Exploring accessibility in the videogame industry through studio practices

Fellow’s Profile

Sightless Kombat

Fellow’s Profile

Sightless Kombat

Exploring accessibility in the videogame industry through studio practices

Fellowship

Focus

Improving online gaming for disabled people through designing inclusive games

Fellowship year

2017

Locality

South East

Biography

I am an accessibility consultant and gamer without sight (with absolutely no sight whatsoever) from the UK. My Fellowship (undertaken in 2017) examined accessibility in the video game industry. This was achieved through various interactions, including conversations with companies like Microsoft, Valve and Nvidia, as well as first-hand experience at events like the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and sharing experiences at Microsoft's Gaming and Disability Boot Camp. My Fellow's Report sought to raise awareness of stances on accessibility from several angles, as well as hopefully galvanising those who read it into improving their current and future projects. My interest in this subject stemmed from first-hand frustration with being unable to play popular video games, as they lacked key features that would allow me to progress in them without requiring constant sighted assistance. As a result of this Fellowship, I've gained important industry contacts, had great review opportunities, had worldwide discussions and consulted on accessibility features in well-known franchises. Accessibility is now a major talking point in the industry and my Fellowship has let me continue to promote it.

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All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.

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