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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 27 2017 10:55 PM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to our Kickstarter campaign! We're Nigel and Lao, founders of mayamada and organisers of GamePad. We're inviting you to help us make gaming an experience that's fun for everyone!

Volunteer staff at mayamada GamePad
Volunteer staff at mayamada GamePad

Our values are based on creativity, diversity, creating fun experiences, and promoting inclusion.

We're on a mission to create an event that promotes inclusion and diversity through video games. Starting in London, we want to see a mayamada GamePad event in every major city where people play games, bringing communities together for a worldwide social gaming experience.

We grew up in a time long ago...ok not that long ago but a time before the internet was everywhere. Multiplayer gaming was enjoyed by friends in the same room through an amazing technology known as "split screen" (it was a technological marvel at the time).

Since then we've seen the gaming industry shift focus from the real world to online. While the internet has been great for gaming in so many ways, we believe the magic of gaming with friends in the same space has been forgotten.

Instead of complaining, we took action. We launched our own event in 2015 to bring people together in the real world to be social and have fun while playing video games.

Gamers at mayamada GamePad
Gamers at mayamada GamePad

And what a great reaction! Guys, girls and families are all playing together at our events. It's been fantastic to witness the response to the social gaming.

See for yourself, check out the great highlights and feedback from past visitors:

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 "People were interacting with others while gaming, and it gave me the opportunity to share time with my children doing what they enjoy." - Sally

“I liked the diversity in terms of age ranges and people, we were all from different backgrounds and ethnicities but all with the same love...” - Miguel  

“Great atmosphere, good for the family i.e. No 18 rated games so everyone could join in. Good fun!” - Tracey  

Why is GamePad Needed?

We believe the gaming industry needs a major event to help rebalance the narrative around who is a gamer.

Despite a mix of people who play games, a lack of diversity in the industry and stories of online trolling show that gaming has a real problem with inclusion.

But gaming today is being played by more people from different backgrounds than ever. Men and women play games. Families and people from different cultural backgrounds all enjoy video games. We want to create a professional, physical space for these groups to come together and share their passion.

We have an amazing team who have been so important to GamePad and will be with us for the summer event.

GamePad Team: NGI Events and MonHun Offline
GamePad Team: NGI Events and MonHun Offline

NGI Events and MonHun Offline bring their expertise in running enjoyable gaming events and with their help we will deliver the follow for the spring GamePad event:

Video Games  

Video games are at the heart of GamePad and we have a range of games available to play. From sports games like FIFA and NBA Jam, to favourites like Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros, and games on new consoles like the Nintendo Switch.

Handheld gaming has been a big part of the event too, and we will be able to create more space for people to bring their DS, Vitas or even Switches and relax with some detached gaming.

As well as our core gaming team, we've had the fantastic support of the following companies at previous events:

Board Games

The games line up goes beyond video games too. Card and board games are also at GamePad in areas managed by people who have created their own games! 

Cosplay  

Cosplayers are welcome at GamePad and we've been lucky to have some of the UK's best at past events. Now we want to open up the floor for professional and aspiring cosplayers alike!

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A new venue will mean more space and for future events and for the summer GamePad we're calling on you to showcase your favourite video game or mayamada character cosplay.

In our "Cosplay Carnival", you will be supported with space to change, professional cosplay photos plus the opportunity to showcase your cosplay skills for a chance to be crowned best cosplayer at GamePad!

The showcase will be open to adult and child cosplayers (in seperate categories) so you can get the whole family involved. 

Kids Area

We believe gaming should be fun for all ages. For young people in particular, it's important to link gaming to a real world experience.

Parents playing together with their children
Parents playing together with their children

To encourage parent and their children to play together, we do not showcase any 18 rated games during the event. For gamers too young to hold a controller we will set up an area where they can still get creative through drawing, colouring, and building with Lego!  

Gamers with Disability

We know people with disabilities, or conditions such as social anxiety and autism love to play games too! At GamePad we aim to make it easy for them to get involved. 

Whether it's attendees joining us in an accessible venue, or members of our organising team looking for opportunities to work in the gaming industry, we want GamePad to bring people of different abilities together in a friendly and non judgemental environment.

Giving Back

Through GamePad we will provide a platform for young people to have work experience opportunities that lead to full-time employment. 

Work Experience Students At GamePad
Work Experience Students At GamePad

We believe it's important to help develop the next generation. We're also partnering with Get Well Gamers, a charity dedicated to bringing electronic entertainment to children’s hospitals, hospices and other facilities for the benefit of entertainment and pain relief.  

