Epic Games has hired Laura Fryer as its general manager at its new Seattle studio. The new studio will focus on engineering efforts for its Unreal Engine 4 technology. Fryer has worked 17 years in the industry.
Fryer previously worked at WB Games Seattle as its general manager where she oversaw game development at all of the Warner Bros. internal studios in Seattle, including Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios, and Surreal Software.
She was also one of the first employees at Microsoft Game Studios as one of the original founding members of the Xbox. She helped build up the worldwide Xbox Developer Support, launched XNA, created the Xbox Advisory Board and ran Xbox game developer events around the world. Fryer was an executive producer was also 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."