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Insomnia53 is over, topping off a record year for Multiplay Events

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Insomnia53 is over, and we are extremely happy with another successful year of excellent gaming events here at Multiplay.

Driven by an increase in visitors across the year of over 64%, Insomnia cemented its place as the number one gaming festival in the UK throughout the year. Insomnia53 alone was watched online by over a million viewers, streaming over 11 years of content across a single weekend.

Featuring debut tournaments for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Halo 2: Anniversary, Insomnia53 was once again the best place to take part in and spectate completely open UK esports action. Featuring high level competition across a variety of returning games including League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, this year also saw the introduction of tournament’s for Blizzard’s popular online card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, with hundreds of players battling it out across the year for a slice of the prize.

Throughout all of 2014 the Insomnia Gaming Festival has given fans a chance to meet and greet huge content creators from across the spectrum of gaming media, including The Yogscast, SkyDoesMinecraft, Syndicate, KSI of The Sidemen and many more. With a variety of interactive activities available for fans to participate in, there was no better place for young and old gamers alike to meet their heroes than at Multiplay’s Insomnia events.

“The past two years of growth for Insomnia and Multiplay as a whole have just been incredible, and we couldn’t be more thankful to our incredible community and partners for making all of this possible,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “We have an inclusive community, an event that attracts gaming fans of all ages and backgrounds, and partners that truly believe in what we’re doing; creating some of the best gaming events on the planet. 2015 is going to be amazing, and with a well earned rest for Christmas, we’re looking forward to our biggest Easter event ever on April 3rd.”

Insomnia54 takes place from April 3rd-6th 2015 at Coventry’s Rich Arena, promising the biggest spring event ever imaged, with more games, more tournaments, more special guests, and more visitors than ever. To ensure you don’t miss out on the action, book your tickets now: http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/

DayZ Now 50% Off – Merry Christmas!

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50% off DayZ Servers

Christmas is coming to Chernarus and with Multiplay Gameservers you can now save a massive 50% on all DayZ servers! DayZ Public hosting, DayZ Slave Hosting and DayZ Shard Hosting are all included in this exclusive, limited time Christmas deal you won’t get anywhere else.

Make like bandits and snap this offer up soon, it ends December 31st 2014 and all servers are subject to availability.

We haven’t compromised on anything to bring you this fantastic deal, you get the same great service Multiplay have always provided, 24/7 customer support, over a decade worth of experience hosting gameservers and we use only the best hardware and network locations.

Keep checking our offers page to keep up to date with other great Christmas offers at Multiplay!

Insomnia53 showcases ground-shaking esports tournaments with over £20,000 to be won, the world’s biggest Youtubers and the UK’s best community

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London UK – DATE – Multiplay, hosts of the UK’s biggest gaming festival is delighted to unveil the final details of Insomnia53, taking place November 21st – 23rd at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

This year’s winter Insomnia Gaming Festival events leaves nothing to be desired, with the UK’s best esports tournaments and epic prize funds;

PC Esports
Razer League of Legends Challenger Cup                                              £5,000
ASUS ROG DOTA 2 Cup                                                                                  £4,000
Iiyama Counter Strike: Global Offensive Challenge                           £4,000
Team Dignitas Hearthstone Fireside Cup                               `                               £1,500

Console Esports
TP-LINK: COD: Advanced Warfare European Open                           £4,000
HALO 2: Anniversary European Championship                                    £1.200

Free to Enter
Emerge FIFA 15 Daily Challenge (£150 daily)
Minecraft Tournaments
Cosplay Challenge (£150)
Cardfight! Vanguard (£160 value daily)
Yu-GI-OH! (£160 value daily)

Attended by tens of thousands of gamers, Insomnia53 will be graced by some very special guests including The Sidemen, SkyDoesMinecraft, AnVenom, TheDiamondMinecart, GizzyGazza, AshleyMarieeGaming, Hypixel, and one or two additional surprises.

“With less than two weeks to go, it’s time to get really excited about our last Insomnia event of the year,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “To be able to bring people together at another awesome live event is one of the most satisfying parts of hosting the UK’s biggest gaming festival. We can’t wait for November 21st.”

Celebrating the best titles and moments in gaming, as voted for by the community, the 2nd Annual Insomnia Awards takes place at Insomnia53, followed by the legendary Pub Quiz where over 1,000 attendees will take part.

Saturday and Sunday tickets are sold out, but Friday and Weekend Festival tickets are still available. There are also a limited number of BYOC and Console Esports tickets available. To ensure you don’t miss out, book online now: http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/

Insomnia53 takes place from November 21st-23rd at Coventry’s Rich Arena in the UK.

For more information on all activities at Insomnia53, please visit http://insomniagamingfestival.com.

Josh Ling
0207 100 1337
Josh.ling@multiplay.com

 

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Help Playtest upcoming game Fractured Space and receive a free top-tier Early Access package!

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Fractured Space is the brand new upcoming team-based space combat game from the developers behind Strike Suit Zero, and they’ve got a unique opportunity for you to get involved with development whilst receiving some awesome rewards.

