DreamHack's Marc Winther: "Stockholm is the event we pitched as a Major; two Masters in 2018"

MIRAA
November 28th, 2017 10:20

We caught up with DreamHack Project Manager Marc Winther for a quick chat following Tuesday's announcement of DreamHack Masters Stockholm.

DreamHack announced on Tuesday morning the first details about its first confirmed Masters event for 2018, which will take place in Stockholm from August 29 to September 2, with $250,000 on offer in this 16-team competition.

There will be two DreamHack Masters events in 2018

With questions lingering over DreamHack's plans for 2018 and the possibility of the company hosting its first Major since Cluj-Napoca 2015, we sat down with the company's Project Manager, Marc Winther, who revealed that the Stockholm Masters is the event that DreamHack proposed to Valve as the second Major of the year and that a second Masters event will soon be revealed.

2017 had two DreamHack Masters events, one in February, in Las Vegas, and one in August/September, in Malmö. Next year’s DreamHack Masters Stockholm is scheduled for September. Does this mean we will only have one Masters event next year?

2018 will feature two DreamHack Masters events, of which we announced Stockholm today. Timing wise we’re still looking to host one in the first half of the year and one in the last half, however, we aren’t quite ready to share that first event yet. For all of our festival events in 2018, we will per tradition be rolling all that out towards year end to give a full disclosure, news regarding the first DreamHack Masters in 2018 is also just around the corner. This will benefit teams, fans and the industry all together, knowing the full calendar of what we will offer next year, nothing popping with a month notice.

It is the first time that you announce a Masters event so many months in advance. Are you looking to avoid a schedule conflict with the second Major of 2018, which will also be held in September?

With Stockholm we’ve had the event in the pipeline for quite some time and wanted to maintain it in the same weekend as Malmö this year. We’re working closely with both Stockholm Stad (the city) and Stockholm Live (the venue) on this event, so want to get out to Swedish fans that we are moving DreamHack Masters to Stockholm. Malmö has been a great host to DreamHack Masters, and it's bittersweet for us to move the event to Stockholm.

That being said, you can probably guess that the Stockholm event is indeed also the event we’ve pitched as the second Major of 2018. For now, we’ll treat it as a confirmed event and move forward, should an overlap occur, then we will address it if it happens. Hopefully, that won’t be necessary.

You have been overlooked for Majors since Cluj-Napoca, in late 2015. What is the company’s views on this topic?

There is no denying that hosting a Major is a big honour and I believe I speak for everyone working with CS:GO and esports in general at DreamHack, that missing out on hosting a Major is a disappointment. But missing out also gives all of us a drive towards showcasing what we are capable with our events and in particular DreamHack Masters. I genuinely believe we have hosted some of the best events over the last years, our first arena event, DreamHack Masters Malmö in 2016, holds a very special place in my heart.

At DreamHack we cater to the CS:GO community in a variety of ways, let that be BYOC tournaments at our festivals, DreamHack Open for a recurring tournament open to both the professional teams, the semi-professionals and amateurs, to DreamHack Masters, our biggest standalone esports event. So while hosting a Major is a big achievement and honor, and psomething we drive towards doing again, it isn’t all that matters to us.

As you recently said, DreamHack Astro Open is the playground for smaller teams to thrive and get some exposure. Is that how the company will continue to perceive these tournaments in 2018? WIll you be looking to make some changes to the circuit to make it more appealing to top teams and to the community as well?

News surrounding DreamHack Open in 2018 will be announced very soon. What I’m able to disclose at this time is that it will continue to be an integral part of our festival events on a global scale for the year and that we will cater to the CS:GO community once again.

We believe it’s important to never forget where we came from and feature a healthy ecosystem for the grassroots to make their way from the very bottom and all the way to the big stage. The goal is not to have all of the top teams in attendance, while it might align and have interest for some teams every now and then, which we obviously appreciate, the tournament is truly for everyone and that’s why we love it. For 2018 we won’t be doing big changes, but rather focus on improving the qualification process and making sure it’s announced in proper time.

