DreamHack Winter 2023 announces Esports Lineup with eFIBA World Finals, Brawl Stars World Finals, ESL Challenger, and ESL R1 Fall Major

The iconic gaming lifestyle festival returns, with major sports sim tournaments, one of the first-ever LAN CS2 competitions in Sweden, and more!

Press Release Summary
  • Witness Brawl Stars pros compete for a $750,000 (over 8m SEK) prize pool live at the Brawl Stars World Finals in Jönköping.
  • The inaugural eFIBA World Finals will take place at DreamHack Winter 2023, as eight nations compete to win a share of 50,000 (over 500k SEK) prize pool.
  • Eight professional Counter-Strike teams will compete for a $100,000 (over 1m SEK) prize pool in ESL Challenger Jönköping, played in Counter-Strike 2.
  • The 24 top-ranked drivers compete to become the new ESL R1 champion in the ESL R1 2023 Fall Major, with a €225,000 (over 2.6m SEK) prize pool. 
  • DreamHack Winter plays host to one of the first-ever LAN Counter-Strike 2 competitions in Sweden.

October 12, 2023, Stockholm— DreamHack Winter is set to make its return to the Elmia Congress Center in Jönköping, Sweden, from November 24 to 26, 2023 (LAN 23-26), and will host a series of prominent esports tournaments all under one roof. DreamHack, an immersive gaming lifestyle festival, and part of ESL FACEIT Group (EFG) with presenting partner Elgiganten, offers attendees an extraordinary experience where the gaming community comes to life. 

DreamHack attendees can enjoy an electrifying assortment of esports finals and competitions across the festival weekend. From the high-octane action of the ESL R1 Fall Major, to the thrilling ESL Challenger Jönköping,  the epic Brawl Stars World Finals to the historic in-person eFIBA World Finals, the weekend promises lucrative prize pools to be won and champions to be crowned. 

Alongside professional esports tournaments, DreamHack Winter features something for everyone, celebrating all strands of gaming culture and expression under one roof; From world-renowned talent in our Creator Hub, to the iconic bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, live music, Builders and Battle zones, cosplay competitions, exclusive gaming experiences and much, much more.  

Brawl Stars World Finals

Experience the Brawl Stars extravaganza of the year at DreamHack Winter! Dive into thrilling side activities, connect with fellow fans from across the globe, and witness the world's top Brawl Stars Pro Players compete fiercely for a share of the $750,000 prize pool in the Brawl Stars World Finals, live in Jönköping.

For more information, please visit: https://dreamhack.com/winter/brawlstars/ 

eFIBA World Finals

eFIBA, FIBA's official NBA 2K24 tournament, are proud to present the  first-ever, in-person eFIBA World Finals live at DreamHack Winter! 

Online Regional Qualifiers tip off on October 3 to November 2, with Regional Finals taking place November 7-9 across South East Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe. The winning nation from each Regional Final and the top two from Europe will secure a spot in the eFIBA Season 2 World Finals 2023, taking place live at DreamHack Winter, where the elite teams will collide in a monumental showdown for their piece of the €50,000 prize pool.

For more information, please visit: efiba.basketball

ESL Challenger Jönköping

One of the first professional Counter-Strike 2 tournaments to take place in Sweden, eight teams will compete head to head for a prize pool of $100,000 (over 1m SEK) in ESL Challenger Jönköping at DreamHack Winter.

The top two teams to emerge from each qualifier competition across NA,  EU, SA, and AS, will progress to join two to six invited teams in the regional Closed Qualifiers, with the best team from each region proceeding to ESL Challenger Jönköping. These teams will face off against each other, and four teams already qualified via their position in the ESL World Ranking, live at DreamHack Winter, where they'll vie for the coveted title, a slice of the $100,000 prize pool and a spot in ESL Pro League Season 19. Qualified teams via the ESL World Ranking include Monte, GamerLegion, Virtus.pro, and Eternal Fire. 

