Melbourne and Olympic Parks hosted world’s largest e-sports festival


Melbourne & Olympic Parks welcomed 21,000 gamers for the Southern Hemisphere’s inaugural DreamHack e-sports festival in September.

Spread across Melbourne and Olympic Parks’ Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and CENTREPIECE venues, the precinct played host to the world’s most well-known LAN party as well as e-sports matches, cosplay competitions, live music, gaming screenings and an expo.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks and DreamHack expert technicians worked together to create tech magic at last month’s event, establishing a stable network infrastructure to support thousands of computers—transforming the venue into a high-tech gaming ground.

“It was a huge feat and privilege to host the Southern Hemisphere’s first iteration of DreamHack at Melbourne & Olympic Parks this year,” said Melbourne & Olympic Parks director of venues Danielle Bleazby.

“Working with ESL events, our teams were able to successfully harness the capabilities of our venues and showcase what the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct can do.”

Nick Vanzetti, managing director of ESL Asia-Pacific Japan, said bringing the first DreamHack festival to Australia has been a huge accomplishment.

“It was fantastic to see thousands of Australian and international gaming and esports fans come through Melbourne Park over the weekend,” Vanzetti said.

“After a few challenging years without in-person events, DreamHack Melbourne has demonstrated that the appetite for top-tier live gaming & esports content is now higher than ever.”