Next weeks opening of DreamHack Winter approaches, meanwhile Europe and Sweden are under a terrorist threat. Only yesterday the Swedish Security Service (SÄPO) raised the terrorist threat level to a four on a five level scale. What is DreamHacks take on this, and what are they doing to increase the security for both visitors and employees?
"The security at DreamHack is a matter of the highest priority and something that's always on our agenda. Our ambition is that all visitors, participants, exhibitors, crew and employees are to feel safe when they visit or work with DreamHack's events and competitions", Fredrik Nyström, press contact for DreamHack, told Fragbite.
Nyström then continues to explain how DreamHack have been working closely with local government agencies and organizations regarding topics such as safety and security. Local police and Fältgruppen in Jönköping are mentioned as two of the parties which DreamHack cooperates with. The work ahead of the upcoming event is well under way.
"We're carefully following the developement of the current situation and are continuesly discussing the matter internally as well as with external parties to be able to adapt and improve the security at DreamHack events in case it's needed."
Local police have attended previous DreamHack events, both in uniform and in civilian clothing, a presence that is thought to be increased. As for how DreamHack are working with security otherwise, Nystrom turns somewhat reticent.
"We never comment on our security detail, but we're discussing the matter of how we're working with security regarding DreamHack Winter 2015 with local police and other relevant authorities and organizations."
It appears, however, that the DreamHack is deeply involved in the security issue, something that hopefully can get both visitors and relatives to feel calm ahead of next week's event.
No general threat against Jönköping
Fragbite have also been in contact with the local police which clearly emphasizes that there is no general threat to Jönköping or the relevant police region.
"The increased police presence is about national heightened alertness where the police carry out security-building measures in terms of visibility in public places", Niklas Boman, Communications Officer at the Police Region East, told Fragbite.
Boman also confirms that the police have a constant dialogue with the organizers of the DreamHack, but he can not give any details to how this dialogue works. It is not yet clear whether the police will increase their presence at DreamHack Boman says and then continues:
"It depends entirely on the development, it is too early to say. But you have probably already read that we are increasing the police presence in all cities, public transportation hubs and places where large number of people gather. Much to create a sense of security, and not because there is a concrete threat."
The police continuously assesses the security situation and right now their work mostly consists of an increased presence to reassure the public and lodge a feeling of calmness. There shall thus be no concrete threat to the region surrounding Jönköping and DreamHack, which hopefully will have a calming effect. If, despite everything, something should happen, the police are extra prepared.
"We also raise our response capacity by ensuring that staff with special training are available to handle potentially dangerous situations", Niklas Boman reassures Fragbite.
DreamHack Winter 2015 will open next Thursday, November 26, and will run over the weekend. Location of event is, as usual, Elmiamässan in Jönköping, Sweden. Image: Polisen