Dreamhack has announced a new stop in the Dreamhack Open circuit. The Dutch city of Rotterdam will be the latest city to play host to esports.
The tournament will be held at the Rotterdam Games and feature a prize pool of $100,000. It takes place from 18th to 20th October 2019. On the sidelines of the main event, there will be several community interactions, BYOC [ Bring your Own computer], cosplay competitions and panel meetings.
Time to reveal one of our new stops for 2019…
DreamHack Rotterdam! 🇳🇱
— DreamHack (@DreamHack) September 27, 2018
It will be an interactive tournament which will help develop the grassroots of esports in the region. In addition, there will be several more events where fans will be able to watch the games together.
Sport and entertainment are in our DNA. We have the long-term vision and ambition to set up an annual international event in the field of e-sports and gaming, in Ahoy and in the city of Rotterdam. Over the past period, we have spoken to many parties in the market – from publishers to gamers – and received much positive feedback, encouragement and cooperation. We have the confidence that together with DreamHack we are starting a new tradition, and will as Ahoy organisation, give much priority to the further implementation of DreamHack Rotterdam and Rotterdam Games Week.
Ahoy CEO and initiator Jolanda Jansen.
The growth of esports will see more cities wanting to host tournaments.
With the growth of esports at a phenomenal pace, we will see more and cities joining the esports bandwagon. Cities want to enable esports for their communities and create a strong base. Esports is attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in investments. It will overtake regular sports in several aspects within the next decade.
We are looking forward to working with the people of Ahoy and are very confident that we have both found the right partner and the right venue for our event in the Benelux. Rotterdam Ahoy has a great track record in organising and hosting prestigious events and has moreover proven to have the same ethos of getting things done in a high standard and cooperative way.
Dreamhack CEO Marcus Lindmark
Hosting an esports tournament provides a big boost to the local businesses as well as the tourism industry. Esports fans are mostly young and have a higher purchasing power. This makes them one of the best targets for consumer brands and companies. Dreamhack Rotterdam will come to Netherlands in 2019.