety of different esport tournaments, from the amateur to the professional level. In 2017, we continued this commitment by hosting many tournaments in games we have never hosted tournaments in before (including some of 2017's most popular titles), and bringing back some fan favorites.
Arena of Valor
New Festival Innovations
We began building and iterating on new content areas to add to our communities in-event experience. New content areas at DreamHack in 2017 included: Indie Zone, Art Zone, Student Zones, Panels, Workshops, and the first ever DreamHack Open Air Stage featured at DreamHack Summer.
Malmö Enters Our Record Books
With over 92 million started streams online and over 31 million unique views across all platforms, DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017 became the most viewed DreamHack tournament to date. We plan on taking our Masters event to new heights, and new places, in 2018 and beyond.
"Last year’s edition of DreamHack Masters Malmö was a breathtaking experience and set a new event standard for us. The anticipation for this year was higher than any other event we’ve pulled off"
- Mike Van Driel, DreamHack Chief Product Officer
Yep... It's a Major
Following The International Dota 2 Championships in September, Valve announced major structural changes to the competitive Dota 2 landscape.
DreamHack was subsequently awarded one of the first Dota 2 major tournaments under this new format. The championship was hosted at DreamHack Winter, where Team Secret took down the reigning world champions (and defending ROG DreamLeague champions) Team Liquid. Team Secret secured a majority of the $1,000,000 prize pool with their victory.
Pro Gaming Dreams Come True
The unsigned Rocket League team known as "the Muffin Men" put themselves on the map with an unexpected victory at DreamHack Atlanta. The tournament field consisted of 32 teams, which included all of the top teams from North America and Europe at the time.
A week after their victory at DreamHack Atlanta, the Muffin Men had their pro-gaming dreams come true after being picked up by North America esports organization Cloud9.
Winning this might honestly be harder than winning the RLCS World Championship.
- Cameron "Kronovi" Bills, G2 Esports
Not One... Not Two... But Three
The 2017 Starcraft 2 World Championship Series (WCS) circuit at DreamHack was absolutely dominated by one man, who goes by the name of "Neeb."
Neeb was reigned supreme in Austin, Jönköping, and Montreal - securing his place to compete for the title of World Champion in November at Blizzcon.
Not bad for a few weekends of work.
In 2018, we will continue to maintain our focus on innovating and improving our festival experience - both for our attendees, and our fans tuning in from home.
What started at DreamHack Winter this year, will become bigger and better next year as we look to integrate more mobile gaming and mobile esports into our festivals.
We will continue to invest in and develop grassroots community esports through our support of the college esports scene in the United States.
DreamHack Fighting Games
We are overwhelmed at the support and love the fighting games community has shown us in this past year. In 2018, we will continue to provide a place for the FGC to call home with new tournaments, new titles, more prize money and a new DreamHack fighting games brand.
To Our Community,
Thank you for continuing to support DreamHack throughout all of these many years. Everything we do at our events is built specifically with you in mind, and we know we wouldn't be here without your continued support.