In some good news today, Steven Spohn, the COO of AbleGamers announced the first iteration of the community-driven “SpawnTogether” initiative has successfully concluded.
If you’re unfamiliar with SpawnTogether, it’s a proving out to showcase validation from the videogame community that disabled gamers are seen, supported, and celebrated. Steven and the community met the $1 million goal yesterday, just shy of the initiative’s first year anniversary.
The objective was to see AbleGamers into the future so that it can help disabled gamers around the world receive much-needed equipment and consultation, even without Steven at the helm. In fact, Steven could barely contain his excitement at the results. He noted in a press release,
“I am absolutely floored by the outpouring of love and support. When I set out on this journey, I thought we would raise a few thousand dollars. I massively underestimated the groundswell of support this amazing community has for things that matter to them the most. Finally, we are at a point where people truly believe everyone should be able to play."
AbleGamers has helped over 56 million people in America working alongside variou contracted engineers, researchers, peer counselors, and developers. Steven reflected on his learning from the community,
"I learned a lot from the community while raising the million dollars. People believe in the mission of AbleGamers and the importance of supporting disabled gamers. That's why I am going to turn this into an annual event - trying to raise $1 million every year. And I'm not doing this alone. I'm bringing some of my most trusted friends who can keep this going even after SMA finally gets me. When that happens, I don't want people to mourn and be sad, I want them to celebrate and keep supporting people with disabilities for decades to come!"
You can learn more about SpawnTogether here.