DreamHack Winter Shares Expo Activities and Unveils Creators, Concerts and Cosplayers
From the Creator Hub, Swedish music stars and the legendary LAN, to the bustling expo area and LEGO Builders Zone, DreamHack Winter offers something for everyone
- Meet some fan favourites and showcase your skills at the Nintendo booth
- Gameplay, haircuts, manicures and more at the PC Gamepass booth
- Rub shoulders with your favourite creators, like Elajjaz & Kandyland, at the Creator Hub
- Turn up the volume with live music from a host of Swedish stars, including chart-toppers Estraden
- Discover new immersive experiences in the expo, from witnessing a world-first with Husqvarna to Elgiganten’s massive daily giveaways
STOCKHOLM / NEW YORK — As DreamHack Winter returns this November 24 - 26 (LAN 23-26) to the Elmia Congress & Concert Hall, Jönköping, Sweden, the gaming and lifestyle festival unveils its incredible first wave of activities.
Alongside a series of electrifying esports events, DreamHack, with presenting partner Elgiganten, is set to offer the opportunity to meet your favourite creators, witness dazzling Swedish stars in concert, experience a world of cosplay excitement and get hands-on with an array of fantastic booths and competitions across the bustling expo. Attendees can also immerse themselves in a four-day LAN party where the competition is fierce and the camaraderie is unmatched.
But that's not all – brace yourself for the unveiling of a world-first from robotic lawn mowing pioneers Husqvarna, dip your toes into the festival’s incredible tabletop gaming offering that will undoubtedly challenge your strategic prowess, and let LEGO building ignite your creativity like never before. Regardless of your age or skill level, DreamHack Winter boasts an endless array of activities designed to excite and inspire.
DreamHack Winter Expo – what to expect?
This year’s DreamHack Winter Expo will feature a plethora of entertainment activities for attendees to immerse themselves in, as well as exciting new games to try and discover. From major tech brands to gamer-focused interior design products, attendees can also take a moment of rest and seek mental health support with the expo’s wealth of wellness organisations.
Returning once again as the official DreamHack Winter presenting partner, Nordic electronics retailer Elgiganten will be bringing a massive daily giveaway to their expo stage, as well as running the official DreamHack store. Don’t miss out on your chance to win some amazing prizes and DreamHack goodies! What’s more, the Elgiganten booth and official store will feature playable versions of Tekken 8 - the only place to get hands-on with the title ahead of its release!
With a dedicated stage, iconic characters, and thrilling tournaments, Nintendo promises an unforgettable experience for attendees at DreamHack Winter! Meet and interact with beloved characters Mario and Luigi, and immerse yourself in the world of Nintendo by participating in a wide array of thrilling tournaments at the Nintendo booth across all three days of DreamHack Winter. Whether it's showcasing your skills in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, embracing the excitement of Nintendo Switch Sports, mastering the quick and quirky challenges of WarioWare: Move It!, or diving into various other Nintendo games, there's something for everyone to enjoy!
PC Game Pass
Stop by the PC Game Pass booth where a diverse range of activities await! Put your skills to the test on the claw machine, take on the Gold Bar Challenge, or showcase your strength on the boxing machine, all with the opportunity to win an array of amazing prizes. Indulge in unique experiences like enjoying a manicure session or receiving a stylish haircut from the talented barbers, sample a curated selection of games from the PC Game Pass, or simply unwind and relax in the console lounge - and keep an eye out for the iconic Vasco statue from Starfield and the legendary Power Armor from Fallout, both offering fantastic photo opportunities!
Prepare yourself to witness a world-first from the pioneers in robotic lawn mowing as their collaboration with a 90s game sensation is set to premier at DreamHack. For over 18s only, come and experience this demonic update and enter a Championship that’s the first of its kind.
Embrace an environmentally responsible experience at the Pantamera booth. Test your precision with the bean-bag-wall and seize the opportunity to win fantastic merchandise, experience Pantamera's unique CS2 aim map, and compete for prizes by surpassing the current high score in Panamera’s own arcade game, Panta World. Alongside all of this, stop by and say hi to Pantamera ambassador and Youtuber SampeV2, who will be making an appearance at the booth every day of DreamHack Winter, or join Sampe’s daily Pantamera CS2 challenge on the mainstage. And don't forget to bring your cans and bottles to the reverse vending machine for a chance to be one of the daily winners in the recycling roulette!
For the eight consecutive year, Tele2 is amplifying the gaming experience and bolstering DreamHack Winter with top-tier broadband services. Tele2 will deliver lightning-fast connectivity to accommodate the tens of thousands of participants, with dual redundant fiber routes boasting an impressive 20 Gbit/second both upstream and downstream per connection.
Aiming to kick start a healthier lifestyle for kids in the gaming world, Arla are focused on the concept “Helping kids eating well”. At DreamHack, the Arla team will offer breakfast, snacks and evening food to all children to highlight the importance of a healthier lifestyle for young minds, including pancake races, and will demonstrate simple cooking to inspire a new generation.
