Beating The Odds – How Special Needs Gamers Exceed Expectations

Not all of us are born equal: sometimes life throws some people an unexpected challenge, which others won’t ever have to face. This is the case for the unfortunate people who are either born without, or lose limbs/senses. However, it is human nature to adapt and overcome every difficulty, and as such, some can not only live a normal life, but have even found a way to play games. This article will tell the story of a lot of talented and passionate people, which keep on fighting against all odds.

Sightless Kombat

Sightless Kombat is a fully blind gamer, which, amazingly, has recently reached Top 32 in Killer Instinct. Yes, even without sight, this man has managed to get in the top of the best players in the world. He says that he had always been a huge fan of fighting games, and he manages to get the hang of them by purely listening to the sound. Sightless Kombat has recently been interviewed by the official Killer Instinct team, and you can find the interview here.

“I have absolutely no sight whatsoever – I am totally blind. If you’re thinking “How can you play video games then?” The short answer is through the game’s audio and learning how to play the game – learning what sounds correspond to what move, in its most basic form.”


League of Dedication

League of Legends is perhaps one of the most popular titles of today’s PC gaming and eSports world, as the free-to-play title boasts tens of millions of active players, and has one of the most active competitive scenes. This is nothing when you realize that the game actually has not one, but a whole lot of incapacitated players, which play League of Legends in their own ways.

One of the most impressive cases is a Chinese player named Wang Xiao Peng, who lost both his arms up to his elbows in a horrible accident. Apparently, the man is a teacher who streams on the side for fun. Well, last year, he reached the greatest rank in the game, Diamond. This is even more impressive when you take into account that your average player is struggling to get out of the Silver or Gold divisions.

Another impressive League of Legends handicapped streamer is “NoHandsKen”, who is a 48-year-old quadriplegic gamer, using a respirator to breathe. Using a device called a Joust, which allows you to control your computer with your head and mouth, Ken streams regularly. And League of Legends is not the only game he can play properly: he also plays World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Starcraft and many other games.


There are many more disabled gamers which manage to use technology in order to make gaming a reliable hobby in their condition, and that’s outstanding, especially when you think that 5 or 10 years ago, they would have had no chance. It seems that in their case, publicity via Twitch streamers has drawn attention to their cause, thus encouraging lots of new technologies, such as Joust, which is both used and advertised by the previously mentioned NoHandsKen.


Of course, seeing that people are impressed by disabled gamers, some people, who would do anything for an extra buck, have resorted to faking handicaps in order to rake in donations. One of the better known cases is ZillianOP, a streamer who was pretending to be wheelchair-bound for the entirety of his streaming career. One day, though, during one of his streams, he forgot about his supposed disability, and got up from his chair while everyone watched. This video circulated the Internet rapidly, thus ending his career as a streamer and a scammer forever (although he does try to stream nowadays, his reputation is forever tarnished).