From 6 – 8 December, the world’s largest gaming festival DreamHack, organised by NODWIN Gaming in partnership with Viacom18 brought together gamers from across India and around the globe for a plethora of competitions for esports, cosplay, Device modding, massive LAN parties and a lot more.
DreamHack Delhi had the 72-hour gaming marathon which featured the 24×3 Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) Local Area Network (LAN) party and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) LAN party. The festival was supported by ticketing partner BookMyShow and live streamed on Viacom18’s OTT platform VOOT.
Held across 3 main stages – CS:GO Invitational stage, KO Fight Night stage and PAN Fest stage, the festival included a massive prize pool of more than INR 55 Lacs and various merchandise giveaways.
Gaming enthusiasts saw their favourite national and international CS:GO teams battle it out across the 3-day festival. Team pro100 emerged as the winner of the CS:GO Invitational tournament, defeating HellRaisers in the grand finals and taking home INR 20 Lacs.
The winners of KO Fight Night Championship include Mayank Prajapati aka MiKeYROG for
Street Fighter V, Fury | Zaki for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Abhinav Tejan for Tekken 7.
PAN Fest was one of the busiest stages with a horde of young gamers waiting for their turn to participate. A total of 15 solo players were awarded INR 5,000 each and 15 squads took home a prize money of INR 20,000 each.
The festival also saw fans interact with games from the yesteryears like PacMan, Super Contra, and Tetris. Traditional card and board games also put Carrom, Chess and Ludo in the limelight at the festival.
The cosplay competition was judged by popular cosplayers Corra Berry, Alycesca and Yamaki. The opening ceremony of the festival featured Rannvijay Singha from Roadies and Splitsvilla fame. Further, the event featured meet and greet sessions across all three days with popular gamers and gaming influencers like India’s most successful PUBG Mobile player Naman Mathur aka MortaL, India’s most-followed CS:GO player Ankit Panth aka V3nom and Tanmay Singh aka sc0utOP, a pro PUBG Mobile player who plays for team Fnatic.
The event also allowed visitors to indulge in the latest innovation in technology showcased by ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) and Western Digital. Gaming enthusiasts could also shop at the merchandise store where apparels of their favourite esports teams, collectibles and official DreamHack merchandise were available.
The Device Modding Competition where some of the most intricate PC mods with innovative builds of top specifications were on display, declared Manpreet Singh Saggu (Day 1 & Day 3 winner) and Jay Vin Kapoor (Day 2 and People’s Choice winner) as the top modders.
The conclusion of the festival also revealed the next stop for DreamHack in India. The premium gaming and lifestyle festival is headed to Hyderabad in 2020.
“I’m glad we could bring together the “Dreamers” yet again. DreamHack Delhi helped our growing world of gamers upsurge phenomenally. NODWIN Gaming and Viacom18 together put up a great 72 hour show with much effort that was rich in quality. I got to see thousands of happy faces who submitted their will to accept, acknowledge and enjoy the cultural shift. DreamHack is now heading to Hyderabad in 2020, it’s a long wait but trust me it’s going to be bigger than anything you’ve witnessed till now,”` said Akshat Rathee, Founder and MD of NODWIN Gaming.