Prior to Fractured Space entering Early Access on November 20th, Edge Case Games are recruiting playtesters for their new game. You’ll be able to try out the game before anyone else, and shortly after the 20th you’ll receive their top-tier Early Access package as a thankyou for your participation. Make sure to use the code EDGE-MLTPLY when signing up!

Fractured Space is bold, ambitious, and takes something we all love – epic space battles – to lofty new heights. Matches take place between two fleets of five players; you can completely customise your ship-type and class loudouts, tailoring your craft to your specific combat preferences. With multiple loadouts and a plethora of ships on the horizon, this is a super-customisable competitive online experience with a focus on ship knowledge and tactical adaptation; it’s all of the intensity of a shooter layered over the big-picture-thinking of a high-level strategy game.

Signups are extremely limited, so if you’re interested head to the official page now to register your interest. All of the team here at Multiplay will be joining in, and we look forward to seeing what sort of deadly space-dominating combinations you guys come up with.

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30% off Amsterdam servers, plus Farming Simulator 15 and NS2: Combat

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Amsterdam is famous for being a bustling hub of commerce throughout history, but now that great Dutch value enters the digital age with 30% off all Amsterdam-hosted Multiplay Gameservers! With low latency across Europe, Amsterdam is a prime location for hosting any gameserver you like for anyone across the continent. To claim 30% off your new Amsterdam gameserver, all you have to do is enter the code “ams30off” without quotes during checkout. Make sure to select “Amsterdam” as the location of your server!

Additionally, we’ve also launched server support for two brand new games:

From the makers of Farming Simulator 2013 comes Farming Simulator 15, a grand new addition to the field-sewing phenomenon, and we’re extremely pleased to announce our brand new gameservers are available to order! Take on the challenging world of a modern day farmer; work with animals (cows, chickens and sheep), cultivate your land and harvest your crops alongside up to 16 of your friends in one of our many locations worldwide. Order your Farming Simulator 15 Gamerserver here.

Brand new from Unknown Worlds comes NS2: Combat, and we’re extremely excited to announce our gameservers available to purchase. Choose your own playstyle using one of seven different lifestyles; this part twitch-shooter, part stealth-crawler provides a new twist on the classic Natural Selection 2 experience allowing you to fight for base dominance alongside and against up to 24 players. With one entire CPU core dedicated per server, you’re guaranteed the best NS2: Combat experience available. Order your NS2: Combat on Multiplay Gameservers here.

giffgaff enters the arena with dedicated esports programme

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Multiplay delivers bespoke platform in partnership with the UK’s best telecoms service provider

London, UK – date – Multiplay is delighted to announce a partnership with giffgaff to create a bespoke esports platform for our members. As part of the agreement, Multiplay will deliver unrivalled, action-packed tournaments, with the top eight teams invited to the finals at Insomnia53 on Friday 21st November 2014.

The finals at Insomnia53 form part of Riot Games’ Four Nations qualifying process with a total prize pool of £10,000. Players will compete in League of Legends, known for being one of the world’s most popular online games, played by over 40m gamers every month.

After Insomnia, Multiplay will continue to build content for giffgaff in a long term deal designed to tap into Multiplay’s esports pedigree, educating and informing giffgaff members across the UK.

“For almost two decades Multiplay have helped the competitive gaming scene grow from small gatherings into the global phenomenon it is today. This partnership with giffgaff is another step in opening up the incredible world of esports to a whole new audience,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “We’re delighted to leverage our technology, our experience, and our passion for competitive gaming to deliver another great service to giffgaff members across the country.”

“We began this project to help raise awareness of the UK esports scene and provide a destination that would help teach and train people about the many careers within eSports” said Gregg Baker, Head of Community for giffgaff. “With their knowledge and experience we saw Multiplay as the ideal partners to work with to help us deliver the vision we have”.

To get involved with giffgaff esports activities, head over to http://esports.giffgaff.com/news/

For more information on Insomnia53 and to secure tickets, visit online now at http://insomniagamingfestival.com/

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Winter is Loading… Huge YouTube stars, esports, awards and more at Insomnia53

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Come in from the cold, pull up a seat, and join in with the UK’s biggest gaming festival this November as Insomnia53 returns for its final event of the year!

Everything you’ve come to expect from the Insomnia Gaming Festival will be in abundance; expect special guests from the world of YouTube and Twitch including SkyDoesMinecraft, TheDiamondMinecart and The Sidemen (featuring KSI, Vikkstar and more). Also featured are Minecraft-orientated activities, high-level open esports tournaments, a packed exhibition hall featuring playable games galore and of course the UK’s biggest 24hr LAN gaming network featuring thousands of switched-on gamers. The fun doesn’t end at 6pm though, with activities and parties going on well into the early hours putting the ‘insomnia’ into Insomnia.

Returning for its second year are the Insomnia Awards; a bespoke community-driven ceremony celebrating the last year in gaming, all wrapped up in a night of action and entertainment. Anyone attending the event can nominate and vote on their selected winners and be in with a chance of winning a copy of the Insomnia Awards Game of the Year.

“Each year, we’re humbled by the passion of our community and their commitment for the Insomnia Gaming Festival,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “This festive gaming show encapsulates another 12 months of incredible growth, driving us to do more, to do better, and to continue to make Insomnia the best weekend of awesome videogame-related fun you can find in the UK.”

With so much more to be announced, this year’s final Insomnia event will be one to remember, so head online now to book your tickets: http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/

Popular YouTube guests, The Insomnia awards ceremony, esports and more – Festive fun this November at Insomnia53

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London UK – DATE – Multiplay, hosts of the UK’s biggest gaming festival is pleased to announce Insomnia53, taking place November 21st – 23rd at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and set to feature tons of brilliant, focused activities suitable for gamers of all ages and backgrounds.

Everything you’ve come to expect from the Insomnia Gaming Festival will be in abundance; there will be special guests from the world of YouTube and Twitch including SkyDoesMinecraft, TheDiamondMinecart and The Sidemen (featuring KSI, Vikkstar and more). Also featured are Minecraft-orientated activities, high-level open esports tournaments, a packed exhibition hall featuring playable games galore and of course the UK’s biggest 24hr LAN gaming network featuring thousands of switched-on gamers. The fun doesn’t end at 6pm though, with activities and parties going on well into the early hours putting the ‘insomnia’ into Insomnia.

Returning for its second year are the Insomnia Awards; a bespoke community-driven ceremony celebrating the last year in gaming, all wrapped up in a night of action and entertainment. Anyone attending the event can nominate and vote on their selected winners and be in with a chance of winning a copy of the Insomnia Awards Game of the Year.

“Each year, we’re humbled by the passion of our community and their commitment for the Insomnia Gaming Festival,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “This festive gaming show encapsulates another 12 months of incredible growth, driving us to do more, to do better, and to continue to make Insomnia the best weekend of awesome videogame-related fun you can find in the UK.”

With so much more to be announced, this year’s final Insomnia event will be one to remember, so head online now to book your tickets: http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/

Insomnia53 takes place from November 21s – 23rd at Coventry’s Rich Arena in England.

For more information and to buy tickets for Insomnia53 visit http://insomniagamingfestival.com with more announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

Josh Ling
0207 100 1337
Josh.ling@multiplay.com

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EGX 2014 wrap-up – View the Photos

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We were at EGX last month, helping to run content for both the event itself and our various partners and clients.

On top of equipment rentals and management, we also ran full stage production and content planning, as well as prize tournaments on the EGX Minecraft Tournament Zone. Over the course of the weekend thousands of gamers engaged with our various supplied stations throughout the event, whilst hundreds directly entered our tournaments which took place on each live day. The atmosphere was fantastic, and our Minecraft zone was a non-stop hub of business for the entire weekend.

All in all it was an incredibly successful weekend, delivered smoothly, and a great way to send off London’s Earls Court venue prior to its demolition.

You can view the full photo album here. Interested in talking to us about our events work or equipment rentals? Contact us now.

The best just got better and the biggest just got bigger as Multiplay celebrates the UK’s biggest gaming festival ever: Insomnia52

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London UK – DATE – Multiplay, hosts of the UK’s biggest gaming festival is pleased to announce the Insomnia festivals continue to go from strength-to-strength, with Insomnia52 beating its previous event to become the UK’s biggest gaming festival to-date.

With a footfall of over 30,000, consumers tried the latest games from the world’s biggest publishers, met their heroes from YouTube, such as Ali-A, Syndicate, The Yogscast and many more, as well as We’ve Got Game Founders, Matt Littler and Darren Jefferies. Thousands of gamers brought their own PCs to the venue to create the largest LAN gaming arena in the country.

Featuring new areas such as the Festival Arena and new stages to showcase slots from exhibitors, game developers and YouTubers, Insomnia52 was a perfect mix of classic festival staples and engaging new content. Insomnia still boasts the best tournaments populated by the biggest teams from around the world delivering an esports event unlike any other, watched by tens of thousands live at the Ricoh Arena, and by millions around the world on Twitch.

The Exhibition Hall might close at 6pm, but things don’t slow down at Insomnia with community events from Riot Games for League of Legends, the World Famous Insomnia Pub Quiz with over 1500 participants, and musical entertainment from resident DJ’s Patrizio Cavaliere, Gully Cat and internationally renowned artist DJ Fresh & Messy MC.

“We can’t thank our community enough for the awe-inspiring level of passion and commitment they have for the Insomnia Gaming Festival,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “We consider it an honour that we get to work alongside so many amazing partners to produce the most compelling content and unique entertainment in UK gaming. Insomnia53 is going to end the year with a bang, as we deliver something truly special for our incredible community.”

To view all photos from Insomnia52, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mpuk/sets/

For more information on Insomnia53 visit http://insomniagamingfestival.com. Tickets are on-sale now, and more announcements will be made in the coming months.
Josh Ling
0207 100 1337
Josh.ling@multiplay.com