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CEO of giant eSports festival fired following power struggle with board

The CEO of DreamHack has been sacked one month before the gigantic European eSports festival and gaming expo begins, concluding an internal conflict between the DreamHack board and its public face.

Robert Ohlén, DreamHack's longtime chief, was "relieved of his duties," a company spokesman told The Daily Dot on Friday. That evening (in Sweden) he sent out thinly veiled tweets implying he'd be fired.

DreamHack will name a new CEO tomorrow, the spokesman said; The Daily Dot reports that person is likely to be Markus Lindmark, a former event manager for the company.

Dreamhack began as a LAN party in Malung, Sweden in 1994 before growing into the world's largest computer gaming festival, according to Guinness World Records. Its spring edition this year drew 21,000 visitors. In 2012, it partnered with Major League Gaming and the Electronic Sports League to implement a unified competition structure and a universal eSports ranking system for all games sanctioned by the three promotions.

DreamHack Winter 2014 is due to begin Nov. 27 in Jönköping, Sweden. Past events have featured prize pools as rich as $250,000 for a single event.

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