Scotland’s biggest gaming festival kicks off this weekend in Glasgow with a host of video game-related events.
Two of the biggest names in video game events, Insomnia and Resonate, are joining forces to bring the UK’s biggest gaming festival to Glasgow this weekend. Over 10,000 gaming enthusiasts are expected to converge for Insomnia X Resonate, taking place at the Scottish Event Campus from 21-23 July.
Advertised as Scotland’s “gaming event of the year,” the festival has been designed “with gaming enthusiasts at its core,” offering a wide range of programming to satisfy all ages.
Andy Smith, Director of the Insomnia Gaming Festival, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Scotland, following a fantastic three days of video game celebrations in 2016, and teaming up with the Resonate team to deliver an even better event.”
The inaugural Resonate gaming festival took place in Glasgow last year, offering E-Sports tournaments, YouTube talent, the Razer Bus, and more, to an audience of over 6500. The Birmingham-based Insomnia is the UK’s biggest gaming festival, with their 60th event in Easter attracting over 50,000 visitors.
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The Main Stage
The Festival’s main stage will be host to a wide range of panel talks, discussions, and live-gaming demonstrations. Highlights include a Scotland v England YouTubers tournament, a ‘1v1 Me Bro’ challenge for the audience and their friends, and a live look at Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch.
An interactive area where visitors can play, experience, compete, and find out about the latest up-and-coming games from Scotland’s indie development scene. Games on show include Kanshi City by Midnight Pacific, Mao Mao Castle by Asobi Tech, Fragmental by Ruffian Games, and Escape from Tarkov by Russian developers Battlestate Games.
Attendees will get the chance to mingle with some of Scotland and the UK’s biggest YouTube names, including Syndicate, Terroriser, and Marley Thirteen. They will be available for fan meet and greets, as well as taking part in events on the main stage.
Turn Up & Play/Tournaments
Grab your friends and get stuck into the Free Play/Tournament Zone. Open competitions will be taking place throughout the day, with a number of titles including Rocket League, Overwatch, and League of Legends.
A huge array of products and games will be showcased on the main floor, including art, gaming hardware, merchandise, and foodstuffs from a variety of Scottish vendors. Big names such as Razer, Krispy Kreme, and even the British Army (MOD) will also be present.
Educational institutions such as Abertay University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the Glasgow School of Art will be advertising their creative arts degree programme’s for anyone interesting in pursuing game design or development as a career.
Get your hands on some old-school favourites in the Retro Zone! Plenty of nostalgia-inducing consoles and titles will be available to play, including Sonic, Super Mario Kart, Space Invaders, and more.
Virtual Reality Zone
Immerse yourself in the exciting new world of Virtual Reality, with a special exhibition held in the VR zone.
Survive the night, or build a work of art. CubeCraft Games will be bringing everyone’s favourite world-builder to Glasgow with their popular Minecraft Mini-games. In EggWars you’ll be tasked with protecting a life-giving egg, without which you wont be able to re-spawn. In SkyWars you’ll have to balance playing offence with defence in a Battle Royale-style simulation against other players. If you’re feeling lucky, then give Lucky Islands a spin, where you’ll break Lucky Blocks to see whether something good or bad will happen to you.
Digital Making Space
Ever wanted to try your hand at coding? Digital Making Space is offering visitors short taster sessions in building a classic game, creating music, and general coding practice. No previous coding experience is needed.
Tickets are still on sale through the Insomnia X Resonate website.