Today DreamHack Canada is proud to announce that DreamHack Montreal will feature a professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament. DreamHack Open was launched in 2012 and has given away over $2.3 million USD to hundreds of the World’s most talented professional gamers. In 2017 the circuit will feature CS:GO across 9 different DreamHack festivals in six countries and two continents. Each tournament will feature a similar structure to the pro-am format in 2016, and $100,000 in prize money per stop, for a total of $900,000 to be awarded in 2017.
DreamHack Open will continue with a big focus on the amateur scene and open qualification, so that up and coming gamers will be able to earn their chance to play against the World’s best on stage.
The events will consist of six direct invites, issued to teams based on merits through ranking and results. Teams will have the chance to qualify for the events via online qualifiers, each event will feature one qualifier for the European region and one covering North America. For selected events, five direct invites will be issued, one spot for each of qualifiers in Europe and North America, the last spot will be handed to a wildcard team in a region not covered by a qualifier.
The tournament will span across three days and have the 8 teams split in groups of 4, playing double elimination bracket to determine the two teams advancing to the playoffs. Initial and Winner’s matches will be played best-of- one map, while the remainder of the group stage will be played best-of- three maps. The four teams advancing to the playoffs will compete in a single elimination bracket playing best-of- three maps.