Train2Game News Insomnia63 smashes records

The GAME Events team, previously known as Multiplay, smashed expectations with another successful Insomnia show featuring record-breaking feats with games such as Fortnite and Mario Kart.

Insomnia63, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham, is the largest family gaming event in the UK, bringing together people of all ages and genres. Over the four-day event from 24th – 27th August a staggering 14 records were achieved at the Guinness World Records GWR Live! stand, establishing six brand new record-holders (two individuals and two pairs) across Fortnite, Mario Kart, Rocket League and TrackmaniaTurbo.

The four records up for grabs were:

• Fastest time to complete the Rocket League training time trial
• Most coins collected in one minute in a game of coin runners on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (team of two)
• Fastest completion of the TrackmaniaTurbo race track in double driver smash mode
• Fastest time to build a three-story wooden fort in Fortnite: Battle Royale solo Playground mode (Console version)

Hot off the heels of the teams Insomnia success is the upcoming BrickLive event – http://bricklive.co.uk . The UK’s largest LEGO® exhibition is back at the NEC, Birmingham on 1st – 4th November 2018. With a wealth of new features including new for 2018, the Mythical Beasts section which houses over 50 models and interactive experiences from mythology to life, making it an unmissable experience for LEGO® fans of all ages.

For tickets please to go http://bricklive.co.uk/bricklive-tickets/

Train2Game News Insomnia63 Details

GAME Esports and Events is excited to announce further details of Insomnia63, the UK’s biggest gaming festival, as it returns to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The four-day gaming extravaganza kicks off from 10:00 a.m. on Friday 24th August 2018.
Attendees will be able to get their hands-on the biggest upcoming titles from major publishers as well as the most exciting new indie titles. Ubisoft’s line-up includes the UK debuts of Assassins Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, StarLink and Just Dance 19.

Insomnia63 will also be hosting the UK qualifiers of the Just Dance 19 World Cup – each day of the show, fans of the franchise can head to the Ubisoft stand to take on the Just Dance challenge and get the highest score. At the end of the day the highest scorer will be invited to compete at the qualifier final on the Main Stage on Monday. The winner will not only be crowned Just Dance 19 UK Champion, but will have won a spot to represent the UK at the World Cup finals taking place in Brazil.

This year PlayStation® will be offering players the chance to get hands on with such eagerly anticipated PS4™ exclusives as Marvel’s Spider-Man, Concrete Genie, Days Gone and the latest PlayStation™VR titles, Firewall: Zero Hour and Beat Saber. Also available to play on the stand will are FIFA19 and Fortnite with attendees having the chance to win prizes across the weekend.

For the Nintendo fans among attendees, the Japanese publisher will have Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate as well as many more titles playable throughout the show.

The festivals interactive zones celebrate all elements of gaming culture from VR to retro, cosplay to table-top gaming, there is something for the whole family at Insomnia63.

Youtube sensation Alfies Dayes of the wildly popular ‘PointlessBlog’ with headline this year’s all-star special guest line-up, making his Insomnia debut. Youtubers WillNE and JMX will also be in attendance along with as well as dozens of favourites including the likes of Syndicate, Ashens, ImAllexx, FazeKay, Yammy making Insomnia63 the most star-studded show to date.

In addition to the plethora of YouTube and Twitch talent, Insomnia Gaming Festival welcomes WWE’s NXT UK to the event for the first time ever. Showing off the best of the UK and Ireland’s wrestling scene, superstars including WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven plus many more favourites will be lighting up the ropes.

Outside the wrestling ring, competition will be heating up on across a number of esports tournaments in Insomnia’s famous LAN hall including CS:GO UK Masters with a £30,000 prize pool. Insomnia63 will also play host to Rocket League’s Game Fuel League European Finale, courtesy of Mountain Dew, where aspiring teams will have the opportunity to meet and compete with against esports mega-star Splyce. The show also boasts the Flightball World Championships, where attendees can sign-up to compete in this spectacular aerial football contest.

