2015: It’s a wrap!
Posted on December 31, 2015
This has been the first full year of operation for Game Truck Australia, and since friends and family always ask after the business I thought I’d give a bit of a summary and some shout outs to those who have helped make it a success this year. Some of you have seen our TV commercial running on Ten, and huge thanks to Luke from Cool Hand Media for putting it together.
Perhaps the biggest achievement and cause for gratitude has been being able to take on a new Game Trucker, Simon Mawson. Anyone who runs a business knows that it’s hard to trust someone with your baby (especially when that baby is a 21-foot gaming paradise) but Simon has been an amazing addition to the business, and everyone who has been lucky enough to have a party hosted by him has loved it. Here’s to Chad v 2.0!
This year has been busy enough – in total we ran 80 events, which means that we are on track to hit our 2014-2015 goal of an average of 2 events per weekend. Every single birthday party is a total honour to be in and its just so great to be invited into the celebrations of another annual milestone. I really enjoy answering questions and generating conversations through the Ask a Gamer series on the blog, and we’re starting to get into some reviews too.
In addition we have been involved in some really fantastic public events, including the Tour Down Under, Oz Comic-Con Adelaide, the Adelaide United vs Liverpool Football Fan Park day, and multiple Vacation Care and OSHC activities. This has kept me and Simon very happy and busy delivering awesome gaming fun to hundreds of kids and adults right across Adelaide.
Running Game Truck Australia has also given me the humbling opportunity to be involved in much larger events and activities which really make a huge impact on the lives of students, kids and adults. Being able to sponsor, judge, and MC the awards ceremony of the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge was a massive highlight. We were also able to sponsor the Australian Women In Games networking event in July, and this will be followed up with sponsoring the Adelaide chapter of Global Game Jam at the end of January. Being able to contribute to these essential community-based development projects is another absolute honour. Our ongoing contributions to the Kiva team Gamers for Change helps us to support entrepreneurs in developing countries across the world to achieve their dreams in gaming and tech-based businesses and education.
2016 is shaping up to be even more exciting than 2015. Tour Down Under will rock again with the Touriffic Street Party hosted by Prospect City Council, as well as the Family Fun Day in Elder Park. We are starting a new type of public activity with Enfield Hotel’s Minecraft dinner bookings starting on January 16th, and we are building up towards tournament and other events for adult gamers too. Party bookings are flowing in for January and February so that is really exciting too. Can’t wait to get rocking with 2016!
For a successful year and another one on the way I have gratitude in abundance, but there are some people who should be singled out. First, thanks to Simon for coming on board with an awesome attitude and helping out in a way no-one else could. Thanks to all the business colleagues who have helped with various services, referrals, or support, and thanks to all my family and friends for their ongoing support and encouragement. However the biggest thanks goes to all the parents who have hired Game Truck Australia weekend after weekend and have given such great feedback and encouragement every step of the way. You are all superstars!
And to you, dear reader, Happy New Year and all the best for your health and prosperity in 2016. See you in the truck!