Ted Woolsey of Microsoft Studios Joins Undead Labs
Undead Labs today announced that long-time games industry veteran Ted Woolsey would be joining the studio as their General Manager. He comes to Undead Labs from Microsoft Studios, where he was in charge of building the digital games business for Xbox Live Arcade. He and his team were responsible for inking publishing deals and building relationships with developers such as Mojang, The Behemoth, Klei Entertainment, and Wargaming.
“I have known Jeff and the team at Undead Labs for over four years, after signing the publishing deal for State of Decay. I always enjoyed the time spent with the team, and have been impressed by the caliber of industry talent the studio has attracted. I’m super excited to have joined the team, and am looking forward to helping to grow the State of Decay business.”
“I’m thrilled to have Ted onboard,” said studio founder Jeff Strain. “Ted played a huge role in getting State of Decay signed and into production, and his support for the game and the studio was critical to bringing it across the finish line. His passion for games and proven business track record will allow me to spend more of my time on development, while knowing the studio can scale to take on exciting new opportunities.”
Ted Woolsey has spent over 20 years as an executive in entertainment and technology businesses, developing and publishing game content as well as launching and operating digital platforms and services. He began his career in games first working as the translator for popular Squaresoft, Inc. 16-bit RPG titles such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy III and Secret of Mana, and has subsequently held senior management positions at RealNetworks and Microsoft game divisions.
Ted received his MA in Japanese from the University of Washington after attending the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies and spending time in Tokyo as a full-time translator.
About Undead Labs
Undead Labs is an independently owned development studio based in Seattle, Washington dedicated to taking online gaming in bold new directions while focusing on deep, systems-driven gameplay. The Lab’s first game, the critically acclaimed zombie survival-fantasy title, State of Decay, was the fastest selling original IP ever to hit Xbox Live Arcade, and has sold millions of copies on both Xbox and Steam. The studio announced a long-term partnership with Microsoft in 2014 to continue development of the State of Decay franchise. Their latest title, Moonrise, is a real-time tactical creature battler with light roleplaying elements, planned for release on PC and Mac, and iOS and Android mobile platforms.