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Top 5 things to do at Insomnia 65

Published: 22/Aug/2019 12:02 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:18

by Joe O'Brien


In partnership with Insomnia 65 – for more information and to buy tickets, go here.

Insomnia is the UK’s largest gaming festival, and on August 23-26 it returns to the Birmingham NEC for i65.

Thousands of gamers will descend on the NEC for a four-day fusion of gaming, esports, cosplay, and much more.

Insomnia offers a huge variety of activities and experiences, so to help you figure out where your priorities lie and plan your trip, we’ve picked out some of the most interesting options for anyone attending.

1. Explore the Expo

While many will attend i65 with the intention of playing games they’re already familiar with, the Expo will offer a chance to get hands-on with some major upcoming releases.

Nintendo will be offering attendees the chance to try out the next installations in the Pokémon series, Sword and Shield, as well as the Switch remaster of classic Legend of Zelda game Link’s Awakening, among other games.

Meanwhile, PlayStation’s showing will include FIFA 20 and PlayStation VR, while the much-anticipated Borderlands 3 will also be playable alongside a variety of other titles.

InsomniaBorderlands 3 will be playable at i65 along with a variety of other upcoming titles.

2. Enter The Dark Room

Anyone looking for a unique experience this Insomnia should consider attending The Dark Room, a two-hour “live-action text adventure comedy show” that is guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve seen before. As the trailer says, “there’ll be madness, mayhem, retro gaming and the world’s largest game of minesweeper.”

You need to book a ticket specifically for The Dark Room if you’re hoping to attend, and the show only takes place on Sunday, August 25 from 7:30 PM, so make sure you plan in advance if you’re interested in this interactive show.

3. Watch the esports tournaments

For some Insomnia is a gaming festival, for others it’s played host to some of the most important competitions of their careers.

While the iSeries tournaments may not hold as much significance in the era of million-dollar prize pools and international circuits, Insomnia still plays host to a variety of competitions for UK players, with Arena Clash and Insomnia Masters tournaments in games like League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, and CS:GO.

Grass roots tournaments like this are a reminder of where esports came from, and are definitely worth checking out for esports fans attending i65.

InsomniaSee some of the UK’s best compete in a variety of titles.

4. Join the competition

For those that would rather be playing than watching, or find themselves seized by a sudden urge to compete, there are a variety of tournaments that can be entered on the day.

Rocket League, Overwatch, Fifa 19, Tekken 7, and Crash Team Racing will all have 1v1, single elimination tournaments running throughout the event, with each offering a £50 Game gift card to the winner.

InsomniaThere will be a lot of cosplay on display at i65.

5. Check out the cosplay

What would a gaming festival be without a cosplay show? Anyone attending i65 certainly won’t be lacking for chances to see cosplay from amateur to expert, with multiple shows and competitions taking place over the course of the event.

The Cosplay Championship will show off some of the most talented and creative cosplayers in the UK, while the Cosplay Masquerade will give a stage to cosplayers of all levels. There’ll also be a specifically Borderlands-themed Cosplay Championship.

Those interested in learning more about cosplay can also check out the Cosplay Zone throughout the event, which will give attendees the chance to try their hand at techniques and talk to the experts.


BitTorrent acquires DLive to add live streaming to its offering

Published: 22/Oct/2020 22:00 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 15:41

by Adam Fitch


Peer-to-peer file-sharing company BitTorrent has announced its acquisition of blockchain-powered live streaming platform DLive.

The plan is to incorporate DLive and all BitTorrent-related services under one package, creating a unified offering entitled BitTorrent X. This move marks an evolution for the company, transitioning from a software company to a conglomerate made up of storage, data protocols, and content distribution options. BitTorrent and DLive are no strangers to each other, however, having initially formed a strategic partnership in December 2019. The deal saw the streaming platform joined BitTorrent’s ecosystem and it’s safe to assume that it was successful considering this development.

This marks an important milestone in the evolution of DLive — it started its journey when it launched a beta in December 2017, in April 2019 PewDiePie exclusively streamed on the platform, and later that year in November, it integrated with Streamlabs OBS. It’s brought on plenty of other entertaining streamers along its journey, too.

PewDiePie, YouTube

“We are more than excited to join the BitTorrent ecosystem as the collaboration will provide us with more innovative solutions to empower content creators and reward communities,” said Charles Wayn, DLive’s CEO. “Together with the BitTorrent team, we look forward to bringing disruptive innovations to the digital media space, and furthermore create value for our global community.”

The newly-formed BitTorrent X ecosystem will contain storage through BitTorrent File System, distribution through BitTorrent, and streaming through DLive. The company hopes that this will help in “establishing a truly decentralized internet” by driving “blockchain-related tools to billions of devices.” With the current streaming landscape fragmented among several major platforms, we’re sure DLive — with new ownership to boot — will be looking to step up, especially after the collapse of Mixer. More information on the newly-formed BitTorrent X is slated to be unveiled during a live event in November.