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 Big numbers at EGX 2016

Over 75,000 gamers attended EGX at Birmingham’s NEC to take part in the biggest and the best gaming show in the UK.
Hosted in partnership with Virgin Media, the show boasted over 200 playable games, the largest showcase of indie games in the world and a host of global first-play exclusives including Bethesda’s Dishonored 2 and Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee.

UK hands-on exclusives included the recently unveiled PlayStation 4 Pro and blockbuster games such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Final Fantasy XV, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more – all playable and pre-release. EGX is now securely established as the most important date in the UK calendar for developers to exhibit their latest games and for gamers to experience them for the first time.

EGX has also grown as a place to reveal new games and features, with this year’s show hosting announcements of the next titles from Square Enix Collective and Failbetter Games, and Shovel Knight’s appearance in Yooka-Laylee. Popular elements of the show included multiple eSports stages and tournaments such as the GFinity $100,000 Counter-Strike: GO invitational and the UK’s only Premier Event on the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as the UK Preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering.

The show’s official retail partner Amazon offered ultra-fast delivery via Prime Now to the show floor, ensuring that gaming fans could instantly purchase and pre-order games and hardware more conveniently than ever before.

“We’re delighted with the feedback from attendees who loved the introduction of Scan & Buy on the Amazon app for a convenient way to buy and pre-order games and hardware across this leading gaming event“ said Russell Jones, Video Games & Software Category Leader, Amazon.co.uk

“This was the first time we have offered Amazon Prime customers delivery of products via Prime Now direct to any event, and the service which enabled attendees to order games and consoles was very well received.”

It was not just consumers that turned up in huge numbers as media attendance reached record levels. Hundreds of journalists from all sectors of the media were present and the event attracted national coverage from mainstream outlets such as BBC News, Newsbeat and Newsround, The Mirror and the Sunday Times. Hundreds of influencers including YouTube superstars Syndicate, The Yogscast and Outside Xbox were also in attendance to meet and greet thousands of their delighted fans.

Rupert Loman, CEO of EGX’s parent company Gamer Network added, “EGX 2016 was our biggest and best show yet. I’d like to say thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and exhibitors for helping create another outstanding experience for UK gamers – and of course I must thank the community for making the event so special. Next year will be the 10th anniversary for EGX and we are already planning to mark that milestone with something even more spectacular”.

The next EGX event is EGX Rezzed, taking place at Tobacco Dock in London from March 30th to April 1st 2017. Irrational Games founder Ken Levine has already been announced as the keynote speaker, and tickets are now on sale at www.egx.net/rezzed.

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 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 EGX Returning in 2016

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Gamer Network, leaders in games media and events, is proud to announce that EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, will return to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on the 22nd-25th September 2016.

Now entering its ninth year, EGX has cemented its status as the number one venue for publishers and developers to exhibit their pre-release games in the UK. In recent years the event has grown to encompass all aspects of gaming culture including eSports, VR, YouTube talent, indie games, cosplay and retro gaming.

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After successfully transitioning to a new venue in the heart of the country in 2015, EGX 2016 is expected to welcome 80,000 attendees, 1,500+ screens of interactive entertainment and many of the world’s leading game developers through its doors. 2016 will see EGX expand to take more floor space within the NEC, offering exhibitors further opportunities and attendees even more content to enjoy.

“In 2015 we established key new features of the show with Gfinity, YouTube and others, broadening the event’s appeal and expanding our consumer offering. EGX 2016 will see us build on this year’s success and grow even further” said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “2016 will be a landmark year for the industry with the next generation of consoles firmly established and virtual reality set to transform the gaming landscape. EGX is perfectly placed to demonstrate the flourishing nature of the industry”.

Tickets for EGX are expected to go on sale during early 2016 and will be available via www.egx.net.

Tickets for EGX’s sister event EGX Rezzed, taking place at Tobacco Dock in London on the 7th-9th April, are available now at https://www.egx.net/rezzed.

Train2Game NEws EGX 2015

egx2015I had the pleasure of attending EGX again this year, my fourth year in a row. This year however I took a slightly different approach.

Every other year I have just played the games at the event to see what the next big games are going to be like but as the event moved to its bigger venue at the NEC in Birmingham many of the games had a 3 hour plus wait.

All though I didn’t experience the games my self I did get to see many of them like Rainbow Six Siege which looked incredibly tactical, Tom Clancy’s: The Division which seemed more casual and accessible to casual players, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst which seemed to be just a modernised version of the original which in my opinion is no bad thing and finally Star Wars Battlefront which looks as good and exciting as we all hope it will be.

Instead of playing these games this year I took in the atmosphere and watched more of the talks. At the PlayStation stage I listened to Charles Cecil hold a Q and A on the Broken Sword series. It was truly heart warming to hear from a man who has been in the industry since the 80’s still have an incredible passion for the industry. He also dropped a hint that he may be working with comic book artist Dave Gibbons in the future.

Over on the Xbox stage, games personality Julia Hardy hosted a number of indie and triple A games coming to Xbox in the near future. She was also very passionate about the games she was covering with numerous interesting ID@Xbox games arriving soon.

In conclusion this year was again bigger and better than before with the move to Birmingham giving more space for bigger stands and more people.

Train2Game News Indie MEGABOOTH at EGX

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EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, and Indie MEGABOOTH, the showcase for independent game developers are today thrilled to announce the 29 playable games that are coming to this month’s EGX as part of the Indie MEGABOOTH.
 
