DreamHack Dallas to offer the Ultimate Weekend Experience with First Full-Scale Gaming Lifestyle Festival in Nearly 2.5 Years
Three-Day Festival to Feature Two Premier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Esports Tournaments
First Intel® Extreme Masters Tournament in North America Since 2019; Inaugural ESL Impact Global Finals for All-Women CS:GO League
Weekend to Include Bring-Your-Own-Computer LAN Party; Cosplay Championship; Tabletop Gaming; Expo; Live Music Concerts; Creators and Influencers; Professional, Amateur and Collegiate Gaming Tournaments; Fighting Game Tournaments and More
COLOGNE / STOCKHOLM / NEW YORK — DreamHack is back! The three-day, immersive, gaming lifestyle festival will return to Dallas for the ultimate weekend experience with the first full-scale DreamHack festival in nearly 2.5 years. DreamHack Dallas will take place June 3–5, 2022, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, offering everything gaming under one roof. Tickets start at $39 for a one-day pass, and $94 for a three-day experience. More details are available at dreamhack.com/dallas/tickets.
DreamHack creates an arena where the community can come to connect, explore, win, play a part, and be yourself through the gaming lifestyle experience. Whether festival-goers are admiring cosplay costumes, participating in tournaments, watching pros compete, learning to stream, testing technology at the Expo, or attending a panel, DreamHack offers an unforgettable experience.
“We’re thrilled to bring DreamHack back to the great city of Dallas,” said Shahin Zarrabi, VP Strategy & Growth at DreamHack. “These last two years of the pandemic have been so hard for so many, but gaming has always brought communities together both online and in person. So it is especially meaningful to bring this electrifying event weekend to Dallas as we mark our return to in-person festivals all around the world. The DreamHack experience truly has no equal — we can’t wait to once again share it with the people of Dallas.”
The two pinnacle esports tournaments at DreamHack Dallas will both feature Counter-Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO):
- Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest-running global pro gaming tour in the world, will be the first IEM event to take place in North America since 2019. IEM is widely considered one of the most prestigious esports events in the world, and a total of 16 teams will compete for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool.
- ESL Impact will bring the inaugural all-women CS:GO League Season 1 global finals to Dallas where a total of eight teams from five regions will compete for a share of the $150,000 prize pool.
“The CS:GO fans have some fantastic action to look forward to as we bring Intel® Extreme Masters and ESL Impact to DreamHack Dallas,” Zarrabi continued. “IEM has always been a stand-out moment for esports players and fans around the globe — and now we’re taking a solid step towards providing new opportunities and improving the representation for all women CS:GO players with the Season 1 Global Finals of ESL Impact.”
Among an array of professional, amateur and collegiate gaming tournaments will also be Fighting Game Tournaments (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear -Strive- and King of Fighter XV), the beloved and famous Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) three-day LAN party ; Cosplay Championship; Live Music concerts; Panels; Tabletop Gaming; Indie Games; Expo; and more to be announced.
DreamHack had its last in-person festival prior to the pandemic — February 2020 at DreamHack Anaheim. The next scheduled in-person U.S. event will be DreamHack Atlanta, November 18-20, 2022, part of DreamHack’s global tour including 10 festivals in seven countries.
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DreamHack is an immersive, gaming lifestyle experience where the community comes to life. The 24 hour-a-day festival weekends feature everything gaming under one roof. Attendees experience professional esports tournaments, amateur and varsity gaming tournaments, world-famous bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, cosplay championship, panels, art, activities, expo, screenings, live music and more. The DreamHack brand is a part of ESL Gaming, the world’s leading esports company.
About Intel® Extreme Masters
Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest-running global professional esports tournament circuit in the world. Started in 2006 by Intel and ESL, the competition has now traveled to over 30 cities around the globe and conducted tournaments for 11 different competitive gaming titles. Esports fans from more than 180 countries regularly make IEM events record-breakers in terms of stadium attendance and viewership, with the tournament’s inaugural event in Australia in May 2017 marking the fifth continent for the global competitive circuit. Throughout more than 75 IEM events, over US $11 million in prize money has been awarded to some of the world’s top esports talent (www.intelextrememasters.com).