Insomnia64 is in the books and wow do we have a lot to cover. As well as BYOC esports tournaments (check out our article on those here), i64 also hosted a multitude of other activities for gamers to enjoy all weekend.
The first thing i64 had on offer was the main stage which featured various shows throughout the weekend. Everything from live gaming to talk shows to cosplay competitions were exhibited. And if shows aren’t for you, there was also a huge exhibition hall with endless gaming activities and merchandise.
As expected, a plethora of video games were available to play in the hall. Included among these were Dirt Rally 2, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Battle Royale also featured heavily with huge play zones for Fortnite and the new BR on the block; Apex Legends. However, perhaps of most interest was that Days Gone was available to play pre-release. Attending gamers were able to get an exclusive look at the title a week before it’s release in a spooky bunker!
In addition, various games were available to play in the indie zone. This area granted small indie developers the chance to come and show off their games to the masses. There was also a retro zone featuring numerous outdated consoles and classic gaming titles allowing gamers to roll back the years. The table top zone was also available for gamers to escape the screens and dive into a timeless card or board game.
Hailed as the future of gaming, virtual reality was heavily featured at the event. The HTC Vive and Playstation VR were both available for gamers to take the plunge into the most immersive experience in gaming.
As is usual for Insomnia events, there were lots of Youtubers in attendance for fans to meet their favourite content creators in the flesh. At i64, the two main youtubers to attend were Syndicate and Pyrocynical. They held signing sessions throughout the event and had merchandise stalls available all weekend for fans to enjoy.
There were also some more unusual booths. One that was rather creative was the booth of the British Army. They had a climbing wall and through a partnership with gaming café, House of Gamers, were allowing gamers play video games against soldiers. My personal favourite booth was a company that went for the loud and proud approach, Xite Energy. They had a huge truck with a DJ on the roof all weekend- 10 out of 10 for effort. For esports fans, Fnatic also had a booth in partnership with their sponsor OnePlus. This activation allowed Fnatic fans to visit and get hands on with OnePlus phones.
Some fantastic charity work also took place at the event. The Dogs Trust and some of their playful pups were in attendance to raise money for man’s best friend. Endemic charity, Special Effect also had a booth. Special Effect do great work in finding innovative ways for the disabled to enjoy video games. If you are interested in seeing what they do in more detail or donating you can check them out here: https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/.
That’s just scratched the surface of everything available at i64. There was truly something there for everyone to enjoy. If you were not able to make it to i64, no need to worry. You only have to wait three months for i65 where all this and more is bound to be on show again!