Train2game Multiplay Job Opportunity


Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s largest gaming festival, Insomnia, and a subsidiary of GAME Digital plc (“GAME Digital”), the UK’s leading video gaming specialist retailer, is challenging job applicants to prove their online gaming knowledge and abilities against Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay, in return for potential employment at the high-tech company based in Blackfield.

Craig Fletcher, a former medical student, abandoned his studies for his hobby, online gaming, and developed it into a highly successful business that he is passionate about, located in New Forest, Hampshire, UK. Insomnia Gaming Festival, which started out as a LAN party between friends and family, has rapidly grown and now attracts crowds of over 37,000 gamers at one time. Multiplay are recruiting new staff as the company continually develops, and in a form of unique interviewing, the CEO is personally challenging applicants at online gaming which integrates with one of Insomnia’s key pillars, LAN gaming.

Craig Fletcher, also known as Wizzo in the gaming world said; “a head-to-head game is a great way to get to know if new recruits are passionate about online gaming and the games they will be working with. At Multiplay we like to work hard, but play hard too, and we are always looking for the most talented individuals to join our family of ardent online gamers.”

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Train2Game News Insomnia 54 sold out


Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s biggest gaming festivals, is delighted to announce that Insomnia54 has sold out, and will be attended by more fans than ever before when the show opens April 3rd at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

With support from exhibitors and sponsors, i54 promises the best in entertainment that fans have come to know and love, but still delivers new zones and introduces brand new content to tens of thousands of attendees over the bank Holiday weekend.

For the first time, Sony xdev joins Jagex, Warner Bros, Team17 and many other publishers showing the latest games in the exhibition zone, while indie developers will be highlighted on the Expo stage. Attendees will be able to preview and play upcoming titles such as Carmageddon: Reincarnation, Dark Nexus Arena, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, LittleBigPlanet 3 and many more.

Insomnia54 also features a huge roster of content creators from the worlds of YouTube and Twitch. Famous faces this event include Syndicate of TheSyndicateProject, Omgitsfirefox, Jericho, The Diamond Minecart, The Sidemen including KSI, Calfreezy, Jo Weller, and many more starring in live shows, Q&A sessions, Meet & Greet sessions and more across all three live days.

Multiplay MD Craig Fletcher said: “The first show of the year is always my favourite, because it’s our first chance to see old friends and meet new members of the community.” He continued, “2015 is going to be a massive year for Insomnia festivals, and we intend to kick it off with a bang on April 3rd.”

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Train2Game News Insomnia success in 2014


Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s biggest gaming festival, celebrated an outstanding year in 2014, recording a 60% increase in footfall at its Insomnia events against the previous year and cementing its place as the number one gaming festival in the UK.

With an ever growing community of all ages and backgrounds, the Insomnia Gaming Festival experienced its highest ever year of growth with significant increases across the board at all three of its 2014 events. Working with more partners than ever before to expose a variety of brands to its diverse audience, Multiplay also saw record footfall figures with that trend set to continue throughout the new year.

Insomnia54 will be Multiplay’s biggest spring event to-date, taking place on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (April 3rd-6th 2015). With the show increasing not just in attendance but also footprint at an additional 45% floor space across over 2014, there’s even more great gaming festival fun for Insomnia’s dedicated and growing community.

2014 also witnessed a huge year for Insomnia events online, with over 45m consumers engaged through Twitch, YouTube and Flickr whilst over 1.4m consumers logged on to the official Insomnia website making a top five gaming destination in the UK, a trend that Multiplay has committed to continuing over the next years’ worth of events.

Multiplay MD Craig Fletcher said: “We’re delighted to have had another incredible year, and we continue to see huge opportunities for growth, not just in our amazing community, but in what we can offer to publishers to showcase their products and partners who want to expose their brands to an engaged audience.”

He continued, “We’ve developed and grown organically to become the UK’s number one destination for fans of gaming culture with our partners, driven by our incredible community, and we’re ready to go even further in 2015 starting with Easter’s Insomnia54.”

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Train2Game News GEEK 2015


Multiplay, hosts of the UK’s biggest gaming festival Insomnia, is delighted to announce a new partnership with GEEK, a festival that is the place to Meet, Make and Play.

GEEK is a growing festival of play and games, held each year in the seaside town of Margate, Kent. A place for families and friends to come together to help create and play whilst having large amounts of fun, GEEK offers digital and analogue activities for both casual and dedicated gamers.

