This week, Esports News UK’s live Twitch channel interview was with Epic Gaming MD Jon “winbar” Winkle, founder of epic.LAN.
We asked him about upcoming changes, details of next week’s epic21 (including Overclockers taking part in tournaments and the ‘beach party’), as well as a new board game event and why epic.LAN doesn’t have League of Legends anymore…
We’ve pulled different segments from the interview, which is embedded in full at the bottom of this post.
New developments – epic.LAN is getting bigger and better
The current home of epic.LAN – Kettering Conference Centre – is being developed further.
There will be a hotel built for venue attendees, with a base price undercutting local hotels – making it ideal for epic.LAN visitors.
“I want the event to be bigger,” Jon Winkle said. “We have a venue that can support that growth. But however we grow, I want to keep that community feel and what we do for esports.
“It’s going to get better for people next year anyway. The venue we use – the Kettering Conference Centre – was taken over by a new parent company on April 1st. They’re investing huge amounts into the venue.
“They’re building a 194-room hotel on-site. The fact that staff, casters and participants can walk out the front door and into a hotel room will make a huge difference to the quality of the event.
“They’re putting a restaurant in on-site too, they’re putting a Costa in.
“There’s also a full 400-seat fully kitted-out theatre on-site too, it was one of the things we looked at when we picked the venue – that’s where we want our finals in a few years’ time.
“Bigger, better, keep improving the quality but keeping the same feel – it’s a challenge for me but that’s what I want to see.”
Plans for a dedicated board game event
epic.LAN already has a section for attendees to play table-top games; now it’s planning a separate event on this for 2018.
epic21 preview: There’s a ‘beach party’ and OCUK entering tournaments
epic21 will have its own beach party when it takes place next week (Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th June 2017). The beach party promises to be ‘camp, with party games, drinks and hideous Hawaiian shirts).
Why did epic.LAN stop running LoL tournaments?
Last chance to attend epic21
Don’t forget to grab your tickets here, or sign up as a volunteer.
Jon revealed that some big names in British esports like Pansy and Machine have volunteered at epic.LAN in the past.
Watch the full epic.LAN interview
Check it out on the Esports News UK YouTube channel here:
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.