On Site Info

In this section, we will try and provide all the on-site information you need to make your time with us at the NEC as enjoyable as possible!

For our full event Info/FAQ you can visit https://insomniagamingfestival.com/info/

CHECK-IN WHERE & WHEN & WHAT TO DO?

As you already have a ticket check-in is straight through the main show doors at hall 2. Doors to the queuing hall open at 9am with access to the show at 10:30am (10:00 for Priority ticket holders)

What you need:

Your ticket with a clearly visible barcode: print the ticket out to speed getting in, or display it on a handheld device like a smartphone or a tablet.  

Day Visitors – Once your ticket has been scanned you will get hand-stamped and directed to watch the standing stage show whilst you wait.

Weekend Visitors – ID is required for all weekend ticket holders ensuring we give you the correct wristband, if you do not have ID you will be given an under-18 wristband until you can validate your ID.  

 

INSOMNIA EVENT GUIDE APP

Don’t forget to download the Insomnia Event Guide App! Head to the App Store or Google Play to download the “Insomnia Gaming Festival” app, for free. The Insomnia Event App will act as your event guide over the weekend making sure you have all the maps, stage schedules, esports schedules, what’s on and general information that you might need!

 

ARE YOU CAMPING?

Check-in is at the BYOC check-in near Hall 4. Check-in opening hours are:

  • Thursday 10:00 – 19:00*
  • Friday 10:00 – 19:00*

*Check-in moves to BYOC Help Desk outside of these hours for 24/7 access.

Once you have your wristband, you can access the campsite 24/7, until closure on Monday at 17:00. Note the campsite rules and that no alcohol is permitted in the campsite. If the campsite is closed ask for the on-site Duty Manager and they will try and help you, they will be dealing with other matters throughout the event so may take time to get to you.   

What You Need:

Your ticket with a clearly visible barcode: print the ticket out, or display it on a handheld device like a smartphone or a tablet

ID is required for ALL CAMPERS: you won’t be able to check in without it!

Under the age of 16?  You will not be permitted access (as stated when you booked your ticket)

 

COVID INFORMATION

Head to this link to see our most up-to-date Covid Policy. 

 

SECURITY CHECKS

Please expect bags to be checked by security staff, to maintain the safety and welfare of all attendees at the event. Note that we do not allow alcohol into the event from outside, and we operate a zero-tolerance policy on drugs.

 

LOVE ESPORTS? 

We have a whole host of esports at the show! Check out our Esports info page for details. You will also be able to take part in our Turn Up and Play tournaments in the exhibition halls, from 1v1s to Battle Royales it’s all there.  

 

PARKING

Parking for Day and Weekend Ticket holders is in the East Car Parks. A parking permit costs £5 per day and is payable on exit. Please be aware, that this is card only and we cannot accept cash payments for parking. More information can be found on the NEC website.

 

FOOD AND DRINK

There’s plenty to quaff and scoff at Insomnia69 at the various on-site food outlets. Additionally, there are several bars on-site serving drinks, and a Starbucks to satisfy your early morning cravings or head over to Resorts World.

What To Do

Stuck for something to do? Take a look through this list and you’ll be sure to find something to get involved in! 

Check out the stage schedule and see what’s coming up

We have a ton of shows all weekend long across our Esports, Expo and Insomnia stages. Check out the full schedule on the home screen and see what’s coming up!

Casual

Competitive

Quick

Lengthy

Varies by show

Play some games in the Indie and Showcase Zones

The best place to find the hidden gems in gaming, the Showcase and Indie Zones contain amazing games from Indie developers and publishers. No sign-up required, just turn up and play!

Casual

Competitive

Quick

Lengthy

However long you want!

Head over to a Turn-Up-And-Play Zone

There is a range of games to play including fan favourites like Minecraft, Fall Guys, Fortnite, Rocket, League and more. No sign-up required, just turn up and play!

Casual

Competitive

Quick

Lengthy

However long you want!

