DreamHack Open January dates and qualifiers announced
The tournament will be played online, with a $100,000 prize pool split between Europe and North America.
DreamHack's staple Open tournaments will return in 2021, the organizer has confirmed, with the first event of the year set to take place on January 27-31.
The DreamHack Open January action will be split between two regions and played online, with the European part of the event featuring more teams and a bigger chunk of the prize pool, $70,000.
The event will feature a mixture of invited and qualified teams in both regions. In Europe, eight teams will be in the competition, while half of that will fight for the $30,000 in North America.
For the European side of things, five spots will be decided by the ESL world ranking, two will be reserved for teams that make it through the qualifiers, and the last spot will go to the winner of the German ESL Championship - which would usually award a place at DreamHack Open Leipzig.
With only four teams in North America, two qualified and two invited squads will compete at the event. The North American event will also be played with a different format, a double-elimination BO3 bracket, while the tried-and-tested DreamHack Open format will be used in Europe, with a GSL group stage preceding single-elimination playoffs.
Before the official start of the tournament, open and closed qualifiers will take place, starting on January 20. Dates and signup links are available below:
Open Qualifiers: January 20-21
Closed Qualifiers: January 22-23
Tournament: January 27-31
Sign-up and information: Link
DreamHack Open January is also confirmed as a part of the ESL Pro Tour (EPT) circuit, meaning that teams will be rewarded for their placings with Pro Tour points, helping them qualify for EPT Masters Championship tournaments such as ESL One Cologne.