What’s on 4 Junior Award Nomination for Video Game Party Wagon

Game wagon nominated for video game party wagon

The nominees for the prestigious What’s On 4 2015 Junior Awards  have just been announced – and Game wagon has been nominated by our amazing customers!

This exciting awards programme, which is now in its ninth year and celebrates the best activities, classes, people and places throughout the country as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents, carers and the kids that experience them.

Gamewagon’s South East operation is a nominee in the best children’s entertainment category and will now go through to the national voting stage!

Gamewagon has become the UK’s premier provider of video game parties using their fleet of 10 custom build video game party wagons. They also provide amazing code clubs teaching kids with an interest in video games valuable coding skills.

John Lilley from Gamewagon, said: “This was a wonderful surprise and testimony to the investments we have made in a great team that delivers over and beyond the cause of duty for our customers. The game wagon team is the best in the business and continue to delight parents and their children every day. This nomination is for their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Bev O’Sullivan & Marilyn Bradshaw from What’s On 4 UK add: “We are so excited to once again be at the very crucial voting stage of the 9th annual ‘What’s On 4 Junior Awards 2015’ in the UK. These awards mean so much because they are voted on by real customers who want to show their respect for professional companies.”

After School Coding Club

Junior Game Creators

Gamewagon CEO John Lilley is helping junior schools across London to teach children valuable computer science skills using video games as a fun focus.

“When I was at school I was lucky enough to learn to code. I was part of the personal computer revolution and cut my teeth writing code on the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro.

 

This is something that kids today have missed out on, they are great users of technology but do they know how to create their own apps or programs?”

Junior Game CreatorsSaid Mr Lilley. Kids love video games and using coding programs like scratch to introduce programming concepts like variables, loops, conditional statements and algorithms gives students a foundation of knowledge that will carry them forward without fear.

Gamewagon developed the Junior Game Creators after school clubs to support the national curriculum by giving primary school children the confidence and enthusiasm for computer science. John Lilley went on to say;

“In the same way that learning to read opens up a wider opportunity to learn. So does learning to code. I did not become a computer programmer but the creative thinking skills I learnt in my school days helped me understand what was possible [with technology] and drove my thirst to use applications effectively in business.”

To learn more visit the Junior Game Creators web site – www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk

Gamewagon Launches in the South West

Gamewagon THE Video Game Party Company Expands to the South West.

Boys and Girls across Bristol and Bath will soon be able to celebrate in style with the brand new Birthday party concept following the decision by Gamewagon CEO John Lilley to continue Gamewagon’s growth with a Gamewagon business based in the South West.

“The Gamewagons simply ooze quality! They do not just look good on the outside. On the inside it is a real Aladdin’s cave of quality video game equipment with WiiU, Xbox 360 and PS4 consoles.”

Gamewagon started just over two years ago in London and has delivered over 2,000 birthday parties and is getting rave reviews. Bookings are already being taken for parties in the South West starting in January 2015.Gamewagon Video Game Parties

The party concept helps deliver a sociable, interactive party where kids can play, share and co-operate whilst playing their favourite video games with their friends. Something they rarely get a chance to do all together. Whilst parents get the convenience of having the party brought to them and managed from start to finish.

Mr Lilley said: “Video gaming is a very popular pastime and making the whole event a social occasion creates a unique experience that is difficult to achieve without a lot of hassle. The Gamewagon solves this problem but it still requires talented staff to make the whole event a success. It all starts in the very beginning by understanding our customer’s needs. Then it is about communication and delivery, every time, without fail. We take great pride in our customer feedback. Without our satisfied customers the business would have been much tougher to build.”

The national expansion is set to continue across the UK in 2015 bringing many part time jobs and great full time local business opportunities to those that have an entrepreneurial flair but may be struggling to know how to start their own business.

Gamewagon currently has 5 full time staff, 9 Game wagons and 15 Game Experience Managers who deliver birthday parties, corporate events and after school clubs.

MD for Gamewagon, Mr Lilley said: “We have proven the concept across London and the Home Counties and now it is time to expand and bring the opportunity to experience age appropriate Gamewagon parties to the rest of the UK, starting in the South West.”

John Lilley (MD for Gamewagon) continued: “The South West picked itself as our next step. We have had considerable interest from parents having heard about Gamewagon from family and friends and also from those having moved to the area from London.”

Gamewagon’s franchise opportunity allows someone to step into business for themselves but not by themselves. Full training and support is provided to make the most of this fun and rewarding opportunity.