We hope the community continues to support DreamHack Open and tune in, we believe that all tournament organizers only focusing on the top of the pyramid will create long term sustainability problems with CS:GO, and proud to champion a tournament series not exclusively catering only to the world’s best.

ESL and DreamHack are both owned by the Modern Times Group (MTG). Is there any sort of cooperation between the two organisers when it comes to event planning/hosting, or do you run independently from one another?

While we have the same parent company, our operations are our own, and we independently plan and operate what we do. We do our best to avoid overlaps with ESL, just as we do all other CS:GO tournament organizers.

Awesome
2017-11-28 10:22
#39
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Sweden New@ac@low@id 
Fuck yeah
2017-11-28 10:51
Nope
2017-11-28 12:00
Dreamhack rox!!!!
2017-11-28 15:33
EZ WIN 4 NiP.....if they qualify
2017-11-28 16:04
#2
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Austria shaakeh 
so what is it?
2017-11-28 10:22
Reasons for moving DH masters from Malmö to Stockholm are kind of obvious. A pragmatic choice at that.
2017-11-28 14:17
#144
f0rest | 
Sweden ezyzy 
Edit: Nothing :)
2017-11-28 16:29
"With Stockholm we’ve had the event in the pipeline for quite some time and wanted to maintain it in the same weekend as Malmö this year. We’re working closely with both Stockholm Stad (the city) and Stockholm Live (the venue) on this event, so want to get out to Swedish fans that we are moving DreamHack Masters to Stockholm. Malmö has been a great host to DreamHack Masters, and it's bittersweet for us to move the event to Stockholm."
2017-11-28 16:30
#157
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Sweden Trojka03 
What are these obvious reasons?
2017-11-28 19:24
Go Fazeee!
2017-11-28 10:24
#4
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Australia mitch_ 
Major in Australia ty also 4th
2017-11-28 10:23
#12
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Russia MahoneDes 
If a major to be hosted in Asia it will be japan, china or korea
2017-11-28 10:26
#13
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Australia mitch_ 
Australia is not part of asia
2017-11-28 10:27
#14
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Russia MahoneDes 
Well cs thinks otherwise
2017-11-28 10:28
#24
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Netherlands ImKuru 
They only add australia to asian cs because australia doesn’t have a big enough scene to stand on it’s own
2017-11-28 10:39
#25
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Russia MahoneDes 
I understand that that's why major in Austria never gonna happen
2017-11-28 10:40
#86
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Switzerland hey_b0ss 
You probably mean Australia m8.
2017-11-28 12:51
#59
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
OW has its own region and now its own contenders league i dont think its more popular than csgo there
2017-11-28 11:38
#141
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Germany TheYStriker 
You cant compare the eSport of CS to this in OW. Blizzard forced it too much while Valve just let it evolve itself with other companies.
2017-11-28 16:02
#173
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
:D valve forced it with majors lol
2017-11-29 13:49
#180
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Netherlands ImKuru 
yeah you're completely right
2017-11-29 15:32
Yeah and then half of the venue would be empty. Australia is a better choice for hosting major since we've seen that they managed to fill the venue during IEM Sydney and since Australia is an english speaking country it would be much more convenient for attendants from EU and NA compared to those three
2017-11-28 12:22
Dreamhack Bali confirm
2017-11-29 02:21
Bali is on fire on the moment, volcano almost erupt.
2017-11-29 04:32
mantap djiwa
2017-11-29 08:14
sipp kaka
2017-11-29 13:51
jakarta maybe
2017-11-29 13:51
#16
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Maybe next year, there must be 1 eu event every year
2017-11-28 10:31
#26
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United Kingdom Matt192816 
BRING CS TO LONDON
2017-11-28 10:40
#27
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Thats not eu
2017-11-28 10:41
London is in europe
2017-11-28 12:46
Not in cs
2017-11-28 13:46
Uk cs = na cs
2017-11-28 13:47
Yes, so uk city = na city
