The Game Awards 2021 accessibility streams include subtitles, ASL, and audio description

Ben Bayliss2 minute read

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.

Watch 🎮 THE GAME AWARDS - 2021 Nominee Announcement with Geoff Keighley 🎮 on YouTube

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.

The lineup for this year’s nominations are, Far Cry 6, Forza Horizon 5, Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and The Vale: Shadow of the Crown.

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.

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Ben is the one in charge of keeping the content cogs at Can I Play That? turning. Deafness means that he has a focus on discussing captions, but with experience in consultancy and advocacy, he covers what bases he can. Having written about accessibility in video games at DualShockers, GamesRadar+,, Wireframe, and more he continues his advocacy at CIPT. He was actually awarded a Good Games Writing award for an article he wrote here! He enjoys a range of games, but anything that’s open-world and with a photo mode will probably be his cup of tea. You can get in touch with him at:

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