World’s largest gaming celebration DreamHack is coming to Melbourne

The biggest gaming event Australia has ever seen is heading to Melbourne later this year.

DreamHack is a renowned global event within the gaming community, playing host to high-calibre sports tournaments, video game events and exhibitions.

9News caught up with Brad Baldwin, Senior Project Manager at ESL Australia and organiser of DreamHack, who says the event is so much more than just an esports event. 

“It really is anything you can think of to do with gaming,” ,” Mr Baldwin told 9News.

“So we really want to make sure there’s an opportunity from all the way to the hardcore enthusiasts who really love eSports, we definitely will have that, but we also have everything down to the other end where you can literally bring your family to the event and really get to experience everything gaming has to offer.”

Gamers will also be able to experience a showcase of video games from game developers and publishers. (ESL Gaming / Kim Ventura)

DreamHack Melbourne is a global event, “the real deal” says Mr Baldwin, who wants to reassure the Australian gaming community that everything you’d expect at the international events will be mirrored here.

“We want to have people feel comfortable and confident knowing that when they attend DreamHack Melbourne they are attending a DreamHack event. It’s not like a DreamHack-lite,” he said. 

For over 25 years DreamHack has been holding events around the world, now it’s finally Australia’s turn.

DreamHack is coming to Melbourne September 2-4., tickets go on sale on Thursday at 10AM. (Supplied)

From your gamer fanatic to your mum and dad family situation, DreamHack is expected to have something for everyone and, as a bonus, kids under six are given free admission to the event.

“It really is a celebration of everything, not only in competitive gaming, but also in casual. We want to provide an opportunity for people to come and just get lost in the world of gaming and just really get to experience it.

“It may be an opportunity for young men and women to educate their parents or educate people that aren’t familiar with gaming,” he said.

The prestigious Melbourne & Olympic Park precinct will be transformed for the event come September 2.

The same arena where the world’s best tennis players, pop icons, and even Olympians have summoned applause and glory will now feature some of the best gamers in the world. 

“I couldn’t think of anything more fitting than to be at this location, particularly Melbourne,” Mr Baldwin said.

Tens of thousands will gather in Melbourne’s iconic Olympic Park precinct for the event. (ESL Gaming / Gabriel Kulig)

A new Halo Championship Series will be held in Margaret Court Arena, while over in Rod Laver Arena spectators can expect a Counter Strike: GO ESL Challenger tournament.

The tournaments are expected to have big prize money, which is yet to be announced. But those wanting to have a go can sign up to the many smaller, amateur esport matches.

Mr Baldwin said the event would promote people feeling “comfortable and confident” playing games.

“We know gaming is a very social activity that brings people together, and we want DreamHack Melbourne to be an opportunity for people to feel comfortable,” he said.

“No matter if they’re normally introverted, extroverted, whatever it is, it’s really a safe space for them to feel like they can express themselves however they like.”

Esport tournaments come with big prize money, smaller events will see players pick up unqiue merchandise and other freebies. (ESL Gaming / Gabriel Kulig)

DreamHack organisers have also taken a dig at the ever confusing NFT community, offering up what they call a VFT (Very Fungible Token), in the form of the DreamHack Melbourne Founders Pass.

Early adopters of the ticket add-on will receive the VFT pin before the event. 

DreamHack will run for three days from September 2.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday morning at 10AM AEST, more information can be found through Ticketek.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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