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Cary, U.S.A. — On October 18, Epic Games announced the hiring of Laura Fryer as general manager of its new Seattle studio, which is currently focused on engineering efforts for the companyâs 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.â internal studios in the Seattle area, including Monolith, creator of the recently released âGotham City Impostorsâ and upcoming âGuardians of Middle Earth.â
One of Microsoft Game Studiosâ first employees, Fryer shipped numerous games as a producer, and also conceived and produced Microsoftâs 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 âGears of Warâ and âGears of War 2.â
âLaura Fryer is one of the brightest leaders of the game industry today, and weâre thrilled to have her guide our new Seattle studio,â said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps. âLaura was a key member of the âGears of Warâ team, and weâve long hoped to work with her again.â
Fryer has been listed as one of The Hollywood Reporterâs âTop 12 Most Influential Women in Gaming,â Next Generationâs âGame Industryâs 100 Most Influential Women,â and Gamasutraâs âTop 20 Women in Games.â
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 atÂ http://www.epicgames.com/careers/seattle.
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed toolset and scalability across major platforms. Operating on nine platforms, including PC, consoles and mobile devices, Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developersâ productivity for creating high-quality games, applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment.
Powering hundreds of games and integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including seven Game Developer Front Line Awards and five Develop Industry Excellence Awards. The Unreal Engine also holds a seat in the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame.
Epic recently revealed Unreal Engine 4, winner of multiple Best of E3 2012 awards, which offers unprecedented workflow improvements and graphical capabilities that provide unparalleled accessibility for developers building the next generation of games and applications. For additional information, please visitÂ http://www.unrealengine.com.