2017-11-28 13:48
England is my city
2017-11-28 13:49
Hltv is shitty
2017-11-28 13:50
and if it wasn't for Jonathan E.
2017-11-28 14:05
Hltv would be deadE
2017-11-29 14:24
London is a shithole, honestly one of the most overrated places in the world.
2017-11-28 10:46
offensive farmer
2017-11-28 11:42
Honest farmer in this context, London is honestly almost as bad as Paris which I consider the worst first world capital.
2017-11-28 11:51
The problem with London is from a tourist perspective it’s really nice but as soon as you go out of the main city it’s a fucking dump
2017-11-28 12:41
#116
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United States jaeger_steam 
I feel like a lot of big cities are like that though. New York and Chicago certainly are here in the US
2017-11-28 14:01
You are an offensive farmer. You do not like London because you live on the land and you love to live there, so you see London as an overrated city and a shithole.
2017-11-28 12:53
#46
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Luxembourg alex24 
brexit not EU anymore
2017-11-28 11:03
#64
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United Kingdom Matt192816 
We're still in Europe bro
2017-11-28 11:52
#65
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Luxembourg alex24 
and what the phuck was the brexit vote ? sorry bro but UK wanted out of EU
2017-11-28 11:54
#67
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Turkey starzb1 
yeah but that vote is not came into force.
2017-11-28 12:00
They voted out of the EUROPEAN UNION YOU CANT CHANGE YOUR COUNRYS POSITION GEOGRAPHICLY
2017-11-28 12:48
#92
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Sweden Zae 
yes you can nothing is impossible
2017-11-28 13:07
You cant
2017-11-28 13:08
#94
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Sweden Zae 
you have to believe in yourself!!
2017-11-28 13:09
Yesterday you said tomorrow
2017-11-28 13:11
#98
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Sweden Zae 
Today i said tomorrow
2017-11-28 13:12
Let your dreams be dreams
2017-11-28 13:13
#100
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Sweden Zae 
Dont let your dreams be dreams just DO IT MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE just DO IT
2017-11-28 13:13
DO IT (cum on your best friends clothes)
2017-11-28 13:15
#105
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Sweden Zae 
JUST DO IT (cum inside your grandpa)
2017-11-28 13:15
We have ECS finals
2017-11-28 13:14
#134
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France Waiit 
No the finals are in Cancun
2017-11-28 15:23
#36
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Kazakhstan Juandro 
#IEM Sydney major 2018
2017-11-28 10:47
+1 crowd would be hype asf
2017-11-28 11:11
Ye but the viewership wouldnt cuz of bad timezones for both EU and NA which is atleast 90% of the viewers AU major would be the worst idea ever tbf
2017-11-28 13:36
Fukkkk im keen!!
2017-11-28 13:05
#153
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Czech Republic realProkda 
who
2017-11-28 17:44
#5
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Bulgaria TryGames 
Gud
2017-11-28 10:24
#6
Slovakia 08XI 
250k major ?
2017-11-28 10:24
Valve hasn't officially picked who will host the Major. So it will have 250k if it's not a Major, $1 million (in theory) if it is
2017-11-28 10:25
#17
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Norway Noreg 
+1
2017-11-28 10:33
only 1 mil $ if is a major? in dota2 last international prize pool was 25 mil $. Valve should fix this.
2017-11-28 12:16
Dota has crowdfunding for the major, idk why they can’t do it for csgo
2017-11-28 12:42
Even without crowdfunding, The International has like, a $10 million starting prizepool which isn't fair because if you exclude Chinese viewers, last year's Eleague major got hundreds of thousands more concurrent viewers than Ti17. If you include Chinese viewers, of course Dota will have more viewers but CSGO was also only recently released in China.
2017-11-28 13:12
#152
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Denmark chrkloster 
