YMPT provides event services to the videogames industry, including production, curation, submission management, developer relations 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.
Manchester City Council and Rock Paper Shotgun hired YMPT to organise the Manchester Day Games Room. Two staterooms in the gothic splendour of Manchester Town Hall hosted a broad collection of board and videogames, played by thousands of people.
EGX is one of the biggest videogame shows in Europe; it takes place in the Birmingham NEC and attracts over 80,000 visitors. EGX Rezzed happens with BAFTA at Tobacco Dock in London. As part of both shows, YMPT run and curate submissions for the Leftfield Collection, where new and obscure indie titles get to sit side by side on the showfloor with major console games.
Develop, the UK's main videogames industry conference, hire YMPT to produce the Develop Game Jam each July. Support staff run the venue for two days while teams create games. At the end of the conference, with strict timescales and media managed by David Hayward, the teams present their work to Develop attendees.
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.
From 2011 - 2014, leading up to the establishment of a permanent facility, David Hayward acted as a production manager and screen content curator for the GameCity Festival in Nottingham. This predomiantly involved managing submissions and developer relations for the Open Arcade; held in main festival venues, as well as working on more unusual game installations and events.
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 most recent May 2015.
(Non-profit) David was one of the original founders of Nottingham Hackspace and remained a trustee for five years. Within 18 months of its founding, 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 group 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 Hayward, Ross Fowkes and Jo Summers have maintained 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 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.