Steven Spohn teams up with that bloke from Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine to raise awareness for the Able Gamers charity.
You may not know Steven Spohn – though you absolutely should, and we’ll get to that in a minute – but you probably do know Ryan Reynolds. He’s a big Hollywood superstar. You’ve probably seen him hawking Aviation Gin and in such movies as The In-Laws, Green Lantern, and playing Wade ‘Deadpool’ Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
(We’re kidding, Ryan. We think you’re great. You totally redeemed Deadpool and you’re easily the second-best actor to ever voice Pikachu.)
Right, anyway, that’s the Hollywood bloke out the way. Now let’s get onto the really interesting guy: Steven Spohn.
Steven is the founder and chief operating officer of Able Gamers, a global charity that champions accessible gaming. He’s won prestigious awards for his positive contribution to the video game industry, developed numerous accessible controller options and contributed to the Xbox Adaptive Controller, and has consulted on accessibility options for numerous games. He’s a powerful voice in this industry and you really need to know who he is. He’s brilliant, and we need more people like Steven.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, Steven tweeted the following:
In less than two months I turn 40. For a profoundly disabled guy with terminal illnesses, I'm proud I made it this far
I'd like to ask a star for a video collaboration for my 40th to raise awareness you can live a great disabled life
Which kind celeb should I ask? pic.twitter.com/MqvKt8Wvzk
— Steven Spohn (@stevenspohn) July 21, 2020
And to be honest, we forgot about it. The only “famous” people we know are game developers, and we had a feeling that wasn’t exactly what Steven had in mind for extended outreach for Able Gamers, so we didn’t really give it any more thought.
Then today, imagine our surprise when we saw the following tweet on Steven’s account:
For 15 years, I've been telling people how video games improve the quality of life for people with disabilities
— Steven Spohn (@stevenspohn) August 6, 2020
That is big Hollywood celebrity actor man Ryan Reynolds going into bat for Steven Spohn and Able Gamers, which is amazing to see. Well done to everyone involved, it’s quite the collaboration. (We’re also reliably informed that Ryan still hasn’t blinked.)
You can find out more about Able Gamers – and, of course, donate to the cause – on the Able Gamers website.