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insomnia43 kicks off the gaming festival season with a prize pot worth £50,000

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Multiplay has secured key tournament backing to offer videogames players bountiful rewards for the ‘Glastonbury of Games’

Friday August 19th 2011: Multiplay has today announced that gamers heading to the i-43 festival this August Bank Holiday weekend are in with a chance of winning up to £50,000 across a number of exciting tournaments.

Razer, manufacturer of peripherals has now announced that it will be sponsoring the FIFA 11 Xbox 360 tournament along with the previously announced StarCraft II challenge. It has generously supported the tournament with a cash lump-sum that stands at a minimum of £750 for the first prize winner along with an Onza controller and a Chimaera headset.

Leading manufacturer and global supplier of graphic solutions Sapphire has also been confirmed as sponsor, it will be lending support to the StarCraft II and League of Legends tournament with P67 motherboards and HD6870 graphics cards in tow.

The UK’s biggest multiplayer gaming event has now reached its maximum prize fund. Players taking part at this prestigious gaming event at the Telford International Centre will be in with a chance of getting their hands on the biggest prize fund in the history of insomnia festivals. Big money tournaments range between £3,500 and £15,000.

“It’s looking like this will be a unforgettable experience as £50,000 is the largest prize fund we’ve seen. We expect that we’ll see the best gamers in the UK take part in this year’s biggest multiplayer competition,” says Craig Fletcher, managing director, Multiplay. “The competitions themselves are extremely competitive but the prize money adds a distinct edge to the ‘Glastonbury of Gaming’.”

The 5,000 expected attendees will also be able to test drive the latest AMD Llano APUs now that CCL Computers has confirmed its attendance, hosting a number of competitions in its AMD Llano powered media centre. It will be armed with number of freebies.

In addition, Multiplay will proudly be supporting the Anthony Nolan charity which endeavours to save the lives of leukaemia sufferers. The charity will be present at the festival on Saturday and Sunday to encourage gamers to sign up to the bone marrow donor register.

Those unable to attend the event can watch the competition from the comfort of their homes. The i-series website will stream live (http://iseries.multiplay.co.uk/) with over 170,000 people expected to tune in. Commentary will be provided by John “TotalBiscuit” Bain and Shaun “dApollo” Clark, from the immensely popular ‘Starcast’ podcast and League of Legends coverage will be handled by Leigh “Deman” Smith and Joe Miller.

A full competitor “Bring Your Own Computer/Console” pass costs £92 for the whole weekend including camping. There are also options for those unable to bring their own equipment with “Turn Up and Play” passes costing £50 for particular tournaments and PCs being available for rent for £150 inclusive of the full entry pass. Spectator passes start at £5 for a day access to the exhibition or £25 for the whole weekend including camping. Of course for those who can’t make it, there will be free internet coverage of the event streamed live through Multiplay’s site in High Definition.

Starcraft stars set to shine at insomnia43; Currys and PC World announced as event headliners

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The UK’s largest multiplayer gaming festival bags Starcraft Casters John Bain and Shaun “dApollo” Clark – and welcomes a host of new brands in attendance

With just five weeks to go until insomnia43, the UK’s largest gathering of multiplayer gamers, organiser Multiplay has begun to unveil some of the specific attractions appearing over the weekend.

Currys and PC World have been announced as headline attendees, bringing a variety of brands including Antec, ASUS, Kingston, NVidia, Intel, Madcatz and Roxio. The extensive range of games, peripherals and components from all of these big name brands and more can be seen online and in-store at Currys and PC World.

The event, which runs over the August bank holiday weekend at the Telford International Centre, will see upwards of 3,000 gamers compete in a host of prestigious multiplayer tournaments for a prize fund already in excess of £30,000.

Providing commentary – at the event and also for the expected hundreds of thousands of those watching the live stream – will be John “TotalBiscuit” Bain and Shaun “dApollo” Clark, from the immensely popular ‘Starcast’ podcast – the leading authority on all things Starcraft. In addition, the League of Legends coverage will be handled by Leigh “Deman” Smith and Joe Miller – hugely respected names from the scene.

The insomnia Series of LAN events is a British institution, playing host to some of the biggest eSports tournaments in Europe – indeed, it is the host of the UK qualifiers for the World Cyber Games.

Organisers expect over 5,000 spectators to pass through the doors over the weekend, which includes dedicated exhibition space alongside the fiercely contested competition area.

The events prove a massive draw, even for those not attending. The competitions are streamed online all weekend and historically the i-Series has seen over 170,000 unique viewers and close to 10,000 concurrently – and this weekend’s high-profile billing is expected to set a new record for certain tournaments.

