Dreamhack Winter 2023, presented by ESL FACEIT Group and partner Elgiganten, opened its doors at the Elmia Congress Center in Jönköping, Sweden. Taking place from today until November 26 (LAN November 23-26), 2023, DreamHack Winter is an immersive gaming lifestyle festival offering attendees an extraordinary experience where the gaming community comes to life.
Highlights from day one include the stunning opening ceremony welcoming attendees from across the globe to DreamHack Winter, bass-blasting live music acts, and nail-biting first tournaments across esports championships such as the Brawl Stars World Finals and ESL R1, as well as meet-and-greets, tabletop gaming, cosplaying, and much more.
DreamHack Opening Ceremony
Attendees for day one were treated to an eye-watering introduction to Jönköping, as a spectacular light show lit up the halls of DreamHack Winter.
The World Famous LAN Party Kicks Off
DreamHack veterans and newcomers set up their spaces ready to take part in the iconic LAN event, which will see attendees set up their computer (or console) for a weekend of non-stop gaming. Guests also have the opportunity to jump into the Fortnite Battle Royale Duos LAN tournament, which is set to run across all three days, with a $10,000 prize pool up for grabs.
Turn Up The Volume With Live Musical Acts
The first day of DreamHack Winter concluded with four stellar musical performances on the live stage, as guests soaked up the atmosphere and danced the night away. Opening with a jaw-dropping performance from Tiktok star Bell, the fun continued with electrifying LBSB and WastedPenguinz, and Frontliner wrapping up the first night of DreamHack Winter with his intense basslines.
ESL Challenger Begin With A Series Of Nail-Biting Matches
Eight of the world’s best Counter-Strike teams delivered their best performance during the first day of DreamHack Winter, with their eyes on a share of the $100,000 prize pool and qualification for the next EPT event: ESL Pro League Season 19. Monte and MIBR proceed to the semi finals, with 3DMAX the first to be eliminated.
An Epic Clash Reigned Over The Brawl Stars World Finals
Day one of DreamHack Winter marked the introduction of the Brawl Stars World Finals, which saw Group Stage Part One commence. Attendees witnessed incredible performances from Reply Totem and Navi, as teams battled it out in the hopes of taking away a piece of the eye-watering $750,000 prize pool.
ESL R1 Fall Major Accelerates Off The Start Line
The top 24 drivers from the ESL R1 season took to the track, competing against one another in a series of nail-biting races before the final 12 drivers were selected to attend tomorrow for the final day of the Fall Major. All drivers showcased phenomenal performances, with Sebastian “Sebi” Job from G2 at the top of the leaderboard, securing a spot in the finals alongside the other top 10 drivers from the day.
Creator Hub Highlights
The Creator Hub returns to DreamHack Winter with all-new ways for fans to interact with their favourite stars. This year, the area will be home to numerous fun activities, each involving the audience and creators alike. Whether it be playing Red Light, Green Light with MatildaLindroth, LativeGamer & TuggoTacco, or Dodgeball with Nicoleboojie & RelicKris – you won’t be strapped for games and interactions to jump into. Here are just some of the creators attending DreamHack Winter:
Exciting Events Still To Come At DreamHack Winter…
The fun continues across the weekend at DreamHack Winter, with a plethora of activities for attendees to dive into. Visitors can expect a catwalk competition at the DreamHack Cosplay Championship on Saturday, the chance to meet even more content creators such as f0rest, a reprieve from the show floor in the iconic Retro Arcade Area or Tabletop Arena, and much more.