Train2Game News Insomnia60 Days Away


The countdown has officially begun. Insomnia60, the UK’s largest gaming festival, which starts this Friday, will see the most star-studded line-up ever grace the stage at the NEC in Birmingham.
For the first time, the festival will also host an orchestral concert – The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will feature a full symphony orchestra performing over 30 years of music from The Legend of Zelda franchise as never before a perfect event for families and fans alike. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses starts at 19:45 on Sunday 16th April.

Tickets for a full day at Insomnia60 are priced at £25 per person, with the full VIP experience priced at £90 + fees, and are available for purchase at https://www.theticketfactory.com/multiplay/online/

For more information on Insomnia60, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/

Train2Game News Insomnia59 Next Month

Multiplay, the organiser of the UK’s largest gaming festival, today reveals that global YouTube sensation Dan TDM will appear at Insomnia59, topping a stellar line-up of popular YouTube stars with a combined subscription base of 22 million people. 
Dan TDM, world-famous for his Minecraft vlogging and live stage touring, will be appearing on the Insomnia main stage once on the Saturday and again on the Sunday, with a new and exclusive 45 minute session produced especially for Insomnia by Endemol Shine UK, the producers and creators of Dan TDM On Tour.

Other confirmed YouTubers in attendance include @real8bitgaming, @marzbargaming, @Razzbowski and @ThePrenti, @yammy_xox, @gizzy14gazza, @samgladiator, @GameboyLuke, @OMGitsfirefoxx and @LDShadowLady. All will be available for meet and greets, with Dan TDM visiting on Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and perform on stage.

New to Insomnia59 will be the first ever Ultimate Gamer competition, which will seek to find the next big gaming YouTube star. The competition stands to propel budding YouTubers into the realms of YouTube stardom, with the winner taking home £5,000 worth of prizes. Applicants can apply through the Insomnia webpage and the heats will take place at i59, with a panel of experts judging and determining the best in show.

Andy Smith, Insomnia Events Director at Multiplay, commented: “Our Ultimate Gamer competition at Insomnia is an addition we’re really excited about, something that could give one lucky winner a potential platform to become the next Dan TDM! Along with Dan we’ve got some truly amazing YouTube talent coming to i59 and combined with the latest games titles, Virtual Reality demos, cosplay, retro games and competitive esports tournaments, Insomnia is the ultimate destination for families this Christmas.”

Continuing its rich tradition of bringing exciting first plays to the UK audience, i59 will be the first place British gamers can get their hands on Syren, a new VR title from Hammerhead, which will be playable from the dedicated VR and Technology section featuring Oculus Rift, Playstation VR and many more. This will be accompanied by three Hypixel games, which include Sky Wars, Walls and Parkour, not to mention all the biggest titles available this Christmas such as Call of Duty, FIFA 17, Gears of War 4 and Battlefield 1.

The ever popular BYOC tournaments featuring games such as Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Hearthstone will be open for entry for 2000 fans to compete in. Prize based BYOC tournaments will include Battlefield 1, Overwatch and Rocket league, with a total of £12,000 worth of prize money up for grabs. For more details on how to get involved head to https://insomniagamingfestival.com/whats-on?categories=tournaments

Insomnia59 will be taking place at The NEC, Birmingham, 9-11 December, 2016 and are available online from £20, with BYOC tickets costing £99. Tickets are available at: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

For more information please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/

Train2Game News Insomnia 59

Insomnia 59 is coming to Manchester this holiday season.
​Insomnia59 (i59) is set to be the biggest festive celebration of all things gaming related this Christmas. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC Arena, the festival will feature esports tournaments, special guests, live music, cosplay and a brand new education zone, making it the ultimate family outing this festive season.

Offering a broad range of entertainment to match any festival in the UK, i59 will be the first Insomnia event to include an appearance from a top music artist that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Insomnia59 will be the perfect opportunity for gaming enthusiasts to sample some of the best games and technology of 2016 in order to fill up their wish lists this Christmas. With a dedicated VR and Tech area, gamers will be given hands-on access to Microsoft Hololens, Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. The event will also play host to a full range of the season’s hottest titles, from Call of Duty to FIFA 17, Gears of War 4 and Battlefield 1, making it an event not to be missed.

As regular attendees have come to expect, i59 will give gaming fans the chance to see their favourite YouTubers, including @real8bitgaming, @marzbargaming, @Razzbowski and @ThePrenti, @yammy_xox, @gizzy14gazza, @samgladiator, @GameboyLuke, @OMGitsfirefoxx and @LDShadowLady.

