Bonnie Ross, Studio Head of 343 Industries and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, will be the 23rd Hall of Fame Inductee for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
The AIAS made the following statement on Bonnie:
“It is thanks to Bonnie’s vision and drive for combining art and technology that has allowed the Halo universe to flourish within so many different mediums and platforms,” said Meggan Scavio, President, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “That along with her deep passion to expand diversity in gaming and encourage STEM education amongst women as well as all young people is truly inspirational. Her positive legacy and leadership have helped advance interactive entertainment and will impact game makers and aspiring game makers for generations to come.”
The award will be presented during the 22nd annual D.I.C.E. awards on February 13, 2019 by none other than Phil Spencer, who also commented on the achievement.
“It’s been a privilege to work alongside Bonnie for more than two decades, and I have continually been impressed not only by her passion for merging art and storytelling, but also her equal passion for creating teams and technical breakthroughs; solid foundations that will set the direction of Halo and Xbox for years to come,” said Spencer. “Bonnie’s tenure at Microsoft is more than just a model for aspiring game makers, it’s a proof of concept that bringing together talented and diverse voices around a shared, passionate vision, can unleash worlds, wonders, and legends that define entertainment for generations.”
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This is an amazing achievement for Bonnie who has been an inspiration for many in the industry. Combined with the success of 343 Industries and her expanded work as the AIAS noted, it is very well deserved. Congratulations to Bonnie and the team at Microsoft/Xbox on the award.