Steven Spohn of The AbleGamers Charity is rallying friends and supporters of the cause once again. After meeting the initial ‘SpawnTogether’ goal of $1 million just short of a year into the campaign, he’s kicking off ‘Spawn2gether,’ the second iteration of what will become an annual fundraiser for gamers with disabilities. This time around, Steven has a group of Champions leading the charge to reach $1 million again. Those wishing to participate in the fundraiser can set up a campaign with Tiltify.
This Time Around, Fundraising Champions Will Spearhead the Initiative, Includes Twitch Notabilities AshleyRoboto, Bloodyfaster, Lilsimsie, and more.
The AbleGamers Foundation COO Steven Spohn today announced the second official run of his deeply personal “Spawn Together” fundraising initiative, this time coined “Spawn2gether”, starting on September 15th, 2021. The initial Spawn Together campaign met its $1 million fundraising goal with vigorous support from within and well beyond the video game community. The goal of “Spawn2gether” is to raise another $1 million for AbleGamers to advance the charity’s mission in creating opportunities to enable play and foster inclusive communities for people with disabilities through the power of video games for years to come.
“Spawn2gether” will operate in a similar fashion to the inaugural campaign, calling upon community support to rally aid (both through donations and increasing awareness) with fundraising campaigns through Tiltify. There is no minimum or maximum goal for individual campaigns — the focus of the initiative is working together with friends and family to do good for a great cause. The difference this year is Steven is excitedly introducing a team of “Champions” in this incarnation of the campaign, a group that includes fundraising juggernauts and esteemed Twitch personalities Lilsimsie, AshleyRoboto, Jambo, Imperial, and Bloodyfaster. The five champions embody the caring, generous, and empathetic spirit Steve wanted to draw together when beginning the campaign over a year ago. These champions and their communities will work together to drive the campaign forward by raising awareness and leading high fundraising goals while asking their friends to join them in this mission to fully support gamers with disabilities.
“I always wanted this to feel like less of a formal fundraising campaign and more like a community-driven support network. It grew into something bigger than I could have imagined,” said Steven Spohn, COO, AbleGamers. “Spawn2gether is a call to action to anyone who believes in supporting the disabled community and people who love video games. Together, year after year, we can do so much good for the world, if we all just SpawnTogether.”
More recently, the Player Panels Program was created. Operated through AbleGamers, this program serves as a research pool comprising over 500 players with disabilities, whose goal is to empower their members to lead the conversation regarding accessibility in video games by getting early gameplay access and direct access to development teams for streamlined feedback.
In an effort to improve accessibility options in video games from the development stage, AbleGamers also offers developer consult in the form of the Accessible Player Experience (APX), a fully-certified course in which AbleGamers engineers work alongside game developers to encourage inclusion and accessibility options that benefit players. The direction is offered in the form of Design Patterns that teach developers how and when to incorporate accessibility early in the design cycle. AbleGamers has trained and certified over 100 developers as part of the APX program.