As a result of the partnership, Multiplay will be curating multiple parts of GEEK2015 which takes place from 20th – 22nd February next year.

GEEK has something for all the family. So whether you want to play and compete, relax, learn new skills or get an idea of how to get your dream job using games and technology, GEEK is the place to be.

“We have big plans for GEEK so it is really exciting to be working with Multiplay on GEEK2015. Multiplay has an unrivalled reputation, and their success on a national and international scale with global partners is a result of their outstanding passion for gaming and commitment to excellence,” said Kate Kneale, Director Marine Studios. “Together we can create a really innovative showcase for games, old and new, popular and obscure, innovative and just plain crazy.”

“The undertaking with GEEK is one we are ecstatic to be part of, showcasing the continually rising popularity of gaming events.  We are delighted to once again be working with GEEK for the second consecutive year, and this is just the start of an array of fantastic projects we will be involved with throughout 2015,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay.  “It’s been yet another fantastic year and we are delighted to now be actively involved with almost every single show in the gaming events calendar, with GEEK2015 at the forefront.”

More information on GEEK2015 will be revealed on the GEEK website

Train2Game News Insomnia 53 success


Multiplay, hosts of the UK’s biggest gaming festival Insomnia, is delighted to announce another record year for the event with more visitors, more games, more special guests and more fun than ever before.

Driven by an increase in visitors across the year of over 64%, Insomnia cemented its place as the number one gaming festival in the UK. Insomnia53 alone was watched online by over a million viewers, streaming over 11 years of content across a single weekend.

Featuring debut tournaments for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Halo 2: Anniversary, Insomnia53 was once again the best place to take part in and spectate completely open UK eSports action. Featuring high level competition across a variety of returning games including League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, this year also saw the introduction of tournament’s for Blizzard’s popular online card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, with hundreds of players battling it out across the year for a slice of the prize.

Throughout all of 2014 the Insomnia Gaming Festival has given fans a chance to meet and greet huge content creators from across the spectrum of gaming media, including The Yogscast, SkyDoesMinecraft, Syndicate, KSI of The Sidemen and many more. With a variety of interactive activities available for fans to participate in, there was no better place for young and old gamers alike to meet their heroes than at Multiplay’s Insomnia events.

Attended by tens of thousands of gamers, Insomnia remains the number one gaming festival in the UK; thanks to a wide breadth of content, Insomnia attracts a unique audience that encompasses every sort of gamer across not just PC but Console and Mobile, welcoming the hardcore and the casual alike.

“The past two years of growth for Insomnia and Multiplay as a whole have just been incredible, and we couldn’t be more thankful to our incredible community and partners for making all of this possible,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “We have an inclusive community, an event that attracts gaming fans of all ages and backgrounds, and partners that truly believe in what we’re doing; creating some of the best gaming events on the planet. 2015 is going to be amazing, and with a well earned rest for Christmas, we’re looking forward to our biggest Easter event ever on April 3rd.”

Insomnia54 takes place from April 3rd-6th 2015 at Coventry’s Rich Arena, promising the biggest spring event ever imaged, with more games, more tournaments, more special guests, and more visitors than ever. To ensure you don’t miss out on the action, book your tickets now:

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Train2Game News Insomnia 53

InsomniaMultiplay, hosts of the UK’s biggest gaming festival is pleased to announce Insomnia53, taking place November 21st – 23rd at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and set to feature tons of brilliant, focused activities suitable for gamers of all ages and backgrounds.

Everything you’ve come to expect from the Insomnia Gaming Festival will be in abundance; there will be special guests from the world of YouTube and Twitch including SkyDoesMinecraft, TheDiamondMinecart and The Sidemen (featuring KSI, Vikkstar and more).

Also featured are Minecraft-orientated activities, high-level open esports tournaments, a packed exhibition hall featuring playable games galore and of course the UK’s biggest 24hr LAN gaming network featuring thousands of switched-on gamers.

The fun doesn’t end at 6pm though, with activities and parties going on well into the early hours putting the ‘insomnia’ into Insomnia.

Returning for its second year are the Insomnia Awards; a bespoke community-driven ceremony celebrating the last year in gaming, all wrapped up in a night of action and entertainment.

Anyone attending the event can nominate and vote on their selected winners and be in with a chance of winning a copy of the Insomnia Awards Game of the Year.