The summer GamePad event will be a destination for you to bring your old games and consoles to be donated to children across the UK, helping them stay positive through tough times.

Our team has put in a great deal of work to get GamePad up and running. Now we want to go further and turn GamePad into a larger scale, professional event that has a real impact on the gaming industry.

The money raised will go towards securing a new venue in East London's Tech City, moving us closer to realising our vision of making gaming fun for everyone.

We will also be able to improve the experience in a larger venue with a wider variety of games, competitions, and guests for a truly special event!

The best way to support this social gaming movement is to click the green "Back This Project" button and pledge whatever amount you can.

Next, you can tell your friends and family to do the same! This is not just an event, but a movement and the more people we can get behind it the bigger the impact we will have.

 

Check out the right hand side of this page to see the full list of rewards available for backing our social gaming Kickstarter.

 

 

 

 

If you are an organisation who would like to support mayamada GamePad we would love to hear from you and work together to promote social gaming!

Join the social gaming movement!
Join the social gaming movement!

 

Your company will be featured in GamePad online and print promotions in the lead up to and on the event day itself. 

Please note that we will not accept organisational support from companies in the following industries:

  • Adult-oriented products/services
  • Tobacco/cigarettes 
  • Alcohol brands

mayamada GamePad is a family friendly social gaming event and as a result will not permit representation from sponsors not suitable for a young audience.

Lao and Nigel at the first ever GamePad event
Lao and Nigel at the first ever GamePad event

 

                      

Nigel and Lao are the founders of mayamada, the British manga brand set in a unique universe of characters and stories. What began as an idea between friends has developed into a brand consisting of original manga style comics, streetwear clothing, and community events.

We have shipped comics all over the world, exhibited at comic conventions across the UK, in Europe and the United States too. We have also worked with schools, collages, and youth centres to deliver dozens of workshops to young people, helping to develop key creative skills in the next generation.

Visit mayamada.com to discover our universe.

 

                                                  
All original mayamada manga books
All original mayamada manga books

   

   

  

mayamada clothing: t-shirts and sweatshirts
mayamada clothing: t-shirts and sweatshirts

 

 

 We've been featured in:

For any questions or press inquiries about GamePad or the mayamada brand in general, feel free to email us at gamepad@mayamada.com. 

You can view and download high-res photos via the button below.

 

Spread The Word!

Know someone who would be super excited to join us at GamePad this summer? Share this Kickstarter campaign and help us get it in front of the right people. We would love your support to make a bigger and better GamePad event a reality!

 

 

 

You can also show your support by share the "Support Social Gaming" badge on your social media profile too. Let your friends and family members know that you support social gaming and they should too.

Click the badge to download a high resolution version:

 

Special Thanks

That's all folks! Thanks to the GamePad team that has made the event and Kickstarter possible, and thanks to YOU for checking out our social gaming campaign. Whether you can make it to the summer event in August or not, we hope to get your support in this campaign to make gaming fun for everyone!

Thank you,

Nigel & Lao 

 

Risks and challenges

We have been organising events ever since the early days of the mayamada brand in 2011. This includes anime screenings, frozen yogurt parties and of course GamePad.

Running events is a tough thing but we're experienced event organisers and also have a team of great people who know what it takes to put on great events.

We have visited the new venue and have begun planning how best to lay out the summer event in a new venue.

We will immediately begin confirming the games, guests, and competitions that will make up the mayamada GamePad summer event. We will we keeping Kickstarter backers updated to so you will know exactly how plans are progressing.

Please note that Some elements of rewards e.g. beanie hats and custom artwork may push the full delivery to September 2017. However, we will endeavor to fulfill rewards by the end of August. We will communicate with backers on rewards delivery timelines as necessary.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Support Social Gaming

    You get a big HIGH FIVE for supporting social gaming!

    You will receive:

    1) Event Credit: Your name will be featured in the mayamada GamePad event video.

    2) GamePad Digital Pack: High Resolution Event Photos + Artwork.

    (£5 / $6 / €6).

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    EARLY BIRD: 2 For 1 GamePad Ticket

    Come to mayamada GamePad on August 26th and bring a friend for free!

    You will receive:

    1) Two tickets to the mayamada GamePad summer event plus early entry 1 HOUR before general entry!

    (Children under 10 and under go free)

    2) A mayamada GamePad badge set to collect on event day.

