Epic Games Enlists Laura Fryer to Lead Seattle Studio
Industry heavyweight takes the helm of new West Coast operation
CARY, N.C. (October 18, 2012) – 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 company’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.’ internal studios in the Seattle area, including Monolith, creator of the recently released “Gotham City Impostors” and upcoming “Guardians of Middle Earth.”
One of Microsoft Game Studios’ first employees, Fryer shipped numerous games as a producer, and also conceived and produced Microsoft’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 “Gears of War” and “Gears of War 2.”
“Laura Fryer is one of the brightest leaders of the game industry today, and we’re thrilled to have her guide our new Seattle studio,” said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps. “Laura was a key member of the ‘Gears of War’ team, and we’ve long hoped to work with her again.”
Fryer has been listed as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 12 Most Influential Women in Gaming,” Next Generation’s “Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women,” and Gamasutra’s “Top 20 Women in Games.”
Epic is recruiting exceptional programmers and senior-level talent specializing in online game services and the infrastructure to support them for its Seattle office. Job listings can be found at http://www.epicgames.com/careers/seattle.