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$200K DreamHack Summer: Fortnite to finally return to LAN after two year absence

DreamHack Summer is set to host the first large-scale Fortnite LAN competition in over two years.

Fortnite returns to LAN this summer at DreamHack Summer in Sweden, where competitors can compete in the $100,000 Zero Build portion and the $100,000 Battle Royale event. Offline tournaments went on hold following the global COVID-19 pandemic, which affected both traditional and non-traditional sports. As a result, competitive Fortnite suffered significantly.

However, with the world returning to some semblance of normalcy, Epic Games and DreamHack have officially agreed to host the first in-person Fortnite tournament since DreamHack Anaheim in 2020. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming DreamHack Summer competition.

DreamHack Summer welcomes Fortnite back to LAN from June 18 to June 20

DreamHack Summer featuring Fortnite will take place in Elmia, Jönköping, Sweden from June 18 to June 20. There are two separate tournaments; Zero Build and Battle Royale. Each will operate under the Solos format and are open to all players who register beforehand.

This is a bring your own computer (BYOC) event, meaning DreamHack won’t provide equipment for competitors. Furthermore, prospective participants must purchase a ticket to compete, which can be done on the DreamHack website.

Here’s a quick recap of everything we know about DreamHack Summer so far:

  • June 18 to June 20
  • $200,000 prize pool
  • $100,000 Zero Build solo tournament
  • $100,000 Battle Royale solo tournament
  • This is a bring their own computer (BYOC) event
  • Participants must purchase a LAN ticket to compete beforehand
  • All entrants must be 13 years or older
  • There are no known rules, schedules or qualification formats at this time

DreamHack LANs: A brief history

It’s been nearly two years since top Fortnite player Martin “100T MrSavage” Foss Andersen hoisted the trophy at DreamHack Anaheim 2020.

Since then, Fortnite has seen only one offline event–one that DreamHack hosted in Sweden this past November. MrSavage once again won the tournament, albeit against a smaller field. This summer, the two-time DreamHack LAN Champion will have a chance to defend the throne in Zero Build and Battle Royale.

The importance of Fortnite LAN events

DreamHack Summer will likely see a significant number of registrants, considering the implications of this event. Players have long been waiting for an opportunity to compete in an offline environment.

Moreover, the $200,000 prize pool alone could be worth the journey. A solid turnout could lead Epic Games and competitive Fortnite to another World Cup tournament, the first since 2019.

Things are trending upward in Fortnite’s tournament scene, and DreamHack Summer is a step in the right direction.

Stay tuned to esports.gg for the latest Fortnite news and updates.