Grab a board game and play something new

Over on the Tabletop Zone, we have a selection of board games for everyone to play. Grab something you’ve never heard of before and play a few rounds with your friends/family!

Casual

Competitive

Quick

Lengthy

Sign up for a tournament and show us what you’ve got

Head over to one of our Daily Tournament Zones and sign up for a tournament of your choosing. Our staff will be able to give you a time slot to arrive and what games you want to compete in. 

Casual

Competitive

Quick

Lengthy

Check out the gaming goodies across the Marketplace

So many stalls with so much on offer from gaming merch, artwork, replicas, collectables, dice and everything in between. Have a look at the Marketplace and see what you can pick up to take home.

Casual

Competitive

Quick

Lengthy

AC15

Ubisoft UK and Cosxpo are proud to introduce the Assassin’s Creed 15th Anniversary UK Community Cosplay Championship at Insomnia Gaming Festival #i69

On Saturday 27th August on the Insomnia Stage, we will showcase our amazing Assassin’s Creed community featuring cosplay from 15 years worth of iconic characters.

For the winner – a true Assassin’s Creed VIP Experience to which the detail will be shared at a later date. But rest assured, the prize will be a fantastic moment for any Assassin’s Creed Fan.

Great news – we’ve now expanded the Assassin’s Creed UK Community Cosplay Competition!

We want to see everyone’s costumes and give shared opportunities to showcase their love for the characters.

Bought costumes may now qualify for the Best Performance Category.

Please note, only costumes with higher than 70% crafted by the sole entrant, can be considered for the Best In Show award.

Sign-ups are now underway!

For any queries or issues with the competition, sign up or rules, please contact [email protected] for support

HOST

COSPLAY JUDGES

Brand

BRAND PACK

If you create your own assets using elements from this brand pack and are unsure if your creations adhere to brand guidelines, please email [email protected] for approval. Estimated response in 1-2 working days.

Once iNext has been announced this brand pack will be updated to the latest show branding. If you still wish to use this pack for #i69 assets, feel free to do so.

What is included?

NAMING USAGE

Simple rules around the name of the event and the ways to refer to it. Some frequently made errors:

  • i## not I## (No capital)
  • Insomnia## not Insomnia ## (No space)

COPY & BOILERPLATE

If you are looking to include some wording to describe the event, included in the pack is the boilerplate copy for Insomnia Gaming Festival.

GRAPHIC ELEMENTS

To give you more creative freedom, included in the pack are some graphic elements and backgrounds for you to create your own assets.

KEY ART

Also included are some variations on the current event Key Art. You are free to use this wherever you feel it is most appropriate.

LOGO USAGE

LOGO CLEARANCE

Ensure that whenever the Insomnia Gaming Festival logo is used there is a clearance space around it equal in size to the main hexagon.

DON’T

Rotate or askew the logo

DON’T

Stretch, shrink or warp the logo’s aspect ratio

DON’T

Use colours that aren’t part of the Insomnia Gaming Festival brand guidelines

DON’T

Use outdated or old logos

DON’T

Use dark logos on dark images (or light logos on light
images)

DON’T

Use a border/stroke to seperate the logo from a
background

IMAGERY

Included in the pack is a set of pre-approved imagery. These images have been selected to represent Insomnia Gaming Festival and may be used in any appropriate circumstance with the following guidelines:

DO

Use the full image including the logo watermark.

DON’T

Use exaggerated cropping. If the situation requires the subtle cropping of an image please attempt to keep subjects central to the photograph and the watermark clearly visible.

Volunteer FAQ

VOLUNTEER FAQ'S

  • Photo ID to confirm your check in with your volunteer ticket 
  • Indoor camping; bring your own tent, bedding/sleeping bag and air/camp bed (but please let your team leader know if you need a camp bed, as we have a limited stock)
  • ● Catering; breakfast is provided in the Volunteer Breakfast Room (Offices 1.3-1.4) and you will be given food vouchers to subsidise for your on shift meals; feel free to bring your own snacks for when you get peckish!

