Robert Ohlen Fired as DreamHack CEO
DreamHack, one of the biggest multidiscipline eSports event holders in the world, announced over the weekend that they were firing CEO Robert Ohlen just one month before the final DreamHack event of the year, DreamHack Winter.
According to a report by The Daily Dot, Ohlen’s dismissal was as a result of what was termed “an internal power struggle” between Ohlen and members of DreamHack’s Board of Directors. I’ve been looking around but no one has reported any details behind the power struggle. Early speculation on Reddit indicated that it might have to do with mishandling of a Dota 2 league but that’s not something that would be described as a power struggle or see a CEO dismissed.
Ohlen was the first to reveal his dismissal from DreamHack in a slightly angry tweet:
Marcus Lindmark, an event manager with the company, is expected to be announced as DreamHack’s new CEO. Otherwise, Ohlen’s dismissal is not expected to impact November’s DreamHack Winter event which will include DreamHack’s 2014 Season final for StarCraft II, the finals of ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 2 and a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament.
DreamHack is one of the big three eSports organizations in the world alongside MLG and ESL. (Personally, I’d rank them #2 behind ESL in terms of worldwide popularity but that’s just subjective and anecdotal.) They also hold the Guinness World Record for the largest computer festival thanks to the 22,810 people who attended DreamHack Winter 2013.
Source: The Daily Dot