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Insomnia66 | The UK's Biggest Gaming Festival

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We’re always working hard to bring the best and most 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 i66…

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!

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