This year's DreamHack Open circuit will feature nine CS:GO tournaments and a $100,000 prize pool at each, for a total of $900,000 in prize money, the organization announced Thursday.
That's a big increase from the 2016 circuit, which featured six tournaments and a total $600,000 prize pool. According to the organization's press release, CS:GO will be played at every DreamHack event planned for 2017. With no event in Bucharest next year, CS:GO will appear at four new events in total — in Tours, Valencia, Montreal and Denver.
"With the constant growth and being the most sought for esports title at our festival events, it is natural for us to have DreamHack Open with CS:GO as a household part of all festival events in 2017," DreamHack Open project manager Mark Winther said in a press release.
Here's the full list of 2017 DreamHack events where CS:GO will be played:
- DreamHack Leipzig - Jan. 13-15
- DreamHack Austin - April 28-30
- DreamHack Tours - May 6-8
- DreamHack Summer - June 17-19
- DreamHack Valencia - July 14-16
- DreamHack Atlanta - July 21-23
- DreamHack Montreal - Sept. 8-10
- DreamHack Denver - Oct. 20-22
- DreamHack Winter - Nov 30 to Dec. 2
Most of the tournaments will feature eight teams, six invited and two from open qualifiers in North America and Europe. However, the press release also says that "selected events" will feature five invited teams and add a spot for a wildcard team from a region outside of NA and EU.
"It is important to us, that DreamHack Open stays open, allowing for up and coming teams to have a chance to qualify and a playground to evolve," Winther said. "At the same time we will continue to invite teams directly based on merits."
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