    3) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

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    Single Ticket to GamePad

    We'll see you at the mayamada GamePad event on Saturday, August 26th!

    You will receive:

    1) A single ticket to the mayamada GamePad summer event.

    (Children under 10 and under go free)

    2) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

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    A2 GamePad Poster

    Can't make it to the event? Well, you can still support social gaming! Get a mayamada video game themed print signed by the mayamada founders Nigel and Lao.

    You will receive:

    1) One mayamada video game illustration. Printed as an A2 poster and signed by the mayamada founders.

    2) A mayamada GamePad pin badge set.

    3) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

    (£15 / $20 / €18).

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    Friends & Family GamePad Ticket

    Gaming is better together, so bring a group of four friends or family to the summer GamePad event on Saturday, August 6th!

    You will receive:

    1) Four tickets to the mayamada GamePad summer event.

    (Children under 10 and under go free)

    2) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

    (£20 / $26 / €24).

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    GamePad "Social Gamer" Beanie Hat

    Can't make it to the event? Well, you can still support social gaming! Get a "Social Gamer" beanie hat you can wear to show your support for social gaming!

    You will receive:

    1) GamePad "Social Gamer" Beanie hat.

    2) A mayamada GamePad pin badge set.

    3) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

    (£30 / $39 / €35).

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    Single Ticket Bundle

    Get your ticket to mayamada GamePad along with a social gaming bundle with event exclusive artwork!

    You will receive:

    1) A single ticket to the mayamada GamePad summer event.

    (Children under 10 and under go free)

    2) One mayamada video game illustration. Printed as an A2 poster and signed by the mayamada founders.

    3) One mayamada GamePad "Social Gamer" beanie hat.

    4) A mayamada GamePad pin badge set.

    5) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

    (£60 / $77 / €69).

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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    Friends & Family Bundle

    Bring a group of friends and family to mayamada GamePad and get a social gaming bundle too!

    You will receive:

    1) Four tickets to the mayamada GamePad event on Saturday, August 26th.

    (Children under 10 and under go free)

    2) One mayamada video game illustration. Printed on 12 x 10 inch canvas and signed by the mayamada founders.

    3) mayamada GamePad pin badge set.

    4) mayamada GamePad "Social Gamer" beanie hat.

    5) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

    (£100 / $129 / €118).

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    Signed Custom Game Art Bundle

    Tell us your favourite video game and we'll design mayamada artwork themed in the game's style! Plus group tickets to the mayamada GamePad summer event.

    You will receive:

    1) Four tickets to mayamada GamePad summer on Saturday, August 29th. You will also get 1 HOUR early entry on event day!

    (Children under 10 and under go free)

    2) One custom mayamada video game illustration. Printed on 12 x 10 inch canvas and signed by the mayamada founders.

    3) mayamada GamePad pin badge set.

    4) Event Video Credit + GamePad Digital Pack (Hi Res Photos and Artwork).

    (£250 / $317 / €282).

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    Showtime Sponsor

    For organisations that want to support mayamada GamePad and social inclusion through video games.

    Back our Kickstarter at this level and your organisation will feature on our pre-event promotional material (online and print) as well as on the day event promotion too!

    Contact us before pledging to find out more.

    You will receive:

    1) Eight tickets to mayamada GamePad summer event for your organisation.

    (Children under 10 and under go free)

    2) Pre-event placement or your organisation's name and logo on our promotional material online (website, social media, email mailing list) and printed (flyers).

    3) Event day placement of your organisation's name and logo during mayamada GamePad (event leaflets, logo wall, online stream).

    4) One mayamada video game illustration. Printed on 12 x 10 inch canvas and signed by the mayamada founders.

    5) Four mayamada GamePad pin badge packs.

    6) Your organisation listed on our website and in the mayamada GamePad summer event video credits.

    (£500 / $644 / €589).

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    Prime Time Sponsor

    We'll pull out the stops for the "Prime Time" headline sponsor of mayamada GamePad.

    Your organisation will get the same as the Showtime Sponsor, plus the following:

    1) Your organisation's logo printed on event staff t-shirt uniforms.

    2) A table on event day to showcase your organisation to the mayamada GamePad audience.

    3) We will produce a special, one-off mayamada illustration featuring your organisation as a special thank you for supporting our event and social gaming! The custom artwork will be printed on a large 32 x 28 inch canvas.

    (£1000 / $1277 / €1142).

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