EVNIA Powered by Philips is an exciting new brand that aims to Reinvent the Rules of gaming. If you’ve ever wanted to face off against Team Vitality, EVNIA Powered by Philips will be running a virtual skill-based competition to go head to head with Europe’s leading esports club. Or, if you’d prefer something less competitive, why not game with friends at the Free-to-play section, where 5 on 5 and 1 on 1 tournaments are on offer, or check out the ENVIA Dream Setup and experience the ultimate gaming setup for yourself.
Meet and collaborate with your favourite creators
The Creator Hub returns for DreamHack Winter! Bridging the gap between the creator and audiences, the Creator Hub offers unique new ways for both parties to interact. From meet & greets to gameshows, make sure to stop by and say hi to some of your favourite content creators, and watch them play live in the Stream Studio. DreamHack Winter will feature over 150 popular creators, including:
Lose yourself in Cosplay
DreamHack allows anyone to be who they want to be, and attendees are encouraged to arrive at DreamHack Winter dressed as their favourite pop culture character. With hundreds of attendees cosplaying, you’ll be able to create memorable moments or even partake in the DreamHack Cosplay Championship and ECG Qualifier if you think you have what it takes to be the very best and win a share of the eye-watering 25,000 SEK prize pool.
This year’s judging panel boasts a number of cosplay veterans, including Amenoo Cosplay who has represented Sweden in a number of international competitions. She returns to DreamHack Winter as a judge after blowing away the competition last year, scooping 1st prize in the DreamHack Cosplay Championship Expert tier. For 2023, she’ll also be joined by Sophie Riis who has used her hairdressing experience to host panels and workshops focused on makeup and wigs. Finally, Belgium’s Mistvein will be closing off the judging panel. A skilled craftsman at handmaking almost all of his costumes, he’s racked up over 120k TikTok followers and represented Belgium at cosplay competitions on a national level. He’s picked up accolades from the European Cosplay Gathering to the Polymanga Global Easter Cosplay 2022.
For more information, please visit: https://dreamhack.com/winter/cosplay
Gather round and take part in the Tabletop Arena
If you’re looking to try a new game, or hone your skills in an old favourite, the Tabletop Arena is the perfect place! Whether you’re a Magic the Gathering veteran, want to explore new games, or simply connect with fellow enthusiasts, there’s something for all ages and skill levels. This year, the experienced staff at Asmodee Nordics are on hand at DreamHack Winter to keep the competition flowing, and to welcome newcomers to the world of tabletop gaming.
Turn up the volume with DreamHack Winter’s star-studded lineup
This year’s fantastic music performer lineup is set to showcase the very best of Swedish music talent across an impressive array of genres. Straight from the summer festival circuit, with coveted slots at Lollapalooza Stockholm and Malmöfestivalen 2023, Swedish chart-toppers Estraden will bring their infectious pop energy to the DreamHack festival stage. Best-known for their #1 single "Mer för varandra", the trio will be joined by TikTok superstar BELL whose club-ready soundtrack has seen her garner more than 25 million global streams to date, rocketing Hip Hop group LBSB with their electronic blend of rap and house, grooving Dansband singer Lucianoz, and the high-octane beats of DJ Altégo. Per Swedish festival tradition, Hardstyle will be also making an anticipated appearance at DreamHack Winter, as per Swedish festival tradition, with Wasted Penguinz and Frontliner.
Get creative and build to your heart’s content in the LEGO Builders Zone
No matter your age, LEGO is a fun experience for everyone! DreamHack Winter’s LEGO Builders Zone allows visitors to put their creative caps on and engage with the popular toy brand in all-new ways. From the jaw-dropping LEGO ocean to speed-building competitions, visitors can let their imaginations run wild. There’s even the opportunity to meet LEGO Master stars and gain some inspiration for your designs.
Go for victory in the Battle Zone
It's time to show your mettle, seize victory, and make memories that will leave you buzzing with excitement! For anyone looking to let loose and take the competition to the next level, the Battle Zone offers all ages an exhilarating opportunity. Get ready to dive into the fray, lock and load your Nerf blaster, and let the games begin!
The world-renowned LAN experience returns to DreamHack Winter
Get ready to bring your own computer or console and dive headfirst into the legendary LAN experience! DreamHack Winter offers attendees the golden opportunity to forge new friendships or reunite with old acquaintances in this iconic and globally renowned event. Join various competitions across a range of titles over the entire DreamHack Winter weekend, including the Fortnite Battle Royale Duos tournament with a prize pool of over $10,000 USD up for grab, and Sweden’s first ever 1,000,000 SEK CS2 tournament!
For more information, and to buy LAN tickets, visit: https://dreamhack.com/winter/lan
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DreamHack creates a world where the gaming community comes to life. The festivals, featuring everything gaming under one roof, create an arena where you can come to connect, explore, win, play a part, and be yourself through a gaming lifestyle experience. Attendees meet their favorite creators, experience professional esports tournaments, amateur and varsity gaming tournaments, world-famous bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, cosplay championships, panels, art, activities, expo, screenings, live music, and more. DreamHack is part of ESL FACEIT Group, the leading competitive games and esports company.
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