DreamHack MALMÖ; 2017 is Getting Closer7th Aug 2017 |
A Swedish digital festival, DreamHack is now the largest of its kind in the world. First held in Malung, Sweden, it combines eSports competitions, digital art and live concerts. The festival itself is actually an amalgamation of events that are held throughout the year predominantly in Europe. However, in 2016 the first events where held in North America and also saw great success. The largest computer party in the world, it boasts one of the fastest Internet connections on the planet, and generates the most traffic as it streams all games live to its viewers.
DreamHack in itself has been around since 1994, and for years consisted solely of summer and winter events. In recent years, the festival has opened up newer events around the world, and in 2016 DreamHack Masters Malmö came into being. DreamHack Masters Malmö is a Counter-Strike tournament and makes up part of the new DreamHack Masters series. DreamHack Masters provides fans with the opportunity to see top teams battle it out in their favourite games, though as a viewer, please be aware that age restrictions do apply due to the nature of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The Grand Prize
The competition features sixteen of the world’s top CS:GO teams, all competing against one another for the ultimate prize, a portion of a quarter of a million dollars, and the prestigious title of DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017 Champion. In order to provide you with the best entertainment, twelve teams received invites to join the tournament whilst the places of the other four were determined by a series of qualifiers set around the world. This year sees a lot of return teams from last year’s inaugural event, with Ninjas in Pyjamas a strong favourite coming off the back of their win here in 2016, and newcomers B.O.O.T-dreamcape completing a surprise win in the closed Asian qualifiers for their first foray into this tournament.
The Kick Off
The format of the tournament is a simple one. Four groups containing four teams will face off in the group round. Make a note in your diary; kick off is on 30th August. Played prior to the live events, the group round features a round of double eliminations, leaving only two teams from each group moving on to the quarterfinals. On the 2nd and 3rd of September, streamed live from the Malmö Arena, these eight teams will then play “best of three” games to determine who will take home the grand prize.
Photo credit: DreamHack, Abraham Engelmark