|Frequency||Winter and Summer|
|Participants||~13,000 BYOC plus ~7.000 other visitors|
|Genre||LAN and computer festival|
DreamHack is the world's largest computer festival, a local area network gathering with live concerts and competitions in digital art and gaming. It is arranged twice per year at the Elmia Exhibition and Convention Centre in Jönköping, Sweden. It 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, and has held the record for the world's fastest Internet connection, and the record in most generated traffic. The Internet connection record was beaten in 2012 by the second largest computer festival in the world: The Gathering in Norway.
In the year 2007, the founders of DreamHack received a diploma of honor from the municipality of Jönköping for being important to business, education and society of the local community.
Event summary 
The winter event consistently has approximately 25% more visitors than the summer event, but in other respects they are quite similar. Both events are 72 hours (stretching over 4 days), and have scheduled activity around the clock, every day.
As of winter 2011, the event covers the entire Elmia Exhibition and Convention Centre as well as the neighbouring ice hockey arena and racket sports centre. The total number of participants were 20,984, of which ~500 were crew.
Attendees' ages range from elementary school to senior citizens, though the average age is 16-17. Ten percent are female, though this figure is old and appears to have risen since. People arrive from all over the world to participate.
The event consists of five major components: the festival, the gaming competitions, the digital arts competitions, the live concerts and the expo.
|Festival||Every seated participant gets a table (60 cm deep and 83 cm wide), a chair, a power socket and a LAN socket through which DreamHack supplies one of the fastest Internet connections in the world as of 2011 . To this place they bring their own equipment of choice, usually a display or TV and a computer or console. Some bring their own office chairs to substitute the ones supplied. Since there is activity around the clock, participants can sleep in the adjacent sleeping halls, to which they bring their own sleeping equipment.|
|Gaming competitions||With a total prize pool of over a million SEK, the DreamHack esports competitions attract professional players from all over the world, most notably South Korea. From DreamHack, about one hundred different video streams are broadcasted over the Internet, of which most cover the esports competitions. 21 of them are produced by DreamHack crew, the rest are independent and include Swedish national TV. These are watched by people from all continents in the world, and at DHW11 the number of unique viewers were over 1.6 million, which is another record.|
|Digital arts competitions||In the DreamHack Kreativ competition participants compete in creating all things digital, including photographs, drawings, music, 3D-models, demos, games, animations and movies. It is for many the most important part of the event, since competitions of this kind are very rare, and places where these artists get to meet their audience in person are even rarer. Some participants spend the entire event producing a creative works, such as a movie or piece of music. The hours-long final ceremony, during which all submissions are presented on the huge screens and sound system of MainStage, draws a big crowd and is highly appreciated by the audience.|
|Live concerts||Every evening and night there are big musical acts on MainStage. This aspect of DreamHack has increased dramatically in popularity, and is a major factor in the rise in sale of daypasses, hinting that future concerts will be even grander.|
|Expo||Many companies present their products in the expo area, and it is common for big game development studios to allow visitors to play the games currently under development. There are also various seminars and lectures, and a shop selling computer equipment.|
DreamHack is arranged with the help of about 500 volunteers, set up in Crew Teams. They work in shifts to provide service for the visitors, like the support crew that have a helpdesk where the participants can address their technical problems. The organization also relies on local police and guards from Securitas AB.
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 and Electronic Sports League 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.
Past events 
The event has broken records many times, Swedish records are marked (SR) and world records are marked (WR).
|Event||Visitors||Unique hosts in
|Unique viewers||Internet speed||Total prize pool||Notes|
|DHW12||20,113||15,485||40 Gbit/s||2,000,000 SEK|
|DHS12||15,531||12,446||4,068,303 (WR)||40 Gbit/s||1,765,000 SEK||Total streaming views: 12,522,319|
|DHW11||20,984 (WR)||~ 13 010||1.6 million (WR)||120 Gbit/s (WR)||1,065,500 SEK||First event occupying the ice hockey arena.
