Summer Games Fest 2022 will have ASL and captioning for accessibility

Ben Bayliss1 minute read

This year’s Summer Games Fest takes place on June 9 and will feature a wealth of video game announcements that many players are excited about. As we draw closer to the go-live date, Can I Play That? has been informed about what viewers can expect from Summer Games Fest for accessibility for viewing the show.

Geoff Keighley, who will be hosting the show confirmed that the Summer Games Fest will feature captioning and American Sign Language interpretation. Last year, the show had professional captioning provided on the official stream. For ASL, interpretations were provided on Twitch through a co-stream.

Keighley also confirmed that the team hopes to have alternative text and subtitles available “on as many social media assets as possible.” At current, however, a large number of recent media uploaded to Twitter do not have these available.

For example, videos with spoken dialogue do not contain subtitles as of yet. Additionally, most images on Twitter do not have alt text applied, and, after inspecting some Facebook images, alt text appears to be filled out by AI. Impressively, the AI is recognising text clearly, but manually created alt text would be more trustworthy.

Hopefully, we’ll see an increase in accessible assets surrounding the event, further involving a wider audience. For now, we can certainly hope to see ASL and professional captioning present for the actual live show.

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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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