Train2Game News GameBlast18

There’s just one week to go before gamers across the UK join forces to raise money for SpecialEffect in GameBlast18, the UK’s biggest charity gaming weekend.

Hundreds of gamers, including eSports teams, streamers, and community groups, will take to their PCs and consoles throughout the weekend of 23-25 February to host sponsored marathon livestreams, gaming tournaments and many other challenges in support of the charity, which enables anyone, whatever their physical disability, to enjoy video games and leisure technology.

Now in its fifth year, the event aims to raise £100,000 for SpecialEffect.

Many major names in the games industry are also backing the event, including Jagex, GAME, Multiplay, Twitch, Insert Coin, SEGA, Nomad, Lockwood Publishing and Ukie. So far, almost 300 Justgiving fundraising pages have been created, meaning this year’s GameBlast is set to have the highest number of participants in its five-year history.

Jagex will be hosting the GameBlast Games – a 24-hour marathon of gaming, chaos and gruelling challenges. Broadcast live from their Cambridge headquarters and beginning 12pm GMT on Friday 23 February, the event will be streamed via the official RuneScape twitch.tv channel. The stream will feature regular faces from Jagex, the RuneScape and Old School dev teams, along with Twitch content creators and friends from the industry – including Codemasters and Frontier Developments – who will all go head to head in the ultimate games battle.

As Jagex clock-off at 12pm GMT on Saturday 24, staff from GAME and Multiplay Events will take up the baton with their own marathon broadcast, promising another 24 hours of gaming challenges and stretch-goal forfeits. GAME stores and BELONG arenas across the country will be hosting their own GameBlast activities, with raffles, tournaments and eSports tournaments on offer to gamers throughout the weekend. Meanwhile, GAME’s charity trade-in offer will continue until the end of the month, with customers being given the opportunity to donate £1 or more from every trade-in to SpecialEffect.

In addition, both Jagex and GAME will be running eBay auctions of gaming swag, merchandise and experiences.

“We can’t wait for GameBlast18” said Tom Donegan, the charity’s Events Coordinator.

“I love seeing the variety of challenges on offer – the creativity and generosity of our supporters is just so inspiring! The funds raised will enable us to help more like Will (http://bit.ly/willspecialeffect), who suffered a spinal injury but who’s gaming again using shoulder and chin movements.”

“GameBlast18 is an opportunity to bring the gaming community together to do what they love and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time.”

More details about GameBlast18 can be found at https://www.gameblast18.org.uk or on Twitter @GameBlast18

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 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 Multiplay Job Opportunity

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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 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.”

For more information on career opportunities, please visit https://multiplay.com/about/careers/  or https://jobs.game.co.uk/.

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.”

Train2Game News Insomnia55 line up

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Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s largest and rapidly growing gaming festival Insomnia, is delighted to unveil the final line-up for Insomnia55.

Featuring the UK’s biggest line-up of eSports tournaments, live shows from Youtube’s biggest stars and the most anticipated games of 2015, Insomnia55 will be the biggest and best Insomnia festival to date at the Ricoh Arena from August 28th-31st.

Insomnia55 brings attendees closer to the action than ever before, with Microsoft’s stunning Gears of War: Ultimate Edition introducing the original Gears to a whole new audience, while longstanding fans of the 3rd person shooter will relish this remastered classic. Microsoft’s presence doesn’t end there; with Forza Motorsport 6 showcasing the racing enthusiast’s dream of high-octane thrills in some of the world’s most sought after cars.

Nintendo makes its Insomnia Gaming Festivals debut, where Fans of Splatoon can hone their skills in preparation for tournaments taking place throughout the weekend. Gamers with a creative streak can realise their vision with Super Mario Maker and fans excited to take control of Fox McCloud once again will be delighted with the addition of Star Fox Zero to Insomnia55’s exhibition floor.

Complementing Insomnia’s biggest ever games line-up which includes first plays of FIFA 16, HomeFront: The Revolution, Battleborn and Rock Band 4, Insomia55 also features some of the most loved Youtubers. From Yogscast, Lewis, Sjin, Duncan, Sips, Hannah, Martyn, Hat Films and Turps will be sharing some of their unique insight into gaming culture, while stars such as Syndicate and The Diamond Minecraft return after attending previous Insomnia festivals.

