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11 Jul 2018

Bill Donegan wins Unsung Hero Award

Everyone here at SE Towers is 100% totally and completely delighted that Bill Donegan, our Project Manager has won the Unsung Hero category at the Game Dev Heroes awards in Brighton yesterday.

Designed to recognise the talent and hard work of individuals within the game development sector, the awards are the brainchild of industry veteran Alex Boucher, who also hosted the intimate awards ceremony at Mesmerist, Brighton.

The winners were chosen by a judging panel comprising 23 senior figures from across the games industry. 

The nomination described Bill as:

"..a true unsung hero... whose work has transformed the lives of disabled gamers from all over the world through his R&D work at SpecialEffect."

Bill’s imagination, creativity and drive have been at the heart of SpecialEffect’s technical achievements ever since the charity began in 2007. As well as playing a crucial role in the team’s success in creating access solutions for hundreds of severely disabled individuals in the U.K., he has also helped create solutions that have had a global impact, too.”

“He was Project Lead in creating SpecialEffect’s open-source ‘EyeMine’ software, a gaze-controlled interface to Minecraft launched earlier this year. Bill also played a key role in the success of recently launched and globally acclaimed XBox Adaptive Controller, co-ordinating SpecialEffect’s contribution, alongside that of other charity partners, to both its design and development.”

Anyone who's met Bill will know he's one of the most unassuming people you'll ever come across. His quiet dignity belies an incredible depth of knowledge and experience in the field of games accessibility tech, and his professional and personal integrity is off the scale. On top of that he's a smashing fella.

Bill in our Games Room

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