What is a LAN Party? Well according to Wikipedia a "LAN Party" is: “.. a temporary gathering of people with computers or compatible game consoles, between which they establish a local area network (LAN), primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games”

Why is Lan, Party? the BIG GAME is well known for its inviting and friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcomed and competition and tournaments are kept light hearted and fun. With music and lighting filling the gaming hall from our event DJ it's sure to get you in the right mood for a fantastic weekend of gaming with the rich diversity of tournament and non tournament games. What ever you play, you are sure to be able to find others playing the same thing, whether in the latest FPS or something a little more classic!

Who is LAN Party? Find out more about the (evil) geniuses behind the event via the “Meet the crew” pages - from who set it up, to who emails you every few months.

The BIG GAMER tournament is a multi-discipline tournament in which attendees can participate in a event long league, scoring points in organized mini-tournaments. BIG GAMEs and other activities throughout the weekend will culminate in a showdown for the top scoring players in a mystery finale on the BIG screen at the front, with everyone else watching on. The diversity of the tournament means that all round gaming prowess and enthusiasm are rewarded, rather than concentrating on success in one game or genre, allowing for chilled out and fun gaming over the weekend. 

Tournament games include:
3v3 Quake 3 Arena,
5v5 Counter-Strike Global Offensive (replacing COD:MW from previous events),
5v5 DOTA 2 (replacing DOW2 from previous events) 
1v1 Hearthstone
and of course Trackmania! 
With BIG GAME games of Team Fortress 2, Battlefield, UT2K4 also taking place over the weekend scoring gamers points towards the finale.

While you don't have to take part in every (or any!) mini tournament event, for your best chance of making it to the finale, claiming the title and getting your hands on the prizes we would recommend it! (you get points for even making it into the first round, so its well worth doing even if you’ve not played it before and dont worry if you need more players for your team, a quick post up on the shoutbox (BIG GAME Intranet) asking for a merc is all thats needed to fill your squad with gaming l33t’ness!)

Bringing the right kit with you to a LAN Party is essential. Apart from the basic:
1) Your PC.
2) Your Monitor. (only one please!)
3) Mouse.
4) Mouse Mat.
5) Keyboard.
6) Headphones.
7) Any special power adapters (for laptops, wireless headsets etc).

You should also consider hydration, food and sleeping gear, so you should also bring:
8) Pillow.
9) Sleeping Bag.
10) Air Bed/Bed Roll (no doubles please, they take up far to much room).
11) Eating and Drinking utensils (Fork, Knife, Spoon and cup).
12) Tooth Brush and tooth paste.
13) Deodorant and Wash Kit (We have showers available onsite).

Food, although its tempting to just eat Haribo, pizza, subway and drink cola for 3 days! It probably isn't going to have you feeling your best by come Sunday (or even saturday!) so we recommend a balanced diet including fruit, water (all the boring (but good) stuff! - trust us! You'll feel alot better for it!). We have several huge fridges available for the event for you to store all your warez to keep them chilled! As well as a well stocked tuck shop giving you an easy quick pick-me-up between games!

Medical requirements, if you suffer from any medical conditions and have any special requirements please contact a member of the crew.

at the BIG GAME you can play whatever you like, when ever you like! Whether you fancy joining up with a smaller group of gamers at the event in a game of Payday or left for dead or playing in one or our many BIG GAMEs over the weekend in Team Fortress, Tribes Ascend or Battlefield! Participation in the BIG GAMER tournament is purely voluntary.

At the BIG GAME our talented crew are able to troubleshoot almost any PC related problem, whether that be that you can't find your mates on the network, your sound isn’t working or there is smoke pouring out the top of your PC, the BIG GAME crew are on hand to help and if there isn’t anything we can do to help, we’ll be able to point you in the direction of a local retailer to get some replacement parts to get you back up and gaming as quickly as possible.

the BIG GAME LAN Party series started back in the days of bauge cases and large CRT monitors! When the 3DFX Voodoo series was the height of technology! (thats 1997!) and "Action Quake" was the order of the day! the BIG GAME LAN party is still ran by the very same people that started it all those years ago and runs to the same core values, though the event location technology has moved on alittle since then! ;)

Checkout the galleries on flickr and bask in the sea of grey cases and CRT monitors!

A good question! The quick answer, No. Anyone can come to the BIG GAME!

But any attendee under the age of 16 years of age will have to get a parental consent form signed by their parent(s) and or guardian.

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So, you've discovered the BIG GAME LAN party and having looked through the previous event pictures, seen the prizes, read the feedback and seen what an awesome time you'll have, you've decided to take the plunge and attend an event and you want to book a seat(s) to call your own for the event!

Step 1: Locate the event you want to come to, typically under "The Event / Sign up!" Menu option.

Step 2: You'll need an account, so, if you havn't signed up before you'll need to do that via the "create an account" option, if you've already got an account simply sign in using your existing details. 

Step 3: Select the number of gamers that want to attend from your party (1-100) and press the sign up button!

Step 4: It'll then load into the seat selector page, allowing you to select the exact seats you want at the event ('Red' seat areas mean that seat is already booked, if you scroll over them it'll tell you who is sat there, 'Yellow' means they are provisionally booked) :)

Step 5: Once you've selected your seat (or seats if your booking for multiple gamers), simply fill in the details required by the booking form, such as your name, gamertag, email address (ensure these details are correct your ticket will be emailed to you) then Click the "Confirm Reservation" button.

Step 6: That'll reserve the seats you selected for 2 hours, pending payment. To make payment simply click the "Pay with Paypal" button on the booking confirmation page and proceed via the paypal checkout, if no payment is received within 2 hours your reservation will automatically cancel and the seats your choose will become available once again.

Or checkout the how to book video (on Youtube!).

 Should you have any additional questions regarding the booking process please contact the crew  :)

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