Full details of confirmed companies so far:-

Samsung – showcasing its latest gaming and electronic devices
PC World – offering a wide range of equipment for purchase at the show and bringing many partners to demonstrate their products.
Medion – unveiling top-of-the-range gaming PC’s, monitors and peripherals .
Iiyama – the monitor and touchscreen specialists will be showing off its wares
ASUS – tonnes of freebies and a Left 4 Dead 2 survival championship
Riot Games – sponsors of the League of Legends WCG tournament
Aquatuning – showing off their latest hardware and handing out awesome freebies
ESET UK – Andy the Android will make a triumphant return with an on-stand tournament and ace giveaways
Kingston – sponsors of the Counter-Strike Source Cup.
Pro Class TV – Coverage of the FIFA tournament including well known celebrity appearances (more soon!).
Quiet PC – showing that powerful can also be quiet!
Razer – sponsoring the international Starcraft 2 tournament.
Triple Widescreen – the makers of the iMotion Racing Seat will be speeding into i43
Ttesports – Sponsoring the Heroes of Newerth Tournament and showcasing their range of gaming hardware and peripherals.
Kustom PC – try out the latest hardware which will really help raise your game
Antec – showing all their latest range of PC products.
Team Dignitas – once again returning to i-Series, with its brilliant ‘beat the pro’ competitions
A full competitor “Bring Your Own Computer/Console” pass costs £92 for the whole weekend including camping. There are also options for those unable to bring their own equipment with “Turn Up and Play” passes costing £50 for particular tournaments and PCs being available for rent for £150 inclusive of the full entry pass.

Spectator passes start at £5 for a day access to the exhibition or £25 for the whole weekend including camping. Of course for those who can’t make it, there will be free internet coverage of the event streamed live through Multiplay’s site in High Definition.

Play games and win over £30,000, as insomnia43, the UK’s largest multiplayer gaming festival, heads to Telford International Centre

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August bank holiday weekend to see this year’s largest gathering of multiplayer gamers; over 100,000 concurrent online spectators expected

Thursday 7th July, 2011: Over 3,000 multiplayer gamers will battle it out for a prize pot in excess of £30,000, as i43 – the latest in organiser Multiplay’s thrilling Insomnia Series of events – expands into Telford International Centre .

Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend (26th – 29th August 2011), i43 will see gamers compete across a range of titles, each battling for prestige and prize money in what is recognised as the UK’s premier multiplayer gaming event.

The Insomnia Series of LAN events is a British institution, playing host to some of the biggest eSports tournaments in Europe – indeed, it is the host of the UK qualifiers for the World Cyber Games.

Organisers expect over 5,000 spectators to pass through the doors over the weekend, which includes dedicated exhibition space alongside the fiercely contested competition area.

The events prove a massive draw, even for those not attending. The competitions are streamed online all weekend and historically the i-Series has seen over 170,000 unique viewers and close to 10,000 concurrently – and this weekend’s high-profile billing is expected to set a new record for certain tournaments.

Now in its 43rd iteration, the i-Series has frequently been dubbed ‘The Glastonbury of Games’ – thanks to its festival atmosphere, with on-site camping, round-the-clock entertainment and events, and a main stage featuring world class entertainment. Parties, giveaways, celebrity appearances all take their place alongside the 3,000-seat competition.

“The i-Series of multiplayer events have always been a sight to behold, but in our new home at the Telford International Centre, it’s going to be our biggest and best yet, says Craig Fletcher, Managing Director, Multiplay. “The prize fund already sits at more than £30,000 – but we expect that to rise significantly as we head closer to the main event. We’ll also soon be confirming the games on show at the event shortly, which will include the year’s biggest forthcoming titles. With a real community feel, i43 offers something completely unique to UK gamers – so much more than a bunch of pods in a hall.”

“eSports is the fastest-growing competitive sport in the world,” says Craig Fletcher, Managing Director, Multiplay, “Sponsors and exhibitors who will be making i43 the largest yet include Samsung, ASUS and Kingston with loads more just finalising their involvement before announcement.”

Full details of confirmed companies so far:-

Samsung – showcasing its latest gaming and electronic devices
PC World – offering a wide range of equipment for purchase at the show and bringing many partners to demonstrate their products.
Medion – unveiling top-of-the-range gaming PC’s, monitors and peripherals .
Fileplay – the leading content distribution company whose platform will host the live streaming and video on demand replays.
Iiyama – the monitor and touchscreen specialists will be showing off its wares
ASUS – tonnes of freebies and a Left 4 Dead 2 survival championship
Riot Games – sponsors of the League of Legends WCG tournament
Aquatuning – showing off their latest hardware and handing out awesome freebies
ESET UK – Andy the Android will make a triumphant return with an on-stand tournament and ace giveaways
Kingston – sponsors of the Counter-Strike Source Cup.
Pro Class TV – Coverage of the FIFA tournament including well known celebrity appearances (more soon!).
Quiet PC – showing that powerful can also be quiet!
Razer – sponsoring the international Starcraft 2 tournament.
Triple Widescreen – the makers of the iMotion Racing Seat will be speeding into i43
Ttesports – Sponsoring the Heroes of Newerth Tournament and showcasing their range of gaming hardware and peripherals.
Kustom PC – try out the latest hardware which will really help raise your game
Antec – showing all their latest range of PC products.
Team Dignitas – once again returning to i-Series, with its brilliant ‘beat the pro’ competitions

