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May 21, 2008 Article Start Previous Page 6 of 21 Next

Laura Fryer

Executive Producer, Microsoft Games Studios

Career overview

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 of War.

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 -- 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.

Major accomplishments

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 years.


While 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 the globe.

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?!

Her work 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."

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