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Insomnia62 Roundup: from new, cutting edge VR technologies to retro gaming

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Easter festivities don’t seem to have stopped the 62nd edition of Insomnia Gaming Festival from attracting its usual mass of people for a fun, gaming-filled bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of people gathered at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham to learn about what’s new in the gaming world, to take part in the various esports competitions, or simply to relax and have fun.

Here’s the best of what Insomnia62 had on offer this weekend:

Tournaments

The Insomnia festival started out as a small LAN party almost 20 years ago, and even now, LAN gaming is the backbone of arguably the biggest gaming festival in the UK. As such, even now the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) area was the greatest part of the festival, where thousands of people got to play with their friends and

For those who couldn’t bring their computers with them and play, the tournaments were the next best thing. There was a little something for anyone, as competitions in games such as CS:GO, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Dota2 and League of Legends were organised, with prizes like $200,000 for the CS:GO gold winners for example.

VR and expo zone

Virtual Reality, the rising star of the gaming scene, is becoming more and more affordable, and with more and more content becoming available, it’s no wonder it took centre stage in the expo zone.

Now that companies like Intel, Vive, and Sony are investing in their own VR hardware and games, it’s now well worth saving up for that hefty price tag on VR equipment. Here’s a more comprehensive list of all the VR tech on show at the festival.

Beyond that, the expo zone featured offered festival goers to try and see the newest games such as Sea of Thieves, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and FIFA 18.

Meet and Greet

The Meet and Greet zone is a fairly new one compared to the rest of the festival, but it’s definitely one that was warmly welcomed.

Queues of people waiting to meet YouTubers like DAGames, Ashdubh, and GIzzyGazza marked the zone, and though there was a strict schedule, that didn’t stop them from having fun and meeting their favourites.

Tabletop games and retro zone

More old-school fans were pleased to hear that organisers of Insomnia62 have thought about them as well. Tabletop enthusiasts took to that zone for a variety of events, including a Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering tournaments.

Meanwhile, the retro zone let fans relive their best childhood memories by offering all the best old games on those old boxy television sets, which could by now be considered vintage.

Insomnia62 took place at the NEC, Birmingham, from Friday, March 30 till Monday, April 2. Tickets for the next edition of the festival in August will soon available here

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