“Focusing on delivering exceptional customer service and really cool events has given kids playground Kudos and made heroes out of parents. That is what Gamewagon is all about”. Summarised Mr Lilley.

Gamewagon Supports Charity FIFA Tournament

Gamewagon Sponsors Special Effect and Frome FC FIFA Tournament

Gamewagon Sponsors Frome FC FIFA Tournament for Special EffectA special partnership has been formed by local gamer Tom Clark and Frome Town Football Club who will be holding a charity FIFA15 tournament at their Venue & Sports Bar.

The event will be in aid of Special Effect, and it coincides with their GAMEBLAST 15 event. Special Effect is a charity who put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with a physical disability by helping them to play video games by using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control. In turn this helps brings families and friends together and has a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

Tom, 25 and from Frome, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy that has left him with little movement, and he has been one of the lucky recipients from the Special Effect charity meaning he has been able to once again play computer games and in particular a love of FIFA15 by EA Sports.

Gamewagon Sponsors FIFA Tournament for Special Effect

As well as gaming Tom also has a passion for Frome Town Football Club and is seen regular at home and away games so he decided to bring two passions together:

“I had this idea of a gaming event but wasn’t sure really where to go with it so I contacted Ian Pearce whose the Managing Director of Frome Town to see if they had any thoughts and I was delighted when they offered the use of their facilities for no cost and also agreed to help in the organisation of the event. Since then things have really taken off and we have the backing of Special Effect and they are also using their contacts with the likes of EA Sports to really help make this take off”.

The event will be open to just 64 entrants who will each have to raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship to enter and it will be held on Sunday 22nd February 2015 from 10am and will see qualifying rounds leading up to knock out stages and the grand final on the clubs large 13ft screen.

Tom went on to say: “We were looking for sponsors for the event and donation of prizes for winners.  John Lilley of Gamewagon was on the phone in a shot to help out and are now our lead sponsor. Gamewagon is helping provide the XBOX 360’s and screens. This is a sensational effort.”

John Lilley said:

“We are huge supporters of what Special Effect does and stands for. They bring families together and create magic moments that many thought would not be possible. Many families take playing games together for granted. We see that SpecialEffect shares our vision to make gaming better by bringing people together.”

Hosting the event was an easy decision for Frome Town said Ian: “I’ve known Tom for many years and as soon as he came to me with the idea I knew we had to get involved, it’s a great charity and one that we want to help Tom with as much as we can to help his dream of this event becoming a reality”.

For more information on the event you can email info@frometownfc.co.uk or to find out about Special Effect and the amazing work they do you can visit their website www.specialeffect.org.uk.

Gamewagon Launches Fun Fundraising for Schools

Gamewagon Raise Funds for Schools

Gamewagon has helped many schools raise much-needed funds over the past couple of years. We have worked with the heads of schools or PTAs to raise funds by attending events or providing a Gamewagon Party as a star prize for raffles, prize draws or auctions.

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We have found this prize formula to be a win-win for schools and ourselves. We hope that we can work with more schools to help raise money whilst at the same time help mums and dads and their children discover what we do and how we do it.

“Bedonwell Infants and Nursery school raised a grand total of £1,104 at our Summer fair last year. Just over £300 of that came from the raffle where the first prize was the amazing ‘Game Wagon’ prize.”  – Teresa Herd, FBINS Chair, Bedonwell Infants and Nursery School

“Firstly, thank you for donating a voucher. The Gamewagon party is always a very popular prize that everyone wants to win! so for the last couple of years we have auctioned it off, highest bid gets the voucher. Our last big event was our (new school) open day, were we made £200.00 from the game wagon auction.” Jackie & Jayne, Joint PTA Chair, Glebe Primary School

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Gamewagon and the VSC: Support Responsible Gaming

Two years ago, when Gamewagon took its first steps into the world of children’s parties, VSC - Video Standards Councilthere was nothing quite like us on the market. We made a decision very early that we would adhere to the PEGI rating system with regards to which games we would allow our young guests to play. It’s important to note however, that there was no law, regulation or guideline to say that we should – the VSC’s code of practice and accompanying legislature, only applied to the sale of games, not what we do. This decision was our own and one that felt right and important at the time and continues to inform the way we operate – ensuring that games are enjoyed in a safe and responsible way by all ages.

