Through the roof: DreamHack Leipzig cracks the 20,000 visitor mark and reaches millions more via livestreams
Thrilling eSports tournaments, imaginative cosplay costumes and a euphoric atmosphere at the gaming festival with Germany's biggest LAN party made DreamHack Leipzig a complete success from 15 to 17 February 2019. More than 20,600 visitors from Germany and abroad flocked to the Leipzig Trade Fair to enjoy a variety of thrilling tournaments, memorable events and close-up live tests of the latest technologies. Last year, 18,500 guests visited DreamHack. "For the fourth year in a row, the partners Leipziger Messe, Schenker Technologies and DreamHack AB have succeeded in making the pulse of the huge eSports community race faster. DreamHack Leipzig has expanded its local fan base, reached an audience of millions via livestreams and underscored its status as the industry's leading gaming festival. Our motivation to further develop the event in the coming year is huge," explains Markus Geisenberger, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe.
Robert Schenker, Managing Director of Schenker Technologies/XMG, agrees with this assessment: "We are very proud to be a co-organizer of DreamHack Leipzig. We are especially pleased that the variety of tournament titles have increased. These are an important part of the overall concept. One of numerous examples is "The WinterNational" for CS:GO, which was a great success and was well received by the community. This developed a unique selling point in Leipzig, which we want to use in the future for further growth. Our goal is continuous, sustainable development of the event, which we will consistently promote together."
A glance at the visitor survey reveals that the diversity of DreamHack Leipzig 2019, consisting of first class eSports tournaments, the new 12+ area and Germany's largest LAN party, was a great success. At least 93 percent want to visit the festival again next year and intend to recommend it to friends and acquaintances. One in five traveled more than 300 kilometers to be part of DreamHack Leipzig. Every eighth visitor is a consistent guest at DreamHack and has attended every event since its premiere.
Exhibitors were also extremely pleased with the attendance.
"DreamHack in Leipzig is the beginning of our gaming year. Visitors to our stand tested our products extensively. The growing popularity is clearly noticeable. We are extremely pleased with the results. For us, this year's event was the best so far," said Daniel Teubert, Key Account Manager at Trust.
Jörg Camphausen, Managing Director of Media Markt Leipzig, sums up: "At DreamHack, we presented gaming hardware – our complete range. Our visitors were very satisfied with our DreamStore. Our stand was fully occupied for the duration. In order to meet the high demand, we even had to keep delivering more products."
Not only hardware stood out for the visitors. The latest game developments in the Indie Arena Booth also filled the stands. Across 250 square meters a dozen development teams presented the most exciting new discoveries from the world of indie games. "The next generation of game developers will begin their dream in Leipzig. The community vibe at DreamHack is great," praised Wolf Lang, host of the Indie Arena Booth.
Five Elite eSports Tournaments on Three Stages
Successful premiere for the brand new international Rocket League DreamHack Pro Circuit tournament series: Four international elite teams and four up-and-coming amateur teams raced to get their ball into the opponent's goal and secure the bulk of the USD 100,000 prize pool.
Also held for the first time was "The WinterNational" powered by AMD, a national CounterStrike: Global Offensive tournament endowed with EUR 10,000. Team Sprout secured the overall victory.
The 1st Berlin eSport-Clubs e.V. and Magdeburg eSports met at the club cup of the eSport-Bund Deutschland (ESBD). Saxony-Anhalt won the League of Legends game. "The premiere of our first club cup was a complete success. We would like to develop this format further at DreamHack in Leipzig and establish it as the highlight of the eSports year," said Hans Jagnow, President of the ESport-Bund Deutschland e.V.
The Winterfinals winner of the Uniliga university championships for League of Legends was also determined.
Team KIT SC White secured the EUR 5,000 prize pool ahead of ZODIACS Bremen.
The Hearthstone tournament "Win the Winter" celebrated its second anniversary. A total of 128 players competed against each other throughout the festival.
Eye-catching PC Cases, Stunning Cosplay and Live Streaming to Millions
Crowd magnets as far as the eye can see: For the first time the German Casemod Championship (DCMM) took place as part of the DreamHack Leipzig. Craftsmanship paired with technical expertise is how the competition participants create unique works of art from commercially available hardware. We even saw old coffee capsules unfold in their artistic potential during the imaginative conversions.
The cosplay competition was just as creative. 40 participants presented their elaborately designed costumes on the jam-packed Event Stage, breathing life into many famous game characters.
The StreamArea was also full of life on the three festival days. Popular streamers like hc_diZee, KawauTV, Raptor, Kamikatze, mukkayo, Jeff, Eyecident and LunaPerunaaus invited their fans to a "Meet & Greet" and spread the unique atmosphere of the DreamHack to millions of computers all over the world.
Record-breaking LAN Party
Germany's largest LAN party also continued its success story this year. More than 2,000 participants populated the grounds from Friday to Sunday to play with and against each other. This is a growth of 18 percent compared to the previous year. Technical data transmission was also at record level. At peak times, 14 Gbit/s flowed through the data cables, which were expanded this year to 2x20 Gbit/s, which corresponds to an increase of 40 percent compared to 2018. Equally noteworthy: More than 56 kilometers of data cables were laid in total.
"We are thrilled with the fantastic atmosphere and huge popularity. Our concept was a complete success. We are starting the preparations for DreamHack Leipzig 2020 filled with great enthusiasm. Regardless of whether they're hardcore or casual gamers or pure hardware fans – the next Gaming Festival will have something to offer for everyone yet again," promises Stephanie Scholz, project director at DreamHack Leipzig.
The next DreamHack Leipzig will take place from 24 to 26 January 2020.
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About DreamHack Leipzig
DreamHack Leipzig is the official German platform of the Swedish DreamHack, the world's largest digital festival. The event is organized by Leipziger Messe GmbH with Schenker Technologies GmbH/XMG as co-organizer and DreamHack AB as founder. The main festival components are numerous professional eSports tournaments, the DreamExpo exhibition with the DreamStore and a LAN area with over 1,700 seats. The festival character is completed by an extensive program of gaming events spread over all three event days. Find more information at www.dreamhack-leipzig.de
DreamHack Leipzig 2019 Partners
XMG is Schenker Technologies GmbH's cult gaming brand, and one of the leading providers of customizable laptops and desktop PCs. Since their creation more than 15 years ago, many XMG gaming laptops and PCs have received awards both from German and international media. XMG promotes and supports players, teams and events throughout Europe.
Monster Energy is the no. 1 energy drink company in the USA. It supports a large number of well-known athletes and is featured in a variety of sectors including action sports, motor sports, music, e-sports and more. In Europe, the Monster range is constantly expanding. In 2018, Monster Energy Hydro enjoyed a success alongside the already established varieties Monster Energy Original, Monster Rehab, and Monster Ultra. More flavors will be launched in 2019.
GameStar, GamePro, Mein-MMO and IGN, the biggest German-language gaming websites, feature a lively entertainment program about gaming culture on their joint live streaming channel MAX - Monsters and Explosions. At Dreamhack 2019, MAX will focus on talks and live gameplay about multiplayers, e-sports and hardware. In addition to expert analysis, the aim is also to provide entertainment.
pure eSports on eSPORTS1: The first eSports broadcaster in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to offer linear TV coverage of the most popular eSports titles such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike, Overwatch and FIFA 19, the channel's 24/7 programming includes at least 1,200 live hours of high-calibre international and regional eSports events as well as highlight broadcasts and self-produced programming.
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