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DreamHack Addresses Event Security Concerns Following Jacksonville Shooting

Published: 28/Aug/2018 9:33 Updated: 28/Aug/2018 16:40

by Ross Deason


DreamHack’s Press and PR Manager, Per Sjölin, has released a statement event security after the recent mass shooting at a Madden 19 esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

The tragic event on August 26 saw the shooter take the lives of two people, and wound multiple others, before taking his own life.

DreamHack, the host of some of the biggest esports conventions and tournaments on the planet, sent its condolences to the victims before reassuring fans and players that the upcoming DreamHack Masters Stockholm event will have the correct security measures in place:

“While we cannot provide any details on how we work with security, we can say that this is done in consultation with law enforcement and security experts. This work is always ongoing and involves all DreamHack events.

We consult and have an active dialogue with the police as well as the Ericsson Globe security team regarding this weekend’s tournament in Stockholm. The latter has a long experience of event security and will have all their standard security measures in place for the CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm.”

The Jacksonville news brought the issue of security at esports and gaming events to light in the worst way possible, and number of prominent figures, like Richard Lewis and Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar, expressed their concerns about security at tournaments in general.

In fact, DreamHack’s statement came after summit1g took to Twitter to say that security at events “needs to be taken ultra serious” and that 90% of the events he attends have “little to none”.

He followed that statement up by saying “I don’t want to throw DreamHack under the bus, but literally zero security”.


Richard Lewis, who has been vocal about the lack of security at events for a number of years, said that he was: “devastated about today’s news regarding the shooting in Jacksonville. Even though I had warned about this potentially happening at an event I had hoped I would always be wrong.”

With the $250,000 DreamHack Masters Stockholm CS:GO tournament set to begin on August 29, attendees should expect to see tighter security measures than ever before.



Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.