Stockholm - The home of eSport
DreamHack Masters comes to Stockholm, and this is the first edition to be hosted in the city. DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 is planned to take place September 1-2, with a group stage to be held before the main event between August 29 – 31.
To date DreamHack Masters has hosted three editions of the tournament series, including some of the most memorable esports events of all time. Those include Ninjas in Pyjamas winning with the ultimate underdog story on home soil at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016, as well as Virtus.pro taking home an explosive victory at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017.
“We are tremendously excited to head to Stockholm with DreamHack Masters,” said Marcus Lindmark, CEO and President of DreamHack, “Stockholm is the home of the DreamHack headquarters, and Stockholm Live has some of the best facilities available globally, so we are going to have everything at our fingertips to produce the best eSport event and experience possible, for both viewers onsite and online”.
Stockholm has a rich history in eSports and has for many yearsbeen the go-to location for either getting the proper training or breaking through. The legacy dates back to the old guard and the early days of eSports, today the city is home to both Major champions, current and past, and new-born stars. Thus far all editions of DreamHack Masters have featured Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as the main title, prize pools of $250,000 or more, and 16 teams competing live for the prize. During 2016, DreamHack had 233,000 visitors to its events and more than 135 million viewers who followed the live broadcast online.
“It feels exciting and natural that DreamHack chooses Stockholm as a host city. Stockholm is one of the world’s most important tech cities, and we have established ourselves as a prominent event city. We have a long tradition of esports that we are now building on”, says Karin Wanngård (S), Mayor of Stockholm City.
Along with the conference, Sweden’s first eSport gala, Stockholm International eSport Awards, will also take place, celebrating the greatest eSport stars of the year.