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DreamHack Online Open Ft. Fortnite May Edition - How To Register, Format, Dates, Prize Pool & More

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DreamHack returns to competitive Fortnite Battle Royale.


The Swedish production company known as DreamHack provided some of the best Fortnite competitions beginning July of 2020 until January 2021. In a time where offline tournaments were not possible, the DreamHack Open featuring Fortnite provided a nearly $2M USD prize pool spread across the game’s three most significant regions and seven consecutive months. Several players in Europe, NA East and NA West, achieved their first major tournament win. DreamHack stepped away after the January edition concluded, and many were left wondering if these well-orchestrated events would return.

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On April 1, the DreamHack team announced their return to Fortnite with the Cash Cup Extra - a tournament offered to high-placing Trio Cash Cup teams. While this revelation incited a positive response, the scene wanted more. On April 12, DreamHack declared the Online Open’s return, where duos in NA East and Europe have the opportunity to compete for a substantial prize pool and Hall of Fame seating.

DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite Format & Schedule

DreamHack returns to form with the fan-favorite duos format. Some may recall that the company changed the tournament structure from solos to duos after a few months based on community feedback. This resurgence marks the end of NA West-specific competitions. Instead, Europe and NA East are the two focal points for May’s festivities. Almost everything else about the DreamHack Open remains the same.

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Duos will compete in two preliminary heats, which dictates advancement to the semi-finals. Only 50 semi-finalist teams will move into the DreamHack Open Grand Finals. Here is the schedule and format per DreamHack’s website:

Europe

Heat 1 (Times in CEST)

  • Wednesday, May 5 from 6 PM to 9 PM
  • Three-hour session
  • A maximum of ten matches
  • Top 500 duos advance to the Semi-Finals

Heat 2 (Times in CEST)

  • Thursday, May 6 from 6 PM to 9 PM
  • Three-hour session
  • A maximum of ten matches
  • Top 500 duos advance to the Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals (Times in CEST)

  • Wednesday, May 19 from 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Three-hour session
  • A maximum of ten matches
  • Top 50 duos advance to the Grand Finals

Grand Finals (Times in CEST)

  • Thursday, May 20 from 7 PM to 11 PM
  • Eight matches
  • A new game starts every 35 minutes

NA East

Heat 1 (Times in EST)

  • Wednesday, May 5 from 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Three-hour session
  • A maximum of ten matches
  • Top 500 duos advance to the Semi-Finals
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Semi-Finals (Times in EST)

  • Thursday, May 6 from 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Three-hour session
  • A maximum of ten matches
  • Top 50 duos advance to the Grand Finals

Grand Finals (Times in EST)

  • Wednesday, May 19 from 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Eight matches
  • A new game starts every 35 minutes

DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite Scoring System

DreamHack’s traditional scoring system is in effect once again. Multiple players within the community favor this placement-rewarding style over others. Each elimination is worth five points while the Victory Royale counts for 55 points. Here’s the full scoring system:

  • Victory Royale: 55 Points
  • 2nd: 49 Points
  • 3rd: 46 Points
  • 4th: 43 Points
  • 5th: 40 Points
  • 6th: 37 Points
  • 7th: 35 Points
  • 8th: 33 Points
  • 9th: 31 Points
  • 10th: 29 Points
  • 11th: 27 Points
  • 12th: 25 Points
  • 13th: 23 Points
  • 14th: 21 Points
  • 15th: 19 Points
  • 16th: 17 Points
  • 17th: 15 Points
  • 18th: 13 Points
  • 19th: 11 Points
  • 20th: 9 Points
  • 21st: 7 Points
  • 22nd: 5 Points
  • 23rd: 4 Points
  • 24th: 3 Points
  • 25th: 2 Points
  • Elimination: 4 Points each (Heats) & 6 Points each (Semis and Grand Finals)
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DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite Prize Pool

DreamHack’s Open tournament revival boasts a $200k USD monthly prize pool spread across the two regions. Europe tops the list with $23k USD to first place. Here is the complete prize pool distribution below, which pays out to the last place in each Grand Final.

Europe

  • 1st: $23,000
  • 2nd: $14,000
  • 3rd: $10,800
  • 4th: $9,200
  • 5th: $7,550
  • 6th: $5.500
  • 7th: $4,400
  • 8th: $3,850
  • 9th: $3,300
  • 10th: $2,900
  • 11th-15th: $2,400
  • 16th-20th: $1,700
  • 21st-25th: $1,000
  • 26th-35th: $750
  • 36th-50th: $500

NA East

  • 1st: $13,500
  • 2nd: $8,000
  • 3rd: $6,600
  • 4th: $5,300
  • 5th: $4,450
  • 6th: $3,400
  • 7th: $2,650
  • 8th: $2,350
  • 9th: $2,050
  • 10th: $1,700
  • 11th-15th: $1,450
  • 16th-20th: $900
  • 21st-25th: $550
  • 26th-35th: $450
  • 36th-50th: $400

How to Register for the DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite

Unlike past DreamHack events, this one does not require players to fill out a registration form. All you have to do is open Fortnite during the tournament queue times, and the Open competition should be available for all players. Remember, competitors from all regions can participate, and it is not region-locked. The action begins this week, so be sure to keep an eye on your in-game ‘Compete’ tab in Fortnite.

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