The Vice President of Xbox Game Studios and head of the Halo Series' 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross, has entered the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) Hall of Fame. The accolade was announced during the DICE Awards where God of War otherwise swept the table.
Besides playing a key role in the six billion dollar franchise as it has expanded, Ross was also considered due to her "key voice in promoting STEM and diversity efforts across the gaming industry amongst women, under-represented minorities and children," according to the AIAS website.
Ross has worked with Microsoft since the mid-nineties and has had roles in several key titles of the last couple of decades, including Mass Effect, Gears of War and every Halo release since ODST, including the expansion of the universe into its short movies and best-selling novelisations.
Elsewhere at the DICE Awards the evening was dominated by God of War which walked away with nine awards including Game of the Year. The only other game to receive multiple awards was Celeste which received a statue for Best Action Game and Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game. Microsoft sadly didn't receive a lot of attention, though Forza Horizon 4 rather unsurprisingly won in the Racing category.
Hopefully this recognition of her efforts so far will boost Ross in pushing the newly branded Xbox Game Studios forward to success, with its impressive collection of acquired developers in tow.
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