“Each year, we’re humbled by the passion of our community and their commitment for the Insomnia Gaming Festival,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “This festive gaming show encapsulates another 12 months of incredible growth, driving us to do more, to do better, and to continue to make Insomnia the best weekend of awesome videogame-related fun you can find in the UK.”

With so much more to be announced, this year’s final Insomnia event will be one to remember, so head online now to book your tickets:

Insomnia53 takes place from November 21s – 23rd at Coventry’s Rich Arena in England.

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Train2Game News: Multiplay announces first batch of content for Insomnia51

InsomniaMultiplay, organiser of the UK’s biggest gaming festivals, is pleased to announce the first wave of content for Insomnia51, taking place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena April 18-21, 2014.

Building on the success of Insomnia50, Multiplay’s first Insomnia festival of 2014 moves to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, allowing more visitors than ever before to attend this coming Easter weekend. Tickets can be purchased now, at

Insomnia51 brings a wide variety of content from an array of talented and respected developers and publishers. With huge prize pools, Insomnia is still the best place for the biggest eSports tournaments in the UK, showcasing the greatest teams from across the globe and streamed live on Twitch.TV.

Insomnia will once again have a dedicated Minecraft Zone, featuring free to play tournaments and offering Minecraft fans the chance to meet their YouTube heroes. The line-up so far includes: BeBopVox, FyreUK and Noxcrew with more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

Community is a huge part of Insomnia, and this year is no different, with evening activities including live music, casino night, and the world famous pub quiz. However, Insomnia51 is also about showing you the latest and greatest games and merchandise in the exhibition hall and will feature incredible games, like Rust, Starbound, and DayZ. It’ll also feature some of your favourite developers and YouTube stars in an expanded Panel schedule, running throughout the weekend.

“After an incredible 2013, we spent a lot of time talking about what we could do more of, and how we can improve our customers experience. The first stage in taking Insomnia to the next level is the move to the Ricoh Arena, but there’s so much more to come,” Said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay.

“We’ll be announcing more exclusive content in the coming weeks, and we’ve got some big surprises to share. Don’t miss out on what will be the biggest year in the history of Insomnia festivals.”

Insomnia51 takes place at the Ricoh Arena over Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, April 18th to Monday, April 21st 2014.

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Train2Game News: Insomnia coming to Coventry

InsomniaOne of the UK’s biggest gaming festival will be staged in Coventry for the first time in 2014, when the Insomnia gaming festivals takes place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

The Insomnia series attracts tens of thousands of gamers from across the UK to compete in the UK’s most competitive eSports tournaments and see the best games first, while millions watch events unfold online on Twitch.TV.

The first Insomnia festival at the Ricoh Arena takes place over Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, April 18 to Monday, April 21 2014.

Insomnia will take over the Ricoh Arena to give visitors the chance to sample new games, watch live product demonstrations, buy the latest products and merchandise or watch the eSports tournaments unfold.

Offering the same unrivalled atmosphere as previous Insomnia events, visitors will be able to camp in their thousands across the weekend, bringing their own PCs and consoles with camping facilities and security on-hand.

Craig Fletcher, chief executive officer of Multiplay, said: “At Multiplay, we’re always looking to grow our business, and choosing a location that gives the Insomnia festivals strategic growth opportunities is of paramount importance to us, as well as our loyal community that attend our events.

He continued, “We’ve worked closely with the passionate staff at the Ricoh Arena and Coventry City Council to deliver a new home for Insomnia. “We are also delighted to be able to welcome back the Easter weekend dates which we haven’t been able to secure since Insomnia 42. “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to hold an Easter weekend extravaganza full of new content and awesome activities.

“We’re really pleased with the commitment and drive shown in bringing the UK’s largest gaming festivals to Coventry, and it’s a partnership we’re excited to move forward with in 2014.”

Jacky Isaac, Interim CEO at the Ricoh Arena, said she was thrilled one of the biggest dates in the calendar for gaming fans was being held in Coventry.

“It is the first time we will have held a gaming festival at the Ricoh Arena and this is great news for the venue and for the city,” she said.

“This is a festival for gaming in all its formats and is due to attract over 10,000 visitors from around the country.”

