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Insomnia Dubai: Here's What to Expect at the Middle East's Gaming Festival

Insomnia Dubai will host the Middle East's biggest LAN party, with 14 Turn Up & Play Areas featuring gamers' favourite titles

Insomnia Dubai
Insomnia Dubai

Insomnia Dubai, the gaming festival in the Middle East, in partnership with Dubai-based events company, Global Event Management (GEM) opens tomorrow.

The gaming show will take place at Meydan Grandstand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 17 to 19, with a line-up of gamers' favourite console, PC, esports and retro gaming, board games, card games and cosplay competitions.

Turn Up & Play Areas: Take part in the region's biggest LAN party, across 14 feature areas dedicated to your favourite gaming titles.

Esports Tournaments: The Road to Insomnia will culminate in the Grand Finals at Insomnia Dubai, where gamers will compete for a ¼ million AED prize pool across 12 popular gaming titles.

Meet & Greets: Every day, all ticket-holders will have to the chance to meet special guests, including their favourite gaming stars, influencers, celebrities, and creators, such as Josh, Ethan and Tobi of The Sidemen, Seapeekay, Jason Paige, Tommy Tallarico, and Fasoleyya.

1v1 Playoffs & Challenges: Play against members of legendary YouTubers The Sidemen and Minecraft superstar Seapeekay (limited slots available).

Cosplay: The world of cosplay comes alive at Insomnia Dubai, with a wig workshop, panel discussion, kids' competition and awards, 12+ competition,

Cosplay Pro Competition, and awards ceremony.

S3 Freestyle Team: Featuring the best street players of the moment, the viral video sensations are flying in from Paris to kick up a storm on the main stage.

 The Insomnia First Person Shooter Game

The Virtual Training Simulation, a.k.a 'FPS1', is a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience system brought to you by applying the world's best computer vision technologies based on human gaming interactions. This system can be applied to any FPS game to bring a virtual reality experience to the games that you'd normally play with a keyboard or controller.

Controls can be pointed at a projection screen that is accurate down to the pixels on the screen, and the player can look around in the 3D game environment, bringing the game into reality. The simulation system has been redesigned and reengineered to deliver a first-of-its-kind simulation, for a  gaming experience.

Live Performances & Exclusive Announcements

Original Pokemon theme singer Jason Paige will perform the Pokemon song live for the first time ever in the Middle East, exclusively on Insomnia Dubai's main stage. He'll be joined by CEO & President of Intellivision Entertainment and all-round video game icon Tommy Tallarico for the live performance. Tommy will also be making a very special announcement from Intellivision Entertainment for the region.

Insomnia Dubai's Official Entertainment Partner – West End Worldwide – the multi award-winning team of producers, technical designers and cast, who have produced over 50 West End productions, are set to light up the gaming festival with an array of daily game reenactments, stunts, stage performances and more.

The Gaming Quiz with Catboy & Lorra

Don't miss The Gaming Quiz with Catboy and Lorra (Dubai 92 Radio) on Saturday, October 19, from 6pm to 7.30pm. For Insomnia Dubai, the team behind The Dubai Quiz has gone full-on gamer! Are you and your squad up for beating the big bosses of quizzing, or will it be Game Over? Any Insomnia Dubai ticketholders can enter; teams must comprise of 4 (min') to 8 members (max'). Pre-register your team HERE!

Unwind Boardgame Zone

Visit the Unwind Boardgame Zone on the main show floor, featuring 50+ boardgames to turn up and play, plus tournament finals. Try out the games or participate in the Unwind Boardgame Tournaments to win fantastic prizes, including an iPhone 11 or Ipad; that is, if you prove yourself worthy. Participants will be put through rigorous, tear-jerking rounds of board games where their minds as well as their spirits will be tested.

VR Zone (Turn up & Play)

At the VR Zone by Virtual Worlds, gamers can expect to see multiplayer games for up to 4 players, including Serious Same (The Last Hope), Face your Fears 2 and an Insomnia original gaming experience. Much-loved VR classics will also be featured, such as Beat Saber, along with a Virtual Worlds edutainment activation.

Battlepark

Experience a custom-built setup where teams can battle it out in an playoff using infrared laser guns, with outstanding connectivity systems of communication between players, for the perfect shot accuracy display.

Go Gamers UAE Online Student Championship Winners

Following a series of eSports tournaments as part of the 'Road to Insomnia' – Go Gamers, the fastest growing eSports platform in the Middle East, will crown the winners of the UAE Online Student Championship and present the Championship Trophy live on the Insomnia Dubai main stage.

Retro Zones

Insomnia's Retro Zones, featuring 'The Games Kon Retro Zone' and 'The Retro Arcade Zone', are hands-on, interactive zones that give visitors the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. Arcade machines, pinball machines and retro consoles are all available within the zones, and free to play! Some of the consoles in 'The Games Kon Retro Zone' include the SuperFamicon, Nintendo 64, Atari, Sega, PS 1, PS2, MSX, Wii, Gamecube, Family Computer, and more.

HADO Zone (Turn Up & Play)

The HADO Zone is interactive augmented reality (AR) crossed with sports, to create a competitive and fun 'techno sport'. 2 teams of 3 battle it out using iPhones as headsets and controllers.

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