YMPT provides events-related services to the videogames industry, ranging from submission management and curation to event management and consultancy. Read about our current clients and projects to the right.
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Director David Hayward has been working with the videogames industry since 2002, acting in level design, game design and production roles, as well as working on an assortment of festivals and events.
Virgin Media hired David Hayward for the curation and day to day running of VMGS, the UK's first public facing game space. Located in central London, it featured a mixture of exhibitions, events, and co-working space for London based developers. The space ran in August and September of 2013, before taking highlights to the Eurogamer Expo.
Each year since 2011, the GameCity Festival has taken on YMPT director David Hayward as a production manager and screen content curator. This involves managing submissions for the main Open Arcade venue, where game developers, charities, and non-profits are offered space and screen time, as well as working on more unusual game installations. Essentially, the GameCity Festival treats games as culture rather than just a product.
The Wild Rumpus run energetic club nights and other events, featuring the best in multiplayer indie games and live music. At GDC 2013 in San Francisco, YMPT assisted with Rumpus Royale MMXIII, a series of indie game world championship tournaments, as well as All Other Parties Are Still Trite and Dull.
The Eurogamer Expo is one of the biggest videogame shows in Europe; it takes place in Earl's Court and will attract more than 50,000 visitors this year. YMPT run and curate submissions for the Indie Games Arcade as part of that Expo, where new and obscure indie titles get to sit side by side on the showfloor with major console games.
Rezzed is a Birmingham-based PC game show, run by Gamer Network and Rock Paper Shotgun. David Hayward leads the curation team for the Leftfield Collection, showcasing odd, unknown or otherwise interesting indie games.
2.8 Hours Later is a live zombie chase game that spans entire cities. It's run by Slingshot, who in 2011 commissioned YMPT to research and write a feasibility study of running the game in Nottingham. Subsequently, they utilised YMPT for location scouting in the city for a Nottingham leg of the game, which took place in March 2013.
Nottingham Trent University commissioned YMPT to investigate the potential to commercialise university facilities in relation to the videogames industry. The study comprised interviews with academic staff and game developers, cataloging of facilities and expertise, and research on similar programmes.
Bit of Alright began as a conference for indie developers, but has become much more of an event. Rather than just talks, it also features live games, prototypes, discussions, workshops, roleplay, installation art, and performances. Spearheaded by David Hayward, with production management by Johanna Summers. The first one was held in February 2012, the second in May 2013 on the converted fishing trawler Stubnitz.
(Non-profit) David is one of the seven trustees of Nottingham Hackspace. Within 18 months, it grew from three men in a pub to Europe's largest hackspace, with facilities for metalwork, woodwork, bicycle and motorbike repair, textiles, CNC machining, laser cutting, and 3D printing. It occupies a four and a half thousand square foot studio and workshop close to Nottingham City Centre.
(Non-profit) Run by David Hayward and Ross Fowkes, Gambling Lambs is a new type of social board games night, focusing on interesting board and card games that are deep enough to be interesting in and of themselves, but casual enough that people can comfortably have a chat and a cup of tea over them. It takes place once a month in Nottingham.
(Non-profit) GameCamp is the UKs only unconference devoted to games of all kinds. Organised by a fifteen-strong committee of game developers, journalists, lecturers and event organisers, it currently takes place at LSBU in London and attracts around two hundred and fifty attendees to each event. Among the many things required for each iteration, David, Ross and Jo maintain and run the library of boardgames.