The Game Awards 2021 will continue accessibility efforts to make its live show available with subtitles, American sign language, and audio descriptive streams.
With the voting stage already going live earlier this month, this year’s The Game Awards 2021 will continue to have additional streams for accessibility. Speaking briefly with the host and producer of The Game Awards Geoff Keighley, it was confirmed that the show will feature subtitles. In addition, there will also be streams for audio description and American Sign Language.
The event’s YouTube videos have been subtitled as well which gives us a taste of what to expect from the subtitles at the show this year.
Although the social media account has been lacking in alternative text and subtitles, this has been brought to the event’s attention especially with the new SRT capability on Twitter. As a result the accessibility nominations video tweet now has subtitles and alternative text should be added going forward.
Back in 2020, The Game Awards introduced its “Innovation in Accessibility” award and featured a live stream with subtitles and one with audio descriptions. Can I Play That? was a part of the judging panel then, and this year we are returning as part of the judging panel once again.
It was also brought to our attention that The Game Awards’ website isn’t accessible for those using screen readers. Keighley tells us that they are looking at implementing accessible voting on the website, but for now, a workaround for screen readers is to vote directly through the official Discord.
The Game Awards 2021 will take place on December 9, 2021, and will feature a number of reveals, musical performances, and obviously, awards.