Main site check-in 

When you arrive at the venue please head to the Volunteer Office (Hall 1.1). Check-in is open 12:00-22:00 on Wednesday first build day (if your shift starts earlier, your Team Leader will let you know what to do!), 07:30-22:00 on Thursday second build day, 07:30-12:00 on Friday – Sunday (if you have any requests / arrive outside of these times, please contact your Team Leader) and 16:00-20:00 both Sunday and Monday evening break down. 

The volunteer campsite does not open until Wednesday at 4pm, so please make sure to make your own arrangements if you arrive prior to that time. Always ensure that your arrival at the venue has been agreed by your team lead. 

In the office: 

  • You will register your arrival with the Volunteer Team 
  • You will need a photo ID for checking-in 
  • You will receive the following:
    • Build & Break wristband – your security access on build & break days
    • Volunteer wristband – your security access on live days
    • Parking permit – if requested during sign up
    • Volunteer tshirt – to wear on shift only
    • Food vouchers – you have to check in every day between 07:30 – 10:00 to collect these for each shift (If your shift begins after 10am, your vouchers will be allocated to your team leader to give to you.)

Please attend all your shifts and look after your vouchers, as P1E WILL NOT be able to replace any misplaced food vouchers. 

Volunteers are required to check in daily at the volunteer office to receive their food vouchers and to make the volunteer management team aware that they are onsite. If your shift starts after the volunteer office closes, your vouchers for the day will be handed to your team leader to allocate to you and ensure that you are onsite, happy and safe.

Your Team Leader will provide all the information needed for your position, before or during site, depending on the role requirements. If you have any queries that are not addressed by your Team Leader, please talk to the Volunteer Coordinator on site.

There will be a rota for each area of the show, which will be explained to you on site by your Team Leader. 

You will have meal breaks, so you can go grab something to eat and recharge your batteries. The rota will include a lunch break of 30 mins, and two coffee breaks of 15 mins (the specifics can be arranged with your Team Leader on site, depending on your role’s needs). 

There are Volunteer Break Rooms (Offices 1.5-1.6), providing a relaxing set up; there will also be seating available to escape the crowds in the Piazza outside the Halls. 

Breakfast is served in the Volunteer Breakfast Room (Offices 1.3-1.4), 07:00-09:00 each morning. 

Additionally, each volunteer is allocated food vouchers for lunch and dinner, but this time will be split into smaller amounts, to be used for coffee and drinks as well as full meals. You receive your vouchers when checking in. If you lose your food vouchers, Player1 Events will not be able to re-issue you new ones, so please look after them.

Vouchers can be used in a variety of outlets on site, the full list of outlets along with what you can and can’t use them for can be found on the reverse of your food vouchers. Vouchers cannot be used for alcohol.

We are encouraging volunteers to spend time at the show and enjoy their favourite games and activities. The timetables vary from team to team, but make sure to use your breaks and time off as allocated by your Team Leader to explore your favourite zones!

*You are expected to turn up promptly for all allocated shifts. Failure to do so will be addressed on site by the Volunteer Coordinator.

On shift: During Volunteer Sign-in you will be issued branded t-shirts to wear on shift, you will have chosen your sizes when claiming your volunteer ticket. We stock UK sizes S – 5XL. If you have clothing requirements outside of this, please speak to your team leader prior to the event. 

At the end of the event, you will need to fold and sign the t-shirts back in so they can be washed for the next event. 

Please ensure that you also bring a pair of comfortable shoes, remember you will be on your feet for extended periods of time. 

Things to remember: 

  • Footwear should be suitable for work (No heels, Ugg boots or open toe shoes) 
  • Jeans/ trousers should be clean and presentable (no rips or damage) 
  • Skirts are acceptable, but make sure they allow you to move flexibly 
  • Accreditation should be worn at all times when on shift (security wristbands)
  • Appearance must be presentable, we know you’re all individuals but remember you represent Player1 Events. 

