Xbox Pioneers delves into the past, present and future of creativity and innovation in the gaming industry on the 20th anniversary of Xbox launch

Xbox changed the gaming industry when it launched in November 2001 and became one of the most profitable gaming brands. But ever wonder how a Microsoft got into the console gaming business and evolved as a market leader in the $200 billion industry?

Then watch Xbox Pioneers: Creativity & Innovation — Past, Present and Future . The discussion, presented by the Microsoft Alumni Network, is moderated by former Nintendo of America President and COO (yes, you read that right!) Reggie Fils-Aimé and features Xbox visionaries Robbie Bach , Ed Fries , Peter Moore , and Bonnie Ross . As we commemorate the 20 th anniversary of Xbox, the panelists look back at how they used their creativity and innovation to push traditional boundaries of gaming and establish Xbox as a dominant player in the industry. These industry trailblazers share their personal stories and experiences — reminiscing on the past and looking forward to what the future holds.

As Fils-Aimé states, "Creativity and innovation are the life blood of this games industry."

The panelists take viewers back to a time of internet dial-up and discuss the pioneering decisions to move from PC games to console, to move from dial-up modems to ethernet, to create a different type of game for the console, to adopt a subscription model before they were cool, and more. Then, learn about the role of creativity today and what these visionaries think about the future of gaming with the metaverse, AR, VR, diversity in gaming, immersive 3-D experiences, ethical responsibilities of game developers and more.

"Robbie, Ed, Peter, Bonnie and Reggie remind us of the cutting-edge decisions made 20 years ago and spark our imagination of what's yet to come," said Ali Spain , Microsoft Alumni Network executive director. "It's important to celebrate the strides these individuals made to change the landscape of the video game industry and celebrate creativity and innovation in technology."

Xbox Pioneers premiers November 22 at 10 a.m. PT on Microsoft Alumni Network's YouTube channel ( ) and the official Xbox Twitch ( To schedule an interview, contact Becky Monk at 206-714-2133.

About the panelists:

Robbie Bach : Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked on various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. Beginning in 1999, as Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the Xbox video game business. Now, he is an entertaining storyteller and catalyzing voice who writes books and speaks to audiences on leadership, creativity, strategy, and civic issues. Bach believes that everyone has a responsibility to engage on civic issues. He serves on several national nonprofit boards and has penned two books, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal and new contemporary thriller The Wilkes Insurrection.

Ed Fries : Ed Fries [pronounced Freeze] created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986 and spent 10 years as one of the early developers of Excel and Word before creating Microsoft Game Studios — publishing more than 100 games and co-founding the Xbox project. Ed retired from Microsoft in 2004 and continues to be active in the video game industry as an advisor, board member, including Smithsonian. He launched 1Up Ventures in 2019 to support independent game developers around the world.

Peter Moore : Peter Moore has more than 30 years of experience in gaming, entertainment, and consumer products and is currently SVP/GM of Sports and Live Entertainment at Unity. He has held leadership positions at Reebok, Sega, Microsoft, EA and Liverpool Football Club. He has his own charitable entity, the Peter Moore Foundation, that helps disadvantaged families. He also currently serves as a VP of Special Effect, a nonprofit that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities, and he and his wife Debbie are honorary presidents of Fans Supporting Food Banks, an organization that delivers meals to thousands of needy families in the Liverpool City Region. He also serves on the board of directors for Nifty Games, a developer of mobile sports games.

Bonnie Ross : As Corporate Vice President for Microsoft and Studio Head of 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross is responsible for defining the vision and leading the Halo franchise. In 2007, she founded 343 Industries, an entertainment studio committed to fostering the growth and expansion of the Halo franchise, as well as driving innovation across Microsoft platforms. Ross is passionate about bringing together art and technology to transform how people experience entertainment. She brings over 22 years of experience in the game industry, beginning her gaming career as a producer on PC sports games. She also is deeply involved in promoting efforts to drive diversity across the games industry and generating interest amongst women, minorities, and children in the pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. She co-founded the Microsoft Women in Gaming community, and, in February 2019 , Ross was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

