Gamewagon continues it’s national franchise expansion

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.

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 Schools Fundraising

Gamewagon Launches Fundraising for Schools Initiative

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.

“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.” Said Gamewagon MD, John Lilley

“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 joins the VSC

“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.” Said John Lilley MD of Gamewagon.

It’s important to note however, that there was no law, regulation or guideline to say that Gamewagon should – the VSC’s code of practice and accompanying legislature, only applied to the sale of games, not their use in other social events. John goes on to say,

“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 Gamewagon to get in touch with the VSC earlier this year to see how they could help make sure they were 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 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 video game events organiser, we hope we can lead the way for others to follow.