Off shift:  your time is yours to spend as you wish. Please take off your volunteer uniform if you’re off-shift: we need to ensure the public & staff know who’s working, and who’s not. 

There are evening festivities that you are welcome to take part in (depending on your shift pattern). All activities have limited spaces, so please speak to your Team Leader about allocations and tickets, however please be mindful that as an event volunteer, even when off shift you are representing both Player1 Events and the Insomnia event as a whole).

By Train – The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside! The NEC entrance is on the right-hand side as you exit the station, and clearly signposted. Many services run directly to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. For further information call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950. 

By Bus & Coach – Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC in minutes on the free air-rail link. Regular local buses depart from Birmingham City Centre. The 900 service runs every 15 mins during the day taking approximately 30 mins. The 97 service operates every 30 mins, 24hrs a day taking approximately 45 mins. Local bus services also run every 30 minutes throughout the day to Solihull (service 966) and Coventry (service 900). 

By Car – The NEC is in the perfect location for car travel – 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network. Postcode – B40 1NT 

Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by our traffic team to get you to the right car park area for your event. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the halls using our signposted footpaths. 

Parking 

There is allocated parking available free of charge for Volunteers located in the East Car parks (East 1). Once you’ve parked your car, you can walk to the halls using our signposted footpaths (or use the shuttle bus on live days, Friday-Sunday, 9am to 7pm and Monday 9am to 5pm). You will need to pick up parking permits from the Volunteer office when you arrive at the venue, to be displayed in your windscreen for free exit. 

Parking is only available if you pre-book a space with Player1 Events. Please let your Team Leader know in advance if you’re aiming to bring a car. 

Please note that no travel expenses are available for Volunteers.

Indoor Camping is an area located within the main halls onsite, where volunteers can create a sleeping space for the duration of the festival. Volunteer indoor sleeping is separate from regular customer camping, and has separate showers available. 

What do I need to bring? 

  • A camp bed or inflatable mattress (if you need a camp bed, please get in touch with your team leader as we have a limited stock available for volunteers)
  • Bedding 
  • Eye mask and earplugs 
  • A towel 
  • A tent if you wish (size of tent should be relative to the number of occupants: i.e. 1 person to have a tent no larger than a 2-person tent) 

Player1 Events take no responsibility for any lost or damaged items while staying in the indoor sleeping area. 

The lights will be out in the campsite from 21:00 – 09:00, please keep noise to a minimum during this period. Anyone that does not respect the other volunteers, or customers, in the area will be asked to leave. The whole campsite must adhere to the ‘no alcohol’ rule. 

There will be camp beds available from Player1 Events, however the number is limited, so please express your interest while registering for the event (a question will be available in the registration form you will complete as a successful volunteer).

Volunteers will not be allowed into the halls until they have completed the Health and Safety Induction online; we will be sending the link to the training portal closer to the event – with enough time available to go through all the documents and short Q&A’s! 

Anyone on site during build & break periods are expected to be in appropriate PPE for the work to be done. High visibility clothing is compulsory and appropriate hard-soled footwear is strongly advised. High-viz for Volunteers will be supplied by Player1 Events. But must be signed out, and returned at the end of the event. 

Disposable ear plugs will be available from the Volunteer Office for anyone working in a noisy environment. Speak with your Team Leader for advice on your working area. 

It would be useful to familiarise yourself with the Player1 Events Site rules before coming to site: 

  • i69 Site Safety Rules
  • Venue Emergency Procedures will be on posters in volunteer areas 
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to both employees and volunteers. You have a duty to: 
  • Take care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions.
  • Cooperate with Player1 Events on all health and safety issues. 
  • Correctly use work items provided by Player1 Events in accordance with training instructions.

If you think there is a health and safety problem in your workplace, you should first of all discuss it with your Team Leader or Player1 Events staff. 

If you have any questions about Health & Safety not covered by this please consult your Team Leader, or email [email protected]

Please state on the sign up form whether you would like to be considered for a BYOC staff seat. Please note that BYOC Staff seats are time limited & can only be requested and claimed up to 4 weeks before the event goes live. When you request a seat you will be sent an email with instructions on how your seat will be allocated. Please be aware that if you apply to have a BYOC seat but do not use it during your off shift time, then you will not be allowed to use this service in the future.

