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What started as a 40-person LAN party in a remote town in Sweden is now billed as “the largest digital festival in the world.” At its heart, DreamHack is still that same LAN party where attendees bring their own rigs and square off against some of the biggest names in esports. Now, after more than 20 years, the show has expanded beyond an all night competition and has become a 72-hour, non-stop celebration of all things gaming.
DreamHack is descending on Austin’s Convention Center June 1-3, 2018 and bringing with it some awesome performers. Let’s see what’s in store.
The Tournaments – Big Plays, Big Prizes
DreamHack is home to some of the most anticipated match-ups in esports, hosting everything from AVGL collegiate-level grudge matches to their pro-series championships. IGN will be bringing you coverage and highlights throughout the show, but here’s a little taste of the battlefield:
- $100,000 PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Showdown: Attendees will get the chance to square off in Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) squads, fighting for a chance to face the pros in the main competition. Meanwhile, online players vie for a chance to earn a trip to face off, in person, for the grand prize.
- $100,000 7th Annual DreamHack Open Counter Strike: Global Offensive: Six direct invites have gone out to teams all over the globe based on merit, through ranking and results. The two remaining slots are open for online qualifiers (one for Europe, one for North America).
- $50,000 Fighting Game Championships: The roster this year includes Brawlhalla, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Pokken Tournament DX, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Brothers, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear XRD Rev 2 and BlazBlue Central Fiction
There’s also $100,000 at stake in Starcraft II World Championship Series, $50,000 up-for-grabs in Rainbow Six Siege, as well as prize pools in League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Quake Championship, even Magic The Gathering. Pros, attendees will duke it out for over $400,000 in prize money.
LAN Party – Non-Stop Gaming
DreamHack Austin offers everyone a chance to bring their own gaming rigs to the event, hook them up to a provided LAN socket, and get in on a 3-day long gaming marathon with three ways to play.
Play with Friends
Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) tournaments where players compete against each other for a chance at $18,000 in cash prizes
Open Tournaments where amateurs duke it out for a chance to face the pros for a share of $100,000.
Unlike at other shows, the floor never closes for the entire show, making it a true gaming free-for-all for all three days.
The Main Stage – Where APM Meets BPM
The Main Stage is where DreamHack shows off that it’s more than just a competition; it’s a cultural force touching virtually every aspect of gaming. The stage is an enormous concert arena that hosts some of the biggest names in dubstep, trap, and EDM.
This Year’s Performances in Austin:
Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf hail from Chicago, the birthplace of House music. Their signature style blends the restless rhythms of the genre with heavy rock influences, forming a more driven style of EDM. The sisters focus on creating music with a message of empowerment, fashion, and inspiration, hoping to bring a little of all three to the next generation of hit-makers.
Imagine Battle of the Planets was resolved on a DDR cabinet, or Voltron tearing up a discotheque floor. That bright, colorful spectacle gets you close to what happens when Alexander Odden and Michael Parsberg hit the decks. The Scandinavian duo spin a mix of chiptunes and future bass that would feel right at home in an anime, kinetic arcade cabinet, or on Billboard’s Top 15 Electronic Albums.
Speaking of anime, it doesn’t get much more kawaii than this guy. The being known only as Tokyo Machine strode into the world of EDM in 2017 on a wave of endearing, nori-wrapped chiptunes, steel-toed basslines, and animation cells. It’s those retro Japanese cart aesthetics (along with the Tokimon cartoon friends he draws) that have earned Machine a global following in no time.
Cosplay Championship – The Imperial Fashion March
Cosplay has quickly taken the geek world by storm, so it seems only right that it should be prominently featured at DreamHack.
Celebrity Head Judge Yaya Han will be presiding over this year’s competition. One of the most famous names in Cosplay, Yaya has over 375 costumes to her name and multiple television appearances, as well as her own line of cosplay fabrics, patterns, and even her own sewing machine!
Yaya will be joined by celebrity cosplay guests Meg Turney, Jennifer Van Damsel, Pokket, and WesTheEditor from Smosh Games.
Expo – Explore the World of Gaming
Get your hands on games and gaming gear in the Expo, an area packed with booths from gaming companies, indie game demos, student games, tabletop games, art, virtual reality, mobile games and more.
DreamHack Austin – Get there
IGN is going to be bringing you coverage while the show is live, June 1-3, 2018. But if you want to get just a little closer, you’ve got options.
Tickets to DreamHack Austin are available at: https://www.tixr.com/groups/dreamhack/events/dreamhack-austin-2018-7161
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