First of all, the Prize Pool for T17 was 1,6 mio without crowdfunding. Secondly, in CS:GO we have sticker money etc., that shit also adds up tbh. When the majors were 250k/100k for winners, quite a few of the popular teams would earn more from sticker-money than they would from winning the event. This would mean that there is roughly 1,6-2mio dollars aside from the 1mio Prize Pool in CS:GO. Still nothing close to Dota, but not as bad as others make it seem. To be honest, Volvo should just make a special case for majors... They would make money, the creators of skins would make money, and the teams would earn more... Normally when Volvo make cases, 50 % of the money earned from keys goes to the creators. If Volvo said 25 % for themselves, 25 % for creators and 50 % for Prize Pool for Major-cases, all would earn a lot of money.
2017-11-28 17:31
this requires too much thought for from valve
2017-11-28 20:29
#181
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Denmark chrkloster 
The worst thing is, it actually doesnt.. All it requires for them is choose the skins and then make the case.. :(
2017-11-29 22:03
#7
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Sweden akid0s 
Please make it a major!
2017-11-28 10:24
Nip better qualify for this one (if its a major after all)
2017-11-28 10:25
Qualifing from ue minor? Pure luck
2017-11-28 10:45
Yep thats the sad part about it. But valve doesnt care because tyloo and renegades deserve a free spot every time. System needs a big overhaul.
2017-11-28 10:48
#60
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
same goes to na`vi and vp if not free spot (cuz of out of group at majors) they could suck to qualify to any BTA event
2017-11-28 11:40
this is another story but being honest right now, id rather have them in the major because of the players, plus those teams have large fanbases.
2017-11-28 14:31
#127
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
large fanbase? i think nip has at least 2x mroe than any of those 2, maybe even equal to those 2 taken 2gether and no, i rather have nip that can perform on top level than any of those 2
2017-11-28 14:45
#9
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Russia Hainz 
eeeeeeeeeee boiiiiiiiiiiiiii
2017-11-28 10:25
AUSSI MAJOR? WOW DO U REMEMBER IEM SYDENEY 2017 CROWDS? IT WILL BE AWESOME!
2017-11-28 10:25
#19
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Norway Noreg 
I dont remember cuz it was in the middle of the night xD
2017-11-28 10:34
#70
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Hungary Bonte 
+1000
2017-11-28 12:02
#143
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Norway Noreg 
+1 this guy
2017-11-28 16:26
IEM Melbourne pls!
2017-11-28 10:44
#47
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Luxembourg alex24 
4-5 AM hours for EU timezone i don`t think so
2017-11-28 11:04
m8, it would be worth it
2017-11-28 13:06
#95
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Sweden Zae 
perhaps for you bro
2017-11-28 13:11
#107
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Luxembourg alex24 
i`m sorry but i have a life... and a job.. if the grand final is sunday night...
2017-11-28 13:37
#154
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Czech Republic realProkda 
haHAA
2017-11-28 17:46
Wooooo
2017-11-28 10:28
so ez 4 nip
2017-11-28 10:33
DMG = Dreamhack Master Guardian
2017-11-28 10:34
#21
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Sweden ThorinEk 
swedish major yess lets go boiss
2017-11-28 10:35
#22
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Sweden Trkmag 
Major would be sick, imagine if NiP would be there
2017-11-28 10:37
#23
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
nip on a major in 2018 LUL but fnatic will be there, and possibly godsent
2017-11-28 10:39
#28
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Godsent LUL
2017-11-28 10:41
#38
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
bigger change than nip for sure.
2017-11-28 10:51
#40
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Emile cigane
2017-11-28 10:53
#41
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
Telling the truth/my thoughts based on history = becoming a begging gypsy, mkay
2017-11-28 10:55
#42
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Sweden Trkmag 
Godsent kommer ju också behöva spela minor qual precis som NiP (om dom inte ändrar systemet) och NiP är ju solklart bättre än Godsent såklart
2017-11-28 10:57
#49
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
nipples fail at the online qualifiers, godsent dont. and even if they both get to the minors there's a big chance neither make it from there, or >my thoughts> only godsent will make it, or yea noone makes it, unsure how good godsent will be next year and what line up, but I still rate their chances higher than nipples atm.
2017-11-28 11:05
#57
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Sweden Trkmag 
Jo alltså deras chokande i online quals talar ju emot dom och minorn är tuff, men med tanke på Godsents situation (dom var bra i helgen dock) så skulle jag inte ha för stora förhoppningar på dom.
2017-11-28 11:36
#66
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
Freddieb Twist HAMPUS>IGL Disco doplan Pyth/dennis/znajder/Brollan/ETC They will rekt online qualifiers( nip perhaps not) and with some hard work and structure they could def be better than le other teams at the minor (INB4 faze,navi, g2 nip,envys,hr,heroic,SS, ETC gets there eksdee). and nipples have choked at the minor before aswell If I recall correctly. So I legit think godsent have a lot higher chances than nip of getting to the majors(ATM, could chance in the upcoming months, godsent disband or smth like that eskdeee).
2017-11-28 11:57
#77
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Sweden Trkmag 
NiP har aldrig torskat på minorn, dom förlorade i Major Qualen en gång och två gånger i minor qualet. NiP har ju mycket starkare roster men visst, GODSENT kan helt klart vara bättre online.
2017-11-28 12:26
#29
fRoD | 
Russia syndz 
Is it Nixon?
2017-11-28 10:42
yes
2017-11-28 11:05
Hello, sure is :)
2017-11-28 14:04
#30
Sf | 
Turkmenistan Autista 
It’s been some time since Sweden had a big tournament and I really can’t stand all these na events nowadays.
2017-11-28 10:43
#43
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Sweden Trkmag 
+1 ofc I would be extra happy if a major was to be held in Sweden but the most important thing is that NA gets less events so we can avoid the cancerous timezone
2017-11-28 10:58
#56
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Serbia Removekebab13 
And the shit crowds. Imo they should give majors to nordic countries and poland
2017-11-28 11:23
#58
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Sweden Trkmag 
Yeah Polish crowds are actually insane
2017-11-28 11:36
ESL got the second major for 2018. 2019 first major is by Dreamhack(las vegas) followed by epicenter(saint peters berg)
2017-11-28 10:43
#87
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Switzerland hey_b0ss 
sauce?
2017-11-28 12:51
No sauce, talking out his ass
2017-11-28 20:23
No ketchup just sauce
2017-11-29 04:40
raw sauce
2017-11-29 14:37
#34
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Sweden dohfOs 
Great for Stockholm to receive an event. But sad they they had to move it from Malmö. Malmö's been great to CS:GO these two past years and the Greater Copenhagen area have been thriving.
2017-11-28 10:46
#44
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Sweden Trkmag 
Kallar man Köpenhamn/Malmö/mfl för Greater Copenhagen?
2017-11-28 10:59
#45
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Sweden dohfOs 
Yeah, stupid. But what was previously "Öresundsregionen" is now called "Greater Copenhagen" (yeah, the Danes were in charge of deciding to switch names and no, Scanians weren't too happy)
2017-11-28 11:01
#50
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Denmark DanishDelight 
wut, i've never heard it called greater copenhagen here in denmark^^
2017-11-28 11:08
#53
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Sweden dohfOs 
but you did see the Greater Copenhagen ads that were everywhere during the BLAST Pro Series event right? :)
2017-11-28 11:11
#54
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Denmark DanishDelight 
nope gotta admit I try to avoid commmercials and ads, they're so annoying. but i've tried to google it now, and can't find anything^^
2017-11-28 11:17
#55
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Sweden dohfOs 
yeah but you did watch the event? say, look at the desk here twitch.tv/videos/204159679?t=21m53s
2017-11-28 11:21
#71
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Ah i see that, but i dont see it should be instead of the øresund-region. I think it's more for the part of storkøbenhavn, that includes a lot of the suburbs to cph, but i could be wrong^^
2017-11-28 12:03
would be a pretty good major i think
2017-11-28 11:10
Xd
2017-11-28 11:44
Nix0n!
2017-11-28 12:01
#72
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Russia hahatun74 
Major in our "Muhosransk"
2017-11-28 12:06
#80
s1 | 
Bangladesh drvken 
idiot
2017-11-28 12:39
#114
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Russia hahatun74 
