for levelling the playing field
for disabled gamers.
YOU made a difference on One Special Day
On Friday 1 October 2021, YOUR purchases of selected games from our industry partners helped us bring magic gaming moments to people of all ages who would otherwise have to watch everyone else have all the fun.
For one very special day every year since 2015, the global games industry has joined together to raise vital funds for us and proudly shown the world how games can change lives for the better, and we’re humbled and delighted that yet again a huge number of developers and publishers offered their generous support!
Here are details of just a few of the fantastic OSD activities that took place:
One Special Steam Sale
30 September to 4 October: An exciting collection of over 70 critically acclaimed games , including No Man’s Sky, Slime Rancher, Two Point Hospital, Cloudpunk, Human Fall Flat and the Broken Sword series were available through this amazing promotion from our partners.
Buy Mobile Games
Friday 1 October: By buying selected mobile games including big-hitting mobile titles like Best Fiends, Clash of Clans and Angry Birds 2 you’ve enabled our team of occupational therapists and gaming specialists to create bespoke control setups for hundreds of gamers each year, and helped our R&D team to develop freely-available resources and solutions to help level the playing field for disabled gamers all over the world.
One Special Game
Your chance to celebrate your favourite game title through your creativity! We invited artists, students and fans to design and submit an A3 fan poster inspired by one of three iconic games: The Sims, Fall Guys or Broken Sword. The closing date was 1 October, after which a panel of industry experts will choose a winner for each game, plus an overall winner.
One Special Merch
There was a chance to pick up some top-quality SE gear from our fantastic partners Insert Coin Clothing and win Xbox treats! As well as a stack of awesome gear, a lucky winner also bagged an Xbox controller AND six months of Game Pass Ultimate too, courtesy of the lovely folk at @xboxuk
One Special Rematch: 1 Oct
Things kicked off over at St George’s Park, training base of the England Football team, where teams from RARE and Playground Games took to the pitch for an eagerly awaited rematch of last year’s classic encounter.
One Special Thing
The fantastic team at PlayStation London Studio embraced the theme of ‘One Special Thing’ in support of One Special Day. Activities included head shaves, a 12 hour Mario-thon, competing in a triathlon and more! You can support them here.
One Special Night: 30 Sept
A huge thank you to the stunning line-up of speakers from the gaming industry who entertained us on eve of One Special Day on Thursday 30 September. Colin MacDonald of the Scottish Games Network hosted a fascinating evening of online conversation with some unmissable personalities, including Peter Moore, Imre Jele, James Butcher, Kirsty Enfield, Tone Brennan, Jo Twist and Kieran Holmes-Darby.
We’re so grateful to you and all the games industry companies that have united to level the playing field for gamers with disabilities. We don’t charge for any of our help, so your partnership – and your purchases – will support our therapists in helping gamers with disabilities find out what they want to play and exactly what they need to play it. You’ll be funding the personalised controller setups that we create and lend, and you’ll be enabling us to pass on what we learn to the games industry all over the world, making their products easier to use for as many people as possible.
“SpecialEffect is such a special charity which does incredible work to bring the enjoyment of play to gamers with disabilities.”
Craig Duncan, RARE
“Make Real are delighted to take part… to enable all gamers play the games they want, no matter their abilities.”
Sam Watts, Make Real
“NaturalMotion is delighted to join forces again with SpecialEffect for One Special Day. Games have a transformative power – they enable us to connect with others while also delivering entertainment experiences that allow our imaginations to run wild. SpecialEffect’s work to make games accessible to as many people as possible is truly an inspiration and what being a good gamer is all about.”
Julian Widdows, Natural Motion