2013 is here and it’s time to start thinking about eSports in the year ahead with Insomnia48 not actually that far away (10 weeks!). Our partners at Multiplay UK wanted to start pushing out some more blog style content to you guys from the eSports department at Multiplay towers* so you can see some of the reasoning behind some of the many hundreds of choices they make regarding rule-sets, schedules and other tournament details. So here is our good friend, Matt ‘Kharne’ Macdonald writing his first eSports blog for the Insomnia community.
The First Big 5
Matt describes all 5 of the BIG tournaments that have been announced so far:
- Starcraft 2 and ESET UK
- Counter Stike: Global Offensive
- League of Legends
- FIFA 13
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
FIFA 13 1v1 – £1,000+ (Xbox 360)
In Matt’s words:
“FIFA at insomnia has been getting more popular every year, we hosted the UK qualifiers for WCG in the summer and then at Eurogamer expo, which showed that it’s not always the same 2 guys that win everything. There are so many player out there that don’t realise how good they really are, and should really consider getting down to the event and having a good go at these pro players. I would get my brother involved but since I am naturally better at everything then him I may as well enter first (:P). Make sure you go and pay a visit to Sweetpatch TV where our tournament admins have an awesome FIFA community.”
Check out all the details on the above tournaments and Matt’s first blog here.
In Matt’s words:
You don’t have to be a professional gamer to enjoy these tournaments. Signups are open for the CS:GO cup here, League of Legends cup here and the Black Ops 2 cup here. FIFA13 will be sign ups during the event as usual, and SC2 we have more to announce in the coming weeks. Make sure you get yourself or your team registered – fun, fame and fortune awaits many.
Until next time…
insomnia48 (i48) runs from 22nd March to 25th March 2013 at the Telford International Centre and your Sweetpatch TV team will be there running all the FIFA 13 activity for you.
So, what is the Insomnia Gaming Festival, or iSeries as it’s known? Well, fundamentally Insomnia is a gaming event for all ages, where gamers and industry leaders alike come together to celebrate games in all their forms.
To find out about the venue, head over to the Venue Information Page!
For many gamers in the UK, and indeed Europe and beyond, the Insomnia LAN is now a British institution and staple part of the gaming calendar, with the event playing host to some of the biggest eSports tournaments in Europe, and annual host of the UK qualifiers for the World Cyber Games.
The event, held 3 times a year at The International Centre in Telford, accommodates over 3000 gamers for 5 days; it’s certainly grown from it’s humble beginnings of no more than 50 all playing off one 10mb switch!
* The Multiplay offices may or may not actually be based in a tower or towers.