Dreamhack Gaming Festival 2018 to Invade Austin This Weekend; Let the Games Begin!

This weekend Dreamhack, the world’s premier digital gaming festival, will be invading Austin with hackathons, eSports, open gaming tournaments and their gaming expo at the Austin Convention Center. The Dreamhack weekend in Austin consists of more than $400,000 in eSports tournaments, a 24-hour lan party, dream expo, cosplay competition and live music since Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. Below is the rundown of the most popular events thus far however you never know what surprises we may encounter attending Dreamhack Live!

The eSports events draw more crowds than most of the gaming events. Did you know that in 2016, worldwide revenues generated in the eSports market amounted to 492.7 million U.S. dollars per Statista. Furthermore, Statista has predicted by 2020, the market is expected to generate over 1.48 billion U.S. dollars in revenues, which indicates a compound annual growth rate of 32 percent. eSports is clearly one of the main draws of Dreamhack and here is the skinny on what eSports event you should check out while there. Dreamhack’s eSports zone features multiple professional eSport tournaments and open competitions where amateurs compete with the pros. Games confirmed for the eSports are below however there may be others throughout the Dreamhack Festival.

PUBG Legends Dr DisRespect and Shroud Duos Showdown  

Dreamhack attendees will be able to challenge the pair and compete against them on stage on Friday in the PUBG Duos Showdown. More information about the PUBG Duos Showdown can be found here. Fans will also be able to meet and greet with both The Doc and Shroud, and both will be streaming from the event live.

First Place Grand Prize:

  • A trip to DreamHack Winter for 2 (travel support up to $1,000 per person) and a firm handshake from Dr DisRespect.

Additional Prizes:

  • $50 bounty for every kill of Dr DisRespect or Shroud

The event will have 30 slots available via a first come, first serve open signup however the event is currently all full. On the positive you can still sign up for the waitlist or just show up early and see by chance if you can get in. You will need to confirm your ticket before June 1st, and check in on site to retain your spot for the event. More information on tickets and getting on the waitlist can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZoDYG62c9M_IRV5kEbMwrKAy44YPeU_T1gbpIV4hSyPZuJQ/viewform.

The Dreamhack PUBG Showdown will also feature teams from Europe, North America, South America and one more TBA region. In addition, teams that do not qualify during the online stage will have the chance to qualify through a BYOC qualifier that will take place at DreamHack Austin on June 1st. Per Dreamhack there will not be any direct invites to the Main Event therefore all teams will need to earn their slots in the competition. All qualifiers have now been concluded but there are still 5 slots up for grabs at the BYOC Qualifier at DreamHack Austin Friday 1st June. The $100,000 prize pool is distributed as seen below:

  • 1st $50,000
  • 2nd $20,000
  • 3rd $10,000
  • 4th $4,000
  • 5th $2,000
  • 6th $2,000
  • 7th $2,000
  • 8th $2,000
  • 9th $1,000
  • 10th $1,000
  • 11th $1,000
  • 12th $1,000
  • 13th $1,000
  • 14th $1,000
  • 15th $1,000
  • 16th $1,000

FORMAT: Best of 12 matches over 2 days. 6 matches are played on June 2nd and 6 matches on June 3rd.


  • 1:15pm Pre-Show
  • 2:00pm Duos Event – Map 1
  • 2:35pm Duos Event – Map 2
  • 3:10pm Duos Event – Map 3
  • 3:45pm Duos Event – Map 4
  • 4:20pm Duos Event – Map 5
  • 5:00pm Closing + Preshow For Byoc
  • 5:30pm Byoc Finals – Map 1
  • 6:15pm Byoc Finals – Map 2
  • 7:00pm Byoc Finals – Map 3
  • 7:45pm Byoc Finals – Map 4
  • 8:30pm Byoc Finals – Map 5
  • 9:15pm Closing / Outro

Saturday, June 2 PUBG STAGE TIMES

  • 1:15pm Countdown
  • 1:45pm Pre-Show
  • 2:00pm Main Event – Map 1
  • 2:45pm Main Event – Map 2
  • 3:30pm Main Event – Map 3
  • 4:15pm Main Event – Map 4
  • 5:00pm Main Event – Map 5
  • 5:45pm Main Event – Map 6
  • 6:30pm Closing / Outro


  • 1:15pm Countdown
  • 1:45pm Pre-show
  • 2:00pm Main Event – Map 7
  • 2:45pm Main Event – Map 8
  • 3:30pm Main Event – Map 9
  • 4:15pm Main Event – Map 10
  • 5:00pm Main Event – Map 11
  • 5:45pm Main Event – Map 12
  • 6:30pm Closing / Outro

Dreamhack Open

DreamHack Open event will be it’s third year of returning to Austin! The DreamHack Open will feature CS:GO with a $100,000 in prize pool and 8 CS:GO teams from around the world.

Friday June 1

  • 11:40 Pre-Show
  • 12:00 Group A – Heroic Vs Luminosity
  • 13:30 Group B – Space Soldiers Vs Complexity
  • 15:00 Group A – Fragsters Vs Eunited
  • 16:30 Group B – Optic Vs Rogue
  • 18:00 Group A – Winners Match
  • 19:30 Group B – Winners Match

Saturday June 2

  • 09:40 Pre-Show
  • 00 Group A – Elimination Match
  • 13:00 Group B – Elimination Match
  • 16:00 Group A – Decider Match
  • 19:00 Group B – Decider Match

Sunday June 3

  • 09:30 Pre-Show
  • 10:00 Semi-Final #1
  • 13:00 Semi-Final #2
  • 17:00 Grand Final

For more information about Dreamhack open please visit: https://open.dreamhack.com/.

Dreamhack will also have:

  • BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN Party: Festival attendees bring all of their own gaming gear with them to the festival for three days of in-person gaming. The LAN party is open 24 hours a day during all DreamHack festivals.
  • Game Jams: Offers participants the chance to sprint on a game idea from concept to reality in a short period of time.
  • DreamExpo: Located at the Austin Convention Center and will feature company booths, new technology demonstrations, indie games, charities, colleges, job recruitment, and more.
  • Panels and Workshops: Over 150 hours of panel content and programming over the course of the weekend.
  • Stream Zone: 30-50 streamers are invited to come to DreamHack to broadcast live for the entire weekend to their communities.
  • Free Play Zone: The Free Play Zone features for PC, console, tabletop, mobile, and arcade games.
  • Live Music: Confirmed artist to perform at the festival include: KREWELLA, PEGBOARD NERDS and TOKYO MACHINE.
  • Sleep Zone: Allows sleepers with floorspace to rest up. Note: Sleepers must bring their own sleeping gear with them.
  • Fan Zone: Pro players, streamers, and personalities get to meet and greet with their fans all weekend long.
  • COSPLAY: The cosplay competition is to celebrate the artistic ingenuity, creativity, and hard work that is poured into each and every costume.

Dreamhack Ticket Information:

Dreamhack Event Hours:

  • Friday pass holders – 10am-Midnight (24 hours for 3-day pass holders)
  • Saturday pass holders – 10am-Midnight (24 hours for 3-day pass holders)
  • Sunday pass holders – 10am-8pm (24 hours for 3-day pass holders)

Dreamhack Expo Hours:

  • Friday: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-8pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-8pm

There are so many other gaming events happening during Dreamhack weekend but these will be what we will more than likely covering. We will be live covering the Dreamhack Austin events throughout the weekend on @nrpena and @hitechchic along with youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nrcpena/videos.For more information about Dreamhack Austin event please visit: https://dreamhack.com/austin.


Source: Dreamhack, Statista