DreamHack Open pro-am circuit to return in 2018, featured across 8 DreamHack festivals
Today DreamHack is proud to announce for the 7th year, the DreamHack Open esports circuit will continue. DreamHack Open was launched in 2012 and will have now awarded over three million USD to hundreds of the World’s best pro-gamers. In 2018 the circuit will be featured at eight DreamHack events, with CS:GO being the primary title to be played.
In 2017 DreamHack saw huge growth in the North American market, adding additional events and we are tremendously excited to continue to visit Atlanta, Austin and Montreal. For each event featuring CS:GO the format will remain similar, with open qualification, direct invitations, a $100,000 prize pool and professional broadcast. DreamHack Leipzig will feature Rocket League as the primary title instead of CS:GO, and for 2018 we aim to feature different games and diversify DreamHack Open.
“2017 was a great year for DreamHack Open, where the tournament reached both record breaking viewership and worked as the springboard for major champions to prove themselves,” said Marc Winther, Project Manager of DreamHack Open, “For 2018 we are excited to build on that success, as well as introduce more titles to DreamHack Open when it makes sense.”
DREAMHACK OPEN 2018 EVENT CALENDAR
CS:GO EVENT STRUCTURE
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.
CS:GO TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE
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 2018, they are available at dreamhack.com and we will continue to add more in very near future.