Executive Producer, Microsoft Games Studios
Laura Fryer joined Microsoft back in 1995 as one of the first members of
Microsoft Game Studios. There, she has worked on and off during her 13 years in
the industry shipping blockbuster games for the Xbox and Windows platforms. Her
six major titles include Crimson Skies
and, most recently, the acclaimed Gears
Currently, Fryer is focusing on the sequel, Gears of War 2. Fryer is also an advisor
for the Women in Games International, as well as one of the founders of MSN's
casual games site Zone.com -- where she produced Microsoft's first massively
multiplayer game, Fighter Ace 1.0.
From 2000 to 2004 she served as an important member of Microsoft's Xbox team,
where she was the Director of the Xbox Advanced Technology Group.
Frequently recognized as one of the most important women
in the video game industry, Fryer's early influence on Microsoft Game Studies
helped shape innumerous titles that have emerged from the studio over the last 13
working as the Director of the Xbox Advanced Technology Group, Fryer -- a
founding member of the Xbox project -- cultivated worldwide Xbox Developer
Support, created the Xbox Advisory Board, and ran Xbox game developer events around
What her peers say
Sheri: "Laura is a game developer's game
developer. How many other women do you know who stockpile frozen burritos so
when her brother comes to town they can play computer games non-stop?!
with Microsoft's Xbox has shaped the future of the game industry as we know it
and her work with WIGI and with Microsoft's women in games events at GDC has
shaped the future of women in the game industry."