The longest running UK gaming festival is coming to Dubai

Insomnia Gaming Festival will bring major eSport competitions

The longest running UK gaming festival is coming to Dubai

Listen up gamers of Dubai, the longest running UK eSports and gaming festival is making its way to the city in 2019, bringing three days of an all-out gaming extravaganza.

Taking place in the Meydan Grandstand Conference Hall, the huge Insomnia Gaming Festival will be bringing every gamer’s favourite events, with eSports galore, retro gaming, VR gaming section, an indie zone and Insomnia’s crazy “Cosplay Masquerade”.

eSports, and any avid player, will know that means cash prizes are to be won. Main competitions include Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 with a team of four, an intense Rocket League match on PC and a one on one fight in Tekken 7.

Smaller tournaments where exclusive merch can be won will see top players battle it out in Overwatch, League of Legends and, of course, Fortnite.

It’s the perfect place to dress up as your favourite gaming character, and if you do it well enough, you may win big at the festivals masquerade competition. Here’s a bit of costume inspiration from Dubai’s Comic Con 2018.

The event will also have a BYOC (bring your own computer) section, so gamers can have a massive LAN party. For those not in the know, it’s basically a party where link up their computers and play games together. It’s a whole lot of fun.

Insomnia will also see major gaming publishers showcase their latest releases, giving players the chance to try out the latest games on the market.

What else to expect? A drone racing competition, an expo featuring top merchandise, cutting edge VR to get lost in and live music performances.

“We are also partnering with GAME, and a variety of world leading esports tournament organisers to run a series of major tournaments throughout the region, with the finals taking place at Insomnia Dubai in October 2019”, said Founder of Dubai based Global Event Management James Magee.

“Video games and eSports are now a truly global form of entertainment and it seems fitting that we can share our passion for games on a global basis through the Insomnia event series”, commented CEO of GAME Group Martyn Gibbs.

Tickets aren’t available yet, but you can find out all you need to know over at

The Time Out Dubai team got the chance to test their luck at eSports in Abu Dhabi. Let’s just say a career in gaming would not be ideal for us…

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Tickets available soon. Oct 17-19, 2019. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba,

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