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    Ben Board is half of Xbox’s European Developer Account Management team – dev relations, in other words, roaming the continent with a laptop full of facts to share with Xbox and Games for Windows LIVE developers keen to understand the latest platform initiatives, technical details, best practices and policies. Since joining this amazing industry in 1997 his programming and production experience has included Bullfrog, EA and Lionhead, on games totalling 6m sales. He started and ran the Guildford IGDA chapter, judges at the BAFTAs, and has written for books and magazines including Develop, for which he writes a monthly column. He met David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers at the recent Develop conference. His advice for getting a job with Microsoft Games: “It is such a huge and varied operation in Europe. I would first start by recommending it. There are so many different roles it very much depends on what you are looking for. In my own experience I have worked as a project manager/producer with relatively long experience in development which is something that has helped me get my current job. If you want to work for example with the Live team in London, then they are interested in people with online coding and production experience and even with other forms of media experience. If you want to work on the publishing side they are fairly straight publishing jobs. If you want to work at at one of the MG Studios (Microsoft Game Studios) such as Lionhead or Rare, they interested in the usual video game development roles such as artist, programmers, producers, QA and such. There is a range of jobs available, you should definitely get a hold of us if you desire to work for a large company like Microsoft.”

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