The ever popular BYOC tournaments featuring games such as Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) and Hearthstone will be open for entry for 2000 fans to compete in. Prize based BYOC tournaments will include Battlefield 1, Overwatch and Rocket League, with a total of £12,000 worth of prize money up for grabs. For more details on how to get involved head to https://insomniagamingfestival.com/whats-on?categories=tournaments

Insomnia59 will also see the return of the highly popular Drone Racing iSeries which debuted at i58 and will take place at The NEC, Birmingham, 9-11 December, 2016 and are available online from £20, with BYOC tickets costing £99. Tickets are available at: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

For more information please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/

Train2Game News Insomnia58 confirms Microsoft

Multiplay, the company behind the largest gaming festival in the UK has today revealed the games Microsoft will be showcasing at Insomnia58 this August bank holiday.  
The blockbuster titles join an already exciting line-up, making this summer’s event the best place for fans to try the latest games.

Upcoming releases from Microsoft’s biggest franchises, all highlights of its E3 presentation, will be available to play for the first time in the UK, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and the latest zombie epic, Dead Rising 4. All Titles will be exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, with the majority being part of the Xbox Play Anywhere programme.

Gears of War 4, the cover based shooter, features an all new cast of characters, including JD Fenix, the son of the legendary Marcus Fenix. Set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, the newest instalment in the franchise is set to be a huge hit with Xbox fans.

Insomnia58 will be the first time driving game fans in the UK will be able to experience the fast-paced action of Forza Horizon 3, experience thrilling racing, addictive gameplay and stunning graphics.

The Xbox One timed exclusive, Dead Rising 4, due for release later in December, will also be at Insomnia58, giving fans of the ever popular zombie-smashing genre exclusive access to the hotly anticipated game, months before its release.

Additional titles on display include Remedy’s Quantum Break, fighting classic Killer Instinct as well as the exciting new Xbox exclusive action-adventure Recore. Microsoft is also bringing the latest details on Indie games such as Cuphead, Everspace, Raiders of the Broken Planet and The Turing Test. 

Insomnia58 is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 26-29 August 2016, with day tickets available online from £25: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Insomnia58 Bank Holiday Weekend

i58-central-key-art(dates)Insomnia58, organised by Multiplay (subsidiary of GAME Digital plc), is taking place over the bank holiday weekend, August 26-29 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham, and is set to be the largest gaming event of the summer.

Insomnia58 is to be the biggest and best Insomnia event to date, with the introduction of GAME Fest alongside the festival, showcasing the latest games and the most anticipated titles of the year. Insomnia58 will have more content, more stage shows, the biggest YouTube and Twitch stars, a greater retail experience, larger Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN Hall, and more Esports tournaments with larger prize pools than ever before. Insomnia Gaming Festival continues to expand and encapsulate everything that gaming culture has to offer, as it is now firmly positioned as the largest celebration of gaming in the UK.

Insomnia58 will see stars of YouTube and Twitch taking to the stage, such as the immensely popular TheSyndicateProject, who boasts an incredible 9.8 million subscribers on YouTube, as well as YouTube stars Sqaishey Quack, Bigbst4tz2 and ECKOSOLDIER. The Yogscast, one of the largest YouTube gaming groups, are coming out in force as special guests to Insomnia58, with personalities from Duncan, Hannah, Kim, and Lewis to Martyn, Sjin, Turps, Hat Films, and Caffcast. More content creators will be revealed in the build up to the event.

“We are gearing up to be what is will the most exciting and eventful Insomnia yet,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued, “We’re going bigger and better with the addition of GAME Fest, giving visitors more ‘first to play’ opportunities with some of the most anticipated games of the year and more exclusive content. We’ve the biggest YouTube stars as special guests at the largest UK gaming festival; we’ve also expanded on our already vast BYOC LAN Hall, various feature zones and Esports tournaments, meaning Insomnia58 is without a doubt the place to be this summer to celebrate all things gaming.”

Insomnia58 takes place August 26-29 at Birmingham’s NEC. Tickets will be available to purchase online at InsomniaGamingFestival.com/tickets and in store at GAME. For more information visit InsomniaGamingFestival.com.

Train2Game News Insomnia57 Twitter partnership

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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, today announced a new event partnership for Insomnia57, with Twitter, showcasing two apps throughout the event, as well as providing enhancements to broaden online conversations at Insomnia57.

Twitter, which reaches over 320 million monthly active users, is bringing two of its new, exclusive apps to the event: Q&A and Challenger. After a successful field test at Insomnia56, Twitter is returning to fully integrate the apps for the duration of the gaming event for the first time. The apps will help users to connect, share and engage with their favourite content across Insomnia57 through dedicated channels, so everyone can easily join the conversation.

