The Royal Navy Video Gaming and Esports Association (RNVGEA) had a busy and productive Easter weekend at this year’s Insomnia Gaming festival, held at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham.
It was the first physical event the association had attended since its inception in 2021, as the Navy’s clubhouse for video games alongside the RN Esports team, which represents service in esports.
For the sailors it also proved to be a highlight of attending the UK’s largest games exhibition. They represented the Royal Navy among the other two services.
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“Insomnia is an opportunity for players across the country to meet, challenge each other in friendly competition, and talk about one of the fastest growing hobbies across the country,” Jimmy said. Kernick, Royal Naval Survival Equipment Technician.
“For a first team, I think we did brilliantly. With our arsenal of 12 computers and 16 highly motivated people, we have made our booth a hive of fun activities.
The Royal Navy has brought two virtual reality simulators, one for an F-35 and the other for the PAC-24 ship’s boat simulator for the public to try out. Together they worked with Novatech and brought computers to the public to challenge sailors in “World of Warships”, “Halo” and “League of Legends”.
In addition to the events with the public, the RNVGEA participated in competitions with the British army and representatives of other esports teams present at the festival. They also took the opportunity to play the HADO League qualifying rounds, although the RAF won tri-service honours, it was a great opportunity to test out the augmented reality dodgeball game.
This is the start of the Navy’s participation in gaming festivals, the RNVGEA will continue to represent the Senior Service at such events in the future, as well as the RN Esports team on behalf of the Navy at competitions. It was also a great opportunity to host a friendly three-service tournament in the Halo game, which was broadcast live by the RAF, with the Army winning the three-service crown.
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