Working with Player Panels
With AbleGamers Player Panels, we can connect you with hundreds of players with disabilities to help you make your game more accessible. Whether it is conducting player research or testing new design options, we can connect you with players all over the U.S. and around the world.
UPDATE 3/18/2020: The health and well-being of our players comes first and foremost to the AbleGamers team. Given recent events around the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, we are suspending participation for Player Panels participants until APRIL 30th, 2020. Please note that the date for this suspension could be delayed further based on available information about the COVID-19 outbreak and the discretion of our team. Given the recent outbreak’s affect on physical as well as social and mental health, it is important to us that our players do not feel pressured to participate and complete opportunities that they have signed up for. That said, we will still queue submitted opportunities for Player Panels for advertisment after this suspension has been lifted. If you are still interested in proceeding with your submission with this information in mind, please follow the directions below. Thank you for your interest in the Player Panels program. Be safe and be well.
In order to connect you with players, we need you to:
- Submit your project for our team. We need to know what you want to do, how you will remunerate the players you work with and any other key information. We will get back to you as quickly as we can regarding your project.
- Have your company complete the legal waiver indicating you will only contact our players for the reasons you give us in your project descriptions. You only need to do this the first time you work with Player Panels.
- Give us a least 6 weeks lead time to firm up your project description, advertise the opportunity to players, and pass you the information.
If you are ready to get started with player panels, please send an email to [email protected] expressing your interest as well as general information about your opportunity based on the information above.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Question: Who can recruit from Player Panels?
- Answer: We prioritize companies associated with the game industry and other organizations working to provide better accessibility in games. We will work with other organizations on a case by case basis.
- Question: How fast can you get me, players?
- Answer: We need a minimum of 6 weeks lead time ahead of when you want to first make contact with players. So if you need players to sign NDAs or other contracts before you work with them, you will need more time than that.
- Question: How many players can I recruit?
- Answer: We recommend that you recruit the number of players you want to engage in your opportunity + 10%. Players in the panels are told when they register that they may or may not be selected to participate in the opportunity based on the needs of the organization recruiting.
- Question: Can you recruit volunteers for me?
- Answer: We will not recruit for volunteer work through Player Panels. We believe that the time of people with disabilities is valuable and we request that you compensate players appropriately for their time.
- Question: How much should I pay?
- Answer: While do not maintain a set of rates for different types of work, we ask that players be compensated a minimum rate of $10 per 20 minutes of work (e.g. $15 for 30 minutes of work), $25 per 1 hour of work (e.g. $75 for 3 hours of work). We can advise based on your opportunity what might be appropriate.
- Question: Can players refuse to participate?
- Answer: When we recruit players we advise them that they are only committing to reviewing the opportunity from an organization. We tell players that they are not obligated in any way to participate, and if they feel they will not be compensated appropriately, if they do not feel the organization will treat them with respect and dignity, or if they feel unsafe for any reason, that they should refuse to participate.
- Question: Can you get me players in a particular city?
- Answer: We maintain a list of players with disabilities all over the world and try to prioritize recruitment in areas where there are game companies. However, if we do not have players in a particular city already registered, we cannot commit to recruiting them for you at this time.