On June 9th 2023, the first annual Access-Ability Summer Showcase was broadcast, showcasing recently released and upcoming video games made by disabled game developers, and featuring accessibility settings designed to help ensure more disabled gamers are able to play.
In June 2024 the Access-Ability Summer Showcase will be returning for its second year, promising to be bigger and better than ever.
The showcase is aiming to air on the Friday of E3 / Summer Games Fest week 2024, at 4pm UK, 11am Eastern, 8am Pacific. While the dates for Summer Games Fest 2024 have not been officially announced, we tentatively expect this will be June 7th 2024.
What To Expect
During the showcase, every game shown will detail a selection of their accessibility settings offerings and accessible design choices, to make sure that gamers watching at home know with confidence if they’ll be able to play an exciting looking game that grabs their interest.
Our aim is to make sure that if a game looks exciting, you don’t have to worry about getting hyped, only to learn later that a game doesn’t support your needs as a player.
At this stage we’re not ready to talk about the lineup for 2024’s event, but the 2023 Summer Showcase highlighted 15 games from a variety of developers, including the release date reveal trailer for Stories of Blossom.
You can read coverage of 2023’s Summer Showcase in this Eurogamer feature, describing it as “a vital addition to the Summer Games Fest season”. You can also see coverage of the event on IGN, Can I Play That?, Gamespot, and VCG.
How To Watch
The Access-Ability Summer Showcase 2024 will be aired live on Twitch.TV/LauraKBuzz, as well as published as a YouTube Premiere on Youtube.com/LauraKBuzz.
ASL, BSL, and Audio Described versions of the presentation will also be available, premiering at the same time.
The showcase will be hosted by Laura Kate Dale, a disabled gamer, accessibility consultant, and host of weekly YouTube show Access-Ability, where she discusses ways that video games can improve accessibility for disabled players.
What’s Different in 2024?
In terms of improving on 2023’s show, I would love to hear from anyone who found the 2023 showcase inaccessible, so that I can make improvements to the show going forward. Feel free to reach out via email to me at LauraKbuzzOfficial@Gmail.com to discuss anything that would make the show more accessible for you.
I’m aiming to get the show a front page slot on Twitch in 2024, as well as get permission to host a page for the showcase on Steam during Summer Games Fest week so that people can find game information and demos in a single place.
I am also trying to find a way to host an in person event of some kind to make games from the showcase playable in person in 2024. This could take the form of a pop-up event at an accessible venue on the day the showcase airs, or a section within a larger gaming event potentially following the event airing.
I am also in discussions with some larger scale game developers about potentially being involved in the 2024 Summer Showcase. My hope is that we will be able to ramp up the scale of some of the announcements you’ll get to see at the show, alongside highlighting impressive indie titles.
Want Your Game Showcased?
If you’re a game developer, and have made an effort to make your game playable by a wide range of disabled players, I’d love for you to reach out. We are taking submissions for games to include in the showcase, and can be reached at LauraKBuzzOfficial@Gmail.com for more information.
If your in development project needs to be discussed under an NDA, that isn’t an issue, and can be discussed over email.
Want to Sponsor the Event?
I would love to hear from any potential sponsors who would be open to being involved in supporting the event, helping to cover the production of art assets and costs associated with producing accessible versions of the show.
I can be reached at LauraKBuzzOfficial@Gmail.com
Info for Press
For members of the press, feel free to also reach out at the same email. We can provide contacts for interviews, as well as information from the showcase in advance under embargo.
The Access-Ability Summer showcase aims to be, going forward, an annual showcase during gaming’s busiest news week, that makes sure disabled players can join in on the hype, safe in the knowledge that at least one gaming showcase makes it clear up front which games are accessible for people with specific disabilities and access needs.