Insomnia63 is set to be the biggest summer show ever this Bank Holiday weekend. Doors open on Friday 24th August at 10:00 a.m.

For more information including full line-up of guests and games, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com

Train2Game News Record Breaking at Insomnia63

Esports and Events is delighted to partner with Guinness World Records to bring their roadshow, GWR Live!, to Insomnia63.

Attendees will have the chance to attempt a variety of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles inspired by the world’s best-selling videogames annual, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, at GWR’s stand – including record attempts for hit games Fortnite, Rocket League and Gang Beasts. The UK’s biggest gaming festival returns this Bank Holiday weekend, kicking off from 10:00 a.m. on Friday 24th August 2018.

To join in, all attendees need to do is visit the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ stand and achieve the highest score on that day’s game. The individual with the highest score by 15:30 will be invited to take part in an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt during the Nerds & Noobs show (every day at 16:15) on the Main Stage alongside everyone’s favourite YouTubers who will be on that stage show.

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Insomnia63 schedule:

Friday 24th August – Trackmania:
Teams of two will attempt to complete the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ course in double driver mode in Trackmania: Turbo on PlayStation 4.

YouTubers on the stage show: Dawko, DAGames will be alongside the top team on stage during the World Record Attempt.

Saturday 25th August – Fortnite
Individuals will have the chance to prove that they’re the best at the smash-hit, Fortnite.

YouTubers on the stage show: Cheering them to victory on stage will be Ashens, Dan Bull, Yammy and Seepeakay.

Sunday 26th August – Rocket League
If you think you can break a record with a high-flying, hard-hitting, rocket-powered car in the critically-acclaimed Rocket League, stop by the GWR stand on Sunday to give it a go.

YouTubers on the stage show: Syndicate, Kaaaarl, Yogscast will be on hand to support the top team.

Monday 27th August – Gang Beasts
Step into the ring for a chance to make your way into the record books.
YouTubers on the stage show: Helping the top scorer will be ThePrenti, Meganyyy, MarleyThirteen and Yammy

In addition to getting the chance to break GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, attendees will be able to experience everything gaming culture has to offer. From meeting the top YouTubers to taking part in esports tournaments, getting their hands on the biggest upcoming games to shopping for exclusive gaming merchandise, as well as being able to buy the brand-new Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition before it hits bookshops in September, Insomnia63 caters to the whole family.

Insomnia63 is set to be the biggest summer show ever this Bank Holiday weekend. Doors open on Friday 24th August at 10:00 a.m.

For more information including full line-up of guests and games, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com

For more information on tickets and booking, please visit: https://www.theticketfactory.com/insomnia/

For NXT tickets, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/wwe-nxt-uk/

Train2Game News Alfie Deyes at Insomnia63

Insomnia Gaming Festival, the UK’s biggest gaming festival, proudly announces that YouTube sensation Alfie Deyes will headline this year’s Insomnia63, leading a line-up of stars that more than doubles Insomnia62’s social media special guests.

Alfie, who runs the hugely popular ‘PointlessBlog’ will also be joined by WillNE and JMX for their debut Insomnia appearances, as well as dozens of stars including the likes of Syndicate, Ashens, ImAllexx, FazeKay, Yammy, (plus a few as yet unannounced stars!)

“Combined, the viewing figures of the YouTube stars attending Insomnia63 reaches an incredible 118.2 million views.” said Sarah Whittaker, Head of Events & Franchise for Insomnia. “As we continue to cement our place as the world’s greatest gaming festival, it’s amazing to see so many incredible content creators coming along for the ride. Gaming generated over £4B last year for the UK economy, and is Europe’s largest market, so we’re incredibly proud that Insomnia and the supremely talented content creators that work with us are all contributing to the games industry as a whole.”

Insomnia63 is going to be the biggest and best yet – watch this space for more announcements in the next few weeks!

More information can be found here, whilst tickets for Insomnia63 are available by clicking here.

Insomnia63 takes place between 24th and 27th of August.

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/.