This is potentially huge news for gamers in India, as one of the biggest LAN parties in the world, DreamHack, is all set to make its debut in India. DreamHack Mumbai will take place at the end of this year from December 21 to December 23 and will be held at NESCO in Goregaon, Mumbai. DreamHacks around the world are famous for its huge LAN parties, eSports competitions, bring your own computer event (BYOC), and even cosplay championships, discussion panels, amongst other things.
DreamHack in India is being organized by Viacom18 and will be streamed on its Voot platform. The other organizer in association with Viacom18 is Nodwin Gaming which is a Gurgaon based eSports company. Tickets of DreamHack Mumbai will start from Rs 399 and the organizers are apparently confident that it is a sustainable model for the event.
This is set to be the first DreamHack in Asia and the organizers seem pretty confident about it. Marcus Lindmark, DreamHack CEO commented on this and said, “We are excited about entering another continent as DreamHack open its doors to the first DreamHack India event. The partnership with NODWIN Gaming helps us redefine professional gaming in India where we can offer something exciting and for millions of gamers across the region. This, we believe, will give the pro gamers the right setup to play at their full potential.”
Akshat Rathee, Founder and CEO, NODWIN Gaming seemed excited about the whole prospect and wrote, “DreamHack has always been the epitome of the celebration of gaming and esports globally and we are delighted to partner with DreamHack on their Indian journey. India with its dynamic youth and famed hospitality is a great beachhead into bringing the DreamHack experience to Asia. NODWIN Gaming has been working hard on providing the best for our community of gamers across the country. This places the love for gaming right at the centre of our ecosystem. Partnering with Viacom18 brings the synergy full circle. Their reach to the youth of our country is unparalleled and we look forward to the convergence.”
“Viacom18 has never been one to shy away from experimenting with new concepts, ideas and formats. Given the strong affinity, youth audiences have with our content, brands and experiences, we think this is the right time for us to dip our toes in the fast-paced, thrilling world of eSports.” Said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO and Managing Director Designate, Viacom18.
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This will be full on expo where the organisers will host a ‘Retro Zone’ featuring arcade machines with classic games from the yesteryears, as well as other exclusive expo zones.