Only a month away now, Australia eagerly awaits the return of the highly anticipated mega gaming events that were once considered a requisite for all fans in the country. For the first time ever, DreamHack will set its foot on Australian soil, where we’ll see a variety of gaming competitions, the highlight being the $100,000 CSGO tournament and the regional finals for The Halo Championship Series.

DreamHack Melbourne 2022

One of ESL’s brands, DreamHack, is quite literally a ‘dream’ for any gamer. It hosts e-sports events and festivals around the world and has the honor of being the largest LAN part computer festival. It is a place where the whole gaming community comes together to experience everything, ranging from gaming tournaments to celebrating local game studios.

ESL earlier announced the dates for this truly action-packed weekend. The festival is scheduled to take place at Melbourne and Olympic Park from September 2 to 4. DreamHack has a lot to offer this year, including a BYOC and a range of e-sports finals, including Halo, CSGO, and League of Legends. Finals for LoL and Halo would be held at the Margaret Court Arena, whereas CSGO’s ESL Challenger would be held at the Rover Lake Arena.

The event will also feature the ESL Challenger for 2022, where some of the best CSGO teams will go on head-to-head in an effort to inscribe their names in the history books permanently. Eight teams will participate in the event, where four teams will directly make their way from the ESL World Rankings, whereas the remaining four slots will be decided based on the regional qualifiers. Teams participating in the event are OG, Imperial Esports, paiN Gaming, ORDER, Entropiq, Evil Geniuses, VERTEX ESC and Wings Up Gaming.

DreamHack Format And Prize Pool

In the Group Stage, these eight teams will be divided into groups of four, where the Opening and the Winner’s matches will be played to a Best of 1, and the Elimination matches are played to a Best of 3. The top two teams from each group will advance on to the Playoffs. Here, all games are played to a Best of 3 in a Single Elimination bracket. The final two teams will compete for $50,000. In addition, 2nd place takes home $20,000, whereas 3rd and 4th get $10,000 each.

Furthermore, ANZ Regional finals for the Halo Championship Series would be held at DreamHack, where the best teams from the region would play in an Open Bracket, live from the Margaret Arena. The tournament would have a prize pool of $50,000 alongside three qualification spots to HCS Orlando. The big LAN final would wrap up the HCS ANZ season ahead of the HCS Major Orlando the same month, with the Grand Final for the Halo World Championship in October.

In addition, the LCO will come to Melbourne, where LCO Split 2 will be played live on LAN to determine which teams will qualify for the League of Legends World Championship. The Grand Finals will be held on September 4, following the Lower Bracket Finals on the 2nd. The best eight teams would go head-to-head in front of a live audience. Teams participating in the event are The Chiefs,

Dire Wolves, Pentanet.GG, Peace, ORDER, Mammoth, Kanga Esports, and Gravitas.

This year’s DreamHack would reopen more opportunities for other gaming festivals to be held in the region after the COVID crisis that had halted such activities for the past three years.