Multiplay, which already sees Twitter as one of its main channels of communication to reach the Insomnia community, will be strengthening this connection throughout the festival.

As well as using the exclusive apps, Multiplay will be deepening the conversation on Twitter, using data visualisation to showcase and engage with their social audiences in real-time. Twitter will help bring to their attention live, branded and curated conversations, helping Multiplay amplify Insomnia57 through on-screen activation and audience participations from platforms.

Tapping into Twitter’s first-hand experience, Multiplay will ensure visitors, special guests and Insomnia staff will be able to effortlessly socialise with one another in a dedicated hub of online activity.

“Some of the biggest spikes in conversation on Twitter are driven by gaming – it’s the ultimate platform for people to connect on a global scale. Arming Insomnia57 with our talent apps is the perfect way to harness the conversation even more across that weekend of activity, and we can’t wait to see the results,” said Julia White, Media Partnerships, Twitter UK.

“Twitter is a huge platform for Insomnia visitors, with thousands of Tweets sent by visitors at the festival,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued: “With these apps introduced to the event by Twitter, content creators, publishers and developers will be closer to their fans than ever. This partnership will make the event easily visible online for fans in attendance and those around the world, showcasing Insomnia’s truly accessible and family friendly environment.”

Q&A App is exclusive to special guests, enabling YouTube and Twitch stars attending Insomnia to effortlessly keep in touch with their fans by answering their questions via the app. Available throughout the weekend of Insomnia57, people will be able to read the Q&A conversations on the @MultiplayEvents Twitter account as well as our special guest’s channel.

The Challenger App is created for visitors of Insomnia57, where people will be able to search and find members of the Insomnia team around the NEC Birmingham. Visitors will be encouraged to show off their ‘game face’, which will be shared and linked to the @MultiplayEvents Twitter account and stamped with #myi57.

Insomnia57 will take place at The NEC Birmingham, 25-28 March, 2016. Tickets for Insomnia57 are on sale now and can be purchased from the official website at https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2game News Insomnia Ireland

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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, is pleased to announce that tickets are available now to purchase for the very first in a series of Insomnia Gaming Ireland events taking place at INEC Killarney, 10-13 June.

Available now on Ticketmaster, Day tickets for Insomnia Gaming Ireland will start from €12 to €24 and €99 for the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN Hall. Also available are package deals which includes tickets and accommodation, these can be purchased through the venue. To not miss out on the Insomnia experience, all tickets can be purchased at https://insomniagamingfestival.com/ireland.

Visitors to Insomnia Gaming Ireland will be able to play a host of games, enjoy numerous activities and entertainment inside the INEC. Areas include the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN Hall; open for 72 hours, hosting 250 people playing multiplayer games with and against each other in a fun and social environment. The Exhibition Hall contains a variety of feature zones and games for all ages.  These include a Minecraft Zone, Over 18s area and the Main Stage, where Special Guests will be playing the latest games as well as Panel Talks and Q&A sessions. Special Guests will include ChooChoosGaming, AshDubh, NettyPlays, AmyLee, InTheLittlewood and MiniMuka.

BYOC ticket holders will be able to delve into the eSports scene with popular competitive tournaments occurring throughout the event such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, League of Legends and Hearthstone. Daily console tournaments will be taking place, as well as the BYOC LAN Hall hosting tournaments of its own.

“With an even busier year of Insomnia events, we‘re delighted to bring the Insomnia brand to Irish gamers,” says Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued “Insomnia already reaches tens of thousands of gamers in the UK and we can’t wait to witness Irish gamers’ passion for all things gaming for the first time. The Irish gaming community is one we’ve looked to tap into for a while and we are excited to be able to offer the Insomnia experience in the region.”

Insomnia Ireland will take place at INEC Killarney, 10-13 June, 2016. For more information, please visit https://insomniagamingfestival.com/ireland

Train2game News Insomnia 57 eSports

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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, will be hosting a number of popular eSports tournaments at Insomnia57 from 25-27 March.

Returning to Insomnia, the Halo 5 tournament sponsored by Plantronics, will sport a £3,000 prize pool. Teams of four will be able to compete for a share of the prize on both the Saturday and Sunday of Insomnia57, in which day visitors gain access to the Tournament Zone area for the very first time to watch live matches. For more information and to enter please visit the official site.

There will also be plenty of other tournaments for BYOC Ticket holders to try their luck in, such as Football Manager, SMITE, Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, as well as many more. For a full list of tournaments taking place, please visit the Insomnia57 Tournament page.