A full competitor “Bring Your Own Computer/Console” pass costs £92 for the whole weekend including camping. There are also options for those unable to bring their own equipment with “Turn Up and Play” passes costing £50 for particular tournaments and PCs being available for rent for £150 inclusive of the full entry pass.

Spectator passes start at £5 for a day access to the exhibition or £25 for the whole weekend including camping. Of course for those who can’t make it, there will be free internet coverage of the event streamed live through Multiplay’s site in High Definition.

Razer League of Legends Cup @ Insomnia 49!

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With a prize pool of £12,000 why are you still reading this? Get your BYOC ticket and bring your 4 team mates and sign up for the tournament now. Also, for those that don’t make it out of the prize tournament group stage, we are putting on an intermediate bracket for those that want to keep playing. This will have lower skilled teams enjoying more matches against each other right through the weekend, so you won’t get bored!

Razer have partnered up with AMD to make the prize pool even bigger – a share of a whopping £12,000 is up for grabs.

Tournament Information

  • Format: PC
  • Team Size: 5
  • Maximum Teams: 128
  • Start Date: 23rd August 2013
  • End Date: 25th August 2013
  • Entry Requirement: BYOC Ticket Holder
  • Prize Pool: £12,000 (+ Riot Points)

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Insomnia Minecraft Expo hits i49!

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This summer the Insomnia Gaming Festival is set to be even bigger and better!

The exhibition features everything from the latest games, development talks and retailers selling the latest hardware, to retro gaming arcades and chill out zones.

However, this summer we have a new addition to the Exhibition Hall; welcome The Minecraft Expo. If you love gaming and are a huge Minecraft fan then this is the event for you, so be sure to book your tickets early as we are expecting them to sell fast!

For all the latest information on the Minecraft Expo, head to the Insomnia Gaming Festival website!

Tickets are limited! So head on over to our tickets section now and book your place!

Opening hours: Friday 23rd August – Sunday 25th August 10am-7pm

Dota 2 announced at Insomnia 49!

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Yes you can believe your eyes! The UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival is hosting an official UK DOTA2 tournament. Get your friends involved and show us that DOTA2 is here to stay! This tournament has a minimum prize pool of £2,000.

Tournament Information

  • Format: PC
  • Team Size: 5
  • Maximum Teams: 64
  • Start Date: TBD
  • End Date: TBD
  • Entry Requirement: BYOC Ticket Holder
  • Prize Pool: £2,000+ (Scaling up to £5,000 with entries)

With a minimum prize pool of £2,000 up until we have 32 teams signed up, and scaling all the way up to £5,000 if a 64 team bracket is achieved with several prize triggers on the way, its worth signing up and just having a go, you could walk away with some cash!

Also, for those that don’t make it out of the prize tournament group stage, we are putting on an intermediate bracket for those that want to keep playing. This will have lower skilled teams enjoying more matches against each other right through the weekend, competing for free Insomnia 50 tickets!

Use the navigation bar above to find out all of the relevant information about the DOTA2 tournament.

FIFA13 Pro Cup sponsored by Mad Catz, in asc. with Sweetpatch.tv

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Multiplay is proud to welcome back the FIFA13 Pro Cup sponsored by Mad Catz, in association with Sweetpatchtv. Last year was a blast for Fifa, and we expect no different for Insomnia49. The tournament will take place across the weekend, with bonus 1v1 and 2v2 casual tournaments for players who just want to get some good games in. With a minimum prize pool of £1000, head down for a chance to win a tidy sum playing the virtually beautiful game.

Click here for more detailed information.

World Cyber Games 2013 to hit Insomnia49!

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We are proud to welcome back the World Cyber Games, taking a presence at the Insomnia Gaming Festival, featuring qualifiers for WCG 2013 Finals in Kunshan China this November!

The games featuring in this years qualifiers include Fifa13, World Of Tanks and StarCraft 2. If you think you have what it takes to go all the way to China in any of these games, check out the tournament pages linked below to get involved.

For more information, check out the World Cyber Games Site and the Tournament Pages on the Insomnia Gaming Festival Website.

Get signed up, and good luck!