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DreamHack Masters confirms online move for CS:GO event

Organisers have confirmed DreamHack Masters Spring has been rescheduled and will move to an online format.

The CS:GO event is the latest high-profile esports tournaments to make such a move during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LAN event was due to be played alongside DreamHack Summer at Kinnarps Arena in Jönköping, Sweden.

The new format will see teams including Astralis, NIP, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid and TyLoo compete in regional divisionsfor a total prize pool of $300,000.

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A new format for DreamHack

DreamHack Masters Spring will be split into two periods:

  • May 19-30, with the group stage of the regional championships in Europe and North America running parallel, and the playoffs taking place June 8-14.
  • The other two regional championships, Asia and Oceania, will also run simultaneously from June 2-7.
  • The total prize pool of $300,000 will be split between the four regions as follows: $160,000 for Europe; $100,000 for North America; $20,000 for Asia; and $20,000 for Oceania. Each region will run qualifiers running between April 16-20.

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Which teams will be there?

Invited and confirmed teams at DreamHack Masters Spring include:

Europe

Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Vitality, ENCE, BIG, North, mousesports, Fnatic, G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, Complexity, MAD Lions.

North America

Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, Furia, MIBR, Gen.G, Team Liquid.

Asia

TyLoo, ViCi Gaming.

Oceania

Renegades, Order.

Quick to adapt

Michael Van Driel, DreamHack's Chief Product Officer, said: “We’re very excited to move to an online format for DreamHack Masters Spring.

"While not being able to compete on LAN is unfortunate, we’ve developed a structure to support teams, players and fans around the world. We look forward to a great competition, showing that the world of esports goes on as we're quick to adapt and find solutions for this new reality.

"Although it is unfortunate that DreamHack Masters won't take place at Kinnarps Arena in Jönköping, we are happy that we can still bring the CS:GO community, and anyone else longing for great entertainment, a top-tier championship with the best teams in the world — making for an action-packed spring for the fans online."

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