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October 4-6, 2024
Atlanta, Georgia

Panels

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Panels stage

Stay a while and listen at the DreamHack Panel Stage! We will have speakers from across the gaming and creation spaces to dive into the secrets of game dev while also covering basics of working in the gaming world, the confessions on your favorite creators, Bingo with prizes, fun holiday cosplay, and more! Want a more immersive education? Check out our workshops for a wide array of how-tos and hands on activities. Stay tuned as we announce more content, and make sure to add everything that looks interesting to your schedule!

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featured panel

Keynote w/ Warren Spector:
Why Games Matter?

FRIDAY 1:30 PM

Warren Evan Spector is an American role-playing and video game designer, director, writer, producer and production designer. He is known for creating immersive sim games, which give players a wide variety of choices in how to progress. His credit list is impressive, including Deus Ex, Ultima, Epic Mickey, and so many more

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FRIDAY 10:30 AM

DreamHack Keynote

Panelist: 
Lyndsay Postell
Calvin Brown
Julian Collins

DreamHack festival experts are here to show you everything that DreamHack Atlanta has to offer! They’ve got the inside track for how to complete quests to win free goodies, when and where the best activations are happening, and all the cool exclusives going on at the show!

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FRIDAY 12:00 PM

SIEGE Presents: Breaking into Game Development

Panelist:
Scarlet Dangerfield (Hi-Rez Studios)
Brandon Moss (Activision)
Jeremy Vanhoozer (Believer)

Game dev is one of the most exciting jobs of the 21st century, but many people have no idea how to get into it. Join our panel of experts to learn how to get your foot in the door.

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FRIDAY 3:00 PM

SIEGE Presents: How to Playtest Games

Panelist: 
Ron Jones (Tripwire)

Playtesting is one of the most important parts of the game dev process, but it usually gets the least attention in school and other training programs. Everyone needs to test their own work, and good playtesters are invaluable. Join us for a look at the skills that lead to good testing, as well as some tips on how to effectively test indie games, as well as how to get a job as a tester.

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FRIDAY 4:30 PM

Live Streamer Confessions

Panelist:
WittleBears, BeckaTV, Yuppy, ExtremelyKole, Chopstix

Can you believe a streamer confessed to this!?! Watch as creators read each others anonymous confessions and react with their own stories LIVE, with a comedian and streaming expert from Georgia Tech’s improv compedy troupe does their best to keep things from devolving into total chaos

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FRIDAY 6:00 PM

Holiday Closet Cosplay Competition

Panelist:
Bobby Blackwolf, BattleAngel Cosplay, NonBinate, mstris10, daracelll

Strut your stuff and show off your best holiday Cosplay! There’s no crafting rules here other than keep the cosplays family friendly and be nice and supportive! Our community judges will choose their favorite cosplays based on look and stage presence and have a variety of fun prizes to giveaway! Any holiday is welcome, but we are going to be leaning towards those holiday ones. The first 60 cosplayers to sign up on site & get in line outside the panel room (starting at 4:30 PM) will get to compete!

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SATURDAY 10:30 AM

SIEGE Presents: Making It as a Game Artist

Panelist:
Jeremy Vanhoozer (Believer)
Sven Bybee (Funcom)
Brian Wynia (Tripwire)
John Bridges (Hi-Rez)
Jasmine McKay (Hi-Rez)

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SATURDAY 10:30 AM

SIEGE Presents: Making It as a Game Artist

Panelist:
Jeremy Vanhoozer (Believer)
Sven Bybee (Funcom)
Brian Wynia (Tripwire)
John Bridges (Hi-Rez)
Jasmine McKay (Hi-Rez)

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SATURDAY 12:00 PM

Zelda Universe Presents: Zelda Bingo

Panelist:
Zelda Universe
Amanda VanHiel

Think you know everything there is to know about Bingo!?!? Zelda Universe will be here to test your knowledge, with a Tears of the Kingdom OLED Nintendo Switch up from grabs as the grand prize!

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SATURDAY 1:30 PM

Team Audio Presents: Success in Game Audio, VO, and Music

Panelist:
Chris Rickwood
Kat Wenske
Kyle Vande Slunt
Laura Taylor

Every year the best games raise the bar on what makes for good audio. Join our panel of award-winning game composers, audio directors and sound designers to learn what is required now to create great game audio … and what will be required in the future!

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SATURDAY 3:00 PM

TikTok Master Class - How Creators can Master TikTok's Algorithm

TikTok LIVE has probably the best discoverability compared to some of the major platforms, it’s like a gold mine for creators! But not many creators are taking advantage and the few who do are lost in how to achieve growth on a fast pace platform. This panel is here to teach you the best strategies to grow on TikTok!

