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A Gaming Lifestyle

We’ve introduced more of the content you’ve always enjoyed to our shows… and then some. Inviting esports teams, streamers, indies, students, musicians, craftsmen, filmmakers, and more—it’s a whole way of living condensed into a kickass weekend!

If you haven’t played an indie game, you should. And if you want to play some at our show, you can!

Check out the Indie Playground booths in our Expo or watch the developers give talks on the Indie Stage. Best part is, we’ve got 12 genres to choose from.

You’ve got to share your experiences with someone, that’s part of the reason you go to a show. And nothing’s better than meeting a living, breathing Widowmaker who doesn’t kill you (because you’ll need a photo).

Meet your streaming heroes, talk to cosplayers about how to craft a costume, and watch speedrunners break records with your friends.

When backs are aching, legs are throbbing, and eyes are bleary, it’s definitely time to get up and take a stroll. We’ve got plenty to walk around and see in our expo, but you’ll probably only walk two minutes before you find another game to sit and play. It’s cool, we understand.

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Watching esports at home is great, but what’s better? Watching all the amazing action live! Jump into the crowd and see all the tournaments from the event floor.

Be sure to check out the tournaments too. If you can have fun while competing for a prize, why wouldn’t you?

When you bring your own PC you can plug into our LAN and game with hundreds of other attendees. Or you can just show off how awesome your rig is. If you’re feeling competitive there are tournaments to enter too. Be sure to reserve your seat soon! The BYOC LAN is powered by Red Hat. Look for their support desk and lounge in the BYOC LAN area!

Does a freeplay library with tons of games from every DreamHack show exist? Absolutely. Plenty of games you’ve never played and ones you always go back to, from the AAA to indie titles we love, all at your fingertips. No need to bring a PC, console, or tabletop games from home. Just sit down and play.

Subterranean pirate hordes, space stations overrun with extraterrestrials, a rainbow bridge pouring down from Asgard… all of our dreams come to life in an artist’s hands.

See the concepts that help to visualize indie games in our Art Gallery or pick up decor for your home in our Artist Alley.

Movie buff nerds who dig sci-fi/fantasy, thriller, horror, comedy, and other genre films will love how we’ve blended our selection of screenings for the festival.

Whether you like shorts, features, or fan films, there’s plenty of variety to see at the show.

Panels about esports marketing, workshops about publishing, and much more are a great way to learn something new if you’re in the industry or you’re a curious fan.

An elevator pitch can be perfected in the Game Pitch Championship. Devs receive valuable industry feedback about their presentation skills and compete for a prize. It’s a great way to see the B2B side of the industry.

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Workshops & Panels
Game Pitch Championship
B2B Lounge (Info Coming Soon)
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Student Game Showcase
Collegiate Tournaments
High School Tournaments (Info Coming soon)
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Game Design has become a new degree program in many colleges, and high schools have added game development classes to their course lists. Young, talented devs are emerging all over the world which is why we show them off in our Student Game Showcase.

And watch student, amateur esports players or enter yourself to compete in tournaments too!