DreamHack, the gigantic LAN gaming party, is coming to Denver this fall

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You might know what a LAN party is. Your friends come over, they bring their entire desktop computer set-ups, you wire them together and you play video games for an unreasonable amount of time. It’s good stuff.

Multiply that by several tens of thousands of people and add a sweet soundtrack, plus some Swedish accents. Now you have DreamHack, a legendary European gaming festival that is finally expanding in the U.S.

DreamHack in 2004. (Toffelgingkgo/Wikimedia)

DreamHack in 2004. (Toffelgingkgo/Wikimedia)


I’m telling you, this is going to be a crazy thing to behold: Thousands of monitors aglow in the National Western Complex, costumes everywhere, and some of the best e-athletes you’ll meet anywhere.

There’s even a “sleeping hall,” because this thing goes for three days straight. Tickets start at $36 per day and range up to $400 for the VIP package.

The Denver event runs Oct. 20 to 22. It will be DreamHack’s fourth party in the U.S. The first was in Austin last year.

Also, there’s this really intense commercial: