YMPT is predominanly the freelancing site of David Hayward, thought we scale according to the needs of projects using a group of freelancers. We provide 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. If you have ideas but lack the capacity to achieve them, get in touch:
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 venue in Old Market Square, where game developers, charities, and non-profits are offered space and screen time, as well as working on more unusual game installations.
EGX Rezzed is a Birmingham-based PC game show, run by Eurogamer and Rock Paper Shotgun at the NEC. David Hayward leads the curation team for the Leftfield Collection, showcasing odd and unknown indie games at the centre of the show.
EGX is one of the biggest videogame shows in Europe; it takes place in Earl's Court and attracted 70,000 visitors over four days in 2014. 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.
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.
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.
Feral Vector (Formerly 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 next is on July the 4th 2014.
(Non-profit) David is one of the original founders and a current trustee of Nottingham Hackspace. Within 18 months, it grew from three men in a pub to one of Europe's largest hackspaces, 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) 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.
(Non-profit) Now run by 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 tactically interesting, 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.