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Twitch eliminates blind playthrough tag after receiving complaints from disabled players

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Twitch has removed the blind playthrough tag in response to complaints received by several visually impaired users.

The platform encourages streamers to use alternative terms such as “first playthrough” or “no spoilers” from now on.

The company’s director of community marketing and creators, Erin “Aureylian” Wayne, has explained that “I’m glad to see that Twitch has listened to everyone who shared feedback and removed the “blind playthrough” tag to encourage the community to use more inclusive language” (via Comic Book). “You can continue to use “first playthrough” or choose to use it in combination with “no spoilers” to imply the same thing.”

Steven Spohn, the COO of Able Gaming and one of the best-known voices in the accessibility defense, added that “I’m glad to see Twitch has fulfilled its promises in solving problems and concerns of the community with disabilities. This is just the beginning.”

Twitch’s initiative comes just hours after The Game Awards announced that this year’s edition will include an audio track with description for people with blindness and visual impairments when it airs this week on YouTube Gaming.

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The event’s producer, Geoff Keighley, confirmed this weekend on Twitter that this will be the first time the live event has provided an audio description to users, adding that “accessibility is important.”

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Alex Canfield
Alex is a reporter who covers mainly Facebook and Alphabet. He also covers other consumer internet companies, like Snap and Twitter. Previously he was a senior reporter for Business Insider and Cheddar. He was the 2018 recipient of SABEW’s Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award. He is currently based in New York City and is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. Email:[email protected]

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