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Microsoft Store Announces Xbox Academy Sessions

Microsoft Store is launching its Xbox Academy in partnership with BAFTA award-winning Rare, creators of Sea of Thieves, Microsoft Education and East London Arts and Music. It's part of Microsoft’s Work Experience Week, May 10-13, aimed at year 9 and 10 pupils in schools across the UK.

It's a project designed to inspire the next generation of games creators, and to give them insight into games industry careers. The first live-streamed Xbox Academy session will feature four representatives from Rare, the Xbox Game Studio behind Sea of Thieves and the upcoming Everwild. Each will discuss their roles and offer insights into games industry career paths across areas including production, design, engineering and quality assurance. 

A further session will feature the team at Into Games delivering insights and practical advice on how young people can set about finding a rewarding career in the games industry.

“We’re so excited that our Rare team is going to be delivering a session for the Xbox Academy,” said Craig Duncan, Studio Head, 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.”

Curtis Le Blanc, Director of Games at East London Arts and Music said: “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. 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.” 

Xbox Academy takes place on the afternoon of Monday, May 10 and is one of many virtual sessions during Microsoft’s Work Experience Week. To sign up to take part and find out more about other workshops and training sessions being offered by Microsoft Store tailored to the needs of students and teachers across the UK, head to

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Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.