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GamePad - gaming with a serious message GamePad - gaming with a serious message
Making gaming an activity grounded in the real world with real people who can meet and become friends

02/09/2017 12PM | EVENT | Press

More than 30 million people played games in the UK in 2016. Globally it’s a $99bn industry showcase at the recent E3 Expo. Yet gaming is often seen as a niche, disconnected activity only enjoyed by individuals online. Two London entrepreneurs are using the power of the internet to change that view and show gaming as a socially inclusive and fun activity for all.


Nigel Twumasi and Lao Karunwi, mayamada co-founders whose business is supported by the Prince's Trust, are on a mission to recapture the excitement gamers feel playing friends in the same room.
Their social gaming event GamePad, was created to challenge the overemphasised perception of gaming being an unsocial and geeky pastime, with guys, girls and families coming together to play titles from Mario 8 Kart to Street Fighter V.


GamePad is an event with fun at its core, but with a serious message. Online gaming is too often surrounded by stories of online harassment and social isolation. By making gaming an activity grounded in the real world with real people who can meet and become friends, problems of animosity and trolling are greatly reduced.


"We want an event that allows everyone to get involved; whether you're an expert or parent who wants to spend time with their children. No matter where you're from or what you look like you can enjoy games." - Nigel, mayamada co-founder.


With that inclusive spirit, GamePad already has the backing from some of the gaming industry's biggest names, with both Ubisoft and Nintendo supporting previous events and the social gaming vision.


And to help promote inclusion and community through video games, GamePad focuses on games that can be played together on the same screen and no 18 rated games are showcased.


You can support social gaming and end the summer with a bang. Cosplay, cupcakes, and prizes round off the fun atmosphere taking over the Maker Wharf venue in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets from 12pm. Tickets are available now at £10 for single entry (kids 10 and under go free) or 3 for 2 group tickets at £20. Discounted Early Bird Tickets are also on sale until Monday July 17th.

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