Tournament organiser DreamHack has named Full Sail University as an educational partner for its DreamHack Beyond gaming festival.
As a part of the deal, Full Sail University will produce multiple educational panels and streaming events throughout the duration of the festival, which is to take place from July 24th to 31st.
According to the release, DreamHack Beyond is a free hybrid festival and online multiplayer game created to complement and showcase DreamHack’s brand. The event will include virtual cosplay competitions, amateur and professional esports tournaments, game demos, expo, a variety of panels and more.
Justin Burnham, Vice President, Creative at DreamHack, commented: “DreamHack Beyond is part of evolving DreamHack into a year-round gaming lifestyle brand for the community. To us, there is nothing better than developing a hybrid multi-player event and game that unites us during these times and brings our community together in a way we understand and love.
“It means so much to me, personally, to collaborate with my alma mater, Full Sail University, to offer some engaging and relevant educational panels as part of this experience because DreamHack is more than an event — it creates an arena where you can come to connect, explore, win, play a part, and be yourself through a gaming lifestyle experience.”
Full Sail University’s involvement in DreamHack Beyond will include educational, industry-focused and experiential panels featuring multiple well-known industry figures such as Richard Huggan, Managing Director of Hitmarker, Patrick Klein, Chief Strategy Officer of eFuse, and Erin Eberhardt, Lead Project Manager at Blizzard Entertainment, among others.
In addition, the university will produce the CSL High School Finals competition in Rocket League, Dota 2 and League of Legends.
Sari Kitelyn, Director of Esports at Full Sail University, stated: “DreamHack continues to push the limits of what is possible to bring the esports and gaming communities, not just top-level, but really going beyond what next-level engagement and experiences can be.
“Congrats to our alumnus, Justin Burnham, and the entire DreamHack team. Partnering with them has been an extremely collaborative opportunity to take part in building the blueprint for what is possible in the event space, while continuing to elevate the industry. We are extremely proud of the students, staff, and alumni who are working behind the scenes, and we can’t wait for it to begin.”
Full Sail University is a private graduate and undergraduate degree-granting institution in Winter Park, Florida. Founded in 1979, the school offers on-campus and online degree programmes in art and design, business, film and television, games, media and communications, sports, and technology.
Esports Insider says: Full Sail University has been involved in esports for years now, therefore it’s no surprise to see the institution partner with DreamHack Beyond. With so many influential industry figures speaking at its panels, Full Sail will surely bring considerable educational value to DreamHack’s festival.