India will get its first DreamHack event as the Swedish organiser has revealed an Invitational tournament in the biggest city in the country.
The event will run from December 21-23 in the NESCO Exhibition Centre in Goregaon, Mumbai as a part of a larger digital festival' that also features ay BYOC LAN and tournaments in other esports titles.
The CS:GO event will feature four teams in total - two international squads and two from India - and share a $137,000 prize pool with other titles. The invited teams have not been disclosed, but it is expected that the recently formed OpTic India will be present at the event.
In a press release about the Mumbai tournament, DreamHack have announced the partnership with esports company NODWIN Gaming, a production house who run several esports events in India, including the ESL India Premierships.
To weigh in on the Mumbai event's possible impact on the Indian scene, HLTV.org reached out to Indian CS:GO analyst Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam:
Ever since the IGC debacle in 2012, esports events in the country have come a long way (the ESL India premiership for example) but haven't quite yet reached the standard level of an international event.
Hopefully, with DreamHack coming in, the quality of esports events in the country gets elevated and leads to new interest from the untapped masses. This could be a watershed moment for Indian esports.
The DreamHack Mumbai Invitational will be streamed live on an online service called Voot, at platformed owned by media company Viacom18, who are also partnered with DreamHack for the event.