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  1. epic25 Fun Tournaments

    In some sort of shock organisation for epic25, here are the fun tournaments we have planned for the event and we've decided to mix things up a little with some of the games as well as introducing our new VR machine which will be available for people to play on throughout the weekend.  Beat Saber (VR) Hearthstone Tekken 7 PUBG Squads Mario Kart (Switch) The big game timetable will follow in the next few weeks, but for now, you can get yourselves signed up to the fun tournaments! You can also join in the epic25-funtournaments channel now on the epic.LAN Discord.  Here's a random Reech, just because. 
  2. Come along to a Grosvenor Casino near you to watch the Dota2 TI8 finals unfold with the rest of the UK Dota community. We have three locations lined up for you across the UK, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Manchester (Didsbury) and Reading South, each one with a big screen and food and drink available from the bar throughout the screening. Free parking is also available at each venue. The events are free to attend, just come along with your best salty Dota memes and some ID to show that you are over 18 (sorry, rules are rules).
  3. epic25 Sunny Broadband CS:GO Tournament

    Community esports at epic25 has received a prize boost thanks to Sunny Broadband who have signed up as headline sponsors for the CS:GO tournament which takes place 11-14 October at Kettering Conference Centre, UK. The support will see the minimum prize locked in at £1500 going up to £4000 up for grabs if all team slots are filled. Sunny Broadband has been set up with its community and customer service at the heart of everything they do, created out of frustration with mainstream providers to give people a friendly and efficient alternative. Luke Derbyshire, Sunny Broadband’s Managing Director, explained, “I have always been a gamer and I love grassroots gaming events such as epic.LAN, so as we launch our new services here at Sunny Broadband, I am keen to support epic.LAN and the CS:GO community that I’ve been a part of for so long. I fully understand the importance of a quality connection when gaming online, so we hope to introduce some new gamers to our platform and show them a different and hassle-free approach from a UK ISP.” Jon Winkle, Managing Director at epic.LAN, adds, “We’re already having a great year of UK esports, and the CSGO community benefits hugely from that with the major in London later this year, the Grosvenor CSGO tour currently taking place and many other opportunities in the calendar. So it seems fitting that we round out the year by partnering with Sunny Broadband to make sure that everyone at a community level gets their opportunity to be a part of one of the busiest years of esports in the UK for a long time.” epic25 will also see community esports tournaments for Dota2, Starcraft 2 and Rocket League as well as a wide range of casual gaming activities. Tickets are available at www.epiclan.co.uk
  4. We’re partnering up with Grosvenor Casinos to take CS:GO esports out to venues across the country over the coming months with a total of £10k on the line. The one-day events will have PCs provided, so all you have to do is turn up (with your own peripherals if you prefer). Qualifiers will be taking place at: • Grosvenor - Newcastle – 14th July • Grosvenor - Coventry – 21st July • Grosvenor – Manchester - 29th July • Mecca – Glasgow Quay – 11th August • Grosvenor – Reading (South) – 19th August Winners will go on to the grand final at Grosvenor Coventry later this year to compete for the grand prize. Each qualifier winning team will receive £750 and runners-up £250, with the grand final champions taking £3000, second place £1500 and third place £500. Qualifier tickets cost just £50 per team to enter and due to the nature of the venues, the tournament is restricted to ages 18 and over. You can take part in the tournament and follow all the results at grosvenor.epiclan.net. Jon Winkle, epic.LAN Managing Director comments, “epic.LAN has always provided community-level tournaments for esports and recognises that some of the barriers to taking part in esports for new teams are the costs of entry and transport. That’s why we’re really looking forward to delivering this new tournament series with the team from Grosvenor Casinos so we can bring esports straight to the community and give more people opportunities to get involved”. Callum Scott, Events & Entertainment Project Manager at Rank Group added, “We are very excited about working with epic.LAN. Having played for 10 years, I know how hard it can be to get some much-needed LAN experience. We wanted to work with epic.LAN to offer tournaments outside of London, bringing it to the players and helping grow to our UK talent. It’s all about building a starting point for our future world-class teams!”
  5. epic24 Fun Tournament Prizes

    As well as our esports lineup (CSGO, Dota2, Rocket League, Starcraft2), we have a great range of fun tournaments ready for you next week at epic24, with some cool prizes from our sponsors.  You can sign up to all of our fun tournaments in advance and they include: Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (4-Man Squad Tournament) Hearthstone Mario Kart Streetfighter 30th Anniversary Edition Arms Factorio We'd like to thank the following organisations for their kind support with the epic24 fun tournaments: Hearthstone - Noctua 1st Place - NH-D15 Noctua Cooler & NA-HC3 Chromax Black Swap Heat Sink Cover 2nd Place - NH-U12S Noctua Cooler & NA-HC2 Chromax White Heat Sink Cover & NA-SEC1 Chromax White Extension 3rd Place - NH-L9i Noctua Cooler & Mounting Kit Arms - Cooler Master 1st Place - Coolermaster MasterSet MS120 Keyboard & Mouse Streetfighter - Cooler Master 1st Place - MasterBox MB500 Case Mario Kart - Cooler Master 1st Place - MasterSet MS120 Keyboard & Mouse PUBG - be quiet! 1st Place - 4x Dark Base 700 Case 2nd Place - Straight Power 11 PSU 3rd Place - Dark Rock Pro 4 Fan   In addition, winners of the fun tournament and a selected winner from one daily PUBG big game will take away tickets to the ESL PUBG Invitational taking place at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, 29 June - 1 July to watch twenty of Europe's best teams compete live on stage.   
  6. Huge epic24 upgrade announced!

