Chris Goodyear is a deaf developer and freelance producer who started his own company, Many Cats Studios, to help bridge the gap between disabled and neurodiverse people and the games industry. He is passionate about highlighting the amazing skills and talents of disabled and neurodiverse people within the industry and ensuring everyone has a platform for their voice.
A key question for all studio at the moment - Who is responsible for accessibility? Accessibility in games is more important than ever with leading examples such as The Last of Us 2 setting a new bar of making a game as accessible as possible. But is this just the job of one person or team? Studios and teams need to understand how their role touches on accessibility responsibilities and what actions they should be doing to ensure that their game is playable by the most people at launch. Chris will share tips and insights that show accessibility does not just mean a playable game. You will leave the session with a better understanding of working with others, how you communicate with your community and players and improve your recruitment process for disabled and neurodiverse candidates.
• How different roles need to work together to improve accessibility
• How accessibility impacts your games launch and sales
• Improving accessibility in different roles will promote better diversity and inclusion
I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
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Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
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