The eSports phenomenon is coming to the Swedish national indoor arena, Ericsson Globe, on September 15-16 with what promises to be an amazing show. Europe’s best StarCraft II players will compete for $60,000 USD in front of thousands of fans at the StarCraft® II World Championship Series Europe Finals. The show is co-presented by Blizzard and DreamHack and will bring world-class eSports entertainment to the audience in the arena and to those watching the free live stream in HD at home. Tickets go on sale Monday July 30.
Today we’re very proud to announce that the StarCraft II World Championship Series will return to Sweden on September 15-16, when DreamHack and Blizzard host the Europe Finals at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. Ericsson Globe is Sweden’s national indoor arena and one of the biggest venues of its type in Scandinavia, with a seating capacity of 13,850. It’s been the stage for numerous world and European championships in other sports including ice hockey, basketball, and handball, and is also the largest spherical building in the world. Blizzard’s StarCraft II World Championship Series has been touring Europe since May at numerous national final events. Now, 32 of the best European players are getting ready to fight for the grand prize: only nine of them can go on to the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals in Shanghai, China on November 17-18.
“DreamHack has been 100% determined to make eSports a spectator sport, accessible and enjoyable for everyone. When we present this event at Ericsson Globe, it will be a huge milestone not only for us but also for eSports as a whole”, said Robert Ohlén, CEO of DreamHack. “This event wouldn’t be possible without Blizzard and Globe Arenas working together with us to make this dream come true, not to mention SteelSeries and Nöjesbladet who support us as our key sponsors of the event.”
"We're very excited to present an international eSports event at Ericsson Globe together with DreamHack and Blizzard. This will be our third eSports event together with DreamHack this year and we're thrilled to be part of this development that positions Globe Arenas as a base for spectator entertainment for future generations," said Patrik Tengwall, Business Developer at Stockholm Globe Arenas.
The Europe Finals will be the second StarCraft II World Championship Series event hosted by DreamHack and will be the biggest eSports stage show ever created in a European sports venue. All highlighted matches will be played on-stage with professional casters and the unique spectator experience that DreamHack always brings to its events. In addition to the tournament and the stage show, there will be numerous activities on-site including in-house BarCraft, a merchandise store, special DreamHack and Blizzard activities, and a lot more exciting stuff going on over both days. More news and information will be available soon at www.dreamhack.se.