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Space Jam: A New Legacy video game will be written and coded by fans

Published: 17:32, 14 December 2020
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Space Jam: A New Legacy

Aspiring video game developers can now test out their skills by creating an original arcade-style video game inspired by Warner Animation Group's upcoming movie: Space Jam: A New Legacy.w

Microsoft and Space Jam: A New Legacy are coming together for a partnership in the leadup to the film’s release in 2021. In celebration of the new movie, Xbox, Bugs Bunny and LeBron James are teaming up to help the fans write and code some of the game while getting familiar with the basic tools of the trade.

The hunt for the best fan-submitted video game ideas is on. The fans, ages 14 and up, can submit their ideas from December 14 until December 30. Review the Official Rules , select the gaming genre of your choosing using a key image and describe your game idea in less than 500 words.

Two winners will be chosen and have their vision brought to life in the official Space Jam: A New Legacy arcade-style video game, available as the newest Perk for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in 2021.

Winners will also receive the following prizes: their names featured in the game credits; an exclusive winner’s bundle with signed and authenticated LeBron James memorabilia, Space Jam: A New Legacy merchandise and Nike VIP packs, and a personalized Xbox Series S console; a private friends and family screening of the film; and a virtual Microsoft coding workshop for their local community.

To help the would-be coders of all ages jump-start their creativity, Microsoft Stores are hosting free, one-of-a-kind Space Jam: A New Legacy-themed virtual workshops on video game creation

Students will be given a chance to build a playable prototype of a video game using block-based coding on the MakeCode Arcade platform, all while learning about the professional skills and STEAM careers that are involved in game design.

You can find additional resources and other free workshops that teach new skills right here .

In addition, there are two Microsoft Learn lessons targeting more experienced coders, older teens, high school and college-aged students, and adults that focus on how to use player stats to help a coach make real-time decisions in the middle of a game. 

The first lesson will help you predict efficiency ratings with machine learning and Visual Studio Code, using data from human and Tune Squad basketball players. 

The second lesson includes building a web app that uses additional machine learning models in real-time to help a coach decide who needs a water break and who should be put in the game to yield the highest likelihood of winning. 

LeBron James and co-stars Don Cheadle and Cedric Joe will help introduce the Microsoft Store and Learn lessons with short videos focusing on the power of computer science and coding. In the film, Joe plays James’s son Dom, who dreams of being a video game developer.

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