DreamHack Leipzig 2018: growth in winter gaming
Under the banner “Experience Gaming”, DreamHack Leipzig is entering its third round between 26 and 28 January 2018. This year, festival-goers can experience more than ever before, as all areas at DreamHack Leipzig have grown compared to the previous year’s event. For three days straight, everything at the Leipzig Trade Fair site will revolve around gaming – from prestigious e-sports tournaments and the latest hardware and software at the exhibitors’ stands, through to Germany’s biggest LAN party with 1,732 seats and a huge events programme.
“Even bigger, more diverse and more exciting: DreamHack Leipzig is writing the next chapter in its success story and has grown again in all areas this year. So there will be more e-sports tournaments, hosted using a variety of platforms, and Germany’s biggest LAN party has once again exceeded its own previous record levels. And there will also be more exhibitors, partners and sponsors than ever before. DreamHack Leipzig has therefore rapidly developed into a very popular and successful brand in the gaming industry and the e-sports sector”, explains Markus Geisenberger, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe.
Robert Schenker, Managing Director of Schenker Technologies/XMG – which co-organises DreamHack Leipzig – is also pleased with how the gaming festival has developed: “Together with Leipziger Messe, we at XMG put in a lot of hard work to improve DreamHack Leipzig each year and make it into a highlight for all visitors and participants. So I am very pleased to see that our efforts since the launch of DreamHack Leipzig in 2016 are bearing fruit and that the event has now become a firm fixture in the calendar of the German gaming community.”
E-sports tournaments – international professionals encounter up-and-coming amateurs
At DreamHack Leipzig 2018, six high-calibre e-sports tournaments will take place, with a total of 230,000 US dollars in prize money on the line. Of this, 100,000 US dollars will be played for in one tournament alone – the World Championship Series of the sci-fi strategy classic StarCraft II. There is 50,000 US dollars in prize money to be won during the tournament in the vehicular soccer game Rocket League at the DreamHack Open. Here, many eyes will be on the “Guess Who?” team, which managed to come out on top during the qualifiers and which will be fielding the German players Philip “Paschy90” Paschmeyer and Sandro “FreaKii” Holzwarth. There is also up to 50,000 US dollars in non-cash prizes awaiting the participants of the Pokémon Regional Championships, which is open to all age groups. This competition involves the popular trading card game and the console games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
With the “Win the Winter” tournament based around the popular online trading card game Hearthstone, a tournament solely organised by DreamHack Leipzig will be held for the first time this year. 128 players will compete against one another to try and get their hands on the biggest share of the 10,000-euro prize pool. Another première: tournaments will be held on the PlayStation 4 for the first time. During the PlayStation Masters, players will compete in FIFA 18, Rocket League, Gran Turismo Sport and Street Fighter V. And in addition, ASUS will host the quarter- and semi-finals as well as the final of the ROG League of Legends Cup at DreamHack Leipzig. There will be a pre-release première of Vainglory 5V5, which is only due for publication in February. In this smartphone game, selected players will test their mettle in a small team tournament on the Event Stage.
More than “just” an expo: the DreamExpo
In the DreamExpo exhibition area, visitors can try their own hand at gaming. XMG is not only involved in DreamHack Leipzig 2018 as a co-organiser, but also represented at the event as a partner and exhibitor. This year, visitors to the XMG stand can expect a blend of gaming themes, whether it’s trying out the latest games titles on the world’s fastest laptops or taking a look at the latest XMG DreamHack Edition PC. One particular highlight will be the XMG Quake Champions Deathmatch Quest, in which visitors can measure themselves against the German professional player ‘k1llsen’ of Team BIG.
As another of the event’s partners, Amazon offers the opportunity to test out the latest hardware and games at its stand. Visitors can let off some steam in Amazon’s giant ball pit, in which the big “Ball Pit Challenge” will be held, with hundreds of great prizes to be won. This challenge will even be covered by professional e-sports-casters.