All volunteers can apply for 3 free tickets for Sunday the 28th August, on the sign up form. If you’re not sure at the time of signing up, please speak to your Team Leader. If you also change your mind before getting to the event, speak to your team leader.

One of the main attractions for our younger audience is the YouTube stars at the festival. We hold different types of content around the festival from stage content to panel talks. Volunteers will be involved in various areas, and there are a few rules regarding VIPs: 

  • Please DO NOT enter the VIP room, unless you are on the VIP team. 
  • Do not enter the photo opportunity areas. 
  • No interaction or photos with the Youtubers while on shift. 
  • Do not talk about the location of the VIP Room or any planned Meet and Greet in front of the public.
  • Remain professional.

For our full policy, please go here 

https://insomniagamingfestival.com/covid-policy/

For the NEC’s full policy, please go here

https://www.necgroup.co.uk/protect/

Suspect C-19 or other respiratory infection?

Take precautions to limit contact with others and undertake a LFT test to confirm status as soon as feasible.  

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

Negative Test

If a negative test result but still ill with a suspected respiratory disease:

  • Inform manager
  • Take suitable precautions to reduce spreading it; such as wearing a face-covering indoors and engage in an excellent personal hygiene regime (catching sneezes in tissues, frequent hand washing, not sharing tools/equipment with others and cleaning equipment and items you may have used). 
  • Everyone should be aware of and considerate to those around that may be at increased risk.  
  • Manager to agree, with senior team, whether the person concerned should a) stay away from event site or b) be limited in their work location or activities. 

Positive Test

If positive test result, or if too ill to work due to C-19 symptoms, staff, workers and volunteers must:

  • Keep away from the event site and associated venues 
  • Isolate to try to avoid contact with others for 5 days or until well enough to work (whichever is the longer). 
  • Guidance does not comment on a positive test results after 5 days, we request a sensible and cautious approach to avoiding contact with others, in conjunction with the senior management team’s guidance.
  • Everyone should be aware of those around you that may be at increased risk.

BYOC Loyalty

Byoc Loyalty

How it works

Your loyalty ranking (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond) increases when you attend a certain amount of qualifying events, if you are unable to attend an event your loyalty level is held at your current level for 1 calendar year (this is known as the loyalty freeze period). If you don’t attend the next valid event after the 1 year freeze period elapses then your loyalty level will degrade, 1 level for every qualifying event missed. The programme is designed to reward our most loyal BYOC attendees.

Put simply:

One level is added to your loyalty for each BYOC you attend.

One level is subtracted from your loyalty for each BYOC you don’t attend after a one-year loyalty freeze period.

Loyalty Freeze Period

Sometimes life, uh, finds a way. A way to stop us from going to events we love. So if you can’t make it to the very next event, don’t panic! Your loyalty level is frozen for a calendar year so you won’t lose loyalty levels until after that period is up. Once that period is up, your loyalty rank will decrease by 1 for every event not attended.

Levels, Ranks and Discounts

BYOC Loyalty is set into 4 ranks spread over 10 levels

1 event attended = 1 Level

1 event missed one calendar year after last event attended = -1 Level

Example: A customer who has attended 4 events and bought tickets to their 5th will become a Gold customer but will not be able to use the benefits of a Gold discount until they come to book their 6th event.

Discounts apply to BYOC Standard, BYOC Priority & BYOC VIP tickets only. Your loyalty discount is a personal discount attached to your email and is restricted to only your singular ticket per event only.

Diamond level discount holders purchasing tickets during early bird promotions are entitled to a free upgrade from standard to priority BYOC tickets*.

Loyalty discounts do not apply when using any other form of a discount on your ticket purchase (including early bird) and are valid for full price tickets only.

*Only applies if early-bird promotion is being implemented for that specific event.

