DreamHack is not just another CSGO championship event. It started as a LAN party in Malung, Sweden in 1994 in a local school cafeteria with about 40 participants. By the year 2000 it had grown to a several thousand participants, and in November 2013 it won the Guinness World records for the world’s largest LAN party, with 22810 participants.
Every year DreamHack organize several events in Europe and as of last year also in North America. The events focus around LAN and gaming expo, but Esports tournaments became an increasingly bigger element during the event. Since 2016, DreamHack organizes the CSGO dedicated tournament DreamHack Masters in Malmo Sweden. In 2016 more than 10,000 people joined the event and more than 32 million watched it live from the comfort of their own home.
This year we already had the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas in February. The second Masters event will again be in Malmo on the second and third of September where 16 top tier CSGO teams will fight for a part of the $250,000 prize pool.
At the moment of writing there are no precise details yet on who will participate in the CSGO DreamHack Master Malmo 2017 tournament, besides last years’ winner, Ninjas in Pyjamas who will surely try to defend their championships title. More details will be published closer to the event, but we can already make some predictions.
Astralis is currently the number one ranking team worldwide. The boys from Denmark didn’t participate in the 2016 event and during the DreamHack Master in Las Vegas they reached only fourth place, losing their last game against Virtus.Pro, who eventually went on to win the tournament, beating SK Gaming in the finals. Surely this team is out for revenge and it would be sad not to see them have their chance during this year’s Masters.
But September is still a few months away, and many things can happen. We just have to see who gets invited based on their standing. Keep an eye out on reddit and Twitch.tv to follow the latest developments.
Previous winners of DreamHack Masters
As mentioned before, the CSGO DreamHack Masters Malmo 2017 will be the second time the Masters are taking place in Sweden and the third time overall. The first event took place last year from the 12th to the 17th of April. More than ten thousand fans joined the event and millions of fans watched the live streams online. Eventually it were the Ninjas in Pyjamas who won the first prize of a $100,000, beating Natus Vincere who went home with the second prize of a mere $50,000. Third place was awarded to GodSent.
The DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017 was the second DreamHack Masters event and price pool went up. The first prize of $200,000 went to Virtus.Pro from Russia. SK Gaming, the team based in Germany with all Brazilian players won the second prize of $100,000 and the runner up prize of $25,000 was for North, 3rd place, and Astralis who became 4th.