In the lead-up to Upload 2017, we met up with the Sidemen to eat pizza, play some games, and talk about the main event…
Ahead of UK gaming convention Upload 2017, taking place on September 9 and 10 at the Tobacco Dock in London, we headed down to headline sponsor Pizza Hut for an evening of gaming with Josh ‘Zerkaa’ Bradley, Vik Barn, Harry ‘Wroetoshaw’ Lewis, Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji, Simon Minter, Tobi ‘Tobjizzle’ Brown, and Ethan ‘Behzinga’ Payne.
“I’m an advocate of pineapple on pizza, can I just say,” said Vik. “It really changes the game! Hawaii is a cool place and a Hawaiian is just a tasty pizza.”
“I love an unlimited ice-cream factory too,” added Josh. “Don’t ever feel judged getting one. Do you.”
“I like it when it’s just the dough,” mentioned KSI. “Nothing else. Just dough. I like bread, you see.”
Throughout the evening, fans were put head-to-head with members of the Sidemen in a series of tournaments of FIFA. “It got really intense with the teams! But it was really fun, I’ve had a great evening,” said Vik.
“Gaming with fans is so much better [than the other Sidemen],” Simon added. “I definitely didn’t go easy on them, but sometimes I’m just as terrible as them so it’s pretty equal!”
Asked about Upload 2017, Josh said: “For us, it’s a huge event. Normally we just rock up to conventions, but with Upload we actually run it. There’s so much for us to think about, from security to internet and even toilets.”
“Yeah, Josh is in there scrubbing the toilets at the end of the night,” added Vik. “He’s a trouper!”
Tickets for the event have nearly sold out, and the event has been trending on Twitter ahead of the weekend.
“I’m excited to see the community turn out for it,” mentioned Simon.
“We want everyone to enjoy it as a safe place to meet each other and enjoy gaming,” added Vik. “It’s great to get the community together to hang out.”
Tickets for Upload 2017 are available on the official website.