The final of DreamHack Malmo was always going to be a passionate affair with an all-Swedish Fnatic roster being involved on home soil, but it was the opening ceremony of the final that got emotions racing high.
A spine-tingling introduction video, which celebrated both the 25 year anniversary of DreamHack and the 20 year anniversary of Counter-Strike, was shown at the final, with a number of notable clips from the history of Counter-Strike, Source, and Global Offensive stitched into a goosebumps-inducing montage.
Combined with interviews from some of the game’s biggest names, such as Ladislav ‘Guardian’ Kovács, Peter ‘Dupreeh’ Rasmussen, Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell, and Christine ‘Potter’ Chi, DreamHack paid homage to a game that’s not only changed the lives of many, but the esports industry as a whole, and its resonated with so many people.
Christopher ‘Get_RiGhT’ Alesund, formerly of Ninjas in Pyjamas, was one of the players who paid tribute to the game in the montage. Regarded as one of the best players in Counter-Strike 1.6 and CS:GO, the game has had a lasting impact on the Swede’s life. “I don’t even know who I would be as a person if I didn’t play Counter-Strike,” Get_RiGht says in the video. “Counter-Strike has meant the world to me.”
If you live, breathe, and think Counter-Strike, you’ll enjoy the video below:
We love Counter-Strike 🧡
The Grand Final Intro Ceremony – CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 pic.twitter.com/S78iVVeFYW
— DreamHack Counter-Strike (@DreamHackCSGO) October 6, 2019
Like North’s Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye says: “When you have a passion for Counter-Strike, it never fades away,” and we’d be inclined to agree. Counter-Strike has has such a lasting impact on the esports industry, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.
So, here’s to another 20 years of jaw-dropping plays, seemingly unbeatable eras, and mind-bending metas. Here’s to another 20 years of Counter-Strike.