[games_access] Accessibility criteria in EU funding

Ian Hamilton i_h at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 29 11:36:28 EST 2015

For those who don't know about it, the EU runs a creative industries funding programme called Creative Europe.
They've just put out their 2015 call for their "Support for the Development of European Video Games" sub-programme, which is an annual fund of €2.5million available to developers in any EU countries, and as of this year they now use accessibility as one of the assessment criteria they use to decide which studios get the money.
So when applying for the funding, studios are now asked to supply details of how they're considering accessibility for people with disabilities.
It's a direct follow on from the Film Victoria and Screen Australia's criteria, both of those were used as case studies. It took a long time and lots of different people to get to this point (as I'm sure anyone who's had any EU involvement can relate to), but if FV and SA are anything to go by it should be worth it, they have both been incredibly successful awareness raisers. 
And one thing that's particularly nice about this Creative Europe sub-programme is that it defines 'development' as being from conception to first prototype, so it will be encouraging developers to consider accessibility at the very start of the process.
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