STOCKHOLM/COLOGNE/NEW YORK — DreamHack, a part of ESL Gaming, today announced the popular DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite tournament series, which included millions of players in 2020, will continue in 2021 (duos). In addition, fans can look forward to the ”best of the best” (trios) Cash Cup Extra Presented by DreamHack. Both Fortnite initiatives will total a prize pool of more than USD $900,000 in 2021.
Each season of Fortnite’s competitive calendar — spring, summer and fall — will feature a DreamHack Open with a prize pool of USD $200k each. The first DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite will begin in May with each duos tournaments to be broadcast live on Twitch. Players are able to join the tournament in the Compete section of Fortnite. No signup required. Dates will be announced soon.
There will be a total of 18 events in 2021 with a prize pool totaling more than USD $17k per event — these will be spread across the spring, summer and fall seasons, each featuring six events (three NA East; three EU). Fortnite has added invitational events where top players from the European (EU) and North American (NA) East Trios Cash Cups can advance to the Cash Cup Extra Presented by DreamHack tournaments — the first and the second event were a great success (April 15 and 21); the third edition will kick-off on May 12. Cash Cup Extra Presented by DreamHack is a merit-based event featuring top performing players that week, and also offers teams who compete in the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) another opportunity to work on their chemistry.
“We had an incredible experience hosting the online DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite in 2020, and are very excited to again partner with Fortnite operator Epic Games to offer another year of Fortnite events for our community,” said Viktor Rydbäck, VP Product Management at ESL Gaming. “To strengthen our connection and involvement in the Fortnite competitive ecosystem is a tremendous opportunity.”
Following the popular debut of DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite tournaments in 2020, this year’s events will continue to be community-focused while paired with a live, online broadcast via Twitch. Fans can expect professional commentary, as well as high-level, in-game observing produced by DreamHack’s experienced team of professionals.
Fortnite players will be able to participate in DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite on the EU and NA East and West servers as the competition is open for all and not invite based. Cash Cup Extra requires players to compete in the Fortnite Trios Cash Cup to earn an invite to play. More information is available on the DreamHack website HERE. Additional details will be announced.
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DreamHack is an immersive, gaming lifestyle experience where the community comes to life. Millions of fans tune in to DreamHack broadcasts each year, and 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. In 2020, DreamHack merged with ESL to create ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. The two organizations have been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation, across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions and festivals.
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