Report u, hf and Alla. Akba
2017-11-28 13:49
#74
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World TjaY02x 
Not fun if we will not see swedish teams
2017-11-28 12:22
Stochholm and 0 sweden teams? HAHAHAHHAHAHAH 0 viewers
2017-11-28 12:24
#78
s1 | 
Bangladesh drvken 
why u think so?
2017-11-28 12:37
#79
mir | 
Slovakia TatKo 
thats more sad than funny
2017-11-28 12:38
dreamhack masters marseille or smth in south of france CONFIRMED
2017-11-28 12:40
#135
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France Waiit 
Mdr. Would be awesome but no Arena
2017-11-28 15:24
2017-11-28 16:42
#155
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France Waiit 
Ah ouais nice. Je bande xD
2017-11-28 17:53
about time
2017-11-28 12:57
Interviewing with one of the Ex-Admins so emotional :')
2017-11-28 13:14
It's ok to weep a little!
2017-11-28 14:07
HOLY u answered me back :') tears of happines
2017-11-28 14:56
Nix000000000000000n aka Marc Winther!!!
2017-11-28 13:14
Still around!
2017-11-28 14:06
#108
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
I love the Dreamhack tournaments <3
2017-11-28 13:40
#109
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
ni ce good luck! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-11-28 13:43
FUCK YEAH, GO NINJAS!
2017-11-28 14:30
#124
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Norway billson 
We miss you Nix0n <3
2017-11-28 14:32
Pls volvo Epicenter Major, best tournament ever
2017-11-28 14:43
Nix0n the boss!
2017-11-28 14:44
#131
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Norway RainTop1HLTV 
MIIRAA FIX IT So while hosting a Major is a big achievement and honor, and psomething we drive towards doing again fix
2017-11-28 15:12
#132
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Sweden Dino1 
OMG YES YES YES PLS PLS PLS I just live 1.5h with car from Stockholm when im home in Sweden PLS do this GabeN for my years of sacrifice with drunk russians you matched me with in mm, 80% less brain cells coz of polish ppl, and aggressionproblems i got bcz of steam You owe me this
2017-11-28 15:20
Great interview, and great points about other organizers only focusing at the top of the pyramid I'm really looking forward to the dreamhack events next year as they always seem to be the best run tournaments in the scene
2017-11-28 15:32
#139
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Brazil davidzor 
I'd like to see another major Dreamhack. Fuck Eleague and that PGL shit
2017-11-28 15:39
Dreamhack Stockholm 2014 shitshow flashbacks youtube.com/watch?v=DvFEOXjlnDs
2017-11-28 15:53
#145
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
F00k yeah :D I'm so going
2017-11-28 16:30
#146
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Malaysia byaIi 
better than krakow ?
2017-11-28 16:30
#149
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United States ichibaNcs 
SA qualifiers for dreamhack pls
2017-11-28 16:55
#150
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Germany Gloin 
We didn't have a northern major since DH Winter 2014 while Boston will be the 3rd in the USA during that time span... Come on valve
2017-11-28 16:56
#163
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Poland MakaPaka1337 
1 major in usa 1 major in eu, its normal atm
2017-11-28 21:32
#179
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Germany Gloin 
Which is pretty sad. In EU you always have fans of all teams mixed together
2017-11-29 15:32
#156
swag | 
Latvia `DinGo 
Sadokist called it lmao
2017-11-28 18:56
#158
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Sweden Stew2k 
plz do this :)
2017-11-28 19:58
#159
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Greece PentaGR 
so 2 companies are owned by a bigger company....
2017-11-28 20:17
I really wanna see a tournament like Dreamhack Winter 2014 again
2017-11-28 21:13
Always nice to hear from Nix0n!
2017-11-28 21:57
#165
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Sweden Flukey 
Why move from Malmö to Stockholm you say? Simply because Malmö is the toilet city of Sweden. Malmö is basically the reason as to why Sweden is called "Swedistan".
2017-11-28 22:25
#167
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Sweden lagcats 
this is nuts
2017-11-29 02:32
n1 nix0n
2017-11-29 05:21
#178
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Estonia teremartin 
when in North Korea ?
2017-11-29 15:00
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