This sense of responsibility is what led us to get in touch with the VSC earlier this year to see how we could help make sure we’re not the only organisation that considers the age appropriateness of video games. After some discussion Gamewagon and the VSC have drawn up an amendment to their industry-wide code of practice to include guidelines and rules that govern the use of video games at events of all sizes – from exhibitions to kids parties. You can find the full text here http://www.videostandards.org.uk/VSC/downloads.html under “VSC Code of Practice” Section 4.

The Video Standards Council is an organisation that few may have heard of but many will recognise. Originally founded in 1989 to “oversee and promote high standards” in the then new technology of home video, its members range from the nationwide supermarket chains to the small independent game shop. Since expanding into video games, one of the VSC’s most important roles is in administering the PEGI age rating system – reviewing all new games and deciding who the appropriate audience is – which it does under the name Game Rating Authority. As of July 2012, this age rating system became legally enforceable for the sale of games i.e. it is against the law to sell age restricted games to children.

To summarise the main points:
     – We must make sure that anyone playing any video game is as old or older than the PEGI age rating.
     – We will take all reasonable steps to prevent children from being able to view gameplay on age restricted games.
     – We will comply with all child protection legislation and procedures.
Of course, Gamewagon has been following these guidelines since day one, for our near 2,000 parties to date. This is not new to us. We wrote these guidelines with the VSC to try and ensure that we are not the only ones looking out for young gamers and their parents. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously and as the UK’s biggest children’s gaming events organiser, we hope we can lead the way for others to follow.

Mobile Minecraft Workshops from Gamewagon

Gamewagon’s month of Minecraft continues!

We know not every Minecraft fanatic can make it to North London this Summer so to coincide with the launch of our Mind Craft Workshops at That Place In The Corner, we’ve developed a way to bring the fun to you.

Mobile Minecraft workshops delivered to you by Gamewagon

Mobile Mind Craft is a 2 hour session of competitive/cooperative/creative fun, delivered in our custom-built Gamewagon vehicles, straight to your door.

Gamewagon's mobile minecraft workshops

We’ve crammed each session with unique in-game activities, designed with all ability levels in mind. And to help players get the most from Minecraft, workshops are led by our expert Game Experience Managers.

Best of all, Mobile Mind Craft is great value for money. Throughout August, we’ll a bring a 2 hour workshop to you for just £10 per child, any time of the week. All we need is somewhere to park and plugin.

And don’t forget, tickets are on sale for the full-length Mind Craft Workshops at That Place On The Corner, every Saturday and Sunday in August. Perfect for beating boredom in the Minecraft obsessed.

To book your Mobile Mind Craft Workshop, call Jack on 08453 194 263

This offer is open to any location in London and the South East throughout the month of August. To make the most of the games, we need a minimum of 8 children and a maximum of 12 can play at once.

Mind Craft Summer Holiday Minecraft Workshops by Gamewagon

Summer Holiday Minecraft Workshops

As part of Gamewagon’s Month of Minecraft this August, we’ll be hosting some extra-special workshops for gamers aged 7-11. We call it Mind Craft.

Creativity, Crafting and Co-operation

Every Mind Craft session is led and supervised by the same Game Experience Managers that run our parties to the highest standard.

Each session is crammed with fun, stimulating activities both in-game and out, we’ll be getting Minecrafters thinking, creating and imagining, whilst playing the most popular game on the planet!

Activities and Timing

The programme of activities will encourage teamwork, creativity, ingenuity and cooperation in a format that is familiar to players of Minecraft in all its forms (PlayStation, XBOX, PC, mobile, iPad).

Each event takes place over five hours (with one hour for lunch and free play). All our Mind Crafters can look forward to building challenges, paper-craft model making, free play sections, competitions and Minecraft goodies to make and take home.

Where are the workshops taking place?

We are working with our favourite Family Friendly Cafe – That Place on the Corner, 1-3 Green Lanes, London, N16 9BS. Gamewagon has exclusive use of the Cafe for these workshops held on the weekends throughout August.

How to Book

Tickets can be purchased from our page on Eventbrite https://mindcraft.eventbrite.co.uk

If you’d like to find out more, give Jack a call on 0845 319 4263 or e-mail on jack.manuel@gamewagon.co.uk.

Gamewagon’s Family Friendly Minecraft Server

Gamewagon’s Family Friendly Minecraft Server launched at the start of the summer holidays. It allows your children are able to play on their favourite game in a safe and secure multiplayer World. We run weekly sessions with our Game Experience Managers taking the lead in a time focused way setting challenges, helping educate and running competitions.

