Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Warner Bros have announced together the upcoming release of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” in 2021. Microsoft Corporation and LeBron James team up with Xbox to encourage coding education and promote the creation of an exclusive Xbox arcade-style movie-inspired video game.
LeBron James and Bugs Bunny are on a hunt for the best fan-submitted video game ideas, as announced on their Instagram. Fans can begin reviewing the official rules on Dec. 14 through Dec. 30 and submit their game ideas on the official contest website. Fans enter the contest by selecting the genre they wish to play using a key image and then describe the game idea in 500 words or less.
Two winning ideas will be turned into a video game, “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” available in 2021 as an Xbox Game Pass Perk for Ultimate members.
The winning names will also be featured in the video game credits; an exclusive winner’s bundle including signed and authenticated “Space Jam: A New Legacy” merchandise and a customized Xbox Series S console; and a virtual Microsoft coding workshop for their local community.
For coders of all ages to jump-start their creativity, Microsoft Stores are hosting free, one-of-a-kind “Space Jam: A New Legacy”-themed virtual workshops in video game creation.
Students will create a playable prototype of a video game on the MakeCode Arcade platform using block-based coding while learning about the professional skills and STEAM careers relevant to game design.
Predicting efficiency ratings in basketball with machine learning and Visual Studio Code, using data from human and Tune Squad basketball players, is the first lesson. In the second lesson, students build a web app that uses additional machine learning models in the real-time. The app helps a coach decide who needs a water break and who should be started in the game to boost the highest chance of winning.
The computer game competition, coding workshops and lessons fit with Microsoft’s expanded skills program, which seeks to help 25 million people learn new technical skills and adapt them to their passions, particularly those from under-represented communities.