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SATURDAY 4:30 PM

Live Streamer Confessions

Panelist:
KennyHoopz
ThonggDelonge
Sgt Jackson
IGypC
CrazyTawn

Can you believe a streamer confessed to this!?! Watch as creators read each others anonymous confessions and react with their own stories LIVE, with the moderator does their best to keep things from devolving into total chaos

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SATURDAY 6:00 PM

Audiotool Presents: Music Production x Gaming

Panelist:
WLPWR, Producer and Owner of BNDWTH Studios
Naswalt, Audiotool user
Daniel Rowland, Co-Founder at Audiotool

Gear up, gamers and beat-makers! Dive into an epic mash-up where the beats of music production meet the thrill of the gaming universe. We’re rolling out something rad – a never-seen-before battle format where Audiotool’s finest music creators face off in real-time, team-based beat battles. Imagine the energy, the creativity, the beats dropping as teams go head-to-head – it’s gonna be lit!
But wait, there’s more! Ever wonder how a gaming anthem is born? Get the inside scoop on crafting the DreamHack Anthem – a track that’s all about capturing the heart and hype of DreamHack. We’re talking challenges, epic wins, and all the behind-the-scenes action.
And hey, guess who’s in the mix? WLPWR, the legend behind bangers for Eminem, Yelawolf, Wiz Khalifa, Big Krit, and more. This beat maestro and founder of BNDWTH Studios is bringing his A-game to our panel.
So, if you’re all about beats, games, and everything in between, you gotta be here. It’s not just a panel, it’s a celebration of music, gaming, and the magic that happens when they collide.

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SUNDAY 10:30 AM

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

SUNDAY 12:00 PM

"This one's for the girls" - Experience & Advice from Femme-Identifying Industry Veterans

Panelist
BBJess

A panel of women & femme identifying creators talking about our experiences in the industry and giving advice to newcomers! Everyone is welcome to join this session, ask questions, and learn from the panelsts.

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SUNDAY 3:00 PM

Zelda Universe Presents: The Tears of the Kingdom Ultrapanel

Panelist:
Zelda Universe
Amanda VanHiel

The highly anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild is finally here! And we must (ultra)hand it to Nintendo there is so much to talk about. Has it fused new ideas into the same world? Did it ascend to the lofty heights of its predecessor? Can we even recall what made older Zelda games special?? we’ll be discussing the very depths of the game so beware that this panel will contain spoilers.

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SUNDAY 4:30 PM

Careers at DreamHack

Panelist:
Julian Collins

Ever wondered what work goes into a video game festival or an esports tournament? DreamHack is ALWAYS hiring and we are happy to give you a little look into all the kinds of jobs available in the gaming space. Swing by, ask your questions, and see what careers might be a good fit for you!

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Panels and Workshops

Area info

Sunday, December 17

10:30 AMPanel: Guardians MH Presents Prioritizing Your Mental Health

12:00 PMPanel: "This one's for the girls" - Experience & Advice from Femme-Identifying Industry Veterans

1:30 PMBattle Angel Cosplay Presents The Crowning Touch: Getting Started with Cosplay Wigs

3:00 PMPanel: Zelda Universe Presents: The Tears of the Kingdom Ultrapanel

4:30 PMPanel: Careers at DreamHack

Friday, December 15

10:30 AM Panel: DreamHack Keynote

12:00 PMPanel: SIEGE Presents: Breaking into Game Development

1:30 PMKeynote w/ Warren Spector: Why Games Matter?

3:00 PMPanel: SIEGE Presents: How to Playtest Games

4:30 PMPanel: Live Streamer Confessions

6:00 PMPanel: Holiday Closet Cosplay Competition

Saturday, December 16

10:30 AMPanel: SIEGE Presents: Making It as a Game Artist

12:00 PMPanel: Zelda Universe Presents: Zelda Bingo

1:30 PMPanel: Team Audio Presents: Success in Game Audio, VO, and Music

3:00 PMPanel: TikTok Master Class - How Creators can Master TikTok's Algorithm

4:30 PMPanel: Live Streamer Confessions

6:00 PMAudiotool Presents: Music Production x Gaming

Sunday, December 17

10:30 AMPanel: Guardians MH Presents Prioritizing Your Mental Health

12:00 PMPanel: "This one's for the girls" - Experience & Advice from Femme-Identifying Industry Veterans

1:30 PMBattle Angel Cosplay Presents The Crowning Touch: Getting Started with Cosplay Wigs

3:00 PMPanel: Zelda Universe Presents: The Tears of the Kingdom Ultrapanel

4:30 PMPanel: Careers at DreamHack

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