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DreamHack is an establishment within the video games business — a 90s LAN get together that grew into an enormous occasion community spanning a number of continents. One in every of its newer branches is DreamHack Dallas — 2023 marks solely the third time the occasion has been held. Nonetheless, it’s already drawing massive crowds: This yr’s occasion drew round 44,000 attendees … one in all them being me. I acquired to see among the larger occasions
The primary DreamHack occasion in Dallas was held in 2019. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person occasion didn’t return in 2020 and 2021. Nonetheless, it returned to the town in 2022. For the 2023 occasion, DreamHack held a number of excessive profile gaming tournaments, a live performance, a cosplay competitors, a LAN get together — there was all kinds of sights on supply.
The expansive present ground featured the HCS International Invitational, the ESL Affect Dallas Finals, the Collegiate Rocket League occasion, a Fortnite match and naturally the multi-game DreamHack Fighters occasion. It additionally had a big artist and procuring space in addition to a bit for the youthful players to attend.
I spoke with Shahin Zarrabi, DreamHack’s VP of technique and progress, in regards to the progress of the Dallas occasion and DreamHack’s future plans. “Positively we wish to create one thing for the Dallas and Texas communities first after which fill it in with worldwide top-tier content material . . . We consider rather a lot within the energy of content material creators. [The event] is a good activation that lets content material creators meet their followers and work together with them in an genuine means that you just simply can’t do in entrance of a display. We even have a creator hub the place micro-influencers and smaller creators can meet their communities and different creators. That’s an space of funding we’re all the time wanting into and will certainly be a magnet for us going ahead.”
DreamHack Dallas occurred from June 2-4. DreamHack’s summer time occasion begins later this month.
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