This Easter Weekend saw one of the most popular gaming and esport events on the European calendar, not only rise up, but soar and we have it on good authority that everyone that attended had a blast.
With just one day to go until the start of the latest Insomnia 53 festival, we thought we’d give you the scoop on this awesome event! Since its inception in 1999, the Insomnia gaming festival, which is the largest in the UK, has grown exponentially. It attracts visitors from all over the world, and there esports competitions attract plenty of big names. Aside from the esports tournaments – there’s loads of other events and competitions taking place this year – there’s just so much to do!
Of course, esports is a massive part of the event – and there are a huge selection across all three days. We have: League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, COS: Advanced Warfare, and Halo 2: Anniversary.
You can see the GiffGaff LoL final on Friday at 6.30 GMT, while the finals for the other games all occur on Sunday afternoon and evening.
For those who want to do something other than esports, you can compete in the cosplay contest, or the card tournaments – which include Yu-Gi-Oh! and the Cardfight!! Vanguard tournament.
Bring Your Own Console! Whether it’s a pc, mac, laptop, or a console, bring it along and set it up in the BYOC LAN halls. Game to your heart’s content. This is also a great option for retro gamers. Team up with others via a LAN, or play alone. The choice is yours!
The Exhibition Hall
The exhibition hall is the main event – and is full of exciting things! There are free-to-enter tournaments, trade stands, consoles to try out, and pre-release editions of games to try. You can also shop the awesome retail area. The Exhibition Stage is home this year to an array of special guests, live shows, and exhibitors. This year, exhibitors include, but are not limited to: Game, Razer, Chill Blast, We Got Games, Gamereactor, Ultra Gaming Bus, and Riot Games.
And that’s not all! Aside from all that excitement, you can play in the retro gaming hall, complete with classic consoles, games, and even monitors, featuring more than 30 years’ worth of classic gaming history. Alternatively, head to the Indie zone where you can try out some of the very best Indie games around – and chat to the developers and studio representatives. Want a break from electronics? Head to the Tabletop Gaming Zone where you can interact with other players while you play card games and board games of all kinds! You can also check out the dedicated Minecraft zone – where there’s prizes to be won and games to be played. And – don’t forget to catch the panel talks and meet and greet sessions with some BIG names from around the industry!
We at DingIt will be tweeting live from the event – and we’ll be posting some awesome pics! We’ll be covering the live events, so be sure to follow us. Keep an eye on the blog, too, as we’ll be doing some awesome write-ups!