DreamHack Canada and Bell return to host second annual Bell Esports Challenge
New this year, top qualifiers compete at FAN EXPO Canada
TORONTO, June 21, 2022 – DreamHack Canada, organizer of the largest esports & gaming lifestyle festivals in Canada, is proud to announce, in partnership with Bell, the return of the Bell Esports Challenge, an online esports tournament with live LAN finals that aims to develop amateur esports in Canada.
Bell Esports Challenge 2022 kicks off July 9th and will feature three esports titles with $30,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. A new addition to this year’s Challenge is the opportunity to compete later this summer at FAN EXPO Canada in Toronto. The top four teams from each titles’ qualifiers will be rewarded with an all-expenses-paid trip to the convention to compete among the very best. Additionally, the winning team of each tournament will get full access to a 2023 DreamHack Festival of their choosing in either Canada or the United States to further develop their gaming skills and go from amateur to pro.
Starting this week, Canadian gamers can register for one of the three esports competitions: Valorant 5v5, Rocket League 3v3 and Call of Duty 4v4. Over an eight-week period, participating teams will compete in qualifiers to earn a guaranteed place in the live LAN final event at FAN EXPO Canada 2022. The qualifiers and the final event will be broadcast live on Bell’s official Twitch channel (twitch.tv/bellcanada), showcasing up and coming Canadian gamers, commentators and analysts.
FAN EXPO Canada gaming fans will be able to experience the LAN finals in a dedicated zone featuring an esports stage, hundreds of spectator seats, kiosks, giveaways and more. For more details on Bell Esports Challenge 2022, including registration and scheduling, please visit BellesportChallenge.ca.
“We are excited to produce a second season of Bell Esports Challenge and level up the experience by featuring LAN finals at FAN EXPO Canada 2022, Canada’s biggest pop-culture event happening in Toronto August 25-28th, 2022. There aren’t many opportunities for amateur esports gamers in Canada to refine their craft, but with the support of partners like Bell we’re leading the way in creating those opportunities and ensuring that avid amateur gamers can reach their full potential”.
– Simon Marin, President, DreamHack Canada
“We’re proud to partner with DreamHack and host the second annual Bell Esports Challenge. We’re excited to extend our support for the Canadian esports community and continue to provide Canada’s gamers with Bell’s pure fibre Internet, the fastest Internet technology available.”
– Devorah Lithwick, SVP & Chief Brand Officer, Bell
“Our community is full of passionate and enthusiastic fans and gamers which makes us the perfect in-person home for the Bell Esports Challenge 2022 LAN Finals. Hosting this competition and bringing the excitement of live esports to our convention floor is a thrill. The liveliness, emotion, and drama of in-person competition just adds to the excitement of the convention as we return to a full-scale FAN EXPO Canada this August.”
– Andrew Moyes, Vice President, FAN EXPO HQ
DreamHack is an immersive, gaming lifestyle experience where the community comes to life. Millions of fans tune in to DreamHack broadcasts each year, and the 24 hour-a-day festival weekends feature everything gaming under one roof. Attendees experience professional esports tournaments, amateur and varsity gaming tournaments, world-famous bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, cosplay championship, panels, art, activities, expo, screenings, live music and more. In 2020, DreamHack merged with ESL to create ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. The two organizations have been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions and festivals.
President, DreamHack Canada