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Independent Games Summit: Accessibility on a Shoestring

Ian Hamilton  (Accessibility Specialist, IHDC)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 10:50am - 11:20am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

Accessibility is a fast-moving field, with frequent innovation and shifting player expectations, but tackling it when you're a small indie can be daunting, feeling like it's the domain of developers with huge budgets to spare. Yet throughout game development's history, small indies have always been - and still are - drivers of accessibility innovation and implementation. This talk will give you practical tips and examples of techniques you can use to ensure as many people as possible are able to have the kind of experience you imagined, without breaking the bank. And sometimes even for free.


An understanding of what accessibility is, what it matters, and what the core principles and most complained about barriers are. Practical low-budget tips and techniques for optimising who is able to play, including examples of indies already doing great things.

Intended Audience

Any developer with an interest in accessibility and broadening audiences, particularly those working to tight budgets. No pre-requisite knowledge required.