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Train2Game News: Insomnia50 Indie Gaming showcase

InsomniaMultiplay, organiser of the Insomnia series of gaming festivals, the largest gaming festivals in the United Kingdom are pleased to announce a series of initiatives designed to showcase the best UK talent from the indie scene at Insomnia50.

The Indie Zone, sponsored by GAMDIAS, is a new addition for Insomnia events and is an open invitation to the unique and wonderful games being created across the country by independent developers.

Each developer has access to a top-of-the-range PC station, dedicated time on the Indie stage which will have prime position in the exhibition hall; featuring some of the industry leading retailers, manufacturers and development studios.

This provides the perfect opportunity to connect directly with the gaming community and interact with other developers such as Hypersloth Games (Dream), Dead Shark Triple Punch (Epigenesis), Pumpkin Games (Doppelganger) and many more.

Supporting creativity further is Global GameCraft, who organise game jam events designed to allow game-makers to meet, share ideas, have fun, compete for prizes and most importantly make games! Each day, participants will be set a task, having as little as ten hours to complete, with a judging panel demoing stand-out entries on stage and awarding prizes to the best submissions.

To take part, you must have a ticket to Insomnia so you can reserve your complimentary space for the GameCraft Game Jam. In order to purchase a ticket or reserve your space you can do so at

“Indie games are fast becoming the most original sector in gaming, giving us new ways of playing videogames”, said Craig Fletcher, Multiplay CEO. “We want to support the UK industry and enable developers to show their products off to as large an audience as possible, and to invite future designers to get involved with their peers through initiatives like the Indie GameCraft. Insomnia50 will be the most diverse festival we’ve ever held, in part due to the brilliant response we’ve had from indie developers, and we hope to continue to bring events like this, that support our industry and its talent to future Insomnia gaming festivals.”

If you are a game developer and would like to take full advantage of a free PC ‘station’ and a 45 minute live demo and talk on the Indie Stage at Insomnia50, please register your interest at

The Insomnia Gaming Festival is not to be missed, with spaces still available and more announcements to follow, head to for the latest event news and up-to-date line-up.

Train2Game News: Insomnia50 announced

InsomniaMultiplay, organiser of the Insomnia series of gaming festivals, the largest gaming festivals in the United Kingdom is pleased to announce the initial line-up for its 50th LANniversary, Insomnia50, taking place at the Telford International Centre from 29 November through 2 December 2013.

Over 25,000 gaming enthusiasts attended Insomnia 49, with a further 4.7 million viewers on the Multiplay website, delivering over 11 million minutes of video views across the weekend, and over two million Flickr photo views and Insomnia 50 will continue the tradition of delivering an incredible weekend for attendees and its millions of viewers online.

With an incredible line-up of entertainment on offer, Insomnia is a place for friends and families alike to experience gaming-based activities throughout the whole weekend. From Hunger Games tournaments and creative builds in the Minecraft Zone, to a huge selection of the latest independent games and their developers in the Indie Zone.  There really is something for everyone; with prize-pool competitive tournaments for a variety of modern eSports for both pc and console gamers, a thriving exhibition with the latest games and merchandise the Card & Board game area, Retro Zone, Mainstage and more, Insomnia delivers a gaming experience unlike any other.

To celebrate the 50th LANniversary, Multiplay are hosting an Insomnia50 Celebration Evening. Taking place on the Saturday of the event, the evening comprises of the World Famous Insomnia Pub Quiz, live music from throwback glam rock heroes Saints of Sin, live comedy from critically acclaimed comedian Paul Tonkinson and the Insomnia Awards, a ceremony celebrating the uniquely brilliant qualities of both the Multiplay community and the Insomnia events themselves. With all proceeds going to Multiplay’s designated charity, SpecialEffect.

“It’s been a milestone we’ve been anticipating, and with the fantastic turnout from Insomnia fans at Insomnia49, we are incredibly pleased to produce the best gaming festival in the UK even better”, said Craig Fletcher, Multiplay CEO. “As a team, we couldn’t be happier with the success of Insomnia, driven by its passionate community, and we can’t wait to deliver something truly memorable for our fans as we celebrate our 50th LANniversary.”

With some of the biggest eSports tournaments in the UK, Insomnia is not to be missed, with spaces to compete in the tournaments still available online on the Insomnia Gaming Festivals website.

More announcements will be made in the coming months, including amazing games being shown for the first time in the UK. For the most up-to-date line-up, visit the official website at