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Colin Sander Launches DOWNSPIKE Kendama Entertainment Network
We are pleased to announce the launch of Downspike, a multi-platform network of Kendama culture and entertainment.
The “godfather” of Kendama edits, Colin Sander, felt that the community needed a space where they could post edits, get trick tips, organize sessions, and in general just spread the love of kendama through sharing the bets material online.
This fall, that need is addressed with www.downspike.com.
Downspike is a network, where users can create their own profiles, post videos, polls, discussions, and more. Users can collect “DS Hype”, which are basically Karma points for contributing to the community. The idea is to gamify, and make kendama fun for those who aren’t elite players. It also offers a forum where users can get trick tips, discuss or organize events, or even directly connect to kendama pros.
“Kendama needs a swift kick in the ass right now, and we think this is it”, said co-founder Christian Sander. “It’s impossible to find anything on FKC, and we think this is a much better way to connect dama players”.
“Kendama is at a time right now where although it is growing rapidly, we still need a commitment to fostering conversation, building communities, and sharing experiences. Downspike will be a place that content and discussions can exist permanently, can be searched, and eventually I'm hoping it can become a hub for planning, international conversations, event livestreams, & just a place to see the newest and best in kendama” said Colin Sander
Downspike is not affiliated with any one brand, but brands are encouraged to create their own profiles and interact with their customers. Brands can also post links to their website and share any videos that they already have on Youtube.
Though users will be able to buy/sell/trade used kendamas through the forum, there are no plans for a retail store. The site is media centric, as are its related social pages.
For the initial launch, Downspike will be conducting the “DS/GS”, or Downspike Giveaway Series. The DSGS will be a series of several cross functional competitions, with winners being selected by moderators. Contests include things like:
- My First Dama - short story contest
- Best Downspike - video contest
- Top Dawg - Site ranking contest
- Best Throwback - video contest
- Username awards
If you would like to sponsor the DSGS, please contact Christian Sander at (310) 270-3247. Official sponsors will have their brands featured in the DSGS trailer video and in the article and forums, and will appear “down for the movement” from day one.
“A rising tide lifts all boats”
Posted by: Cheech_Sander