The developer of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has announced that it’s raised $1 million for charity.
On August 17, the official Fall Guys Twitter account declared the Battle of the Brands, an online auction benefiting Special Effect. Special Effect is a U.K.-based charity that provides specialized peripherals and hardware for gamers with physical disabilities.
Within hours, gaming personalities and brand representatives all jumped in with bids that surpassed $130,000 on the first night.
Raising $1 million for @SpecialEffect will have such an INCREDIBLE impact!
We'll now sort out the donations while our artists start to collab with the winners on their skins!
YES! We will include 4 costumes as a special thank you to the amazing people that made this possible ♥️
— Fall Guys 👑 (@FallGuysGame) August 31, 2020
Because the winning donation was a team effort, the grand prize of having a model made in the brand or personality’s likeness was extended to everyone in the winning donation. All four of the winners will have in-game skins made in their honor.
Special Effect was stoked by the news and celebrated by sharing a heartwarming video about the work it does. Each of the devices it designs is personalized to address a gamer’s specific needs.
Unbelievable! THANK YOU to the winners @aimlab, @G2esports, @MrBeastYT, @Ninja & everyone who bid, and to @FallGuysGame for making it all possible. Your generosity will enable us to continue making gaming dreams come true for people with physical disabilities around the world!💙 https://t.co/cBKDIBwN4p pic.twitter.com/HD16H07BML
— SpecialEffect (@SpecialEffect) August 31, 2020
People with disabilities have always been part of gaming but the advent of live streaming has given charities such as Special Effect more visibility as well as promoting awareness. Nowadays, most major games ship with a colorbilnd mode and closed captions.
The hit indie title Celeste was criticized by speedrunner Clint “Halfassisted” Lexa for the language the game used for its Assist Mode (Halfassisted can only play with one hand due to hemiparesis). Celeste developer Matt Thorson heard Halfassisted out and the team amended the preamble to be more inclusive.
Folks are rightfully excited about Chapter 9 in @celeste_game being out now. I'm ecstatic that this means that the Assist Mode preamble has been updated to a version I edited with @Kathy_E_J to avoid talking down to those that need it. We're also now in the special thanks! #a11y pic.twitter.com/dWF8wEzwvv
— halfcoordinated (@halfcoordinated) September 9, 2019
Fall Guys developer Mediatonic and Special Effect were rightfully praised for their efforts to create a more inclusive gaming industry. Regardless of ability, all gamers deserve a chance to be miserable and rage over a children’s game.
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