Friday, December 13th 2019 01.55pm CET — Modern Times Group MTG AB's (MTG) today announces changes to portfolio company DreamHack's management team structure. MTG`s portfolio company DreamHack has formed the new entity DreamHack Sports Games. DreamHack Sports Games has partnerships in place already today with Dutch football league Eredivisie’s esport-league eDivisie, with Swedish eAllsvenska and Danish eSuperliga – and earlier today announced an agreement with The European Tour to produce it’s eTour esport tournament counterpart together with game developers Topgolf Media.
Peter Nørrelund - who has served as EVP, Head of Product Development and Incubation and Co-CEO of DreamHack since May 2018 - has been appointed CEO of the new entity. DreamHack Sports Games is to focus on accelerating and capitalizing on the convergence of traditional sports and esports and traditional sports leagues growing interest to produce and broadcast esports leagues mirroring the traditional sports leagues and tournaments.
“We strongly believe in continued convergence of traditional sports and esports from both league perspective, but also from a viewer and fan perspective, so we are keen on investing further to maintain a leading position in esports products for traditional sports. Peter Nørrelund brings a wealth of experience, a vast network in sport and a proven track record to lead our efforts in this area,” says MTG President and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.
Roger Lodewick has been appointed as Co-CEO to manage DreamHack alongside Co-CEO Marcus Lindmark
Roger Lodewick has over 15 years' track record of creating, repositioning, operating and selling global digital and media products. He has extensive experience from TEAM Marketing AG, UEFA's exclusive marketing agency for the UEFA Club competitions where he centralized the UEFA Cup commercial rights and in 2009 rebranded the UEFA Cup into the UEFA Europa League. He later moved to sales, where he was responsible for the media right sales of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in over 15 European territories and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a degree from Fontys Economic University in the Netherlands and an International Master in Management, Law & Humanities of Sports from SDA Bocconi (Italy), Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and De Montfort University (UK).
"I'm pleased that Roger Lodewick has agreed to head up DreamHack together with Co-CEO Marcus Lindmark. His business acumen and his experience from both traditional sports and selling global media products is a great fit for DreamHack's needs, and I’m confident that he will greatly support our work to commercially professionalize the esport industry," says Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, President and CEO of MTG.
Roger Lodewick and Peter Nørrelund will both report to MTG President and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.
For more information: Lars Torstensson, EVP Communications & Investor Relations Direct: +46 (0)702-734 879, lars.torstensson (at) mtg.com
Oliver Carrà, Public Relations Director Direct: +46 708 666 433, oliver.carra (at) mtg.com
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About MTG AB MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ.)) (www.mtg.com) is a strategic and operational investment holding company in esports and gaming entertainment. Born in Sweden, the shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’).
About DreamHack DreamHack is all about entertainment for the digital generation. Founded in 1994 as a BYOC LAN party, DreamHack grew over 20 years to a global phenomenon as the digital festival for today’s youth, hosted throughout Europe and North America. DreamHack festivals feature multiple esports competitions, live music, exhibitions, creative competitions, LAN party, cosplay and much more. DreamHack helped pioneer esports and continues to be one of the largest global producers of esports content. Millions of viewers tune in from all over the world to watch DreamHack broadcasts every year. DreamHack events welcomed over 310,000 visitors in 2018.More information is available at dreamhack.com. DreamHack is part of leading international digital entertainment group MTG. More information at mtg.com.