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BioWare names Gary McKay as new studio GM

BioWare names Gary McKay as new studio GM

Mass Effect and Dragon Age maker BioWare has a new studio general manager in Gary McKay.

Revealed on the company's website, this news follows him joining the developer back in January 2020 as head of development operations before being named as interim GM in December.

McKay has worked in the games industry for 23 years, starting out as franchise development director for BioWare owner EA bak in 1998. Since then he has held roles at the likes of Propaganda Games, Gree and Roadhouse Interactive.

“I started my career in the industry with EA back in 1998,” McKay said.

“It was so exciting to see the studio and company grow in the early days. I spent the next seven years with EA before moving on. But now you could say I’ve come full circle.”

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” he continues. “When you spend over 20 years in the industry, there are a small handful of studios on your bucket list in terms of teams you’d want to work with — and BioWare is at the top of my list. This studio is unique in that it has an incredible history of building critically successful games and universes that are truly beloved by so many fans. For me, success is all about rebuilding that reputation, and delivering on that promise of quality.”

He continued: “We’re laser-focused on releasing the types of games BioWare has built a reputation on; high-quality console, PC, and online RPG games with rich stories, unforgettable characters, and vast worlds. We continue to work on the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect — and this is a milestone year being the 10th anniversary with more to come from Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

This comes in the wake of previous studio GM, Casey Hudson, leaving BioWare bak in December 2020.

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