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”.
- 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.