DreamHack Announces Changes to the StarCraft Calendar
The DreamHack Starcraft II Masters events that were supposed to take place across multiple live DreamHack events have been moved to an online format.
The live sports world has not been the only one to be significantly affected by the ongoing global pandemic. Live esports and gaming events have also been suspended. DreamHack is one of the most prominent organizations that hold esports events across many titles.
Many pundits and fans have reacted positively to the decision. Even though it is a hard pill to swallow, fans have seen that it is a necessary one to make.
Co-CEO Marcus Lindmark has addressed their decision to suspend events throughout 2020. He said, ‘The goal for all of us at DreamHack is to provide great experiences at our events, which thrive by bringing communities together for these shared and beloved festival weekends all around the globe. This was not an easy decision. We have never had to postpone events like this before, but these are extraordinary times, and the safety of our staff and attendees has never been more important than now’.
Chief product officer Michael Van Driel has also weighed in with a statement on the situation. He said, ‘We at DreamHack stay committed to providing our fans and followers with great experiences, even if it needs to be in an alternate format for now. In order to bring these events to our fans, DreamHack’s tournaments are now being moved online — it was important to allow these tournaments to still be played, which provides esports players with great opportunities while also giving viewers entertaining esports to enjoy from all around the world’.
The organization has also announced that they are coordinating with ESL on a redesigned ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and the Warcraft III tournament scenes. This will be a significant change to the calendar because the scene revolves around live or LAN events to decide their tournament finals.
Hopefully, we can return to normalcy soon so that we can watch our favourite players play the games that we all love. The esports scene would be infinitely better when live events are present.
Words: Cholo Martin