The Largest UK Gaming Festival Insomnia 51 Preview, What to Do and Who to See

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The Insomnia series attracts tens of thousands of gamers from across the UK to compete in the UK’s most competitive eSports tournaments and see the best games first, while millions watch events unfold online at Twitch.tv. The first Insomnia festival at the Ricoh Arena takes place over Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, April 18 to Monday, April 21 2014.

Insomnia will take over the Ricoh Arena to give visitors the chance to sample new games, watch live product demonstrations, buy the latest products and merchandise or watch the eSports tournaments unfold.

With over 30 exhibitors including large companies such as the LAN veteran company, Overclockers, the game studio, Jagex, and even Xbox One, you’re sure to be able to waste hours on end in the exhibition hall alone.

If you’ve bought a ticket for BYOC there are a multitude of different tournaments in which you can participate. Here is a full list of tournaments you can participate in.

Event BYOC Tournaments

Event Turn Up & Play Tournaments

Free to Enter Tournaments

The main stage is also set to be a spectacle however, we do not know what it will even remotely look like due to i51 being the first time the Insomnia LAN has been held at the Ricoh Arena. We’ll just have to wait and see.

The Indie Zone at Insomnia festivals is a great place to see new, exciting and unique ideas in the gaming world, and Insomnia51 is no exception, with some incredible titles on show for the first time, including:

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UemeU
Narcissus
Tiny Keep
Splemy
Epigenesis
Space Farmers
Gang Beasts

Shu
Guild of Dugeoneering
Spectrum
Fortress Craft
Standpoint
Dream
Sky Nations
The Marvellous Miss take
Paperbound
Power-Up
Awakening of Heroes
Dot.Stop.Run.
Evolve
Stomping Grounds
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If you’re a Minecraft fan, Multiplay is bringing back the features that entertained Minecraft fans of all ages from across the country and beyond at Insomnia49. The Minecraft Zone will offer free-to-enter tournaments for the most popular gametypes, panel talks and presentations in the dedicated 650 seat auditorium, with an exhibition featuring examples from the best and brightest of the community, as well as the chance to purchase official Minecraft merchandise from J!nx. Insomnia51 will play host to a variety of guests including:

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AntVenom
Fyre UK
The Diamond Minecart
Chucklefish
Buycraft
BebopVox
Blue Monkey
HuskyMudkipz
Element Animation
CavemanFilms
The Noxcrew
MusicByPedro
SoTotallyToby
Flan’s Mod
Gizzy Gazza
Codename_B
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“Insomnia is growing even bigger with each passing event. We’re seeing more gamers joining in, more special guests to meet and greet, and more activities for the whole family to enjoy,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder & CEO of Multiplay. “We’re taking the fun and excitement of our Minecraft activity last summer and making it even better. We can’t wait to show you the Minecraft Zone at Insomnia51.”

Insomnia51 is now expanding in to panel talks, meet and greets and gatherings with key people in the games industry. Here’s a list of what’s on, who to see and where you can find them:

Meet and Greet/Panel Schedule

Friday

Mainstage

The Noxcrew Gameshow
MusicByPedro Video Premiere
Cosplay Parade

Panel Room Talks

Construction in Minecraft, with FyreUK and Egmont Publishing
Q&A, with Game Devs from the UK indie scene
Running a Youtube Channel, with TheDiamondMinecart, AntVenom, BebopVox, SoTotallyToby and HuskyMudkipz
Minecraft Modding, with the teams from Hypixel, Buycraft and Flan’s Mod

Meet and Greets

Session A: ElementAnimation, MusicByPedro
Session B: Antvenom, TheDiamondMinecart, Gizzy Gazza,
Session C: Fyre UK Official Construction Handbook guide Exclusive Book Signing
Session D: CavemanFilms, HuskyMudkipz, BebopVox, AshleyMarieeGaming,The Noxcrew

Saturday

Mainstage

BebopVox Music Video Premiere
Youtuber Animation Panel with Antvenom, CavemanFilms, ElementAnimation and BluemonkeyC
Cosplay Professional Competition

Panel Room Talks

World’s Within Worlds, with FyreUK and the Hypixel Build Team
Getting Into the Games Industry
Gazza Island 2.0 Release, with Gizzy Gazza and the team.
Cosplay Q&A
Music Panel, with Antvenom and MusicByPedro
Open Q&A, with BebopVox, TheDiamondMinecart, AshleyMarieeGaming and HuskyMudkipz

Meet and Greets

Session A: Antvenom, CavemanFilms, The Noxcrew and Gizzy Gazza
Session B: TheDiamondMinecart, The Hypixel Team and the Buycraft Team
Session C: HuskyMudkipz, BebopVox and FyreUK
Session D: SoTotallyToby, MCSpotlights and AshleyMarieeGaming
Session E: ElementAnimation, Bluemonkey and MusicByPedro

Sunday

Mainstage

eSports Tournament Finals Throughout the Day. More information below.

