DreamHack is once again leading a partnership with the American Video Game League (AVGL) and Twitch Student to host two college esports events on DreamHack Denver’s main stage Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. The events include 1) collegiate grudge matches featuring 10 regional Overwatch and League of Legends teams; and 2) the first, annual Collegiate League of Legends Championship, presented by Twitch and HyperX, featuring the top two finalists of an online, nationwide tournament.
DreamHack — known as the world’s largest digital gaming festival — is scheduled to visit Denver for the first time Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22, at Denver’s National Western Complex.
“Esports is among the world’s leading forms of entertainment for young adults. Still, collegiate esports programs were almost nonexistent until recently,” said DreamHack Chief Executive Officer Marcus Lindmark. “Recent findings show 50 U.S. colleges have now established varsity gaming teams. At DreamHack, we are becoming a standard bearer for hosting collegiate esports championships.”
The esports phenomenon has grown faster among the nation’s college-age young men than many realize. According to a recent article in the Rolling Stone, young men in the U.S. (ages 18-25) now watch more esports than regular sports. This trend appears to be accelerating. DreamHack is playing a key role in supporting the growth of college esports and celebrating its rising stars.
The first event will consist of the following list of collegiate esports teams. Gamers will compete on DreamHack Denver’s main stage Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. Up to five Overwatch college matches will take place Friday; one League of Legends match will complete the grudge match competitions Saturday. Each of the following teams will play a single match. Competing university teams involved thus far represent 160,000 students, collectively. All matches will be broadcast live at twitch.tv/dreamhack. Winning teams will receive a trophy and the glory of defeating their rival before a global, online audience. All competitors will earn prize packages from HyperX, a leading provider of high-performance gaming products.
DreamHack and AVGL are teaming together to present DreamHack’s first annual Collegiate League of Legends Championship presented by Twitch and HyperX. The two-week online tournament began Thursday, Sept. 21, with 110 participating teams. Over 350 matches were played to determine the top 2 teams, Columbia College and the University of Houston, who will play the Grand Final at DreamHack Denver.
Competing schools include: Harvard, Georgia Tech, California Polytechnic State University, University of Utah, Georgia State University, Robert Morris University, University of Colorado at Boulder, UMass, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), University of Toronto Mississauga, Michigan Technological University, New York City College of Technology, Clemson University, Drexel University, University of Arizona, Baylor University, University of Northern Iowa, and many more.
Competitive gaming has become a booming entertainment industry over the past decade. According to 2017 data provided by NewZoo, the global esports audience will total 385 million this year, including 191 million “esports enthusiasts” and 194 million “occasional viewers.” NewZoo states global esports awareness will reach 1.3 billion in 2017, up from 1.1 billion in 2016. The number of esports participants globally will reach 58.4 million this year, up from 49.8 million in 2016. The Esports economy will grow to $696 Million in 2017, a year-on-year growth of 41.3%. North America is the largest esports market, with revenues of $257 million projected for 2017.
DreamHack, the world’s largest video game festival, is scheduled to run Friday, Oct. 20 – Sat. Oct. 22 at Denver’s National Western Complex. Denver marks the final of three cities for DreamHack’s premiere U.S. tour. The festival made its U.S. debut during 2016 in Austin, Texas. It ran in Atlanta in July 2017 and will make its final stop in Denver October 20–22. Purchase tickets here.
DreamHack is a meeting place for gamers. During the three-day, non-stop festival, DreamHack Denver will host its keystone event — a massive 24-hour-a-day LAN party — along with a host of other activities. Gamers can participate or watch professionals compete in esports tournaments offering a prize pool of more than $250,000. Major titles include: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Halo 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Marvel Infinite, Guilty Gear, Pokken DX, Mario Kart 8, Battlegrounds, Overwatch, League of Legends, Dota 2, Rocket League, Starcraft II and more.
The festival also offers the DreamExpo Hall, Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN, virtual reality demos, open-play PC and console areas, arcades, video game tournaments open to the public, a tabletop gaming area featuring a three-day Magic: The Gathering tournament with a $10,000 prize pool, arcade zone, free-play PC & console area, cosplay competition, discussion panels & learning opportunities, family-friendly events, local university video game grudge matches and a live music concert. Other announcements are forthcoming.
DreamHack is a family-friendly event. Attendees range in age from elementary school through senior citizen, though most players are young adults ages 14–35.
Complete festival lineup and details are here.
DreamHack is the world’s largest digital gaming festival. DreamHack’s core and origin is the LAN party, holding major festivals in both Europe and North America. These events are a platform for esports, knowledge and creative competitions, live music acts, lectures by game developers, internet & game culture, cosplay, the DreamExpo Hall and much more. DreamHack is also a production company with a focus on gaming, esports, music and arena productions for both traditional TV and digital content providers. In 2016, DreamHack had more than 230,000 visitors at its events and nearly 40 million hours of content were watched by viewers following the online broadcasts. More information is available at dreamhack.com or company.dreamhack.com. Sales and sponsorship information is located here. DreamHack is part of Modern Times Group (MTG), a Swedish digital entertainment company.
About the AVGL
The American Video Game League (AVGL) is the leading college esports organization that supports the collegiate community by connecting players and fans, executing high-quality online and in-person competitions, and creating streaming and lifestyle content. The AVGL represents players from more than 1,200 colleges and attracted 500,000 viewers during the Spring 2017 championships. AVGL partners include brands, publishers, and video platforms that leverage the AVGL’s unique relationship with and access to the dynamic college esports market.
The AVGL was founded in 2015 by an avid gamer and past college athlete who recognized the need to support the college esports community. Based in Boston, the AVGL includes a team of business development, league operations, and marketing experts.
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each day, millions of community members gather to watch, talk, and chat about shared interests. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for all types of content, including the entire video game ecosystem, the creative arts, vlogging (IRL), and more. Twitch also runs TwitchCon, an annual convention for celebrating the Twitch community. For more information about Twitch, visit the Press Center, Twitter feed (#Twitch), and Blog.
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Started in 2002, HyperX began with one line of high-performance memory and has grown over the years to encompass multiple product lines of memory modules, solid-state drives, USB Flash drives, headsets, keyboards, mice and mouse pads. Featuring best-in-class components that deliver superior performance, quality and aesthetic design for more than a decade, HyperX products are the choice of top-rated gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide. From setting memory world records to achieving the most stringent product certifications, HyperX is committed to delivering reliable products with the highest performance standards.
In addition, HyperX is the proud sponsor of more than 35 gaming organizations, making up over 90 gaming teams globally, and the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters and Dreamhack festivals. HyperX products are designed to meet the most rigorous demands of professional gamers to give them the winning edge and help gamers stay on top of their game.