DreamHack Atlanta forced to be delayed due to COVID-19
By Bob Garcia
The tournament was scheduled to take place this November, but won’t appear until 2022
Many eSports enthusiasts were excited to know that from November 12-14, they would have the chance to enjoy DreamHack Atlanta as an in-person event. However, those illusions will have to be extinguished for a moment as the organizers have decided to postpone the event. It seems that the current global health situation drastically affected by the spread of the new Delta variant of COVID-19 has made it impossible to hold the event later this year, and now players and fans will have to wait until 2022.
DreamHack has been created as a global gaming convention where attendees, whether professional or novice, have the chance to experience a wide range of eSports games, as well as participate in various activities, including exhibitions and live music and the bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party. There is no doubt that different events in certain parts of the world have been greatly affected since the coronavirus pandemic appeared, and eSports tournaments have been no exception. The best alternative that has been implemented is to change the formats to an online mode, but let’s be honest, the experience is not the same.
“All of us at DreamHack stay committed to providing our fans and followers with great experiences, even if it needs to continue in an alternate format for now,” DreamHack’s vice president of festivals, Bas Bruinekool, said in an official statement. “We know this decision is heartbreaking, but these are extraordinary times all over the world. The safety and health of everyone involved has (sic) never been more important to us than now.”
Part of the great excitement was that DreamHack Atlanta was supposed to be the first in-person DreamHack event since Anaheim in February 2020. However, the health of the participants has always been a priority, which is why drastic measures must sometimes be taken. The new date is not yet known, but the company made it clear that it would give a further update on the subject on December 9, the official day of DreamHack.