The next generation of gaming is coming, and the Xbox team is doing its part to inspire new talent.
Xbox Academy will help to teach participants about the basics of game design and development, in addition to using popular tools such as Unity.
Gaming was valued at $151.55 billion globally in 2019 and is expected to reach a value of $256.97 billion by 2025. Just this week, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt called gaming “the future of storytelling” (while eating an extra spicy chicken wing.)
Realistic graphics and deep storytelling in modern games can make films feel dated in comparison. But such experiences require a huge amount of effort to create, and a vast array of talent including artists, musicians, modelling experts, actors/actresses, level designers, and, of course, developers.
Microsoft has more gaming talent under its roof than ever before after going on a studio acquisition spree. Some of the world’s most renowned studios – including Rare, Obsidian, Ninja Theory, Double Fine, inXile, Turn 10, and Playground Games – have joined Microsoft’s ranks in recent years.
Announcing the launch of Xbox Academy, Microsoft noted that many of those working in their game studios were first inspired to join the industry through watching and learning from industry legends. Now, some of Xbox’s own legends are hoping to inspire others.