FIFA 13 | 2012 Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year

The AbleGamers Foundation is thrilled to announce EA’s international soccer sensation FIFA 13 wins the coveted AbleGamers Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year Award. With outstanding accessibility options, FIFA 13 enables some of the most severely disabled gamers to enjoy the thrill of the “world’s most popular” stadium game.

It's in the game! The Balotelli 'Hulk' celebration in FIFA 13.
Balotelli ‘Hulk’ Celebration in FIFA 13

President and Founder of the AbleGamers Foundation,  Mark Barlet, said:

“AbleGamers was amazed by the accessibility of FIFA 13.  EA enabled gamers with severe motor and cognitive disabilities by including remappable keys, an unheard-of mouse only mode and game settings that allow the entire game to be tailored to the unique abilities of each disabled gamer.”

Continued Barlet:

“We are delighted and honored by how approachable EA has been.  They really took the principles of our game accessibility guidelines, Includification, to heart. We are starting to see some real fruits of our labors preaching accessibility over the last decade. I’m personally thrilled to see big-name studios listening to our advocacy for the disabled community in the gaming industry.”

Editor-In-Chief of and Community Outreach chair for the foundation, Steve Spohn, said:

“There’s just not enough you can say about a game like FIFA 13.  Such a large portion of our community is ecstatic over the ability to play a genre of game that’s mostly inaccessible due to the number of controls needed and fast-paced action. The mouse only mode is phenomenal for those with muscular dystrophy, and the ability to slow down the entire game is such a boon for the cognitively impaired.”

The AbleGamers annual award will be presented to EA at a gaming conference later this year. Honorable mentions also went out to 2K Game’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown and indie game Colour Bind.

Accessibility At A Glance

FIFA 13 (PC) = 9.9

  • Precision > Yes You will NOT need precision to play
  • One-Handed > Yes One-Handed gamers shoud be okay
  • Deaf Gamers > Yes You should have no issues with this game
  • Subtitles > No Character text is present but not ambiant
  • Colorblind > Yes Colorblind gamers should be okay

For the full story behind the award winner, honorable mentions and reviews of the all he nominated games, plus games that failed AbleGamers’ accessibility tests, please visit

Our congratulations go out to EA SPORTS for scooping this prestigious award.

By Dave Witts

Hi guys, my name's Dave and football is my passion and Sweetpatch TV is my dream :-)