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Epic names Gears of War vet to head Seattle studio

Epic Games still doesn't have a name for its new Seattle studio, but it now has an industry veteran to oversee its operations. Laura Fryer has been named general manager and will focus the studio's development of Unreal Engine 4.

Fryer has been in the industry for 17 years and has a long resume. Her most recent gig was at Warner Bros. in Seattle, where she managed the teams working on Gotham City Imposters and Guardians of Middle-earth. She also worked as executive producer at Microsoft Game Studios, where she was in charge of shipping Gears of War and Gears of War 2. She has also been on several lists as one of the most influential women in the games industry.

"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 in a release. "Laura was a key member of the 'Gears of War' team, and we’ve long hoped to work with her again."

Epic is still looking for programmers and "senior-level talent" in its job listings for the studio.

(Photo courtesy of the New York Times)