For more information, please visit: dreamhack.com/winter/cs/ 

ESL R1 Fall Major
ESL and RENNSPORT proudly present the ESL R1 Fall Major, paving the way for professional virtual racing esports. Since September 1, Over the next few months, 48 of the best virtual drivers from across 12 prestigious teams have been battling it out for a spot in the final. The season will culminate live in Jönköping, where attendees and fans from across the globe will witness the electrifying finale as drivers and teams fight for their share of the €225,000 prize pool. 

Find out more about ESL R1 here: eslr1.com 

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About ESL FACEIT Group

ESL FACEIT Group (EFG) is the leading esports and video game entertainment company dedicated to creating worlds beyond gameplay where players and fans become community. EFG is built on a legacy of world-renowned brands including ESL, FACEIT, DreamHack and DreamHack Sports Games, providing innovative ecosystems for global communities of players, fans and creators around the games they love. Working alongside leading partners, brands and global IPs, EFG operates an unmatched portfolio of live events, digital platforms and developer tools that reach and engage millions of gamers worldwide. For more information visit www.eslfaceitgroup.com.

About ESL

ESL creates a world where everybody can be somebody. For more than two decades, we have been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation globally across the most popular video games, creating a comprehensive ecosystem with opportunities for players to go from zero to hero and for fans to witness the best stories esports has to offer. The ESL portfolio consists of high-profile products such as the ESL Pro Tour, Intel® Extreme Masters, the Snapdragon Pro Series, and many more, ranging from grassroots to global elite competitions. ESL is part of ESL FACEIT Group, the leading esports and video game entertainment company.

About ESL R1

Setting a whole new standard for virtual racing, ESL R1 - Racing Released is the pristine RENNSPORT esports league by ESL, part of the ESL FACEIT Group. Bringing racing culture to the digital age, ESL R1 places the passionate community of racers right in the driver’s seat, ensuring it is always the number one priority. RENNSPORT utilizes cutting edge Unreal Engine 5 technology to bring the incredible virtual racing experience to life, whether you’re behind the steering wheel yourself or experiencing the exhilaration of an ESL R1 competition (https://eslr1.com/).


RENNSPORT is a new virtual racing platform that makes ultra-realistic racing accessible to anyone. It's our obsession to create the perfect racing game, ensuring it’s an ultra-realistic virtual experience but also fun to drive. Throughout the journey, automotive and game development experts join forces to create a virtual racing hub for all motorsports enthusiasts, and we want to inspire with a bold combination of driving physics developed by experts within the automotive industry, combined with custom Unreal Engine 5 graphics. We create the future of virtual racing and car culture together with you.

About FIBA

FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 212 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

For further information about FIBA, visit fiba.basketball or follow FIBA on facebook.com/fiba, twitter.com/fiba instagram.com/fiba and youtube.com/fiba

About eFIBA
eFIBA, a subsidiary of FIBA (International Basketball Federation), is the official organizer of NBA 2K competitions for national teams. Together with the ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, eFIBA hosts a variety of annual tournaments, including the Continental Finals and World Finals, to bring teams of national federations onto the virtual court. It serves as a premier destination for basketball and esports fans, offering an exciting fusion of both worlds. Bringing together NBA 2K players and fans from all corners of the world, eFIBA provides an innovative platform for showcasing skills and passion for the game. For more further information about eFIBA, visit the official channels on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

About DreamHack

DreamHack creates a world where the gaming community comes to life. The festivals, featuring everything gaming under one roof, create an arena where you can come to connect, explore, win, play a part, and be yourself through a gaming lifestyle experience. Attendees meet their favorite creators, experience professional esports tournaments, amateur and varsity gaming tournaments, world-famous bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, cosplay championships, panels, art, activities, expo, screenings, live music, and more. DreamHack is part of ESL FACEIT Group, the leading competitive games and esports company.