Two large and in charge esports companies recently announced major tournaments that will be happening in early 2017. DreamHack Austin returns April 2017 with competitions for several popular games. Eleague will be hosting a Counter-Strike: GO Major Championship in January.
DreamHack Austin will return after a successful 2016 event this year and will feature numerous titles, such as — Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros, and Hearthstone. The CS:GO portion of the event will feature a $100,000 prize pool for the invited teams to vie for. Set to take place April 28-30, DreamHack Austin has yet to announce the teams and players to attend the event, but it’s a safe bet we can expect the return of SK Gaming to defend their title.
For those non-professionals attending the event, DreamHack Austin will also host BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) events for multiple titles. These include games such as Rocket League, League of Legends, Overwatch, and others. If this sounds like fun to you, tickets are on sale. You may want to pick yours up to ensure you have a reservation for whats shaping up to be a memorable event.
Eleague CS:GO Major
Eleague has announced they will be hosting one of the year’s CS:GO Major Championships. The event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia at Eleague’s studios and the Fox Theater from Jan. 22-29. Eleague has already announced the eight invited teams. It should’t come as too much of a surprise that Brazilian powerhouse SK gaming headlines the list, along with fan favorites Natus Vincere and Fnatic. The other eight invited teams can secure their place in the tournament through qualifiers set to take place in early December. Familiar teams like Ninjas in Pajamas and FaZe Clan will all be competing for a spot at the event.
Here is what Eleague executives had to say about the announcement:
“We’re proud and honored to host this CS:GO Major Championship after just one full season of ELEAGUE,” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer, WME | IMG. “It is a testament to the positive response we’ve received from the entire esports community and the focus we’ve maintained on delivering an authentic, quality product each and every week through ELEAGUE. This is an exciting next step as we continue to expand our esports portfolio.”
2017 is already shaping up to be a good year for CS:GO esports fans. It will only get better as the rest of the 2017 esports calendar materializes.