About the moderator:

Reggie Fils-Aimé: Reggie Fils-Aimé is the retired president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, the largest division of the Japanese entertainment company Nintendo Co. Ltd.  In this capacity, he helped bring the Nintendo DS, the Wii, the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and the Nintendo Switch to the global marketplace. He retired in April 2019 , and in he was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame later that year. Since retiring, Fils-Aimé has focused his energy on growing the next generation of business leaders. He currently is a non-executive director for Spin Master Inc. (TOY.TO), and Brunswick Corp. (BC). He is also a special advisor for Rogue Co., an innovative video games publisher and developer. Recently, it was announced that Reggie will be chairman of the board for UTA Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on gaming and its adjacency markets. This SPAC is due to IPO before the end of 2021.

About the Microsoft Alumni Network:

The Microsoft Alumni Network is an impressive worldwide community of alumni who share a common experience of having worked at Microsoft. Founded in 1995 by a few alumni who wanted to stay connected, the Alumni Network today is a member organization representing more than 48,000 alumni in 54 countries. The members are entrepreneurs, tech innovators, career professionals, nonprofit leaders, volunteers, and lifelong learners. The Alumni Network keeps members connected to all the things they loved about working at Microsoft: the technology, the learning, the giving, and — most importantly — the people. While the Alumni Network is independent from Microsoft Corp., the company supports its mission through member benefits and program support.

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The 2:00 p.m. PDT conference call will be accessible on Corsair's Investor Relations website at , or by dialing 1-877-407-0784 (USA) or 1-201-689-8560 (International) with conference ID 13737369. A replay will be available approximately 3 hours after the live call ends on Corsair's Investor Relations website, or through May 17, 2023 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (USA) or 1-412-317-6671 (International), with passcode 13737369.

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Special pre-registration events are also currently taking place in anticipation of the game's launch. Players can pre-register and secure special in-game items by visiting official website , Google Play , and App Store .

  • Pre-registration on Google Play or App Store will provide in-game items such as Epic Character Summon Ticket, an Avatar Costume Set, Gold, a Seulgi Character Card, and more.
  • Selected participants who post content about the pre-registration or retweet the official announcement with the hashtag #MetaWorld on Facebook or Twitter will acquire the Epic Character Card (Beatrice), Epic Character Summon Ticket, and Diamonds.

Various events that provide myriads of rewards will be held upon launch. Plenty of rewards like virtual real-estate of Meta World including Arcade Game Center Structure Item will be given to players at the top of the board game ranking. In addition, everyday an Epic Character Summon Ticket will be provided to players who check-in for seven days. Players will also have the chance to earn in-game items like Gold, Diamonds and Champions League Tickets through the Special Fortune Wheel.

Meta World : My City is the sequel to the highly popular game Let's Get Rich , which attracted over 200 million players around the world. The game features board game mechanics and the opportunity to have virtual lands and buildings in the metaverse that are based on real world locations like New York City . Netmarble plans to further develop Meta World : My City to be a platform where players will be able to actively interact with each other and enjoy various types of games in the metaverse world. The game will be a part of MBX, a gaming blockchain ecosystem launched by MARBLEX.

Players can access new information and updates on Meta World : My City by subscribing to the official community channels on Discord , Twitter , and Facebook .

About Netmarble Corporation

Established in Korea in 2000, Netmarble Corporation is a leading developer and publisher of top-grossing mobile games worldwide. Through powerful franchises and collaborations with acclaimed IP holders, Netmarble strives to elevate the gaming experience and entertain audiences globally. As a parent company of Kabam and SpinX Games, and a major shareholder of Jam City and HYBE (formerly Big Hit Entertainment), Netmarble's diverse portfolio includes Lineage 2: Revolution, MARVEL Future Fight, Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds, The King of Fighters ALLSTAR, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, and forthcoming PC games like Paragon: The Overprime. More information can be found at


MARBLEX is a blockchain-powered subsidiary of Netmarble Corp. Netmarble Corp. is a well-established developer and publisher of mobile games, comprised of more than 6,000 game industry veterans and blockchain technology experts from across the globe. MARBLEX aims to bring the highest quality blockchain games to market by providing key services such as a cryptocurrency wallet, decentralized exchange, token staking and an NFT Marketplace. MBX, a proprietary blockchain ecosystem launched by MARBLEX, allows gamers to advance their experiences through organic engagement and rewards for participation. The MBX ecosystem can be enjoyed as part of popular Netmarble titles, such as A3: Still Alive, Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds and The King of Fighters Arena .

