Insomnia Dublin | Ireland's Biggest Gaming Festival

Sell-out Insomnia Games Festival proves popularity of esports in Ireland

Insomnia Games Festival took place in Dublin on November 9th & 10th and comfortably sold out with 5,200 people from across Ireland and throughout Europe attending the show at the RDS. The festival brought together many aspects of today’s exciting esports and gaming landscape, with attendees reporting an electric atmosphere across the entire weekend.

The Insomnia Live Stage hosted some of Ireland’s leading esports teams, with packed audiences watching the Grand Finals of the Overwatch and Rocket League tournaments over the course of the weekend. The popularity of esports continues to surge in Ireland and across the world, with the organisers of Insomnia Dublin continuing to work with the Irish esports community to develop even bigger and better tournaments at future events.

The opportunity to meet YouTubers and special guests from the gaming world proved a particular highlight. Irish YouTuber Call Me Kevin, with an audience of over 2m followers, was delighted to meet his fans on home soil “I had a blast at Insomnia Dublin. It was my first time attending an Irish convention and it was amazing to meet some of my Irish viewers!” UK YouTuber Pyrocynical, with an audience of over 3m followers, was an equally huge draw at the event, and was just as enthusiastic saying “I had an awesome time……the crowd was epic!”

Perennial favourite Fortnite was a great success, with 100 players competing across the weekend in the Fortnite Challenge in a bid to win their share of a prize pool valued at over €1,000. The FIFA 20 tournament also saw some amazing matches throughout the festival, with spectators and players alike witnessing an unforgettable showdown in the final. 

Visitors also got a taste of the future of VR Gaming with the Irish debut of the Vive Cosmos VR headset, while the event was also supported by a number of partners including Trust Gaming, Konami, Ubisoft and Apache Pizza.


Stuart Dempsey of SWD Events commented “Insomnia Games Festival has had an amazing first year here in Dublin and we would like thank all the visitors and exhibitors who helped make the show such a success. The energy and enthusiasm in the venue was just incredible. Although it was great to sell out the festival so comfortably, it’s a shame we weren’t able to host all of the people who were getting in touch looking for tickets. We’re already looking forward to an even bigger event on 7th & 8th November 2020, with capacity for 10,000 visitors.” 

Updates on Insomnia Games Festival Dublin 2020 will be posted on Twitter and Facebook @insomniafestdub

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