    So we announced this earlier to our Facebook Community Group (you should join that for early previews and stuff).  We've just received news that the long-awaited improvements to the internet connection at the venue have been installed and activated!  The venue now has a 1Gbps line and we will be using part of the new connection for epic24.  Now as we haven't run one of our events on the new line yet, it may take some time to reconfigure everything to make the most of the connection. As we've only just been given the green light, all the old connections will remain in place for this event as a back-up.  There will still be bandwidth management and prioritisation taking place as it can't be a complete free-for-all. The new connection has to last us for quite some time as we grow and the venue grows with its plans, so it's important to make sure that the connectivity is shared out fairly and used for important things like gaming traffic, games updates, official streams and for viewing external streams (particularly when other events such as ECS are taking place). Similarly, the venue infrastructure also has to go out over the same connection, so we have to guarantee things like the gym, office PCs and other customers who may be using the site.  So bear with us while we get everything balanced out next event, but it's a major improvement to epic.LAN that has been a long time coming and will benefit everyone who attends and watches the event online.
  7. epic24 Ales

    We know this is really important to some of you attending epic24, so here are the real ale choices for the next event, as always from the local Kettering-based Potbelly Brewery.  Penalty Snout Out (4.0%) - New brew with Centennial, Simcoe and a good dose of Citra giving a hoppy flavoursome pale IPA Beijing Black (4.4%) - A strong dark mild, mild but not meek! Hedonism (4.5%) - A light coloured bitter with a citrus hoppy flavour, brewed to give a lifting but not overpowering flavour. S.O.S (6.66%) - Winner of Strong Ale Northants CAMRA 2016. Superb fruity flavoured deep red.  Oh and of course the Rhubarb cider is back, it wouldn't be a summer LAN without it! 
  8. GT Omega Returns to epic24

    Welcome back to GT Omega Racing!  You'll be able to try out all the latest GT Omega Racing gaming chairs in the gallery at epic24 from Friday to Sunday, as well as one of their awesome racing cockpits!  Plus, if you decide to buy while you're at the event, there'll be some great offers available for you on chairs and backpacks.    We'll also have our new epic.LAN branded chairs in use on our central stream throughout the weekend as well as for a number of our esports streams so our viewers online can see them too! Not gonna lie, they look really cool.  We still have some tickets available for the event, which takes place from 7-10 June at Kettering Conference Centre. Visit www.epiclan.co.uk/epic24 to book your place. 
  9. Coatsink Sponsor epic24 Pub Quiz

    Games developer, Coatsink will be sponsoring the epic24 pub quiz this June, which will now see a guaranteed £100 minimum prize.  As one of the biggest activities taking place each epic.LAN, the pub quiz brings casual and competitive gamers together for a couple of hours of trivia, memes and of course beers.  Thanks to Coatsink's support, the quiz prize pool will be locked in, meaning that your entry fees will all be donated to gaming charity, Special Effect.  Kane Forrester, Marketing Manager at Coatsink and regular supporter of epic.LAN explained, "Coatsink are a proud member of the UK games industry, and by extension proud of the UK gaming landscape. In order to give a little back to a premier UK LAN event that over 400 gamers enjoy on a regular basis, Coatsink is thrilled to sponsor epic24's Pub Quiz. GLHF!" Of course, to take part in the quiz, you'll need to be at epic24, which takes place 7-10 June in Kettering. Tickets are still available from epiclan.co.uk/epic24.  For more details about Coatsink, check out their channels at: Website:  https://coatsink.com/games/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/coatsink Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Coatsink/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coatsink_/
  10. epic23 Esports Titles Announced

    We've now reviewed our esports titles from 2017 and are able to confirm which titles we will be running for epic23 in February 2018. It's been a tough decision to drop titles but at the same time, we're excited to bring something new into the epic.LAN lineup after lots of requests in the past 12 months, so for epic23 we will have: 5v5 CS:GO 5v5 Dota2 3v3 Rocket League *NEW* 1v1 Starcraft 2 Rocket League gets promoted up from our casual tournaments into our esports lineup, and we'll be announcing the prize pool soon.    That does mean we've decided to drop Overwatch at this time, unfortunately we don't feel that we're seeing the numbers to justify an esports tournament at the moment. We will also be moving Hearthstone in to our fun tournament lineup due to the smaller numbers attending purely for the esports side.  As always, we will continue to monitor a range of competitive scenes for our future plans.  Even though the epic23 tournaments had not been announced, we understand that some players may have purchased tickets anticipating particular titles. So if you had signed up for epic23 for Overwatch or Hearthstone and now do not wish to attend, we will be processing refunds for those teams/players without admin fees if you notify us by 10th December as a goodwill gesture. If you have free tickets for winning epic22, these tickets are not refundable, but you may transfer them to other players if you no longer wish to attend, please contact us if you wish to do so.