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Welcome to DreamHack Winter 2016

In this news post we have collected some information that can be useful before and during your vist to the worlds Largest Digital Festival DreamHack!

Event Schedule & Map

To stay on top of all the changing schedules, make sure to bookmark and follow our events site.


Event Map
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Parking & Traffic

There is a large parking lot just outside Elmia and parking guards will help you find a spot and sell you a ticket during the first day from 07:30-12:00. Parking tickets cost 120 SEK for the whole festival and can also be bought in the Elmia info desk. The parking guards only takes cash.

Download our traffic guide here for information on how to drive and get in and out for loading and packing when entering DreamHack.


DreamHack Winter 2016 opens 08:00 at Thursday 24th November. During the first hours of DreamHack the entrance for BYOC ticket holders will be located at Lobby Nord. Press, partners & sponsors, day tickets and event tickets will enter via Lobby Syd. At 16:00 we close the Entrance at Lobby Nord and will use the entrance in Lobby Syd for the rest of the festival.

Check the signage at location and ask crew if you have any questions

Express Tickets, 20+ and Premium Tickets
For Express Tickets, 20+ and Premium Tickets ticket holders, put on your bracelet before you enter DreamHack and you can go right in with no need to stand in the cue. Make sure you have your bracelet fully visible when entering.

If there is any problem with your bracelet, contact crew in the entrance and the will check you in manually and change your bracelet. If you have not received your bracelet, do not worry, you will get in, contact crew at location.

Standard ticket
Print your ticket with the bar code and show it when you enter DreamHack and you will get your bracelet. If you don’t have access to a printer, bring up your bar code on your mobile phone or tablet.

Day pass & Festival pass
Print your ticket with the bar code and show it when you enter DreamHack and you will get your bracelet. You can also buy day pass & festival pass at location. We take cash and all the major credit & debit cards.

All children younger than 10 years have free entrance when accompanied by an adult Day Pass holder. Parents etc are allowed to help to carry computers and equipments during the first hours of DreamHack. After 12:00 CEST all persons inside DreamHack needs to have a full valid ticket.

Setting up

All participants have a table space with the measurements Hight: 82cm Width: 83cm Depth: 60cm & at each table seat there is a chair. The chair is a simple model, please bring your own or some pillows to sit more comfortably.

You need to bring all things needed for your computer including an extension cable and a TP-cable to connect to the internet. We have WiFi but we strongly recommend that you use corded access. Bring a 10 meter TP-cable.

If you want to bring a shelf to put on your space its ok. Make sure its safe and that it will not fall!


DreamHack is the undisputed world largest LAN with multiple Guinness world records. at DreamHack Winter 2014 there was 22483 unique connected devices to our network. Make sure to connect all your devices to the open WiFi. The blazing fast Internet connection is provided from our partner Com hem.

Support & Info

If you have any problems with your computer, Internet or just regular questions contact Support in Hall D, they can fix most common computer problems and DreamHack Info located in lobby syd knows all about DreamHack.

Sleeping Halls

DreamHack Winter 2016 have two large sleeping areas. One inside Elmia, Hall A and one just out side of Elmia, Racketcenter. Both are open from 10:00 the first day, make sure you get your sleep, the festival will be more awesome if you are fully rested.

The sleeping halls at DreamHack is included if you rent a computer seat or have the festival pass / tournament pass. When you’ve been sleeping bring your stuff from the area to make room for others!

Bring your own sleeping gear and make sure to secure your smaller valuables at all times. Racket center is closed during daytime and open if Hall A is full.

Checklist for accommodation in sleeping area
– Sleeping mat or inflatable air mattress.
– Blanket or sleeping bag.
– Pillow.
– Flashlight.


There is a lot of food vendors, kiosks & restaurants at DreamHack, many are open around the clock and offer a wide variety of food, snacks and drinks. Options for vegetarian and some food allergies are available.

No nuts! Please do not bring any nuts or food products containing nuts to DreamHack since there are people with allergies at locations.

More information are available here!

Event Rules

DreamHack has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for any kind of harassment including but not limited to; demeaning language, threats, hate crimes, intimidation, non-consensual photography or recording, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome physical attention as well as statements or verbal exchanges that threatens or expresses contempt of ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, citizenship, appearance, body size, age, disability and gender identity.

The ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY applies to EVERYONE attending DreamHack including but not limited to: Attendees, Crew, Press, Staff, Exhibitors & Guests.

We encourage everyone to immediately report any sign of harassment, both to yourself or if you witness it happening to someone else. Report it to a member of DreamHack crew and / or to local police authorities. DreamHack crew have orange T-shirts clearly marked with CREW on the back.

Full event rules is available here!

Event Rules

DreamHack have no age limit and there is a lot of activities that are suitable for all ages at DreamHack Winter 2016. Please note that DreamHack and some or partners, exhibitors, attendees with their own computer can and will play and show games, content and tournaments not suitable for all ages. Some games and content will be for 18 years only. DreamHack do not recommend that children under 18 to visit DreamHack without a legal guardian. More information regarding age rating in games are available at http://www.pegi.info/en/

ATM – Cash Machines

There are two ATM cash machine inside DreamHack & you can also withdraw cash in the DreamHack Kiosks in Hall D and Hall B. Pleas note that some vendors at location only take cash.


DreamHack is a safe festival but with lot´s people on location sadly some crimes do occur. Keep your valuables under sight at all times and secure your computer, gaming gear etc in the tables and make sure to help each other guard your stuff. do not leave mobile phones, etc when you leave your table. Talk to your table neighbours and help each other to guard stuff and keep DreamHack safe for you and all other visitors.

Contact DreamHack Crew immediately if you feel un secure or observe something that you want to report. DreamHack works closely with the local police and authorities, all theft etc will be reported to the police that have both uniformed and undercover personal on location.

DreamHack has zero tolerance regarding; demeaning language, threats, hate crimes as well as statements that threatens or expresses contempt of ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation and gender identity. If you break these rules, you may be banned from the event entirely or partially during an indefinite time period.

Remember: DreamHack have a strict non drug and alcohol policy, people under the influence will be escorted from the festival.

WC & Showers

There are plenty of WCs located all over Elmia and they are cleaned regularly. We offer free showers opened around the clock during the whole festival. Enter the shower areas via Hall D. Bring your own towels!


Smoking is not allowed inside DreamHack. The use of e-cigarettes is not allowed inside DreamHack. All smoking is ONLY allowed in the designated areas outside of the main entrance lobby syd and outside Hall B.

The smoking areas is clearly marked. Smoking outside of the designated areas is NOT allowed!

Event Contact – Medical Information

During the event we have no regular email support. If you need to get in touch with DreamHack Info or DreamHack Medical assistant team you can call the following numbers from 08:00 on Thursday 24th November until Saturday 27th November 10:00.


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Schedule & festival information

Note: All times are Central European Time. The schedule are subject of change and DreamHack may change, delete, or update it at any time and without prior notice. Please check back to get the latest version prior to the event.

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