Epic Games, Inc. announces the hiring of Laura Fryer as general manager of its new Seattle studio, which is currently focused on engineering efforts for the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s award-winning Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) technology. Fryer brings more than 17 years of industry experience to Epic, where she will manage Epic Games in Seattle and direct its strategic goals.
Prior to joining Epic, Fryer spent four years as general manager of WB Games Seattle, where she oversaw game development for Warner Bros.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ internal studios in the Seattle area, including Monolith, creator of the recently released Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gotham City ImpostorsÃ¢â‚¬Â and upcoming Ã¢â‚¬Å“Guardians of Middle Earth.Ã¢â‚¬Â
One of Microsoft Game StudiosÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first employees, Fryer shipped numerous games as a producer, and also conceived and produced MicrosoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first release of Zone.com. During her tenure, Fryer was also the director of the Xbox Advanced Technology Group and a founding member of the Xbox project. In this role, she cultivated worldwide Xbox Developer Support, launched XNA, created the Xbox Advisory Board and ran Xbox game developer events around the world. As an executive producer at Microsoft Game Studios, Fryer was responsible for shipping Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gears of WarÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gears of War 2.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Laura Fryer is one of the brightest leaders of the game industry today, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re thrilled to have her guide our new Seattle studio,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Laura was a key member of the Ã¢â‚¬ËœGears of WarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ team, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve long hoped to work with her again.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Fryer has been listed as one of The Hollywood ReporterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Top 12 Most Influential Women in Gaming,Ã¢â‚¬Â Next GenerationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Game IndustryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 100 Most Influential Women,Ã¢â‚¬Â and GamasutraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Top 20 Women in Games.Ã¢â‚¬Â