SpecialEffect, a UK Charity for Games, Receives the Esteemed BAFTA Special Award.
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SpecialEffect, a UK Charity for Games, Receives the Esteemed BAFTA Special Award

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Exciting news in the gaming world as UK-based charity SpecialEffect is set to be honored with the Special Award at the upcoming 20th BAFTA Games Awards. Established 17 years ago, SpecialEffect has been dedicated to assisting physically disabled individuals, particularly children, in enjoying the world of video games. This prestigious award will be presented to the charity at the ceremony taking place on April 11.

SpecialEffect, founded by Mick Donegan in 2007, has been at the forefront of creating modified controllers and eye-tracking sensors in collaboration with developers and peripheral manufacturers. These adaptations help make video games more accessible to a wider audience, emphasizing inclusivity within the gaming community.

The Special Award, considered one of the most esteemed accolades by BAFTA, acknowledges outstanding contributions to the fields of film, games, or television. Previous recipients include renowned figures such as Sam Houser and Leslie Benzies from GTA, Uncharted creator Amy Hennig, designer Brenda Romero, and former SCEE president Chris Deering.

Emma Baehr, BAFTA's executive director of awards and content, commended SpecialEffect's essential work within the games industry, stating, "Their innovative and supportive approach to making games accessible drives progress within the industry, collaborating with developers and studios on new technologies to make games within reach to more people."

SpecialEffect's founder and CEO, Mick Donegan expressed gratitude for the recognition, sharing, "With a background in special education, I realized how much people with severe physical disabilities were missing out by not being able to play. I started SpecialEffect not only to help individuals to play video games but also to collaborate with the games industry to make their games more accessible 'at source'."

This acknowledgment from BAFTA after 17 years of SpecialEffect's impactful work is a true testament to the charity's dedication to inclusivity and innovation within the gaming landscape. Stay tuned for the BAFTA Games Awards on April 11 to witness SpecialEffect's well-deserved recognition!

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