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Xbox celebrates International Women’s Day

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As game developers, we need to be held accountable for creating great games that are inclusive for all, promoting the player experience, and building positive player communities. With nearly 20 years of experience in game development, creating a space where everyone on the planet can experience the joys of the game remains paramount to me.

My current work on Forza Motorsport continues to teach me invaluable lessons about great and inclusive game design. I will always advocate for the culture of play for all to be a direct part of the game development process. First of all, make sure that the game designs are adaptable and support diverse play styles. our equally diverse players. Another valuable lesson is the importance of creating boundaries to support safer communities as part of creating gaming experiences. I bring this knowledge with me as I continue to work on Xbox games and play. push player experiences to new levels.

I want to inspire our next generation of innovators and creators and hope to make a difference through intentional inclusion, support and mentorship, especially for women who are just starting their journey. As co-lead of Women in Gaming at Xbox, along with Ivory Harvey, we remain committed to fostering connections between women in the gaming community, supporting each other and raising awareness.

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History MonthI join the Xbox team as we focus on celebrating the amazing women in the game and creating a space for them to shine. As Phil Spencer, Director of Xbox, says, “In the video game industry we have seen tremendous contributions when women are empowered to take on key leadership, development, and design roles within any organization. the creative team. We need to focus on bringing more women into video game careers, at every stage and in every discipline.

Xbox will continue to champion content that represents the diversity of today’s gamers and will continue to empower and support women in the industry. Here are some of the ways Xbox plans to celebrate women in video games on International Women’s Day and during Women’s History Month:

Xbox programming to celebrate Women’s History Month

We’ll be dedicating our live content throughout the month to celebrate Women’s History Month by featuring women in various categories – game protagonists, developers, content creators and streamers! Follow us Tic so you don’t miss any of the action!

Gears 5 Women’s History Month tournament

We will also be launching a Gears 5 Online tournament featuring all players to be broadcast on Twitch.tv/Xbox on Saturday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. PT. It will be a collaboration between Xbox, The Coalition and Smash.gg. See the official rules.

Minecraft: Women’s Equality Lessons on Education and the Right to Vote

Minecraft: Education Edition published two new lessons on International Women’s Day, exploring the work of Malala Yousafzai for girls’ education and Emmeline Pankhurst in the quest for women’s suffrage in Victorian Britain . Look for these lessons on education.minecraft.net or on the Minecraft market.

World’s Edge – Age of Empires: Queen’s Clash Tournament and Women of History Celebration

Queen’s Clash tournament: get ready to draw sword and shield on March 13-14 for the first The shock of the queen, a Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition tournament celebrating International Women’s Day. Queen’s Clash is led by Age of Queens, a group led by women from Age community and sponsored by World’s Edge. Prepare your battle cry and support our Sisters in Arms! (https://www.twitch.tv/tinytriss)

Celebrating Women in History: Age of Empires celebrates stories from around the world. Throughout the month of March, influential women throughout history will have their stories told on ageofempires.com and through the social channels of Age of Empires! (https://www.ageofempires.com/news)

Play and Impact with Microsoft Rewards: Girls Who Code, Black Girls Rock

Microsoft Rewards members can earn and donate points to organizations that support women in gaming through Xbox. All Microsoft Rewards donations made to the organizations listed below will be matched by Microsoft until March.

  • Girls who code is an organization that values ​​diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to its mission. They aim to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computer skills necessary to become agents of change in their communities.
  • Black Girls Rock is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring, enriching and educating the next generation of young leaders by giving girls the tools to develop their leadership skills, improve academic performance, sharpen critical thinking , promote social awareness and increase civic engagement.

Xbox players can earn Microsoft Rewards points in a number of ways, such as playing or purchasing games after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn points and redeem them for real rewards. Join today and donate via Xbox.

Discover games, movies and TV shows curated by women at Microsoft

In March and beyond, we’re highlighting women-curated games, movies, and TV shows at Microsoft that focus on content created by women, women leaders, assertive experiences, and more.

Discover some highlights of the full collection of games with creators, protagonists, playable characters and character creation options:

Control – Jesse Faden is the new director of the Federal Bureau of Oversight which exercises telekinetic powers and is praised for his skill, thoughtfulness and power.
Dishonored: Death of the Stranger – Billie Lurk is a black woman embodying exceptional depth and intersectionality who has lost her eye and her arm.
Never alone – Nuna is a young Iñupiat girl at the center of this puzzle-platform adventure, and created to be a strong, resourceful, intelligent and courageous role model for girls.
Beyond the eyes – This unique game is developed by Sherida Halatoe and follows the journey of Rae, a blind ten year old girl, and her journey to find her lost cat.

Explore movies and TV shows with similar themes here.

See full collections on the Microsoft Store on Xbox, Microsoft Store on Windowsand the Xbox app on Windows. After March 31, visitors to the Xbox and Windows Stores can find choices from the women’s community at Microsoft by searching for “Women’s History Month” and related terms.

Women of Xbox UK: Video and Visual Podcast, March – June 2021

In honor of International Women’s Day, the next Xbox UK Women The video will be released today, featuring Rare’s Louise O’Connor in conversation with Mary McGuane (Chief of Staff, Xbox Game Studios), Nina Kristensen (Chief Development Officer of Ninja Theory) and Rose Buahin (Director of main category for UK games, Marketing team). During the discussion, these remarkable leaders will share their thoughts on the challenges they faced and how their experiences contributed to their success.

In addition, today we are announcing a new Women of Xbox UK Podcast Series. The podcast will feature women from Xbox Game Studios and other teams discussing their experiences, sharing tips and encouraging listeners’ aspirations. Each episode will focus on where these women started their journey, where they are today and what they see for the future. The first episode will be available towards the end of March. See the podcast here.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Spartan Kat Women’s History Month nameplate

Halo nameplate

In Halo: The Master Chief Collection, our players can personalize their profile with special nameplates commemorating in-game activities or celebrating special events. All players who log in during the month of March will automatically have access to this unique Women’s History Month nameplate featuring Spartan Kat!

Xbox Ambassadors share their stories

Image of the ambassadors

Highlighting and amplifying the voices of the community is at the heart of the mission of Xbox Ambassadors. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we asked members who identify as women to share the impact of diverse portrayal games on them and to share their own stories about being part of a gaming community. Here are their stories.

Xbox Community Game Club

Xbox Game Club Image

The Xbox Community Game Club is a weekly way to play, share and discuss games together as a community. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re featuring games with women in either leading or supporting roles. Check in weekly to check out your next favorite game and use #XboxGameClub to tell us about some of your favorite women in video games and how they impact you.

In recognition of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we look forward to celebrating women in the game and showcasing the women at the helm of Xbox. By honoring their accomplishments, we hope to inspire the next generation of game industry innovators and leaders. We will also continue to advocate for a safe and inclusive space where everyone can experience the joys of gaming.

TO PLAY. CONNECT. IMPACT

Learn more about everything Xbox and Microsoft are doing to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month at Xbox Community Hub and Microsoft | Women’s History Month.



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