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Gaming Editor Emma Kent explores the exciting details of the upcoming Insomnia62 event at the Birmingham NEC.
Despite the unseasonally cold temperatures and chilly Arctic winds (thanks Russia), spring is almost upon us, which can only mean one thing: the return of Insomnia, the UK's largest gaming festival. Taking over the Birmingham NEC from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April, Insomnia62 is set to be a real Easter treat- particularly for students holding NUS cards, who can get a tasty 10% discount on their tickets. With so much on offer, you will not need to look far to find goodies; but Redbrick Gaming is here to point you towards some real Easter eggs.
Insomnia62 looks to have a great line up of Youtubers who will be engaging in stage shows, panel talks and meet and greets over the four day festival. Big names from the extensive list include Syndicate, 8-BitGaming, Caspar Lee, Hat Films and the Yogscast; you can find the jam-packed schedule and full line up on Insomnia's website.
For eSports fans, Insomnia62 is set to be a truly electrifying event. On the main stage, the best Call of Duty players in the world will be battling for glory in the 2018 COD World Circuit. For those eager to try their own luck, UK Masters are staging a number of BYOC tournaments: including Counter-Strike, Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League and Hearthstone. Make sure to purchase a BYOC ticket so you are all set for tense matches and the possibility of winning several thousand pounds.
Within the vast halls of the NEC, the latest AAA titles will be available on show in the Expo zone, alongside student favourites such as the Jackbox series. Up and coming developers will be displaying their games in the Indie Zone, including quirky games such as MaoMao Castle and Misadventure of Melon.
In the VR Zone, visitors will be able to try out the latest virtual reality technology for themselves, along with other cutting-edge gaming technologies due to shape the industry in the coming years. For those with simpler tastes, Insomnia62 has kindly provided a space for nostalgia-fuelled gaming in the Retro Zone.
After a few hours of gaming, visitors can get a screen break in the Tabletop Zone with a relaxing board game session, or discover some of the wacky and spectacular costumes on display in the Cosplay Zone. But most importantly of all, have you even been to a convention if you haven't spent all of your money on plushies? Feel free to spend the last of your student loan in the Retail Zone to make the memories last forever (or at least own a cool t shirt).
It would seem that Insomnia62 has something to make every gamer jump for joy: Youtube stars, eSports, the latest games and more. Pick up your tickets online to join in this Easter extravaganza.