Qualifying events

Loyalty can be accrued from attending as a BYOC customer at an Insomnia Gaming Festival or an Insomnia LAN event (Small Local LANs, a.k.a StratLAN, do not count towards this programme at this time)

After each qualifying event, each customer’s loyalty will be updated on their account.

How to claim

Using our ticket provider, when you purchase your tickets you will be asked to provide an email address. As long as you provide the same email address you used to book previous Insomnia BYOC tickets, your discount will be automatically applied.

FAQ’s

My loyalty discount isn’t applying/is incorrect

Email [email protected]player1events.com and we can look into this for you

I have to cat-sit for my nans brothers uncle’s pigeon that weekend. What will happen to my loyalty level?

If you can’t make it to the next show, don’t worry. Your loyalty level will remain fixed for a calendar year since the last show you attended. Just in case you wanted to attend, but couldn’t.

I’m attending my 5th event in a row. That makes me Gold rank right? Why am I still only seeing a Silver level discount?

Your rank is applied when you attend the event, not at ticket purchase. So purchasing your 5th ticket will still give you a Silver rank discount but after attending that 5th show, your discount will level up to Gold for the 6th.

I attended 5 Insomnias and 3 Stratlans in a row. Does that make my loyalty level Diamond?

Unfortunately, our Stratlan events are not included in the BYOC loyalty programme. Your current loyalty level is calculated on Insomnia Gaming Festivals (as a BYOC customer) and Insomnia LAN’s attended. In this example, the loyalty rank would be Gold (level 5)

i65 Recap

Insomnia65 RECAP

We’re always working hard to bring the best and most mad relevant gaming experiences to you to get your hands on at Insomnia. Unfortunately, without a time machine, we can’t let you know what will be available at the next show (keep an eye on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for those updates!). For now, let’s take a look at some of the best bits of Insomnia65 to give you an idea of the kind of amazing things you can look forward to at #i68…

Borderlands 3

One of the first UK showings of Borderlands 3, players were able to get their hands on 2K’s brand new looter-shooter a full 3 weeks before it’s official release. All around the Insomnia expo, games were being shown off before their release dates so everyone could go home and brag that they had played the most anticipated titles of the year including Fifa20, MediEvil, The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion, Ghost Recon Breakpoint and many more.

The Ubisoft Experience

A UK exclusive “show within a show” brought Ubisoft’s A-game to Insomnia and provided an expansion to the show including showcases and experiences all based on Ubisoft’s biggest and best games. This included their signature circular stage, Assassin’s Creed VR maze and parkour stunt show, an exclusive look at Watch Dogs Legion as well as their retro zone and hands-on with Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Just Dance 2020.

Just Dance Lip-Sync Battle

Brand new for 2019, our main stage saw worlds collide when Ubisoft’s Just Dance was merged with the massively popular Ru Paul’s Drag Race to create the Just Dance Lip Sync Battle! Featuring special guest drag queens as well as Golden Joystick nominee Rage Darling and The Dark Rooms very own John Robertson, the competition was fierce in this highly entertaining crossover of gaming and pop-culture. 

The Dark Room: Boss Level Up Your Mum

Taking to the Insomnia stage once again, the next evolution of John Robertsons “The Dark Room”. Let’s take a look at the checklist… Audience abuse. Windows error screens. Yeeting a laptop off a stage. Crowd Surfing a bean-soaked stranger outside for being a nob? Uh-huh, who needs security to do the heavy lifting anyway. The Dark Room Boss Level Up Your Mum upped the ante for Insomnia’s long-running evening entertainment and left everyone in stitches, eagerly awaiting their next dose of roomy darkness.

Borderlands Cosplay Competition

If playing Borderlands 3 wasn’t enough to get some Borderlands hype going then our Cosplay Competition took it to the next level! Taking place on our main stage, the best of the best cosplayers came together to show off their Borderlands cosplay creations to earn the chance to compete in the national finals. If you want a better look at what was to offer you can check out a highlight video right here.

