In 2 days, India will witness of the largest ever held gaming festivals held in the country as DreamHack Mumbai kicks off on the 21st of December. DreamHack is a Swedish organization that organizes gaming festivals and tournaments across the world including some top-tier event like the Majors and Minors in the Dota DPC circuit and CS:GO circuit.
This is the first time DreamHack is organizing an event in India and among many things, there is the DreamHack India invitational, with boasts a prize pool of 1 Cr INR. Titles like CS:GO and Dota 2 will have the bulk of the prize money dedicated to them, while the rest of the prize money is divided among the BYOC titles. Along with games and gaming, there is live music, meet and greets with international talent/players, cosplay, stand up comedians and more.
Fans and gamers from across the country are expected to attend the event and we thought it’d be good time to list down the dos and donts of Mumbai, the best ways to get to the event, where to eat and where to get a drink.
Despite it being December, Mumbai doesn’t necessarily get as cold as folks from other cities might expect it to. The temperature hovers around the 20 and 30 degree Celsius for the most part so there isn’t any particular need for winter wear. However, since the event will be indoors, we’d suggest carrying a light jacket in case it starts getting chilly.
While the local trains are known to be one of the most reliable ways of travelling in Mumbai, they aren’t really known to be easy to use. Goregaon is the closest station to the venue, and it lies on the Western Line. The m-indicator app, which is available for both Android and iPhone gives pretty comprehensive information about train timings, schedules as well as for the local bus network.
A much more reliable and relatively easy way to travel is to use a transport app like Ola/Uber. Both have fairly large fleets in the city and getting a cab is not so hard. While they are somewhat expensive, especially during peak office hours, the fact that you can pick your time of travel means that you should be able to get it at the normal rates.
In case you are driving to the event, the venue, NESCO Hall 4 (Bombay Exhibition Centre) does provide space for parking, but you’ll have to pay the parking charges.
Mumbai has quite a lot of famous eateries but we’ll stick to places near the venue. Both Andheri and Malad will give you a host of options for both food and alcohol. The legal age for drinking in Mumbai is 21 for beer and 25 for hard liquor. In general, most places are open till quite late (11 pm or so) but it’s best to call ahead and find out. You can also use apps like Swiggy and Zomato to order food to wherever you are staying. Be sure to try out the famous Mumbai vadapav at a local eatery but no guarantees if it doesn’t go down well. For the most part, we are sure there will be a bunch of options at the venue itself so there’s really no reason to worry.
Disclaimer: Much of the AFK Gaming content crew and casters will be there at the event itself so in case you don’t like any of our suggestions, be sure to find us and flame us in person.