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Metaverse Company, Eikonikos is excited to announce the upcoming release of their AVRA Collection tomorrow! The AVRA Collection is a wearable NFT collection of 3248 unique pieces of clothing that can be worn by any Eikonikos Metaverse Avatar NFT holder.

AVRA Collection

The Eikonikos team has had a remarkable year, consistently delivering on their promises to the Cardano NFT community. Following the successful launch of Eikonikos Genesis Passports in May 2022 , the groundbreaking project has now become the first Cardano Metaverse to release a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) on the cutting-edge Unreal Engine 5.

Eikonikos' mint event captivated the Cardano NFT audience, and the team continued to deliver on its commitments. In just six months following the initial release, they distributed a series of NFTs with in-game utility to holders, including hoodies, yachts, pegasus, and PFP collections.

The momentum didn't stop there.In the beginning of 2023, the Eikonikos team unveiled the Sokinoki App, the gateway to their metaverse. More recently, in February, they launched the Beta version of their virtual planet, which includes three different areas of the world map: the Grand Frontier, the Eikodium, and the Iris Sleeping Pod.

Eikonikos has another surprise in store for its users. Following the Beta release, the team introduced the AVRA Collection, an innovative addition to their ecosystem, packed with IRL and in-game utilities. Users will not only benefit from well-being sessions but they will also be eligible to claim Land in AVRA Island, among other things.

The AVRA Collection is the brainchild of renowned fashionista and well-being coach Aiisha Ramadan . It features exclusive, limited-edition clothing inspired by various aspects of life, including chakras, Yin Yang , Kundalini, the Sun, and the Moon. This latest development further establishes Eikonikos as a trailblazer in the Cardano NFT and Metaverse space.

"While creating these designs I was on a silent retreat in Nepal , and in the end we got a symbiotic result of the state of mind and infinite possibilities, cause on the Metaverse you can extend what in real life you couldn't." , Aiisha stated when discussing her inspiration for the collection.

The AVRA collection is just around the corner and its packed with utilities and use cases for holders! The NFT holder will receive a variety of exclusive benefits, namely a land plot in AVRA Island, near the Aiisha Studio and a mystery box containing gear, weapons and part of their initial ADA. Other benefits of purchasing a piece of the AVRA Collection include:

  • Access to the AVRA game, a P2E quest-based game where players can not only earn game coins, and other digital assets, as well as mint their gamer profiles as NFTs;
  • Exclusive access to the AVRA Studio, a space that promotes holistic well-being in the metaverse through Yoga, fitness, mindfulness, therapies, and healing sessions.
  • Land Plot, AVRA NFT buyers will be given virtual land near the AVRA studio.
  • The Access Pass Privileges, allow NFT holders to enter Eikonikos and explore its vast and immersive world.
  • Staking in the Eikonikos Pool, AVRA Collection NFT Holders will be granted the ability to have a stake in the Eikonikos pool
  • AVRA DAO membership, allows community members to participate actively in the strategic decision-making process for the development of the AVRA Studio and the AVRA Community within the Metaverse.

Eikonikos is gearing up for a monumental event at their Eikodium to unveil this collection, marking not only the premiere of Amphitheatre events but also the inauguration of metaverse access through web browsers. Stay tuned to their socials and connect your passports to the Sokinoki app, to fully experience The Other Planet experience!

About Eikonikos
Eikonikos is one of the first and fastest growing major metaverse companies built on the Cardano blockchain disruptively integrating every human touchpoint, where top brands, media and entertainment industries will interact with users and test their new innovations and projects, from ecommerce, gaming, learning, socializing, dating and more.

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