British Esports returns to Insomnia Gaming Festival for i70

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The UK’s biggest gaming festival is back for its 70th consecutive event, and British Esports will be back at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend.

Insomnia 70 will be running over the Easter Bank Holiday (7th-10th April), and bringing esports and gaming enthusiasts together once again at the NEC.

But, what will British Esports be running this time?

In this guide, we share some of the plans we have for the event, and where you can find us over the weekend.

Minecraft Gaming House Build Battle Challenge:

On Friday 7th April, British Esports will be taking over the Tournament Zone at Insomnia to host a Minecraft Build Battle competition.

Participants will be tasked with creating their very own gaming house, inspired by the newly announced British Esports gaming houses in Sunderland as part of the National Esports Performance Campus (NEPC). 

Everyone will be given 30 minutes to create their build following some specific requirements (provided on the day), before being judged at the end of each session.

Every participant will receive some goodies for getting involved, and the best gaming house built in each session will receive some incredible prizes – on top of being featured on the British Esports social media channels.

Sessions will be taking place at 12:15pm, 13:45pm, 15:15pm, and 16:45pm – so make sure you come to the tournament zone before 12pm, or in between each session to sign up for a space – there are only 10 spots per session so don’t wait to register!

eFootball Home Nations and Gibraltar Showmatch:

On Friday 7th April between 2-5pm, representatives from the Home Nations and Gibraltar will be taking to the Esports Stage in a Round-Robin eFootball tournament to battle for the victory.

Individual players from across the Home Nations and Gibraltar Esports will be competing against each other in Open and Women’s divisions to determine who is the top eFootball player.

There will be a series of matches to determine which players will be moving onto the final, whilst showcasing the best eFootball talent from the Home Nations. The final will take place on the same stage, where players will battle for the win.

This showmatch comes as a celebration of British Esports announcing their extended presence in Sunderland with the NEPC – the new home of the Home Nations.

The BEe Show Podcast:

After its success at Insomnia 69, The BEe Show podcast is back and better than ever for Insomnia 70.

Saul and Bryony-Hope will be roaming the event on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April getting content with event attendees, whilst also recording special episodes of the podcast with the community.

Are you interested in being featured in some of our content, or on a mini-episode of The BEe Show? Get in touch with us through the British Esports Twitter, and we can look to organise a slot.

Slots for the podcast will be limited to a first-come-first-served basis, so get in there fast while you can. However, if you do not get a slot for the podcast, we will be creating lots of other fun content throughout the event, so look out for the British Esports shirts to get involved.

Want to get a feel for what the podcast is about? Check out this playlist from all of our content at Insomnia 69 last year, or through the link below.

Wider networking opportunities:

Whilst we are getting involved with many activities, members of the British Esports team will be dotted around the event all weekend to answer any questions or queries. 

The team will be located predominantly at the Tournament Zone on the Friday of the event, networking with attendees as well as running the Minecraft Speed Building Challenge. 
Outside of this, staff will be around all areas of the event producing content, or enjoying the festival – so feel free to enquire with any questions.

We will be happy to answer any queries about our projects and initiatives if you see us at the event, so look out for the British Esports shirts!

Want to learn more about the NEPC, and what British Esports are doing in Sunderland? Check out the NEPC hub on our website for more information, or keep your eye on the British Esports Twitter for ongoing updates.

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