Published on May 1st, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning

Over Twenty-Five Thousand People Attended DreamHack Melbourne 2023

This weekend saw Australia’s biggest gaming, esports, and lifestyle festival, DreamHack Melbourne, return to Melbourne & Olympic Parks with a total of 25,851 passionate fans in attendance across three days, up from 21,000 in 2022. Attendees were treated to a smörgåsbord of activities, including a sold-out Bring-Your-Own-Computer LAN party with $40,000 in prizes, a $16,000 Cosplay Competition, live music performances, an artist alley, the latest tech & games at the DreamHack expo, content creator meet & greets, and educational panels.

Esports fans were treated to a spectacle across two stages in Margaret Court Arena, as Movistar Riders took out the top spot in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ESL Challenger tournament, while The Chiefs scored the win in the League of Legends Circuit Oceania Finals, with over $200,000 awarded in prize money across the weekend. Aspiring professional gamers competed in the Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN competition across VALORANT, Fortnite, Rocket League, CS:GO, Age of Empires and more.

“DreamHack’s return to Melbourne was a roaring success,” said Nick Vanzetti, MD & SVP at ESL FACEIT Group Asia-Pacific Japan. “The diverse range of content at this year’s festival resonated with fans, which resulted in record ticket sales & attendance – the highest we’ve ever seen in Australia.”

“We’re incredibly proud of how DreamHack Melbourne has evolved this year, bringing together a diverse range of fans to experience the incredible atmosphere of DreamHack.” said Christoffer Melin, Director DreamHack Festivals at ESL FACEIT Group. “It was an honor to be a part of this vibrant celebration, where the passion and energy of our community took centre stage.”

DreamHack Melbourne results:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (ESL Challenger)
– 1st Movistar Riders (Spain) – $50,000 USD
– 2nd Bad News Eagles (Kosovo) – $20,000 USD
– 3-4th Grayhound.Rivalry (ANZ) – $10,000 USD
– 3-4th Ecstatic (Denmark) – $10,000 USD

League of Legends (League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO) Finals)
– 1st The Chiefs (ANZ) – $15,000 USD
– 2nd Team Bliss (ANZ) – $10,000 USD

Images from the weekend can be found in the DreamHack Melbourne PR Sharefolder: and on

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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