DreamHack Esports Events – DreamHack Winter World of Gamers

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Based in Sweden, DreamHack is an esports events organisation that hosts some of the largest tournaments around the world.

Starting from a 90’s school cafeteria, DreamHack now streams tournaments globally and caters to real-world audience of over 20,000 in cities such as Montreal, Las Vegas and Jönköping.

DreamHack isn’t just for the pro’s. Most events are open to fans and players of all abilities who are welcome to bring their own computer or rent a rig to play on LAN with other attendees. If you want know more about DreamHack Betting, read our schedule page below.



DreamHack events cater to many categories of esports such as FPS, racing, fighting, sports and strategic. Some of the titles featured at events past and present include:

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Quake Live
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Smite
  • Hearthstone
  • Street Fighter V



There are multiple variations of DreamHack events. Every year, DreamHack Summer and Winter events are held in Jönköping, Sweden. These are the two major DreamHack festivals and bring a mix of fans, amateur and professional players under one roof for a whole range of activities such as tournaments, music acts and other forms of esports related entertainment.

DreamHack also host events throughout the year in other areas of the world such as Europe and North America. Recent events have been held in Colorado, Canada, Georgia and France.


In 2016, DreamHack established the DreamHack Masters series. This side of the DreamHack brand was brought about in order to create an esports event that focuses on showcasing the best esports talent from around the world. Separate to the traditional BYOC LAN events, the Masters series has featured teams such as Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, Virtus Pro and SK Gaming fighting for prize pools reaching $450,000. So far, the Masters series has been held in Malmö, Las Vegas and soon to be Stockholm (August 2018).

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been the sole esports title of the DreamHack Masters series so far. However, with the popularity of other titles constantly rising, it’s likely that we will see the brand feature more gaming titles.


  • DreamHack Winter 2017 – Dec 1 – Dec 4
  • DreamHack Leipzig 2018 – Jan 26 – Jan 28
  • DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 – Aug 29 – Sep 2


DreamHack events attract some of the biggest names in esports such as Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Mousesports. Due to the popularity, DreamHack events are almost always available to bet on at various esports betting sites.


DreamHack Winter 2017 will be held in Jönköping, Sweden at the Elmia Convention Center. The tournament will run from Friday 1st December to Sunday 3rd where the grand final will be held in front of thousands of fans from around the globe. With a prize pool of $100,000, there’s everything to play for at DreamHack Winter 2017.


This years event will feature a similar format to previous years. Prize money will be distributed as follows. $50,000 to first place and $20,000 to runners-up. Teams that are knocked out in the playoffs will receive $10,000. The bottom teams of each group (7th-8th) will receive $3,000 whilst those who finish 5th-6th will only receive $2,000.

Group Stage

The eight competing teams will be split into two teams of four. The group stage will commence on Friday 1st December. Only the top two teams from each group will move on to the playoffs.


Teams that reach the playoffs will play in a Bo3, single-elimination format. This stage will take place on Sunday 3rd December, ahead of the grand final later that evening.


The lineup has taken multiple forms since the tournament was announced. Fnatic were originally set to compete but were later replaced by BIG after schedule and personal issues forced their withdrawal. The American squad of Team Liquid were also forced abandon the event due to ongoing Visa issues of the team coach, Wilton “Zews” PradoEnVyUs have now filled the space of Team Liquid.

Group A

  • Gambit
  • Heroic
  • Natus Vincere
  • Rise Nation

Group B

  • BIG
  • Mousesports
  • EnVyUs
  • North Academy


There are a wide range of betting sites that have odds available for DreamHack Winter. Big tournaments such as DreamHack often attract great promotional offers and free bets. 10Bet are a great example of an esports betting site that have a huge welcome bonus for new customers. This currently stands at 50% up to £200.

It’s always best to shop around when betting on esports and find the site with the highest odds for the game you want to bet on. Pinnacle are frequently offer the highest odds in the industry for match winner markets.


  • Ninjas in Pyjamas have won one DreamHack Winter event (2012) in the past five years and have been runners-up in two (2013/14).
  • The last two DreamHack Winter grand finals were both 2-0 finishes.
  • Natus Vincere will be playing in the tournament with a new addition. Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov only joined the team on 6th November.
  • Gambit are favourites to win this years event at odds of 3.50 (Bet365). They won the 2016 DreamHack Winter in a 2-0 finish against Renegades.
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