DreamHack Leipzig 2020: Cheer, Game, Experience
DreamHack Leipzig is pulling out all the stops for its fifth birthday in January 2020. Festival visitors can expect six outstanding eSports tournaments featuring record-breaking winnings of over one million euros and teams from all over the world. But that is not all that the Festival has to offer. The Indie Arena Booth will showcase future indie game hits, the massive cosplay competition will bring well-known game characters to life, and the International German Casemod Championship (DCMM) will turn standard hardware into impressive works of art. At DreamHack Leipzig there is a lot to discover and experience, especially for younger visitors aged 12 and over.
Four top-class eSports tournaments have already been announced, with DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major, the DreamHack Open in CS:GO, the Clash of Nations in Rainbow Six Siege and the Farming Simulator League. Two more highlights have now been added: The Uniliga Winter Finals in League of Legends and Rocket League as well as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European circuit. Apart from the Clash of Nations (18+) and the DreamHack Open (16+), all tournaments are open to visitors aged 12 and over.
Since the start of the winter semester, university teams from all over Germany have been battling it out to see who will be the new Uniliga champion in both highly competitive League of Legends and Rocket League tournaments. Finalists in the Uniliga Winterfinals will face each other on January 25th, 2020 on the DreamHack Leipzig Event Stage to compete for prizes worth a total of €12,000.
In addition, Super Smash Bros. players from around Europe will get together to see who's the best. The European Smash Circuit Event at DreamHack Leipzig will be the only one in Germany next year. Organized by the local gaming and tournament group eJousting, the tournament will bring together 256 players, 56 of whom will be able to register and participate on-site. The best 32 players will receive points towards their Circuit Ranking and have a chance at the prize pool of €1,500.
DreamExpo: State of the Art Hardware Creations and the World of Indie Games
DreamHack Leipzig will be the meeting place for fans of unconventional designs and high-quality technology for the second time. At the International German Casemodding Championship (DCMM), commercially available hardware will become impressive pieces of art. This year the DCMM is introducing three new categories: In "CAM (computer-aided modding)", cases containing elements from laser cutting, 3D printing or CNC lasers will also be admitted and judged for the first time - special attention will be paid to the design aspect. All modders who participated in the DCMM a maximum of once automatically compete in the additional category "Newcomer" for a place on the winner's podium. In addition, there is the new "LAN category", in which the cases are exhibited at Germany's largest LAN party and judged by the DCMM jury. In addition to the new categories, the six well-known categories will also be held.
Also on show for the second time will be the Indie Arena Booth, where the newest and most exciting Indie games will be presented. With about 450 square meters the Indie Arena Booth is almost twice as big as at the last DreamHack Leipzig. You can test and play all games in the Indie Arena Booth to your heart's content. There will also be numerous opportunities for gambling at DreamExpo in the Farming Simulator League game station and at the exhibitors' stands, including industry giants such as Samsung and, for the first time, LG.
In the StreamArea, popular German Twitch and YouTube streamers will be streaming live on their channels from DreamHack Leipzig. Visitors have the opportunity to meet their favorite streamers in the "Meet & Greet" area and talk to their idols. A total of 30 established content creators will be on site. In addition, there will be 6 up-and-coming newcomers who were able to secure a slot on the wildcard course. This year, the StreamArea will for the first time also be open to visitors aged 12 and over.
Packed Schedule On All Three Days of the Festival
One of the most popular events at the festival is the massive Cosplay Contest. In January the contest will take place on the second day of the festival. Since this time the Event Stage will be in the range of 12 years and older, all young visitors will also have the opportunity to experience the Cosplay Contest up close and personal. Several famous game characters will be brought to life and will create a magical gaming atmosphere. A total of 30 participants will present their painstakingly designed costume creations in the spotlight of the Event Stage. The winners will be chosen by an expert jury consisting of well-known cosplayers. Outside the competition, there will also be cosplay attractions. The "Warcrafters" are a Danish cosplay group that has made a name for itself in the scene with its great passion for the Warcraft universe. At DreamHack Leipzig they will bring their recreation of the Darkmoon Fair from World of Warcraft, where visitors can play the well-known mini-games from the MMORPG classic.
DreamHack Leipzig's media partners, the largest German-language gaming websites GameStar, GamePro, Mein-MMO and IGN, will offer a colorful program on gaming culture via their joint live-streaming channel MAX - Monsters and Explosions. The team will broadcast from their own gaming area for ten hours a day, reporting the highlights, analyzing game trends with experts and playing live with well-known guests from the scene.
Germany's Largest LAN Party: Three Days of Solid Gaming
Germany's largest LAN party will once again feature at DreamHack Leipzig. A record number of over 2,000 gamers from all over Germany will descend on the Leipzig Trade Fair for three days to play with and against one another. The majority of the participants travel as clans - with the largest clan comprising over 70 players. Players can still secure starting places for the LAN Rainbow Six Siege Clash of Nations and the Farming Simulator League in the DreamExpo. There are also a number of official LAN tournaments with attractive prizes.
General information on age restrictions: Access to the LAN is possible for visitors 18+, and the DreamExpo is available to visitors 12+. Events that take place in the exclusive area for those 16+ are marked accordingly on the DreamHack-Leipzig website.
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About DreamHack Leipzig
DreamHack Leipzig is the official German platform of the Swedish DreamHack, the world's largest digital festival. The event is organized by Leipziger Messe GmbH with Schenker Technologies GmbH/XMG as co-organizer and DreamHack AB as its founder. The festival's main attractions include numerous professional eSports tournaments, the DreamExpo exhibition with its DreamStore and a LAN area with over 2,000 seats. The festival character is completed by an extensive program of gaming events spread over all three event days. Find more information at www.dreamhack-leipzig.de
DreamHack Leipzig 2019 Partners
XMG is Schenker Technologies GmbH's cult gaming brand, and one of the leading providers of customizable laptops and desktop PCs. Since their creation more than 15 years ago, many XMG gaming laptops and PCs have received awards both from German and international media. XMG promotes and supports players, teams and events throughout Europe. GameStar, GamePro, Mein-MMO and IGN, the biggest German-language gaming websites, host a lively program on gaming culture via their joint live streaming channel MAX - Monsters and Explosions. At Dreamhack Leipzig 2020, MAX will focus on talks and live gameplay about multiplayers, e-sports and hardware. In addition to expert analysis, the aim is also to provide entertainment.
Felix Wisotzki, DreamHack spokesperson
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