Ready Player One? This Drinks Brand is Bringing an Old-School Gaming Tournament to Manchester

Photo by Enrique Guzmán Egas
Fancy yourself as Manchester’s top gamer? You’re about to get the opportunity to prove yourself as Hartwall Original® Long Drink and NQ64 partner for a series of gaming tournaments.


On 20th February,  ‘gin in a tin’ AKA Original® Long Drink and retro arcade game & classic console venue NQ64 will be bringing the people of Manchester the next instalment of their monthly competition, which will continue with the iconic Street Fighter II Turbo, a favourite amongst gamers.


Entry to the competition is free and includes Hartwall Original® Long Drink, plus a couple of slices of pizza per person and the chance to be crowned the winner of Street Fighter II Turbo.


Players will be competing for medal positions, with 1st place prizes including tokens to use at NQ64 Manchester, some tins of Original® Long Drink and a mystery goody bag.


Original® Long Drink – or gin in a tin as it’s more commonly known – is made of Finnish artisan gin, with handpicked natural ingredients, and was originally made for the Helsinki Olympics way back in 1952 to make it easier for bartenders to serve thirsty tourists. Refreshment guaranteed, the OG flavour is gin and grapefruit soda but there’s also orange or cranberry to choose from. You’ll probably recognise them by their infamous stripy cans – the packaging that hasn’t changed since 1952. How much more retro can you get?


It’s time to get your 80’s on and enter the hottest competition in Manchester, to sign up and enter, message @NQ64MCR on Instagram.


Onnea! (That’s good luck in Finnish) And may the best Street Fighter player win!


The next competition night will be held on 27th March, at 6PM.