The countdown is on: In exactly one month, on July 1-2, the second edition of LEVEL UP - The Gaming Festival will come to the Messezentrum Salzburg. An old acquaintance from the scene will also be there!

After some events had to be cancelled last winter, it is time to bring the gaming and eSports community together again offline. This wait will come to an end in exactly one month, when the gates will open for the second edition of LEVEL UP and Salzburg will become the gaming heart of Austria for over 48 hours.

Mastercard & LEVEL UP - A partnership that comes full circle

This year, a name that is not unknown in the gaming industry will also be present: Already represented in the scene for several years as a sponsor of the LEC (League of Legends European Championship) and now also at the side of LEVEL UP - Mastercard!

Exceptional experiences, that's what Mastercard has always stood for and the organizers of LEVEL UP are also convinced that the true magic of video games is in the shared experience.

A festival for everyone

This year's LEVEL UP program is once again hard to beat in terms of diversity. On more than 20,000 square meters, not only eSports enthusiasts and hobby gamers will get their money's worth, but also retro lovers, VR enthusiasts, cosplayers, as well as purely analog card gamers and tabletop gamers. In addition, the festival is extremely family- and child-friendly, as a separate FSK16+ area spatially separates the games with age restrictions.

The stage program has also been upgraded by at least one level. On the main stage, which is centrally located in the festival area, top-class eSports formats will be held on both days. These include the well-known Red Bull Solo Q (League of Legends) format, the €6,500 alpenScene CS:GO finals, the Icarace VR Championships and the crowd favorite Rocket League with Morekats Mayhem #3. The stage action is rounded off by the Yu-Gi-Oh! LEVEL UP Open, the Anisekai Cosplay Contest and the Jägermeister: Hirschrevier afterparty, among others.

New in the festival program are also the BRZ Tetris Area, the Thrill & Chill Area - powered by Porsche Holding, a Bubble Bar and much more. All further program points as well as the links to the tournament registrations can be found here.

LEVEL UP for the Mainstage: eSports meets Card Gaming meets Cosplay meets Party! © LEVEL UP – The Gaming Festival


LEVEL UP LAN: From zero to hero

Once playing on a huge eSports stage in front of spectators and lifting the trophy in the air, the dream of every eSports newcomer can come true at LEVEL UP. Because the concept of the LEVEL UP LAN promises private, 48-hour gaming fun as well as the chance to play your way to the main stage in several tournaments. For the participation a separate LEVEL UP LAN-Ticket is necessary.




At the LEVEL UP Challenge, professionals as well as hobby players come together to experience gaming and eSports in offline challenges. © LEVEL UP / Fabian Stoffers

The questhunters also get to play again

The secret highlight of LEVEL UP 2021 and again this year: The LEVEL UP Challenge! What is it all about? Visitors can master a series of exciting real-life challenges on the festival grounds, collect stamps and redeem them for prizes. The LEVEL UP Challenge was particularly popular with kids last year.






Why you shouldn't miss LEVEL UP even if you're not a gamer

The organizers of the Messezentrum Salzburg and the agency Rookies at Work are all about bringing the scene from the virtual space together in one place. No matter if you are an eSports organization, a hobby gamer or a game-loving family, after two pandemic years visitors can look forward to the most diverse offer the gaming scene in Austria has seen so far. You can meet friends and stars of the scene, play together at will and talk about the latest gaming trends at the numerous bars & food trucks. The improved division into several themed areas and more time due to two event days will make it even easier for visitors to enjoy LEVEL UP to the fullest. The program has already been announced, more details will be announced continuously.

Ticket's already from 12€ - Discounts possible!

What to do now? Secure your tickets and tell all your friends, because we are counting the days until the gaming event of the year! The 1-day pass is available for youngsters from 12€, the 2-day pass from 20€. For under 12-year-olds accompanied by parents or grandparents, the entrance is free! To the LEVEL UP Ticketshop!



LEVEL UP is the first Austrian gaming and eSports festival that brings together gamers, gaming fans, as well as creators and stars of the scene in an experience-oriented atmosphere to experience new trends and celebrate the common passion.