Microsoft launches Xbox Academy to inspire young games creators

Microsoft launches Xbox Academy to inspire young games creators

Rare and Into Games will speak at Microsoft UK’s Work Experience Week to share career insights 

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Microsoft is launching a new digital Xbox Academy to inspire young games creators in the UK. During the firm’s Work Experience Week on 10-13 May, representatives from game studio Rare and Into Games will give students insights into the industry. 

At the first live-streamed session, Rare employees in production, design, engineering and quality assurance will discuss their roles and career path. Attendees will then hear from representatives of East London Arts and Music (ELAM), who will provide an academic context to entering the world of games development and Into Games, who will also share practical advice on how young people can find a rewarding career in game development.

“We’re so excited that our Rare team is going to be delivering a session for the Xbox Academy,” said Craig Duncan, studio head of Rare. “The future is so bright for games and we’re passionate about helping educate and inspire the next generation of games professionals, giving them insights to help them choose a career within our industry.”

Hosted online, the Work Experience Week aims to show students in years nine and 10 what life at Microsoft looks like. Attendees can also hear from senior executives such as UK CEO Clare Barclay and director of education Chris Rothwell about their careers. 

“We’re very proud to be teaming up with Microsoft Store and Rare to deliver an invaluable perspective on working in games once again, following our first partnership last year,” said Curtis Le Blanc, director of games at ELAM. “Rare is at the forefront of the UK gaming industry, so attendees will be getting a wealth of knowledge and advice to set them up for a potential future career in gaming.” 

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