The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced that Bonnie Ross, a 24-year-old Microsoft veteran, perhaps best known for his work at Halo, will be introduced into the Group Hall of Fame. She goes with a recognized group of game developers, including 2017 recipient, Bethesda's Todd Howard, along with Mario Creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Metal Gear Designer Hideo Kojima, and Valve Founder Gabe Newell, among others. Ross will be the first woman in the AIAS Hall of Fame.
"It is thanks to Bonnie's vision and driving to combine art and technology that has made the Halo universe flourish in so many different media and platforms," AIAS President Meggan Scavio said in a statement. What together with her deep passion for expanding the diversity of games and encouraging STEM education among women and all young people is really inspiring. Her positive heritage and leadership have helped interactive entertainment in the future and will affect game producers and aspiring game makers for generations to come. "
Xbox boss Phil Spencer will present Ross with the Hall of Fame Prize at the 22rd DICE Awards Ceremony on February 1
In his own statement, Spencer said it was a privilege to working with Ross for more than 20 years. "I have been continuously impressed not only by her passion for merging art and storytelling but also her equal passion for creating layers and technical breakthroughs, solid foundation that will set the direction of Halo and Xbox in the years to come, "he said. 19659002] Ross joined Microsoft in 1994, and some of her first work in games was on Microsoft's PC game, which began with the NBA Full Court Press. She got through the ranks and later roles as producer, lead producer and chief executive officer before becoming CEO of the Xbox, where she watched virtually everything from Microsoft Studios.
In 2007, Halo's work expanded when Halo creator Bungie and Microsoft participated. Ross founded Microsoft's new int is Halo-Team, 343 Industries, and today she has the title of Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries.
Outside the Halo series, Ross Microsoft's Women in Gaming program aims to help women embark on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
Halo franchise manager Frank O'Connor wrote a nice blog post about Ross, and in that he talks about what makes Ross such a big person and professional colleague.
"To see Bonnie recognized for her career and her passion is joyful, but even more recognized that recognition itself will inspire future creators, engineers and world builders and continue the work and mission she started on her first day at Microsoft," said he. "On legendary difficulties, obviously."
The next Halo game, Halo Infinite, is currently in development for Xbox One and PC.