Panel Room Talks

Open Q&A, with HuskyMudKipz, MusicByPedro, AshleyMarieeGaming and SoTotallyToby
Music Videos,  with ElementAnimation and CavemanFilms
Running a Youtube Channel, with TheDiamondMinecart, BebopVox, Antvenom and Gizzy Gazza
How Minecraft has changed the Games Industry
Running a successful Minecraft Server, with the Hypixel Team and Guests

Meet and Greets

Session A: CavemanFilms, Antvenom and Buycraft
Session B: TheDiamondMinecart, FyreUK
Session C: ElementAnimation, SoTotallyToby
Session D: HuskyMudkipz, TheNoxcrew, AshleyMarieeGaming
Session E: MusicByPedro, BebopBox, Gizzy Gazza

Tournament Schedule

For all you tournament players here’s the full tournament schedule:

Friday

12:00
FIFA & Hearthstone games begin
13:00
Close Registrations for LoL, CS:GO, SC2 & DotA 2
15:00
SC2 Briefing on Floor 1, at bar adjacent to Console Arena
15:30
DotA 2 Briefing on Floor 1, at bar adjacent to Console Arena
16:00
LoL Briefing on Floor 1, at bar adjacent to Console Arena
Pre-Registration Opens for CoD Ghosts, Halo 3 & Halo 3 FFA on Floor 2, beside bar adjacent to Console Arena
17:00
Games begin for LoL, SC2 & DotA 2
17:00
CS:GO Briefing on Floor 1, at bar adjacent to Console Arena
17:30
FIFA & Hearthstone play ends
18:00
CS:GO games begin
19:00
Pre-Registration Closes for CoD Ghosts & Halo 3
24:00
All tournament play ends

Saturday

9:30
Close Registrations for Halo 3 FFA
10:00
Games Begin for Halo 3 FFA
Tournament play resumes for LoL, SC2 & DotA 2
Close Registrations for BF4, CoD Ghosts & Intermediate Tournaments
11:00
Tournament play resumes for CS:GO
Games Begin for CoD Ghosts, Halo 3 FFA & Intermediate Tournaments
11:30
BF4 Briefing on Floor 1, at bar adjacent to Console Arena
12:00
FIFA & Hearthstone games begin
Close Registrations for Halo 3
13:00
Games Begin for BF4
Halo 3 FFA Final
14:00
Games Begin for Halo 3
17:30
FIFA & Hearthstone play ends
20:30
All BYOC tournament play ends
21:00
Pub Quiz!
22:00
Halo 3 play ends
24:00
CoD Ghosts play ends

Sunday

9:30
CoD Ghosts play resumes
10:00
Emerge Starcraft 2 UK Masters Main Stage Final
Play resumes for Halo 3, LoL, DotA 2 & Intermediate Tournaments
11:00
Play resumes for CS:GO & BF4
12:00
FIFA & Hearthstone games begin
Razer League of Legends Challenger Cup Main Stage Final
15:00
Multiplay Battlefield 4 Final
17:00
Asus Rog DotA 2 Cup Main Stage Final
17:30
FIFA & Hearthstone play ends
18:00
Multiplay CS:GO Auditorium Final
20:00
Halo 3 European Championship Final
21:00
TP-Link Call of Duty: Ghosts European Open Main Stage Final
24:00
All Stage Finals end

Overall the weekend will be packed full of gaming, games related activities and FUN. There’s always something going on over at the Multiplay Forums. We’ll be in the gaming halls all weekend, if you’d like to say hello tweet us @BaconCape or post on our forums! We’d love to see some fellow Capers, also, first person to find us (see our faces on the contact us page) gets a free copy of Call of Duty Ghosts with bonus maps!

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