| ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, has unveiled an overview of its 2021 planning direction for esports tournaments and DreamHack festivals, providing a full list of dates. Included is DreamHack’s first live, in-person festival since the pandemic began. This event will take place at DreamHack Atlanta in November 2021 — the last in-person event was DreamHack Anaheim in February 2020.
The direction for 2021 sees the majority of ESL and DreamHack esports competitions scheduled to be played in a studio setting without a live audience in 2021. ESL One Cologne powered by Intel® remains planned as an in-person competition with an audience in July 2021, pending local regulation and guidelines, with more live-audience competitions and in-person DreamHack festivals following in late 2021. The decision whether ESL One Cologne will remain an in-person tournament will be reevaluated closer to the competition start date.
The 2021 calendar will be dependent on the latest health guidance in light of the ongoing global pandemic, with ESL Gaming’s top priority being the safety and well-being of all personnel, players and attendees involved. When in-person competitions return, ESL Gaming will follow a “Return to LAN” protocol developed in close collaboration with teams and players to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 related risks as much as possible. ESL Gaming will share additional updates and plans following the first quarter of 2021.