DreamHack Melbourne to make return in April 2023; more details expected in coming months

It's back, and will be bigger than ever.

Following a majorly successful debut down under, gaming and lifestyle festival DreamHack will make a return to the Victorian capital next year — this time in autumn.

Melbourne Park played host to over 21,000 fans who flooded the gates at Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena in September to partake in Australia’s biggest gaming and esports event post-COVID.

Just two months on, and ESL FACEIT Group today have already put Aussies’ minds to rest — DreamHack will be back.

Slated for April 28-30 next year the three-day festival will make a return, with ESL FACEIT Group Australia Head of Product Ben Green promising a “bigger and more memorable experience for gaming fans.”

“After the resounding success of our first DreamHack down under, we were eager to bring this event back to Melbourne as soon as possible, and at the same time, use this opportunity to move the festival to a more convenient period in the Australian gaming calendar,” said Green.

An oversaturated Q3 2022 event calendar didn’t stop fans from across the country and overseas making the trip to Melbourne, with the festival catering for esports and gaming fans across the board.

For many, it was a long-awaited return after an agonising wait throughout 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. With MEO’s cancellation in mid-2021, Aussie fans would be made to wait a full 830 days between MEO 2019 and the inaugural DreamHack festival in September.

But the wait was worth it.

Exact details about the contents of DreamHack Melbourne 2023 are still to be finalised.

The staples of DreamHack — the BYOC LAN, the expo hall and live esports tournaments — are all expected to return in the second edition of DreamHack next year.

Counter-Strike will almost certainly be back at DreamHack Melbourne next year, with ESL FACEIT Group’s 2023 calendar revealing multiple events set for April, including ESL Challenger #52 — slated for April 28-30.

Other titles are to be confirmed at this stage.

“The DreamHack team both here and overseas were delighted with how the community came together in Melbourne in 2022,” said Green. “We can’t wait to share more over the next few months.”

More details about DreamHack Melbourne 2023, including admission prices and ticket sale dates, are expected to be announced before the new year.

PhotographyESL FACEIT Group
Nicholas Taifalos
Nicholas Taifalos
Nicholas "Taffy" Taifalos got his start publishing the escapades of some of Australia's pioneers in Counter-Strike and Dota overseas. Now, he turns his eye to events closer to home, from grassroots projects to the height of Oceanic competition and everything in-between. He still hopes for the day Dota makes a glorious return to the pinnacle of OCE esports.



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