DreamHack Dallas Closes with More Than 33,000 in Total Attendance from 50 States and 29 Countries Over Three-Day Festival Weekend

DreamHack Dallas Offered Ultimate Weekend Experience with First Full-Scale Gaming Lifestyle Festival in Nearly 2.5 Years

Cloud9 Wins First Intel® Extreme Masters Tournament in North America Since 2019; Nigma Galaxy Wins Inaugural ESL Impact Global All-Women CS:GO League; Northwood University Wins Collegiate Rocket League World Championships

Weekend Also Included Bring-Your-Own-Computer LAN Party; Cosplay Championship; Tabletop Gaming; Live Music Concerts; Creators and Influencers; Professional, Amateur and Collegiate Gaming Tournaments; Fighting Game Tournaments and More 

June 3 was declared DreamHack Day in the City of Dallas by Mayor Eric Johnson.

STOCKHOLM / DALLAS — DreamHack Dallas, the three-day, immersive gaming lifestyle festival, has concluded with 33,000 in total attendance from 50 states (plus D.C.) and 29 countries over three-day festival weekend, June 3-5, 2022, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The weekend, featuring everything gaming under one roof, marked the first full-scale, global DreamHack festival in nearly 2.5 years. The event opened on Friday with a Mayoral Proclamation naming the day “DreamHack Day” in the city of Dallas to honor the occasion, and continued with festival-goers admiring cosplay costumes, participating in tournaments, watching pros compete, learning to stream, testing technology at the Expo, attending panels, and much more.

“It was just a tremendous experience to finally be back with a live, in-person event. You could feel the excitement in the air all weekend,” said Shahin Zarrabi, VP of Strategy & Growth for DreamHack. “Congratulations to everyone who participated in a tournament this weekend, whether it was amateur, collegiate or professional; thank you to all of our partners and sponsors; and we have to give a special shout out to the Dallas community for welcoming us back and being a part of this festival weekend.”

DreamHack photos can be found here

IEM photos can be found here


IEM Dallas winners, Cloud 9

Intel® Extreme Masters Dallas

$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

WINNER: Cloud9 

“It was a nice journey to our ‘home court’ — the place where the crowd turned into the sixth player for us and it definitely paid off,” said Abai ‘HObbit’ Hasenov from Cloud9. “IEM Dallas 2022 will remain iconic for CIS/NA duo for a decade, and we do believe the start of the Cloud9 CSGO path to glory was built in!” 

ESL Impact Season 1 Global Finals winners, Nigma Galaxy

ESL Impact Season 1 Global Finals

$150,000 All-Women CS:GO League Season 1 Global Finals

WINNER: Nigma Galaxy

“It’s a tremendous feeling to have won this world championship after all the work we have done to prepare for this moment,” said Ksenia ‘vilga’ Klyuenkova from Nigma Galaxy. “It’s even more meaningful to be the first-ever team to win ESL Impact — we hope this will encourage and inspire others to follow in our footsteps.”

Collegiate Rocket League World Championship

Featured 16 of the best collegiate teams from the U.S., Canada and Europe with $75,000 in scholarships awarded. 

WINNER: Northwood University

“This weekend was great for us as a team,” said Alexander “Buddy” Che from Northwood University. “We showed up big and proved why we are the best team in Collegiate Rocket League. We’re excited to become the two-time CRL World Champs next season.”

Dreamhack Amateur Open Featuring Fortnite

More than 270 participants entered for a shot at winning a piece of the $25,000 prize pool in the original Fortnite Battle Royale on June 3.

WINNER: Maguire “zritualx0ping” Morton

Fighting Games

More than $20,000 was awarded in cash prizes for games including: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Strive, and King of Fighter XV.

Results available HERE.



The $2500 Cosplay Championship judges were Stella Chuu, JenEricLive and LadyLavinias. In addition, Stella Chuu built an entire cosplay over two days in the Creator Hub.

Master Tier Winners:

  1. Mjasmine, Mercy from Overwatch 
  2. AZNProblem, Monster Hunter Armor 
  3. Falamangosa Armory, Lich

Artisan Winners:

  1. Zbexx
  2. ODSTSax
  3. Thiccboi 

Novice Winners

  1. Frenchy4Life, Junkrat
  2. Frankenroc, Protomario
  3. Crowcasts, CosmicLux

Live Music Concert Recap

Saturday night’s concert played to a massive crowd gathered at DreamHack. In addition, DreamHack launched Motionless in White on Twitch with their first-ever livestream coming from the DreamHack Main Stage where they also debuted the title track to their new album Thursday evening; front man Chris Motionless co-hosted the Cosplay competition to a standing-room-only audience. Jonathan Young & Motionless hosted Creator Hub panels and meet and greets.

•  Tabletop Gaming

Table Top activities featured DreamHack Magic: The Gathering Showdown.

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About DreamHack

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. 

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