Earlier this week, Nintendo updated its community tournament guidelines for smaller events run by fans. As pointed out by disabled members of the gaming community, these guidelines in their current state exclude most of them.
Nintendo’s new community tournament guidelines state that the use of certain items, such as game consoles and accessories that Nintendo doesn’t license, is not permitted event at these smaller tournaments. This means that third-party hardware designed for disabled gamers, and even 3D-printed custom ones, can’t be used, excluding the disabled gamers who can’t engage with Nintendo’s games without them.
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Soon after Nintendo’s new community tournament guidelines were released, disabled gamers began posting about how disappointed and outraged they were by them. On Twitter, Arevya went into great detail about why these guidelines made them so cross.
The most impactful part of Arevya’s thread dives into the heart of the matter. “But the reason why it is, is because MANY disabled gamers (like myself) use third party accessories to be able to game. This can be anything from controllers you can use with your feet, tools to make the game work with a straw you can blow in to move your character, all the way to 3D printed specialised equipment that let you use a regular Joy-con or Pro controller. ALL of this is equipment we NEED to be able to game, to be able to join like everyone else, to be able to access games, consoles, and a hobby we LOVE!”
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