Chris Charla
Director, ID@Xbox
Biography
As the director of the ID@Xbox program, Chris Charla helps independent developers self-publish their games on Microsoft’s Xbox One console. Previously, he was portfolio director for Xbox Live Arcade at Microsoft Studios. Before Microsoft, he spent ten years at an independent developer doing everything from level design to original IP and transmedia development, helping the studio grow from twenty-five to more than five hundred people, and finishing as VP of Business Development. Way back in the ancient past, he edited video game magazines and served as the launch editor of IGN.com. In his spare time he creates text adventures and a print fanzine, “Incredibly Strange Games,” which has a website at incrediblystrangegames.com.
Chris Charla
Director, ID@Xbox
SPEAKER FILM
Chris Charla — Level Up
Chris Charla — Level Up

ID@Xbox director Chris Charla explains how the democratization of game development tools is leading to an explosion of more diverse games with richer narratives. Chris believes we've entered a golden age where the next great game could come from a major studio or a twelve year-old on a laptop.