DreamHack

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DreamHack is a LAN party, a local area network gathering with demo competitions, gaming competitions and more. It's arranged twice annually at the Elmia exhibition centre in Jönköping, Sweden and also twice a year at Expolaris Congresscenter, Skellefteå, Sweden and holds the world record (as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records and Twin Galaxies) for the world's largest LAN party and computer festival.[1][2]

Dreamhack hosts a large E-sport tournament at each of their LANs, which include: Starcraft 2, Counter Strike 1.6, Heroes of Newerth among others. As well as organizing the LAN event, Dreamhack is also responsible for arranging various Starcraft 2 invitational tournaments. The first one was held in Stockholm 12 April 2011, which generated a great amount of interest from the Swedish media, especially the largest newspaper in Sweden, Aftonbladet, which streamed the event live.

In the year 2007 the founders of DreamHack received a diploma of honor from the municipality of Jönköping for being so important to business, education and society of the local community.

About[edit]

DreamHack began as a small gathering of schoolmates and friends in the basement of an elementary school in Malung in the early '90s. In 1994 it was moved to the school cafeteria and became one of the larger regional demoparties at the time. The 1994 gathering was also the first one to go by the name DreamHack. In 1997 the event took place at Arena Kupolen in Borlänge and became the largest LAN party of Sweden and the third largest party in Scandinavia at the time. Furthermore, DreamHack 2001 and the upcoming events were held at the Elmia exhibition centre in Jönköping, where it has been since.

Starting the year 2002, DreamHack became a semiannual event with DreamHack Summer, aiming for games, taking place in June and DreamHack Winter, slightly more specific for the demo scene, being held during the last weekend of November. This difference has since blurred and perhaps been completely erased. In 2007, the now fully featured corporation DreamHack AB also began arranging a third event during the late summer, in Skellefteå up the northern coast of Sweden. The Skellefteå event, though a lot smaller with a thousand seats, was sold out by a greater margin than DHW. This event has since been discontinued.

In 2011, DreamHack AB went through a corporate reform, renewing the company administration. It was announced on November 15, 2012 that DreamHack would be partnering with Major League Gaming (MLG) and Electronic Sports League (ESL) to help facilitate the growth and development of the North American and European eSports scene. This partnerships includes universal rankings, unified competition structures and more.[3]

In November 2015 Modern Times Group bought 100% of DreamHack for an enterprise value of SEK 244 million.[4] At the Winter 2015 event, commentator Richard Lewis and Alliance Dota 2 player Jonathan "Loda" Berg had a physical altercation,[5][6][7] which resulted in Lewis's permanent ban from future DreamHack events.[8]

Tournaments[edit]

Dota 2[edit]

DreamLeague[edit]

Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Mar 21 - 25, 2018
$300,000
8 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Stockholm
  TBD
  TBD
Dec 1 - 3, 2017
$1,000,000
8 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  Secret
  Liquid
Jul 21 - 22, 2017
$175,000
4 Teams
USA United States, Atlanta
  Liquid
  ODD
May 30 - 31, 2017
$12,000
4 Teams
North America North America, Online
  ODD
  TF
May 4 - 21, 2017
$56,000
8 Teams
Europe Europe, Online
  Secret
  Liquid
Nov 25 - 26, 2016
$185,000
4 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  Liquid
  ESC
May 21 - 22, 2016
$100,000
4 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Stockholm
  OG
  Na`Vi
Sep 29 - Nov 28, 2015
$150,000
8 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  OG
  Empire
Mar 28 - Jun 15, 2015
$149,582
8 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  VP
  Na`Vi
Oct 6 - Nov 29, 2014
$115,560
16 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  EG
  C9
Mar 3 - Jun 16, 2014
$265,257
12 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  [A]
  C9
Nov 4 - 30, 2013
$50,000
6 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  Na`Vi
  Fnatic

DreamHack[edit]

Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2015
$330,322
8 Teams
Russia Russia, Moscow
Lithuania Lithuania, Vilnius
  Empire
  4C&L
Mar 9 - Apr 26, 2015
$150,000
8 Teams
Romania Romania, Bucharest
  VG
  iG
Sep 11 - 13, 2014
$50,000
6 Teams
Russia Russia, Moscow
  NVMI
  Na`Vi
Apr 26 - 27, 2014
$25,000
4 Teams
Romania Romania, Bucharest
  [A]
  C9
May 20 - Jul 17, 2013
$10,000
8 Teams
Spain Spain, Valencia
  Na`Vi
  mouz
Jun 15 - 17, 2013
$46,422
16 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  [A]
Mar 14 - Apr 18, 2013
$6,000
8 Teams
Europe EU, Online
  [A]
Nov 22 - 25, 2012
$30,198
16 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  nth
  EG
Sep 21 - 23, 2012
$5,191
4 Teams
Spain Spain, Offline
  Fnc.EU
  ASES
Jun 16 - 18, 2012
$28,772
16 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  mTw
  Na`Vi
Nov 24 - 26, 2011
$14,500
8 Teams
Sweden Sweden, Jönköping
  WHB
  Fnatic

DotA Allstars[edit]

DreamHack
Tournament Date Winner Runner-Up Score
 DreamHack Winter 2006 2006 (2006.11.30-2006.12.03) Meet Your Makers cZar 2-0
 DreamHack Summer 2007 2007 (2007.06.16-2007.06.17) Meet Your Makers Team_Team 2-0
 DreamHack Winter 2007 2007 (2007.11.29-2007.12.02) Meet Your Makers SK Gaming 2-1
 DreamHack Summer 2008 2008 (2008.06.14-2008.06.17) SK Gaming Evil Geniuses 2-1
 DreamHack Winter 2008 2008 (2008.11.27-2008.11.30) Meet Your Makers SK Gaming 2-1
 DreamHack Summer 2009 2009 (2009.06.13-2009.06.15) The Last Try Roskilde Ravens 2-0
 DreamHack Winter 2009 2009 (2009.11.26-2009.11.29) Tribal Gaming Unique eSports 2-0

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