April 26 – 28, 2024
Melbourne, Australia

ESL Challenger
returning to Melbourne!

ESL Challenger will be played across all three days of DreamHack – April 26-28, 2024
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

8 participating Teams, 3 days of counter-Strike 2

$100,000 up for grabs

Experience the thrills and excitement of being among an Aussie Counter-Strike crowd at ESL Challenger. Watch eight teams from around the world compete for a share of $100,000 as they further strengthen their position in CS2!

participating teams

ROOSTER

Local Hero Invite

apeks

ESL WR Global

mibr

ESL WR Global

rebels gaming

ESL WR Global

AURORA Gaming

EU Qualifier

PARTY ASTRONAUTS

NA Qualifier

sunday school

OCE Qualifier

newhappy

AS Qualifier
SEASON FINALS GROUP STAGE FORMAT:
  • Eight Teams: top 4 from EU, top 2 from NA, top 1 from SA and top 1 from the Asian WildCard Qualifier
  • 2 x 4 Team Double-Elimination groups
  • All upper bracket matches BO1 & all lower bracket matches BO3
  • Top 2 from each group advance to Playoffs

SEASON FINALS PLAYOFFS FORMAT:
  • 4 Team Single-Elimination bracket
  • All matches BO3

DATES:
  • Open Qualifiers: February 12th – 18th
  • League Season: March 6th – April 20th
  • Wildcard Qualifier: March 9th – 11th
  • Season Finals in Dallas: May 31st – June 2nd

Total $123,000
– 1st $50,000
– 2nd $25,000
– 3rd $13,000
– 4th $13,000
– 5th $7,000
– 6th $7,000
– 7th $4,000
– 8th $4,000

Explore the ESL Impact Brand Guidelines here.

Esl challenger

Area info

Friday, April 26

9:45 AMDoors Open

10:00 AMGroup A UB Ro4 #1

11:25 AMGroup A UB Ro4 #2

12:50 PMGroup B UB Ro4 #1

2:15 PMGroup B UB Ro4 #2

3:40 PMGroup A UB Ro2

6:30 PMGroup B LB Ro2a

Saturday, April 27

12:00 PMDoors Open

12:30 PMPre-Show

1:00 PMGroup A LB Ro2a

4:15 PMGroup B LB Ro2b

7:30 PMGroup A LB Ro2b

Sunday, April 28

12:00 PMDoors Open

12:30 PMPre-Show

1:00 PMSemi-final #1

1:00 PMSemi-final #1

4:15 PMSemi-final #2

7:30 PMGrand Final

ESL Challenger is located in MCA (Margaret Court Arena)

Schedule and map are subject to change

UPGRADE YOUR DREAMHACK EXPERIENCE WITH ADD-ONS

Once you’ve decided which Festival Pass to pick up, take a look at our ticket upgrades to get the most out of your DreamHack weekend.

ESL Challenger

'Row F' UPGRADE

The ultimate counter-strike 2 upgrade

The perfect upgrade for any Counter-Strike fan, featuring early access to the arena, and an ESL Challenger Goodie Bag inspired by the legendary antics of ‘Row F’ fans across Australia. Plus, you’ll receive a collectible DreamHack Melbourne lanyard & badge with your ticket.

Ticket Details

3-Day Family Pass Includes

Children under 13 still require a ticket but they do come for free - this may be the ticket for you!

- Access to all non-LAN activities at the festival.

Badge price excludes Taxes and Fees and will be added during checkout

Upgrade Price (Wave 1)

+$80