Starting in 2011 as a way to introduce indie games to both conference goers and the gaming community as a whole, the Indie MEGABOOTH found enormous success through a mixture of highly original and engaging games content, delighting North American fans along the way. Through a special partnership with EGX the Indie MEGABOOTH is making the transatlantic voyage for the first time, bringing unique and wonderful games to impress visitors. As the Indie MEGABOOTH puts it, “there’s no way you will leave without finding your new favourite game”.
 
Games selected for the EGX Indie MEGABOOTH include ‘first-person exploration game’ Pollen, ‘isometric action RPG’ Eitr and Move or Die, the 4 player game in which stopping means your character explodes. The full list is as follows:
 
AEROBAT, BOID, Cerulean Moon, Dropsy, Eitr, Enter the Gungeon, Four Sided Fantasy, Future Unfolding, Gunsport, Herald, Induction, Just Shapes & Beats, Kingdom, Knee Deep, Mayan Death Robots, MindFork, Monsters & Monocles, Move or Die, Pollen, Redshift Blueshift, Sea of Solitude, Star Command Galaxies, Galactic Hero Agency, Stikbold!, The Flock, The Masterplan, The Red Solstice, Twin Souls: The Path of Shadows and VIDEOBALL.
 
“This has been a really big year for us and we’re really excited to cap 2015 with our first-ever showcase in the UK”, said Kelly Wallick, founder of Indie MEGABOOTH. “The UK is already a great hub for indie development and this is an amazing opportunity to bring together talented devs to showcase their games as well as extend our support of the indie dev community to the UK”.
 
“Having been recognised as a bastion of quality by our American cousins for several years, we’re immensely proud to welcome the Indie MEGABOOTH to UK shores for the first time”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “Indie gaming is a core part of the EGX experience, and with the support of Indie MEGABOOTH visitors to EGX will be treated to the largest collection of indie games anywhere in the country”.
 
In addition to the Indie MEGABOOTH, this year’s EGX also features the Rezzed Zone and Leftfield Collection, showcasing over 300 screens of fantastic indie games. Whether a hardcore indie gamer or new to the scene, the indie presence at EGX will deliver countless fantastic gaming experiences.

EGX runs at the NEC, Birmingham, from 24th to 27th September. For all the information about the event, including the playable games and features announced so far, plus to buy a ticket to this year’s show, please visit www.egx.net/egx.

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 Yogscast at EGX

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Popular YouTube stars from Yogscast will be at EGX in September to meet and greet.

Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, and The Yogscast, the YouTube mega stars, today are proud to announce details of the massive EGX Yogscast presence.

Throughout EGX – running 24th-27th September at the NEC, Birmingham – The Yogscast team will be meeting fans in their own special Yogscast Zone, which features a custom designed signing area and merchandise stand. Lewis, Trott, Smiffy, Ross, Sjin, Duncan, Hannah, Kim and Turps will all be attending EGX at varying times. With so many of The Yogscast coming it means that no matter which day visitors attend the show there will always be team members on hand to meet them.

In addition to the daytime activity, from 6pm-8pm on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September the team are inviting visitors to join them for An Evening with The Yogscast! This relaxed after-show event will give fans more personal time with The Yogscast, with two special behind-closed-doors Q&A panels hosted by Turps and featuring a classic blend of waffle, guff and great prizes. Hannah, Kim, Duncan and Sjin will be enjoying Friday evening with fans. While on Saturday, Ross, Trot, Lewis and Smiffy (AKA Hat Films) will be entertaining the group. Tickets to An Evening with The Yogscast are priced at £15 for a single evening or £20 for both Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets are available at www.egx.net/egx/tickets.

The Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin said, “We are really excited be working with EGX this year. It is such an important event in the gaming calendar, and we are proud to be part of it again this autumn. We’re especially looking forward to meeting all our fans at the NEC, and sharing some extra special madness with you at An Evening with The Yogscast events!”.

“A huge part of the EGX experience for visitors is getting to meet their gaming heroes”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “You don’t get much bigger than The Yogscast, the original UK YouTube gaming stars. We’re delighted to welcome them back to EGX with their largest ever show presence. Fans will have more access to the team, and more fun with The Yogscast, than ever before”.

For more information about The Yogscast’s huge EGX presence, including the full schedule of activity, plus please visit www.yogscast.com . To join the team for An Evening with The Yogscast, tickets are available from www.egx.net/egx/tickets .

The Yogscast are one of a stack of YouTube stars at this year’s EGX. For all the information about EGX, including the latest publisher and game announcements, plus to buy a ticket to this year’s show – the UK’s largest ever gaming event – please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News GAME at EGX 2015

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GAME, the UK’s leading video games retailer has been announced as this year’s retail partner for EGX 2015, cementing the brand’s ongoing relationship with the biggest video games event in UK history.

EGX 2015, hosted at the NEC in Birmingham from the 24th to 27th September, will give over 80,000 gamers the chance to play over 100 of the most anticipated console and PC games months before their release, as well as the opportunity to hear from well-known game designers. GAME’s sponsorship will give all those in attendance the opportunity to play, pre-order and buy the latest games directly from the event itself.

Fred Prego, Marketing & Insight Director at GAME, says, “We’ve been working closely with EGX for years, so we’re really excited to be an official sponsor again in 2015 and having a retail presence at this huge event will make gaming even more accessible to attendees. We can’t wait to be part of it and to see all the exciting new additions this year”.

David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events, says, “We’re delighted to welcome GAME as the retail channel sponsor for another year. It’s brilliant that attendees can play games coming for Christmas and then pre-order on the spot.

“EGX promises to be even better with the broadest range of content including e-Sports, Cosplay, fighting tournaments and board games, not forgetting the parties every night too.”

To find about more about EGX and how to purchase tickets visit: https://www.egx.net/egx