BYOC Potato PC Pageant

One lucky member of the BYOC walked away from Insomnia with a brand new gaming PC! And all it took to get such a prize? Gaming on a potato. Not a real potato of course, that would be absurd!* But gaming rig you could barely call electronic, let alone a computer. Anyway, the point is, there were lots of competitions, tournaments and prizes.
*Stay tuned for Maris Piper MLG tournaments coming soon.

Belong vs Army vs RAF Esports

A contest for the ages, we pitted our very own Belong Esports Team up against the best IRL Call Of Duty active participants to see who dominates on land, air or…sweaty mum’s basement. Players from the Army, the RAF and Belong battled it out in Overwatch to see who would be crowned the victor in this exciting mini esports tournament. To see what else the Army and RAF got up to at i65, click here.

Doctor Who UK First-Play

Featuring in the Virtual Reality Zone, players got the chance to get their hands on the brand new VR game; Doctor Who: The Edge of Time. Being the exclusive first opportunity to play in the UK a full month before it’s official release in September!

We had a lot of fun at i65 with a lot of great stuff for everyone to get involved in! If you want to see more you can find all the i65 event photography on this link and see what else we got up to at the UK’s biggest gaming festival! We hope we’ll see you in April for Insomnia66!

What Is Insomnia?

A Brief introduction to Insomnia Gaming Festival

Insomnia Gaming Festival is a huge gaming event, uniting players for a weekend of gaming fun and interactive exhibitions all under one roof. The prestige event has something for every gamer, from Bring Your Own Computer playing hall to Retro Gaming stalls and even an exclusive first look at some of the greatest games coming out soon! Players, this is everything you need to know about Insomnia.

When & where does it take place?

Not to be confused with the sleeping condition, Insomnia is a festival made for gamers held at the NEC in Birmingham.

There is no minimum age to attend this event, however, children under the age of 16 must always be accompanied by an adult. There are also specific elements of the event that are only for over 18 (you will be asked for ID). Find more information about our age policy here.

Play Games

Insomnia Gaming Festival is a great place for you to do what we all love, play games. Top publishers often bring an exclusive first-play at the gaming event, so be sure to check out who’s coming to the next Insomnia. It’s also the perfect chance for gamers to play with others in competitions like the Fortnite Tournament or enjoy some Indie games that you might not have thought about playing before. There is a wide range of games covering multiple genres, so there will definitely be something there for you!

Do you also play tabletop games? No problem! We have various board games set up at the venue, so you can really enjoy every form of gaming.

What is there to see and do?

There is plenty of things to get involved with. There is a huge Expo Stage where you can find daily competitions taking place, special guests on stage for an event and industry expert panels. From gameshows to Cosplay masquerade, there will always be a show worth watching at the Insomnia Stage.

We recommend heading to one of the expert panels, where you’ll get the opportunity to listen to some talented developers and staff at gaming publishers to talk about some of the hottest games coming soon.

Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC)

If you’re not a seasoned veteran of Insomnia, you’re probably wondering what BYOC is? It means Bring Your Own Computer, and it’s legendary. We host the UK’s biggest LAN Party with players bringing their set-up from home to compete in esports tournaments, fight off in multiplayer battles and more. The BYOC room also has its own exclusive social zones so you don’t have to go far if you need to take a break.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own gaming PC! We don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun so we have an on-site rental team who will be able to kit you out with an impressive set-up for an additional cost, so you have even odds to beat the competition.

Evening Entertainment

The gaming fun doesn’t stop there, in the evenings that are various activities for gamers to get involved in. From pub quizzes to social gatherings and meet-ups, there are plenty of things for gamers to unite in. Please note, some events may have age restrictions.

Camping

Yes, you got it! You can even camp at Insomnia! Not outside, but inside and we can guarantee warmth and lots of fun.

 

Sounds awesome right? Because there is so much to see and do, you will have a unique experience every time you attend the event. So, whether it’s your first time joining us, or you’ve been before, let’s get together and celebrate our passion for gaming.