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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.


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]


Dota 2[edit]

Tournament Date Winner Runner-Up Score
Kick-Off (DreamHack Winter 2013) 2013 (2013.11.04-2013.11.30) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic.EU 3-0
Season 1 (DreamHack Summer 2014) 2014 (2014.03.03-2014.06.16) Alliancelogo2016 std.png Alliance C9logo std.png Cloud9 3-2
Season 2 (DreamHack Winter 2014) 2014 (2014.10.06-2014.11.29) Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses C9logo std.png Cloud9 3-1
Season 3 (DreamHack Summer 2015) 2015 (2015.03.28-2015.06.15) Virtuslogo std.png Virtus.pro Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere 3-2
Season 4 (DreamHack Winter 2015) 2015 (2015.09.18-2015.11.28) OGLogo std.png OG Empirelogo std.png Team Empire 3-0
Season 5 2016 (2016.03.21-2016.05.22) OGLogo std.png OG Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere 3-0
Season 6 (DreamHack Winter 2016) 2016 (2016.10.11-2016.11.26) Liquid2017logo std.png Team Liquid Escape Gaminglogo std.png Escape Gaming 3-0
Season 7 (DreamHack Atlanta 2017) 2017 (2017.05.04-2017.07.22) Logo filler std.png TBD Logo filler std.png TBD -
Tournament Date Winner Runner-Up Score
DreamHack Winter 2011 2011 (2011.11.24-2011.11.26) Whblogo std.png Wild Honey Badgers Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic.RS 2-1
DreamHack Summer 2012 2012 (2012.06.15-2012.06.17) Mtwlogo std.png Mortal Teamwork Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere 2-1
DreamHack Valencia 2012 2012 (2012.09.21-2012.09.23) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic.EU Aseslogo std.png ASES e-Sports Club 2-1
DreamHack Winter 2012 2012 (2012.11.22-2012.11.25) Nthlogo std.png No Tidehunter Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses 2-1
DreamHack Invitational 2013 2013 (2013.03.14-2013.04.12) Alliancelogo2016 std.png Alliance Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas 3-2
DreamHack Summer 2013 2013 (2013.06.15-2013.06.18) Alliancelogo2016 std.png Alliance Quanticlogo std.png Quantic Gaming 2-1
DreamHack Valencia 2013 2013 (2013.07.17-2013.07.17) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Mousesportslogo std.png mousesports 3-0
DreamHack Bucharest 2014 2014 (2014.04.26-2014.04.27) Alliancelogo2016 std.png Alliance C9logo std.png Cloud9 2-0
DreamHack Moscow 2014 2014 (2014.09.11-2014.09.14) Nvmilogo std.png NVMI Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere 2-0
DreamHack Bucharest 2015 2015 (2015.04.24-2015.04.26) Vglogo std.png Vici Gaming IGlogo std.png Invictus Gaming 3-1
DreamHack Moscow 2015 2015 (2015.12.05-2015.12.06) Empirelogo std.png Team Empire 4cloverandlepriconlogo std.png 4 Clover & Lepricon 3-1

DotA Allstars[edit]

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