The Hearthstone Insomnia Truesilver Championship sponsored by GAME and Ballistix returns to the NEC with a completely revamped format as 200 players battle it out for a share of a $30,000 prize pool. For further details please visit the official Insomnia Gaming Festival website.

“After the success of our first major Hearthstone tournament at Insomnia56, we are delighted to once again be hosting the Hearthstone Insomnia Truesilver Championship. With up to 200 players competing for the $30,000 prize pool, we expect to see some competitive and compelling games.” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. “We’ve also added to the eSports experience at Insomnia57 by providing day visitors access to the area surrounding the Tournament Zone in the Exhibition Hall. We wanted to add more to the atmosphere, as onlookers get a closer look to watch players battle it out to be crowned champion.”

To ensure that you don’t miss out on the Insomnia experience, make sure you purchase your tickets to Insomnia57, which will give you access to the action packed Exhibition Hall, as well as Live interactive stage shows, Cosplay, Tabletop games, Retro zones and much more. Tickets are available to purchase from your local GAME store or online: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Insomnia 57

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Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s largest gaming festival, Insomnia, and subsidiary of GAME Digital plc (“GAME Digital”), the UK’s leading video gaming specialist, is expecting the largest attendance at a Spring Insomnia Gaming Festival, with over 40,000 people looking to head down to the NEC Birmingham on Easter bank holiday weekend, 25-28 March.

Insomnia57 announces the very first host of special guests in the form of YouTube’s biggest gaming personalities, as TheSyndicateProject, AmyLee33, TheDiamondMinecart (DanTDM), Netty Plays, ECKOSOLDIER, The Gaming Terroriser, NoughtPointFour and Champwan are all present to participate on stage, either in panel discussions or live gameplay sessions, playing their favourite games.

“We’re delighted to welcome the return of YouTube’s biggest gaming stars to Insomnia, as they form a key cornerstone of the event with so many fans looking forward to seeing their heroes,” said Craig Fletcher Founder and CEO of Multiplay. “With the anticipation of Insomnia’s largest ever attendance, we’ll be seeing an even more fun and vibrant atmosphere, and we look to continue to deliver an enjoyable gaming experience for all attending across the event.”

More event information will be revealed in the weeks leading up to Insomnia57, from special guests with YouTube’s biggest stars, eSports tournaments, video games line-up in the exhibition hall, cosplay competition, goodies in the retail zone and much more.

Tickets for Insomnia57 are now on sale and can be purchased from the official website at https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Insomnia57 will take place at The NEC, Birmingham, 25-28 March, 2016. For more information, please visit the Insomnia Gaming Festival website https://insomniagamingfestival.com/

Train2Game News Insomnia moving house

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Thanks to the popularity of Insomnia55 multiplay’s next event is being moved to a larger venue.

GAME Digital plc (“GAME Digital”) is delighted to announce that Multiplay, its Esports and Events business and the organiser of Insomnia, the UK’s largest gaming festival, has signed a multi-year deal with the National Exhibition Centre (“NEC”), beginning with Insomnia56, which will take place on 11th – 14th December 2015.

Having reached capacity at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for Insomnia55, which witnessed record visitor numbers of over 36,000 during the four day event, the 3-year agreement with the NEC will provide Multiplay with a significantly enlarged venue from which to support the event’s future growth. Offering over 180,000 square metres of indoor space, up to 20 interconnecting halls and the 15,643 capacity LG Arena on site, the NEC provides around ten times the space of the Ricoh Arena.

Commenting on the deal, Craig Fletcher, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Multiplay, said:

“The Insomnia Gaming Festival has enjoyed an incredible journey in recent years. Ticket sales have soared in the last three years and we are expecting to welcome a total of over 100,000 visitors through our doors in 2015. The event has continued to broaden its offering and appeal over that time and has experienced a rapidly growing presence from both global YouTube stars and international publishers.”

“The move to the NEC, the UK’s largest exhibition venue, is another exciting step forward for Insomnia, providing us with the room we need to further expand its unique brand. The move opens up a number of opportunities to engage both existing and new fans on an even greater scale – allowing us to continue our growth trajectory and remain an increasingly popular destination for every type of gamer across the UK and beyond.”

Martyn Gibbs, Chief Executive Officer of GAME Digital, added: “For over 16 years the team at Multiplay has overseen the growth of Insomnia from a small, local gaming event into the UK’s largest gaming festival. They have never lost sight of the fact that Insomnia is there to not only entertain gaming fans but to bring together communities of gamers. I am excited by the potential for Insomnia and the move to the NEC marks an important next step in its growth, as we look to expand the brand in the UK and internationally.”