Discover Europe's Top Gaming Tournaments in 2024
As the world of esports continues to explode in popularity, 2024 promises to be a landmark year for gaming enthusiasts across Europe. From the vibrant streets of Stockholm to the historic city of Munich, the continent is gearing up for an electrifying series of gaming tournaments that are not just competitions, but celebrations of digital athleticism and cultural phenomena. This year's lineup includes the iconic DreamHack in Sweden, the strategic battlegrounds of the League of Legends EMEA Championship in Germany, the globally revered League of Legends World Championship touring across Europe, the debut of the PGL CS2 Major in Denmark, and the pulse-racing intensity of IEM Katowice in Poland. Each tournament brings its unique flavor to the esports arena, uniting a diverse community of gamers, fans, and digital warriors in a spectacular showcase of skill, strategy, and sportsmanship.
1. IEM Katowice 2024
IEM Katowice 2024 is the first Counter-Strike 2 Major Championship, organized by ESL and sponsored by Valve and Acer Predator. It will take place from February 9 to February 11, 2024, in Katowice, Poland, with a total prize pool of $1,000,000. The tournament will feature 24 teams from three regions: Europe, Asia, and Americas, who will compete in three stages: the Opening Stage, the Elimination Stage, and the Playoffs Stage. The Group Stages will start on January 31, 2024, and will use a double-elimination format with best-of-three matches. IEM Katowice 2024 is one of Europe’s biggest esports events, as it showcases the best CS2 teams in the world and attracts thousands of fans to the Spodek Arena, a venue that has hosted many epic CS2 battles in the past.
As an official sponsor of the tournament, Acer Predator will be showcasing two new products at the Counter Strike 2 station. The Orion 7000 is a powerful desktop PC with a 14th Gen i7-14700KF processor, an RTX 4080 graphics card, and a customizable RGB lighting system. The Helios Neo 16 is a sleek laptop with a 14th Gen i7-14700HX processor, an RTX 4070 graphics card, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and a 16-inch QHD display with a 165Hz refresh rate. Both products are designed to deliver an immersive and smooth gaming experience for CS2 fans and players.
Event date: February 9-11, 2024. Location: Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.
2. PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024
The PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024 is the first Counter-Strike 2 Major Championship, organized by PGL and sponsored by Valve. It will take place from March 17 to March 31, 2024, in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a total prize pool of $1,250,000. The tournament will feature 24 teams from three regions: Europe, Asia, and Americas, who will compete in three stages: the Opening Stage, the Elimination Stage, and the Playoffs Stage. The PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024 is one of Europe’s biggest esports events, as it showcases the best CS2 teams in the world and attracts thousands of fans to the Royal Arena, a venue that has hosted many epic CS2 battles in the past.
Event date: March 17-31, 2024. Location: Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.
3. League of Legends EMEA Championship 2024 (LEC Seasons Finals 2024)
The League of Legends EMEA Championship, formerly known as the European League of Legends Championship Series (2013–2018) and the League of Legends European Championship (2019–2022), is a professional esports league for the MOBA PC game League of Legends. The 2024 season finals, which will be held in Munich, Germany, marks the 12th season of the championship and the second year of the newly merged EMEA’s rebranded professional League. While the official dates and arena for the event have not been announced, it's anticipated to occur between August and September 2024. Following last year's impressive cash prize of $175,000, expectations are high for a similarly substantial prize pool this year.
For those of you who can’t wait, the LEC Winter 2024 tournament is currently underway, running from January 13th to February 18th at the Riot Games Arena in Berlin, Germany. Right now, 10 elite teams are locked in intense competition, each battling for a prized spot in this year's EMEA Championship.
Event date: August to September 2024. Location: Munich, Germany.
4. League of Legends World Championship 2024
The League of Legends World Championship, commonly known as Worlds, is an annual professional esports tournament hosted by Riot Games. Founded in 2011, it has grown into one of the world’s most prestigious and watched tournaments, with the 2018 final watched by 99.6 million people. The 2024 Season World Championship, also known as Worlds 2024, will be held in Europe. The Swiss Stage and Play-ins will take place at the Riot Games Arena in Berlin, Germany while the Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be hosted at the Adidas Arena in Paris, France. The grand finals will culminate at the O2 Arena in London on November 2, 2024. The tournament will feature 20 teams from various regions, although the specific tournament rules are not yet available. The prize pool for the tournament is not yet confirmed, but previous Worlds events have had substantial prize pools, with the 2023 event having a prize pool of just under $2.23 million. The event’s global reach, high level of competition, and significant prize pool contribute to its status as one of Europe’s biggest esports events.
Event date: November 2-11, 2024. Location: O2 Arena in London, England.
5. DreamHack Stockholm 2024
DreamHack, recognized by the Guinness Book of Records and Twin Galaxies as the world’s largest LAN party and computer festival, was founded in 1994 by a group of Swedish computer enthusiasts in Malung, Sweden. Over the years, it has grown into a global phenomenon, hosting events throughout Europe and North America. DreamHack Stockholm 2024, set to take place at Stockholmsmässan from November 22-24, marks a significant expansion of DreamHack into the gaming capital of Scandinavia. While the specific details about the tournament rules and the number of teams are not yet available, DreamHack events typically feature a large number of teams and a substantial prize pool. The event’s focus on LAN parties, gaming, esports, and various other activations and events, including music acts and parties, contributes to its status as one of Europe’s biggest esports events. The prize pool for DreamHack events has historically been substantial, with previous events offering up to $250,000.
Event date: November 22-24, 2024. Location: Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm, Sweden.
As 2024 unfolds, Europe's esports scene is set to electrify fans with its top gaming tournaments. Each event, from DreamHack in Stockholm to the League of Legends Championships across Munich and London, offers a unique blend of excitement, skill, and community spirit. These tournaments are not just competitions; they are celebrations of the vibrant esports culture. The stage is set, the players are ready, and the world is watching – let the games begin!
Patrick Yu is a Senior Project Manager at Level Interactive and has 8 years of experience writing business, legal, lifestyle, gaming, and technology articles. He is a significant contributor to Acer Corner and is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan.