Play ShootMania Storm for free in the newly released Universal Demo

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ShootMania Storm is a great title that we’ve been supporting for a while, and it’s now completely free to try thanks to the launch of their Universal Demo!

ManiaPlanet want as many players as possible enjoy the ShootMania and the Maniaplanet experience at their best level, which means that now you have free access to the following features:

  • 3 multiplayer ranked modes: Battle, Elite & Siege

  • Full multiplayer experience (Nadeo and user-created gamemodes and Title Packs)

  • Access to all editors (Map, MediaTracker (Video), Actions & Weapons, Items)

  • Custom Titles: solo & multiplayer innovative modes

All these features are available for free the first 48h for the environments you don’t own and then for an unlimited amount of time for titles with less than 100 concurrent players OR one hour per day otherwise. Download the setup on

If you try it out and love it, you can get yourself a high quality ShootMania Storm Multiplay Gameserver for you and your friend. With low latency, a great range of locations, and 24 hour support 7 days a week, Multiplay Gameservers is one of the leading providers of online gaming experiences that money can buy. Check out our ShootMania Storm Servers on their official page.


Multiplay heading to Develop, Europe’s leading game dev conference

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Develop Conference in Brighton (8-10 July) is Europe’s leading game dev focused conference, and we’re happy to announce our presence at this year’s event.

Attending on behalf of multiplay are Head of Business Development Will Lowther, Business Development Manager for Hosting Matt Harris, and our new VP Engineering Lee Packham.

If you’re attending Develop next week and would like to talk to us about our new hosting packages for independent developers, our Clanforge® elastic bare metal hosting, or any specific area of our online hosting and events services, contact


Insomnia52 set to feature live DJ set from Zane Lowe

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This year’s summer Insomnia Gaming Festival will be our biggest ever, and accordingly we’re branching out into previously unexplored areas. Over the past few weeks we’ve hinted at a special musical guest set to attend Insomnia52, and we are extremely excited to be able to reveal who it is.

Headlining the Main Festival stage on the Friday Night of the event will be Zane Lowe. The internationally renowned DJ and remix artist will be mixing up a DJ set of epic proportions this August bank holiday weekend, in a performance that will be completely free for all Festival Ticket attendees.

In order to watch Zane Lowe on Friday night, you need an Insomnia52 Festival Ticket. There are no additional charges, but tickets are limited so we recommend purchasing as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Valid tickets include Weekend Festival, BYOC, and Console Esports, which you can purchase on our Insomnia Tickets page.

In addition to Zane Lowe, we’ve already announced our growing roster of special guestsnew tournament sponsorsindividual Console Esports tickets, and a whole host of new features in our Festival Arena contained within a huge marquee on the Ricoh Arena football pitch allowing us to also expand our Main Festival stage to accommodate 3000+ audience members.

In order to experience an incredible weekend’s worth of social summer gaming fun, all you need to do is secure your preferred ticket type now. We look forward to seeing you there.

Insomnia52 will be Britain’s biggest ever gaming festival, featuring a Live DJ set from Zane Lowe

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London, UK –  2nd July – Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s biggest gaming festival, is thrilled to announce the attendance of some of the most popular streamers, YouTube personalities, and online gaming broadcasters at its biggest ever Insomnia event.

After a successful debut at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena with last Easter’s Insomnia51, Multiplay is gearing up for an expanded summer gaming festival. Headline sponsors for Insomnia52 include Scan, HyerX and Iiayma.

This upcoming event introduces the Festival Arena, which will take place in the stadium, with a huge marquee taking over the pitch with an array of new features including the biggest stage yet. YouTube continues its dominance as the hottest form of video entertainment, with Insomnia52 featuring a brand new YouTuber Live Zone featuring Lets Plays, and a wide variety of interactive stage content from a roster of high profile personalities.

Insomnia52 will feature special guests such as Syndicate of TheSyndicateProject, who will also be launching his exclusive clothing brand in the UK for the very first time at the show. There will also be opportunities to meet Syndicate and your chance to win an exclusive one hour gaming lock-in session on the Razer Gamer Bus, where a handful of lucky winners will get to play alongside the YouTube star. Other currently confirmed special guests include Ali-A, SIVHD, Keyori, the Noxcrew, AshleyMarieGaming and members from the Mindcrack Minecraft server, with more huge announcements to follow in the coming weeks.

As the biggest ever Insomnia Gaming Festival, this summer’s event will be solidifying the gaming festival feel with a Live Music on Friday Night DJ set from Zane Lowe. Other great live acts will feature across the weekend including sets from contestants of BBC’s The Voice, with the full line-up being announced shortly.

“When we first started Insomnia all those years ago we had these far-off dreams for where we’d like the event to one day be, and reality has finally caught up,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder & CEO of Multiplay. “This is our 52nd event, and we all feel incredibly proud to have helped Insomnia grow into the unique gaming festival experience it is today, in no small part thanks to our fantastic community. I’m already looking forward to watching Zane Lowe from the front row!”

Multiplay is set to grow the Insomnia Gaming Festival throughout 2014, delivering unrivalled gaming entertainment to tens of thousands of fans. Insomnia52 will deliver more competitive gaming tournaments, LAN-based gaming, new title showcases, panel talks, more interactive activities, and more exhibitors and sponsors than ever before this August bank holiday weekend.

For more information on Insomnia52 and to purchase tickets visit More announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

For more information, please visit the Insomnia52 website or contact:

Josh Ling
0207 100 1337

Multiplay signs industry pioneer Lee Packham

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Technology visionary joins as VP Engineering to take Multiplay to the next level

London, UK – 3rd July – Multiplay is pleased to announce tech veteran Lee Packham has joined the company as VP Engineering.

