Esports Roundup: Insomnia Gaming Festival

Hello friends!

In this week’s roundup, Insomnia Gaming Festival unveils its headline tournaments, British Esports changes its name, and Warwick Esports host an Easter 3v3 open Valorant tournament.

This esports roundup shines a light on UK esports, in particular, what’s going on in the midlands. If you have an esports story that you would like us to feature, email mat@geekybrummie.com.

  1. Insomnia Gaming Festival is Back in Birmingham
  2. British Esports Association Becomes British Esports Federation
  3. The Pack hosts Women and Non-Binary Valorant Tournament

Insomnia Gaming Festival is Back in Birmingham

(Image credit: Insomnia Gaming Festival)

Insomnia Gaming Festival returns to Birmingham in just a few short days. Insomnia68 is the first physical Insomnia event in two and half years, so you can imagine that the hype is pretty real. Here’s a bit more about what esports fans can expect from the event which will take place at the NEC, from 15th – 18th April.

Insomnia Gaming Festival is one of the UK’s biggest gaming gatherings and features a family-friendly expo area, stage activities, a pub quiz, and more, as well as a BYOC (bring your own computer), and a LAN gaming hall, esports tournaments, and more. As a result, the events held competitive competitions for amateur and casual players in such places as League of Legends, CSGO, PUBG, and many others.

Esports Tournaments

First up, the National Student Esports (NSE) British University Esports Championships (BUEC) Spring Finals will be taking place live at the festival. The finals are set to take place on Saturday and Sunday on the main stage and will feature Dota 2, Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Rainbow Six, Valorant, and CS:GO. The NSE also has a dedicated BYOC (bring your own computer) area for university students and societies.

Secondly is the Insomnia BYOC Open. This tournament is open to anyone who buys a BYOC ticket. Games featured are Overwatch, League of Legends, Valorant, and CS:GO. The finals will take place on the main stage and feature some big cash prizes. Anyone interested can sign up to compete here.

Running alongside this is BYOC casual, a series of laid-back tournaments just for fun across Golf With Friends, Age of Empires IV, and StarCraft II to name a few.

Meet and Play Against Top Esports Players

Players from XL and Endpoint will be there to meet with fans and play them in tournaments throughout the event. Confirmed personalities include  XL’s Fortnite prodigy Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman and content creator Stuart “ITzSTU4RT” Gilson. Endpoint has also confirmed Lucas, Seiko and Eclipse.

Enjoy Esports Activities

Visitors can drop in and enjoy a “Battle Royale Zone” delivered by Belong Gaming Arenas and powered by Hyper X. This zone will feature a multitude of the most popular BR games including Fortnite, Warzone and PUBG. There’ll also be a number of prizes to be won.

Fans looking to scratch their competitive itch on the day can participate in any of the daily tournaments, part of the “Daily Tournament Zone”. Running all weekend long, it will feature the hottest competitive titles which people can sign up on the day for.

Tickets Still Available

It’s so good to see Insomnia back and better than ever. It does a lot to bring gamers together and is another great reason why Birmingham is a definite cluster for esports and gaming in the UK. Tickets are still available and can be purchased from their website.

I hope to see you all there!

British Esports Association Becomes British Esports Federation

(Image credit: British Esports)

British Esports Association has officially changed its name to the British Esports Federation.

This change comes following the formation of the home nation associations, Esports England, Esports Scotland, Esports Wales, and Esports Northern Ireland, which will be managing talent for their respective regions at the upcoming Commonwealth Esports Championships

British Esports is also a member of the Global Esports Federation, which coincides with the name change and their role as the national body for esports in the United Kingdom.

The organisation has also dropped “Association” from its logo to simply be known as “British Esports.” The name change does not affect anything else with the organisation reassuring that they will continue to operate as normal.

About British Esports

British Esports is a not-for-profit national body established in 2016 to promote esports in the UK, improve standards and inspire future grassroots talent. As the British Esports Federation is a not-for-profit organisation, all revenues generated go back into the running of the organisation, and into funding grassroots esports, including running our British Esports Championships for schools and colleges, supporting the setting up of clubs and other initiatives

You can find out more about them here.

The Pack hosts Women and Non-Binary Valorant Tournament

(Image Credit: Warwick Esports)

The Pack, Warwick Esports’ Women’s and Non-Binary Community, is hosting its first-ever Valorant tournament over the Easter holidays.

About the tournament

The tournament will take place online on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th of April. It’s open to anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary, and you don’t have to be a student. The tournament also accepts people of any age or rank. £10 Valorant gift cards will be awarded to all winning players at the end of the tournament.

To participate, sign up via their Discord before Saturday 16th April using this link here: https://discord.gg/T3pX7WGk

About The Pack

The Pack launched in October last year as an off-shoot of Warwick’s Esports Society. The community is based out of discord and has a more relaxed approach compared to other servers run by the society. The Pack acts as a safe environment for members to chat with like-minded individuals, and run events, competitions, and team-building exercises.

That’s it from me, friends. Until then don’t forget to watch out for me on Mondays over at the Geeky Brummie Twitter or follow me on my personal handle @MrMatLovell. Adios!

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