Family Friendly Minecraft Server

Gamewagon’s Family Friendly Minecraft Server

At Gamewagon we truly believe that gaming is better together. We have proven this with our video game parties that bring everyone together for sociable, fun and interactive experiences that are really difficult to replicate at home.

Minecraft is a phenomenon that you will have done well to avoid. It is like a massive Lego set with interactivity, physics, engineering, exploration, communication, creativity and good old fun to boot.

 

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Many kids will have played on iPads, iPhones and some others on Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles (it has also just been launched  on the Next Gen consoles – PS4 and XboxOne). The Apple iOS versions are quick fixes and focus on individual game play. On the Xbox and PS3 friends can be invited to play together, if they are in your friends list.

However, on the MAC and PC versions Minecraft opens up huge worlds with hundreds even thousands of people playing in massive worlds. Some of these worlds are open worlds where anyone can join. Others servers have a level of protection and features that make them family friendly, allegedly!

As a parent this opens up a number of concerns; Is there bad language? Is the behaviour appropriate? Are these people who they say they are? How safe are my children online? Can I trust the companies hosting these worlds?

We are often asked for our opinion and for that reason we have decided to create our very own Family Friendly Minecraft Server managed and moderated by our Game Experience Managers.

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There are other family-friendly servers. Gamewagon has a high touch validation process to focus on safety of all our players in our community.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Every customer wishing to use the Gamewagon Minecraft server must submit a request to join, as well as agreeing to follow the world’s rules. Every request is checked by a real person, Mojang account names validated and credit card details confirmed against registration details before being added to our list of validated users (known as a Whitelist).

CHAT MONITORING: One of the most popular reasons joining Gamewagon’s family friendly Minecraft world is to protect your kids from bad language, usually found on open servers. We maintain a strict chat censor that monitors every word, and turns an offending user offline. Our Game Experience Managers are trained on how to promote positive online behaviour and act as guides in Gamewagon’s online Minecraft world.

HIGH TOUCH PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: In any cases of misbehaviour or not understanding the World’s rules, our GEMs work directly with you (Parent or Carer) in the communication process. This ensures that any undesirable actions are not continued and it is clear what they may have done wrong, why it’s an issue, and how they can continue to play in our world. Persistent offenders will be taken offline and will understand why.

APPROPRIATE TIME LIMITS: Balance in video gaming is important, too much time spent on any one thing can become a problem. We realise this and have implemented appropriate timings to help you manage your child’s access. The Gamewagon servers will be active during specific events that we advertise on a regular basis.

Anyone that has had a Gamewagon Party can request free access after their party. Their friends can join for a small  fee of £1 per annum and then they can attend our published events. We feel this is the best way to deliver a focused and fun event with the correct level of moderation and support.

Peace of Mind: As a parent or carer you can be reassured that your kids are playing in a secure, safe and protected environment, moderated by the same Game Experience managers that run our fantastic birthday parties.

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We look forward to seeing you and your family online. Gaming is fun but Gamewagon makes gaming better by bring people together.

World Cup Video Game Pop Up

Gamewagon World Cup PartyThis Summer, we’ve teamed up with kids’ cafe, That Place On The Corner, to host Family Fun Fridays. Come along and you and your family can compete head to head for the duration of the 2014 Brazil World Cup in a virtual version of the beautiful game’s biggest competition.

Bring the whole family for a kick about on PlayStation and XBOX versions of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

As well as the early matches live, and a licensed bar for the adults, there’ll be prizes every week and the chance to win the ultimate and most coveted prize, a Gamewagon Party at That Place On The Corner.

That’s not all, we’ve pulled in the most amazing pop-up kitchen… 2 Fingers will be on-site serving the best fish finger sandwiches known to man, and whether you’re an old schooler reaching for the nostalgia of youth on white bread with ketchup, or a modern foodie with homemade tartare sauce and artisanal bread, 2 Fingers have got the fish finger sandwich for you (and the kids!)

It’s the Summer, it’s the World Cup, we’ve got ice cream, we’ve got beer, we’ve got lots of fun for all the family, great food and fabulous prizes!

Don’t just watch the football this World Cup, come and play it at That Place On The Corner, from 1600 – 2100 every Friday from the 13th June to the 14th.

Gamewagon and That Place on the Corner

1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, London, N16 9ND
Free entrance to the competition with a cafe purchase.