First-person shooter enthusiast Ali-A attends for the first time this year and The Sidemen return, featuring KSI, W2S, Vikkstar123, Behzinga, Zerkaa, Miniminter and TBJZL; bringing their unique sense of gaming-focused humour to the event. With Kwebbelkop, Slogoman, The Gaming Lemon and Jelly also attending, Insomnia55 will be the best place to see your favourite stars.

“We’re delighted to bring an amazing line-up of publishers and incredible games, playable for the first time to Insomnia55,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued, “With our already announced special guests, including the biggest stars of YouTube, and the UK’s biggest line-up of eSports tournaments, Insomnia55 has more content than ever before, offers more choice to our community, and invites new fans to experience the Insomnia Gaming Festivals for the first time.”

Insomnia55, powered by GAME, features more live ‘Lets Play’s’, more exhibition booth gaming, and more interactive gaming content than any Insomnia event to-date. Other regular returning features include the 24hr BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer / Console) LAN areas, the Minecraft zone, Panel Talks, the Indie Zone, the Retro Zone, the Tabletop Gaming Zone, and the burgeoning Retail zone.

The impressive growth of the Insomnia series sees Insomnia55 expand with four external Marquees raised to provide an additional 8000sqm space for the UK’s biggest and fastest growing gaming festival.

Insomnia55 takes place at the Ricoh Arena over Summer Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, August 28th to Monday, August 31st 2015. Tickets are currently on-sale and are available via  http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Insomnia 55

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Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s largest and rapidly growing gaming festival Insomnia, is delighted to announce the initial line-up of its upcoming Insomnia55 festival taking place August 28-31 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

With billions of views and tens of millions of subscribers, The Yogscast group will be heading to the UK’s home of esports and gaming culture, Insomnia55. Well-known names from the crew such as Lewis, Sjin, Duncan, Sips, Hannah, Martyn, Hat Films and Turps will be sharing some of their unique insight into gaming culture across the event’s three live days.

Hugely popular online content creators including Syndicate and The Diamond Minecraft return after attending previous Insomnia festivals, while first-person shooter enthusiast Ali-A attends for the first time this year. Also returning are The Sidemen featuring KSI, W2S, Vikkstar123, Behzinga, Zerkaa, Miniminter and TBJZL, bringing their unique sense of gaming-focused humour to the event. With Kwebbelkop, Slogoman, The Gaming Lemon and Jelly also attending, Insomnia55 will be the only place to see your favourite stars, and with plenty of guests still to be announced, now is the perfect time to book your place at the UK’s biggest gaming festival.

At Insomnia55 there will be more live ‘Lets Play’s, more exhibition booth gaming, and more interactive gaming content than any Insomnia event to-date. Other regular returning features include the 24hr BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer / Console) LAN areas, the Minecraft zone, Panel Talks, the Indie Zone, the Retro Zone, the Tabletop Gaming Zone, and the burgeoning Retail zone.

“We are thrilled to have so many online stars attending Insomnia55. Ever since introducing this aspect of the show we have seen thousands of young gamers discover their passion for live gaming events, and it is a very rewarding experience being able to bring creators and fans together in our weekend-long live festival experience,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued, “We pride ourselves on delivering more content, more personalities, more showcases and more esports tournaments than anyone across Europe, and Insomnia55 is no exception.”

“Attending Insomnia as a Special Guest is an amazing experience. Multiplay are incredibly accommodating and good to work with, and the opportunity to see thousands of fans in a festival environment is something you just can’t get anywhere else in the UK,” said Josh “Zerkaa” Zerker, member of The Sidemen. “This is my third time attending Insomnia with the rest of the Sidemen crew and we always have a great time, and can’t wait to show all our fans what we’ve got in store for Insomnia55.”

Insomnia55 takes place at the Ricoh Arena over Summer Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, August 28th to Monday, August 31st 2015. Tickets are currently on-sale and are available via http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Insomnia 54 sold out

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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.”

For more information on Insomnia54 visit http://insomniagamingfestival.com