DreamHack announced today that it will be hosting a $50,000 tournament at the DreamHack Winter 2016 festival scheduled for November 24th through the 27th. The tournament will host 8 teams and has a unique qualifier system. Four teams will attempt to qualify through online qualifiers in the second week of October, two from North America and two from Europe. Those who qualify will win paid trips to the event in Sweden. The qualifiers are an open system and anyone can register a team here.
The other four teams will be decided through an onsite qualifier in their massive “Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC)” area. Anyone who makes the trip to DreamHack on their own will get a chance to team up and fight for one of those slots.
The format will feature a group stage followed by a single-elimination playoff system. Matches will be best of three through the group stage and become best of five in the playoffs. You can find the full ruleset as well as prize money breakdown right here.
DreamHack is the world’s largest digital festival where its attendees can bring their own computer and join the world’s largest Local Area Network. The event runs around the clock all weekend long and includes Tournaments, costume contests, and live music concerts. It also includes the DreamExpo, where companies like Corsair, Intel, and Razer will be on hand with all the latest gear.
The tournament will give everyone the opportunity to stand out. With a $30,000 top prize, though, we will definitely see a pro team or two look to win a free trip to Sweden. It also continues a string of high-caliber live events for Overwatch. It comes 3 weeks after Blizzcon and the Overwatch World Cup. With the success it’s had so far, Overwatch as an esport is definitely looking strong.
Stay tuned to omniccore.com for updates and coverage as the event unfolds.