Jeremy Hunt visits Insomnia Gaming Festival, HM Treasury Twitter account spends 10 months responding to social post asking Chancellor of the Exchequer if he wants to play Valorant

Jeremy Hunt at Insomnia Gaming Festival

Jeremy Hunt, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, visited Insomnia Gaming Festival i71 last weekend to check out the esports areas and other activities.

Insomnia of course takes place at the Birmingham NEC twice a year, and features a host of esports tournaments (see the i71 esports winners here), an expo hall featuring games, products and more, plus other activities like a pub quiz.

The official HM Treasury X (aka Twitter) account posted the following during the event, saying: “Computer games are fun, challenging and a huge boost to the UK economy.

“They’re worth £2.8bn, employ 27,000 people in the UK and are home to award-winning studios behind No Man’s Sky & Burnout Paradise. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt visited Insomnia to see UK gaming in action.”

Reaction to the social post was mixed, with some saying the show of support from government was positive, others asking for funding, and some not impressed with the appearance.

Jackerlus said: “You’re at Insomnia warming up for your first map and Jeremy Hunt slaps your PC and privatises your healthcare system. Wyd?”

A press release about Insomnia Gaming Festival i71s noted: “Jeremy Hunt, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, made an appearance to check out the Esports Arena highlighting the important role gaming and esports is playing in the UK economy.”

The news comes a few days after Ukie, The Story Mob, YouGov and Esports News UK published a report about the state of UK esports.

HM Treasury responds to question asking Jeremy Hunt if he wants to play Valorant

In an act of extreme necro (responding to an online post after it’s been dormant for a long time), The HM Treasury X (aka Twitter) account also responded to a post from November 2022 asking whether Jeremy Hunt wants to play Valorant.

The account said: “Sorry for the late reply! The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unfortunately isn’t available for Valorant but did visit Insomnia Gaming Festival yesterday to see UK gaming and tech talent.”

The person who asked the question, Max Turnbull, responded: “What the f*** lmao.”

Do you think if we ask Jeremy if he wants to play League of Legends we’ll get a yes? We’re not sure we’re willing to wait 10 months to find out.

Earlier this year, Shadow Culture Minister Alex Davies-Jones told Esports News UK: “I don’t think the government ‘get’ esports.”

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