How The World's Largest LAN Party Is Built

Over the rest of this week and the weekend, over 10,000 gamers will be gathering in Jonkoping, Sweden for Dreamhack Winter, the world's largest LAN party.

There'll be games, parties, e-sports, food, swag, you name it, if it's got to do with PC gaming, it'll probably be somewhere at Elmia Fair, where the attendees get access to super-fast internet and around-the-clock access (the festival runs 24/7).

As you can probably imagine, setting up a LAN party for that amount of people takes an insane amount of work, so it's fascinating to see these images of the Dreamhack crew doing just that.

You can read more about Dreamhack 2012 at the event's official site.


    Biggest lan party i have been to has been 13 lol.

    We have 9 comps here plus BYOD for AoE2 lan nights, and we get told that's insane...

      One of these days I'm gonna have to take 3 friends and 4v4 one of the few groups that still play aoe2.

      As for LAN. We've got a 10/100/1000 switch with 16 ports that at most has had... Eight computers, a modem and a printer in it max. (Not counting 3+ wifi laptops).

        AoE2 has to be the best RTS to play via LAN in my opinion. But I am a little biased, as it holds a special place in my heart as the first game that truly got me into serious gaming.

    Those fish eye shots are awful.

    Those 1RU SC/PC panels look eerily like FTTH kit.....why so much fibre? Are they expecting everyone to be sharing HUGE ammounts of data / files around the place?

    Games dont take up that much bandwidth :/

      In short, yes they are expecting people to share an obscene amount of files around the place.
      The long and short of it is that if you give people a good network, they'll file share on it. If you give them a crap network that isn't capable of file sharing, they'll do it anyway and kill everyones chances of gaming over a LAN.

      So you're damned if you do damned if you don't.

      Pretty much what Sylver said.

      Some people go to the large LAN events just to file share and don't even touch any games.

    Pity games pretty much stopped supporting LAN play years ago...

      ^ This! So much this!

      The lack of support for LAN games has been a thorn in my side as long as needing to buy individual copies to achieve the result. (Total Annihilation is the only game in my memory that gave you a LAN (or multiplayer functionality -- or both) without needing to buy a second copy.

        Starcraft had this function as well I think.

          Quite a few Blizzard games used to let you 'spawn' multiplayer copies for LAN, I can think of Diablo 2, Starcraft and Warcraft.

          Course now days that concept would sound like a joke, especially with Activision's involvement. LAN is strangled not by technology, but by business practices.

    They always cheap out on nasty uncomfortable chairs...

    Pfft! Get with the times man!

    No one does LAN anymore! The 'net said so! =P

      There are heaps of people that still LAN. Heck at the Brocave we have a LAN almost every second weekend (if not once a month) and have 12 odd mates show up for a variety of drunken multiplayer madness.

    Its Jönköping not Jonkoping, surely if changing your character map temporarily was too hard you could have copied it from Wikipedia.

      Because there are no dots over the o?
      You have issues buddy.

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