Total streaming views: 6,755,728
|DHS11||~16,000||~700,000||20 Gbit/s||832,508 SEK||First event with large outdoors activity area and esports tent.|
|DHW10||13,608 (WR)||12 757||~200,000||20 Gbit/s||700,000 SEK|
|DHW07||13,000 (WR)||10 455||40 Gbit/s||First time with 40 Gbit Internet.|
|DHW06||10,638 (WR)||8 531||New World Record|
|DHW05||7,538||This was the 10th anniversary event.|
|DHW04||5,272 (WR)||5 852||First Official World Record.|
|DreamHack 01||5,000||First event in Jönköping.|
|DreamHack 97||750 (SR)||First event in Borlänge. Swedish record in participants.|
|DreamHack 94||40||40||First event in Malung|
Past e-sports winners 
Only winners of recent events are listed here.
|Counter-Strike||SK Gaming||Mortal Teamwork||Natus Vincere|
|Starcraft 2||Chris "HuK" Loranger||Jae Ho "Moon" Jang||Bomber|
|Quake Live||Alexey "Cypher" Yanushevsky||Shane "rapha" Hendrixson||Anton "Cooller" Singov|
|Starcraft 2||Liquid`HerO||Team EG PuMa||Fnatic NightEnd, Liquid Ret|
|Quake Live||Alexey "Cypher" Yanushevsky||Shane "rapha" Hendrixson||Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski|
|Heroes of Newerth||Fnatic||Frenetic Array||Lions|
|League of Legends||Fnatic||against All authority||Team SoloMid|
|Player name||Team||Player name||Team||Player name||Team|
|League of Legends||...||Counter Logic Gaming EU||...||Moscow Five||...||Curse Gaming EU|
|Quake Live||Shane "rapha" Hendrixson||SK Gaming||Alexey "cypher" Yanushevesky||Serious Gaming||Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty||Evil Geniuses|
|Counter-Strike 1.6||Richard "Xizt" Landström
Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl
Michael "Friis" Jørgensen
Andreas "MODDII" Frid
Finn "karrigan" Andersen
|Starcraft 2||Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz||Mousesports||Dmytro "DIMAGA" Filipchuk||mTw|| Igor "fraer" Turchin
Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri
|Dota 2||Troels "syndereN" Nielsen
Titouan "Sockshka" Merloz
Thibault "Funzii" Calonne
Sébastien "7ckngMad" Debs
Rene "Kebap" Werner
|mTw||Clement "Puppey” Ivanov
Dmitriy "LighTofHeaveN” Kupriyanov
Aleksander "XBOCT” Dashkevich
Danil "Dendi” Ishutin
Sergey "ARS-ART” Revin
|Heroes of Newerth||Kai "H4nn1" Hanbueckers
Adrian "Era" Kryeziu
Johan "N0tail" Sundstein
Jascha "NoVa_" Markuse
Tal "Fly" Aizik
|FnaticRC||Trent “sLiCKz” Tucker
Kieton "BoBo_" Beilby
Quinn "Leonblack`" Wagner
Seb "Shinkz" Torra
JunLiong "dabeliuteef" Loh
|Battlefield 3|| Tom "Morte" Kerbusch
Erik "2Easy" van Hoorn
Sergi "Winghaven" Torras
Andrey "Unfixed" Leonov
Hendrik "vallutaja" Kinks
|Bloodline Champions (unofficial)||Mr2
|Player name||Team||Player name||Team||Player name||Team|
|League of Legends||sOAZ, CyanideFI, xPeke, nRated, RzXc||Fnatic||Froggen, Snoopeh, Yellowpete, Krepo, Wickd||CLG.eu||TheTess, XL Winner, XL Bjergsen, Godbro, Svenskeren||Copenhagen Wolves|
|Heroes of Newerth||Mynuts, noobG, Limmp, zai`, Fittske||Trademark eSports|
|Quake Live||Orekhov "evil" Sergey||102.||Shane "rapha" Hendrixson||SK Gaming||Alexey "cypher" Yanushevesky||Serious Gaming|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Fifflaren, friberg, Xizt, GeT_RiGhT, f0rest||Ninjas in Pyjamas||Ex6TenZ, SmithZz, kennyS, NBK, RpK||VeryGames|| Berg, twist, Spitfire, cype, zajp
pt, Mx, RattlesnK, stingeR, prb
|Starcraft 2||Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok||Teamliquid||Yoon "TaeJa" Young Suh||Teamliquid|| Philipp "monchi" Simon
Artur "Nerchio" Bloch
| Team Acer
|Dota 2||Envy, S4, AdmiralBullDog, Akke, Loda||NoTideHunter||Maelk, Fear, DeMoN, Jeyo, bdiz||Evil Geniuses||...|| Team Empire
|Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition||Infiltration||WW.MCZ||Momi||MM|| Skatan
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- Vengeance Dota 2 Cup – The Winners « Dreamhack DreamHack Winter 2012
- Official website
- Official website of the creative competitions
- Pictures from all events
- Read the crew-blogs about the preparations and event
- Intel Pack4DreamHack - Read blogs about foreign gamers visiting DreamHack