DreamHack, the long-running LAN gaming-focused festival founded in Sweden in the mid-90s, will be hosting its inaugural California event in Anaheim February of this year. The festival will host numerous esports tournaments, with the prize pools across all of its competitions totaling over $500,000.
As has been the trend with most things video game-related over the past couple of years, DreamHack Anaheim’s marquee competition will be its Fortnite tournament. Anyone over 13 years of age is welcome to sign up and compete. Tournament play will first take place across an two days of qualifying rounds, from which the best 400 players will be selected compete in a grand final qualifying round. Those 400 will be narrowed down to a final 100 for an eight game grand finals series. Winners will be awarded prizes from a $250,000 prize pool, with first place receiving $30,000.
A Magic: The Gathering Arena tournament will also accept open sign-ups from virtually anybody with an interest in competing (unless its 350 player cap is met.) Prizes will be awarded from a $100,000 pool, with the first place winner also receiving $30,000 in addition to an invitation to a future Mythic Invitational MTG Arena tournament.
Other competitions include one stop on the Counter Strike: Global Offensive DreamHack Open, which is a CS:GO tournament circuit originally launched by DreamHack in 2012 with stops all over the world (and a $100,000 prize pool); DreamHack’s Halo Series, featuring Halo: Reach on the PC for the first time ever (and a $50,000 prize pool); one of three Warcraft III: Reforged ESL Pro Tour stops, with a $25,000 prize pool; a Hearthstone competition with open registration up to 150 players and a $2,500 prize pool; a Dreamhack FGC series of fighting game tournaments that includes Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Pokken Tournament, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Melee (and a $10,000 prize pool across all of its featured fighting games); as well as 10 additional “BYOC” tournaments with smaller prizes.
More information about each of these tournaments can be found on DreamHack Anaheim’s esports page. DreamHack Anaheim will take place from February 21st to the 23rd at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
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