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Co-founder of Xbox and former Microsoft Vice President Ed Fries joins this month’s Mixer to present his talk, “My Life in Games,” exploring the evolution of the gaming industry. Attendees will learn about game design, censorship and diversity in the gaming industry, and games as an art form. Join us to learn more about the importance of documenting and preserving the history of the game business. The Mixer is free and all-ages. Join us for networking and refreshments from 5PM- 6PM, with an available bar, and for Fries’ presentation, 6PM – 7PM at KEXP’s gathering space.
About the presenter:
Ed Fries created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986, and spent the next ten years as one of the early developers of Excel and Word. He left the Office team to pursue his passion for interactive entertainment and created Microsoft Game Studios. Over the next eight years he grew the team from 50 people to over 1200, published more than 100 games including more than a dozen million+ sellers, co-founded the Xbox project, and made Microsoft one of the leaders in the video game business. In 2004, Ed retired as a Microsoft Vice President and began working as a board member and advisor with entrepreneurs in the video game business as well as serving on the board of many non-profit organizations, including the Pacific Science Center and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Location: KEXP – 472 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109