ASUS will once again be in attendance with its Republic of Gamers (ROG) gaming brand. The company’s stand will allow visitors to test the latest products and take part in numerous promotions throughout the festival’s duration. MSI will present the latest innovations in its notebooks, hardware components and peripherals. The company will also be presenting its own gaming monitors for the very first time. Furthermore, visitors can compete against one another in Overwatch Fun Challenges. Lioncast is introducing its new e-sports mouse and organising audience battles with influencers, competitions with hardware prizes, and a Tekken 7 beat-’em-up tournament.
At the Hörluchs stand, visitors can try out the latest in-ear gaming headphones and play to their heart’s content on CS:GO and PUBG gaming stations. Fans can also compete against the popular streamer TrilluXe in a variety of games. “Beat The Pro” challenges also await visitors at the ARCTIC stand. Merchandise hunters will also find what they’re looking for, including at Anime-Import, EMP, ESPORT-SHOP, Game Legends and Rune Merchandise.
Gamers will once again find everything their hearts desire in the DreamStore by MediaMarkt – and at heavily discounted prices. At 450 square metres, the store is larger than ever before. The company will also be bringing its VR truck along, in which visitors can experience “virtual reality you can touch”. The truck will feature systems including Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, Sony PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and the Samsung 4D Chairs, with a variety of games to test out.
Console players can have a blast in the S*Vv*A*M*P Games Room. The Community Area will feature current and classic games on a variety of consoles for visitors to enjoy. There will also be small fun tournaments held for some games.
IndieVille – new gems from independent developers
As a separate exhibition area, the IndieVille puts the spotlight on start-ups and independent developers. Glaucus Games, an up-and-coming development studio based in Leipzig, will be presenting a pre-Alpha version of its first game and distributing Alpha keys for this purpose. The Danish game studio Hero Blocks will present Block Sport, a combat ball game. The independent, Berlin-based developer ByteRockers’ Games, which has already made a name for itself with its BeeFense and VRog games, will present a new Nintendo SWITCH game, Gelly Break. The stand of Marian Härtel should prove particularly interesting for e-sports players and streamers. This lawyer has specialised in e-sports and games law, and consults on topics including professionalisation, sponsor management and contract design with his law firm eSports Consulting GmbH.
Germany’s biggest LAN party breaks its own record
DreamHack Leipzig is home to Germany’s biggest LAN party, which will once again surpass by far the number of participants at the previous event. After 1,000 participants in the first year and 1,500 in 2017, this time 1,732 gamers will come together in Hall 5 in order to play with and against one another from Friday morning until Sunday afternoon. The sought-after and strictly limited XMG LAN seats, which provide participants with a fully equipped LAN seat, had already been snapped up within a short time of going on sale. Numerous LAN tournaments will take place during the course of the festival.
Experience gaming culture live with streaming and cosplay
In the Stream Area, popular German streamers will come together in order to report live from DreamHack Leipzig via their channels and to meet fans and visitors in the “Meet & Greet” Area. Those in attendance this year include Fishk0p, P4wnyhof, skate702, MrMoregame, Petrit and Lory. Along with the 17 fixed slots for established streamers, there are also two wild-card places which will be shared over the course of the festival by a total of six ambitious newcomers. Events at the Stream Area will be rounded off with “Streaming With Heart”, in which various content creators will participate.
In terms of visual highlights, the great cosplay competition on Saturday has almost become a tradition and has developed into a visitor magnet. It will see many famous characters coming to life and creating a magical gaming atmosphere. 30 contestants in total will be presenting their lovingly designed costume creations in the spotlight of the Event Stage and seeking to impress the expert jury.
About DreamHack Leipzig
DreamHack Leipzig is the official German platform of the Swedish DreamHack, the world’s largest e-sports festival. Its organiser is Leipziger Messe GmbH, together with Schenker Technologies/XMG as co-organiser and DreamHack AB as its founder. The festival’s main features are numerous professional e-sports tournaments, the DreamExpo exhibition with its DreamStore, and a LAN area with 1,732 seats. DreamHack Leipzig’s festival feel is rounded off with a comprehensive gaming-themed events programme on all three days. Additional information can be found at www.dreamhack-leipzig.de
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