Dreamhack in Ahoy Rotterdam

Published on October 4th, 2018

Rotterdam Ahoy and DreamHack are happy to announce the signing of a long-term partnership, bringing the world’s largest digital festival to Rotterdam, Netherlands. DreamHack Rotterdam will be a part of the Rotterdam Ahoy run esports and gaming event Rotterdam Games Week, that will take place in October 2019.

DreamHack Rotterdam, taking place from 18 to 20 October 2019, is at the heart of Rotterdam Games Week and will feature a DreamHack Open championship in the game Counter-Strike: Global Offense with a prize pool of one hundred thousand dollars, a gaming expo with a lot of interaction, cosplay competitions, panel meetings and a ‘bring your own device’ LAN party. In addition to the Rotterdam Games Week, pre-events will be organised where, for example, fans can jointly watch finals of esports tournaments. In cooperation with the city of Rotterdam and other stakeholders, Rotterdam Ahoy is working on further components for the Rotterdam Games Week.

“Sport and entertainment are in our DNA”, says Ahoy CEO and initiator Jolanda Jansen. “We have the long-term vision and ambition to set up an annual international event in the field of esports and gaming, in Ahoy and in the city of Rotterdam. Over the past period, we have spoken to many parties in the market – from publishers to gamers – and received much positive feedback, encouragement and cooperation. We have the confidence that together with DreamHack we are starting a new tradition, and will as Ahoy organisation, give much priority to the further implementation of DreamHack Rotterdam and Rotterdam Games Week.”

Rotterdam Ahoy has previous experience from the esports scene as it, back in 2016, hosted a sold-out European final of League of Legends. It was the starting signal for an own event in the field of esports and gaming, for which the foundation has now been laid with the cooperation with DreamHack.

DreamHack CEO Marcus Lindmark is pleased with the new collaboration on the DreamHack calendar. “We are looking forward to working with the people of Ahoy and are very confident that we have both found the right partner and the right venue for our event in the Benelux. Rotterdam Ahoy has a great track record in organising and hosting prestigious events and has moreover proven to have the same ethos of getting things done in a high standard and cooperative way.”

DreamHack Rotterdam kicks off on the 18th of October 2019 and runs over three days. For additional information on the event and Rotterdam Games Week, visit


About Rotterdam Ahoy
Rotterdam Ahoy is one of the most well-known and most versatile event locations in the Netherlands and has a unique combination of an indoor arena, six exhibition and event halls and a congress center. Rotterdam Ahoy also organises business and public events, such as the Wooning Zesdaagse of Rotterdam, the ABN ARMO World Tennis Tournament and Europort. Rotterdam Ahoy will be expanded in the near future with an international convention centre and concert hall – realised by the end of 2020. With 35 rooms, including an auditorium with 2,750 seats, the convention centre will be the largest in the Netherlands. The auditorium can easily be transformed into a concert hall for 7,000 people.

About DreamHack
DreamHack is all about entertainment for the digital generation. Founded in 1994 as a BYOC LAN party, DreamHack grew over 20 years to a global phenomenon as the digital festival for today’s youth, hosted throughout Europe and North America. DreamHack festivals feature multiple esports competitions, live music, exhibitions, creative competitions, LAN party, cosplay and much more. DreamHack helped pioneer esports, and continues to be one of the largest global producers of esports content. DreamHack esports broadcasts reached over 375 million views and DreamHack events welcomed over 250,000 visitors in 2017.

More information is available at dreamhack.com. DreamHack is part of leading international digital entertainment group MTG. More information at mtg.com.

For more information, please contact:
Rotterdam Games Week
Erika Bronkhorst
Manager Events Rotterdam Ahoy
+31 10 – 293 3499

Christ-Jan van Dongen
Marketing and Communications Manager
+31 10 – 293 3193

Per Sjölin
Press and PR Manager
+46 730 25 31 99


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