Lee joins Multiplay’s development team, pioneering new technological advances in its platform and service offerings, helping to drive new growth through the company’s global hosting and infrastructure.

Having innovated in technology for companies such as Green Man Gaming, Twitter and Playfire, Lee represents a key investment in talent that lays a path for Multiplay’s ambitions as a global player in online services to some of the biggest names in the industry.

“It’s great to welcome Lee back after a decade,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “Lee has achieved some amazing things alongside some of our generations pivotal thought and technology leaders, and we’re pleased to add his valuable experience, drive, and passion back into the creative team here at Multiplay.”

Multiplay is well placed to deliver leading edge platforms in the coming year with over 28 server locations across the globe. Using the unique Clanforge system, Multiplay already utilise an elastic bare metal solution to provide a hosting environment for over 1 million gamers every night, with further plans for expansion in its hardware and service offerings throughout 2014 and beyond.


Announcing the Plantronics Gaming CS:GO UK Open

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Competitive Counter Strike continues to move from strength to strength, with more players, more games, and more great tournaments than ever before.

Announcing the Plantronics Gaming CS:GO UK Open. Continuing their fantastic support of the UK esports community, Plantronics Gaming are holding a 32-team Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament on Wednesday the 18th and Thursday the 19th June. With a total prize pool of £300 and headset prizes in the form of 5 x Gamecom 780 and 5 x Gamecom 380 headsets up for grabs, the competition will be fierce for the top spot.


All the action will be hosted by veteran commentator Kyan1te at To view the bracket, check out the official tournament page.

Follow Plantronics Gaming UK on Twitter for the latest news and announcements.


Introducing the future of Esports at Multiplay

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“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” [1]

Esports is the future. In our recent history here at Multiplay, we’ve experienced a meteoric rise in attendance, in prize pools, and in the variety of competitive titles available to play. Even in the past six months alone we’ve worked with some incredible clients and partners to help deliver bespoke events, deploy new competitive titles, and host amazing online tournaments.

Whether competing for large-scale prize pools on well-lit stages or just competing for pizza money and bragging rights with friends, Esports has invaded the lives of gamers the world over in the best possible way. Tens of thousands of players across the world earn or supplement their living through a mastery of sports that take place entirely within virtual worlds. Millions of viewers tune in to nation-sweeping broadcasts on a level often equal to traditional sports. Esports is growing fast, and we’re growing alongside it; with more tournaments, more events, and our biggest ever Insomnia Gaming Festival on the very near horizon, we’ve decided to take the small step that precedes every giant leap.

Introducing Multiplay Esports, our new Esports-focused brand. Dedicated to the trials and joys of competitive gaming in all forms, Multiplay Esports is [spoilers] the home of Esports at Multiplay. We know, it’s a shocking revelation. As you can see above, the ‘O’ in the new logo is actually our classic Multiplay disc because we have a creative marketing team.

Drawing from two decades of experience, Multiplay Esports is all about competitive gaming in every size and shape. From players to teams, live events to online tournaments, and the world and culture surrounding the modern scene, Multiplay Esports will be your one-stop shop for news, info, summaries, and the occasional pithy witticism.

Esports is the future, but it’s also our past, 20 years in the making. Join Multiplay Esports in the present to find out just how much fun it can be.

Follow Multiplay Esports on Twitter.


[1] Opening quote from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Final preliminary Insomnia52 tournament list

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Insomnia52 is coming! Our biggest ever Insomnia event is just over the horizon, so take a cursory glance at our preliminary tournament list below. We’ve currently got tournaments scheduled for 8 top competitive games, with a total minimum prize pool of £32,000.

You can find out more about all of our tournaments on the official tournaments page.


(BYOC) Razer League of Legends Cup
£7,500+ Prize Fund
Sponsored by Razer

£6,500+ Prize Fund
Sponsored by ASUS ROG

(BYOC) Team Fortress 2 Cup
£5,000+ Prize Fund

(BYOC) Iiyama Counter Strike Challenge
£5,000+ Prize Fund
Sponsored by Iiyama

(BYOC) Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Fireside Cup
£1,500+ Prize Fund

(BYOC) Starcraft 2 UK Masters
£1,000+ Prize Fund


(TUP) Console Arena: Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)
£4000+ Prize Fund


£750 prize money (£250 each day, Fri, Sat, Sun)

£750 prize money (£250 each day, Fri, Sat, Sun)


Announcing HyperX as our first Insomnia52 Headline Sponsor

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Our biggest spring event ever may be over, but the excitement for our biggest Insomnia Gaming Festival ever is building every day.

We are pleased to announce HyperX as our first headline sponsor for Insomnia52. Delivering cutting edge technology across the globe, HyperX gives gaming enthusiasts of any level next-generation high-performance solutions to your gaming woes.

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with a brand synonymous with high-performance technology,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “We’re pleased to bring HyperX into the family of brands we work closely with to deliver an incredible festival this summer.”

“We couldn’t help but be impressed with how the Insomnia Gaming Festival continues to deliver the biggest opportunities for brands to connect directly with their audience,” said Eleonora Rocca, Channel Marketing Manager UK & Ireland. She continued, “There’s a great synergy between our brands, and Insomnia52 is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long association.”

Insomnia52 is already shaping up to be our biggest ever event. We’re using more areas than before, with

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a pitch-covering marquee to contain dedicated activity zones during the event. A focal point this event is our YouTuber Live Zone, featuring soon-to-be-announced guests from across the spectrum of gaming on YouTube. Activities don’t stop there though, with new expansions and additions to all our content areas across the event.

For more information on HyperX, you can visit their website.

For more information on the Insomnia Gaming Festival, visit our Insomnia website.