E-sports showdown at DreamHack Leipzig
This coming January, DreamHack Leipzig will once again become a Mecca for gaming fans from Germany and abroad. In recent years, the festival has established itself as the venue for high-quality e-sports tournaments, and will once more be setting a milestone in 2018. Both the StarCraft II World Championship Series and the prestigious DreamHack Open Series will get the new year under way at DreamHack Leipzig. Alongside elite international teams and players who have been directly invited, all other players also have an opportunity to qualify for the tournaments ahead of DreamHack Leipzig 2018. There is prize money totalling 150,000 US dollars at stake.
Two years after PtitDrogo vanquished Bly in the WCS Tournament at DreamHack Leipzig 2016, the StarCraft II World Championship Series is returning to the Leipzig trade-fair site. During the first event of WCS 2018, there is 100,000 US dollars in prize money on the line, together with a place in the WCS Global Playoffs, which take place at the end of 2018 and will establish the world champion. 80 players will compete against one another, including 16 international professionals, who will be directly invited and whose names will be revealed shortly. The remaining field of participants will comprise players who have qualified – these will be established in the coming weeks.
For the third time in a row, the DreamHack Open will get the new year under way at DreamHack Leipzig. Players will compete in Psyonix’s Rocket League, the popular vehicular soccer game, for prize money totalling 50,000 US dollars. The tournament will take place across all three festival days, and fans of the game can look forward to a spectacular event. Four teams will be invited directly, four teams will be selected via qualifiers, and 24 additional slots will be offered via open sign-ups. In the case of the four teams who will definitely be there, these are teams from the completed Rocket League Championship Series Season 4. Their exact identity will be revealed soon.
Gaming highlights with record-breaking LAN party, great DreamExpo and spellbinding events programme
In addition to the tournaments, DreamHack Leipzig will be the venue of Germany’s biggest LAN party, which will break its own record-level number of participants this year. After the originally planned 1,500 LAN seats had already sold out after a few short weeks, the area has been expanded and can now provide space for up to 2,000 seats. In the expo area, numerous exhibitors will be presenting the latest hardware and software, as well as PC accessories and gaming merchandise. Exhibitors who have already signed up include XMG ad the partner and co-organiser of DreamHack Leipzig, ASUS, OMEN by HP, MSI, Fnatic Gear, Trust Gaming, Lioncast, ARCTIC and Game Legends.
The stream area will play host to popular YouTube and Twitch streamers, who will report live from DreamHack Leipzig via their channels. They include P4wnyhof and skate702. Fans and visitors therefore have the opportunity to meet and talk with their favourites in person. A gripping programme awaits on the event stage, including the great cosplay contest, tournament broadcasts and many additional highlights.
The Pokémon Regional Championships return
The Pokémon Regional Championships, the second-largest tournament based on the globally popular games after the Pokémon International Championships, will be taking place once more. The championship tournaments will be held on 27 and 28 January. The competition involves the popular trading card game and the video games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Participants merely need to register at http://www.dreamhack-leipzig.de/de/esports/pokemon/, bring their deck of cards or one of the video games and the corresponding games console, and own a valid ticket.
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 1,500 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