This is probably one of the biggest news announcements in the eSports scene. Two of the biggest tournament organizers in esports, have merged.
Taken from Engadget … ESL co-CEOs Ralf Reichert and Craig Levine will lead the new company, which is called ESL Gaming. DreamHack CEO Marcus Lindmark will continue to run that brand’s gaming festivals, which take place across North America and Europe.
Modern Times Group bought DreamHack in 2015 and it acquired a majority stake of ESL that same year. Until now, the two brands have mostly operated independently, but, as ESPN Esports notes, they’ve been sharing resources and helping each other out over the last couple of years. They hope the merger will “further accelerate their mission to shape the future of esports and gaming.”
ESL Gaming is one of the few major tournament organizers that isn’t owned by game publishers or esports teams. As such, they host events for a variety of games. At a typical DreamHack festival, you might watch top pros compete in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, Hearthstone and more under one roof.