Insomnia61: The biggest to date

Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: The Esports and BYOC zone on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Members of the public play on the nintendo switch at the Nintendo stand on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Robot Wars battle ring with members of the public taking turns to battle their robots on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Youtube star Syndicate greets fans on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Tonnes of retro games bring in the crowds on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Adam Blackburn, 9, a UK drone racing champion holds up his drone and controller on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: A fantastic cosplayer on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Drone racers taking part in a race on the opening morning of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Members of the public set up camp in the camping area of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).
Pic by Luke Johnston / Caters News (PICTURED: Members of the public set up camp in the camping area of Insomnia 61 gaming festival 2017, NEC Birmingham).

The four-day gaming and tech event Insomnia61 (i61) drew to a close on 28 August with organiser Multiplay reporting over 68,000 gaming fans attended the show. This is its highest attendance to date.

Deemed as the UK’s biggest gaming and tech festival, Insommia61 was held at the Birmingham NEC.

Andy Smith, events director at Multiplay, said: “We have been growing the Insomnia gaming festival over the years, introducing new and exciting features to attract new audiences, and these incredible audience figures are testament to the hard work of the Multiplay Events team.”

Smith said the company has been building on the success of Insomnia, and is looking forward to returning to the Birmingham NEC to host LEGO fan event Bricklive in October.

Multiplay recently won the licence to run BlockFest, a series of official Minecraft community events in 2017 and Smith said the firm “is planning another great Insomnia for next year”.

i61 highlights

  • 73 YouTube gamers, including global sensations DanTDM, Ali-A and Syndicate, with a combined subscriber base of over 80 million
  • 718 esports competitors, ranging from beginners to professionals, competing for a total prize pool of £25,000
  • 12 esports tournaments, including two UK Masters grand finals and one of the last remaining Team Fortress 2 tournaments in the UK
  • 3,046 ‘bring our own computer’ (BYOC) participants
  • Seven exclusive UK ‘first plays’, including FIFA 18, Call of Duty: WW2 Private Beta and Far Cry 5, allowing i61 attendees to be the first in the country to play the latest games
  • Four house robots from BBC’s Robot Wars in Insomnia’s returning Robot Zone

Multiplay ahs announced that Insomnia62 will be taking place over Easter Bank Holiday 2018.

 

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