Archive - James Brightman

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James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously EIC and co-founder of IndustryGamers and spent several years leading GameDaily Biz prior to that.

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Ubisoft sees sales shrink in Q2 but rise 65% for first half

Yesterday Watch Dogs has now shipped 9 million units, and Ubi's digital sales increased more than 90%

Madden, mobile and digital drive EA to record Q2

3 days ago Electronic Arts has raised its Fiscal Year 2015 net revenue and earnings per share guidance; Battlefield Hardline to ship next March


2 "Scared blank check journalism appears to be the status quo"

4 days ago Shacknews' new CEO Asif Khan on the latest incarnation of the site and the challenges of games journalism today


40 Are there lines games shouldn't cross?

4 days ago Can a dev go too far with violence? What about moral responsibility? Laws aren't the answer, but what is? Rami Ismail, Warren Spector and more discuss

4 Xbox console sales jump 102% in Q1

8 days ago Microsoft's revenue during the first quarter increased 25% to $23.2 billion


NCsoft lays off "around 60" at Carbine Studios

8 days ago Wildstar developer suffers cuts as NCsoft West undergoes key restructuring and further layoffs

ESA Foundation grants $90,000 to women and minority students

8 days ago The scholarships will help them pursue video game-related college degrees


2 With Riccitiello, is Unity planning something big?

9 days ago Analysts weigh in on what the appointment means - could the company be aiming for an IPO?

2 VR sweet spot no more than $200 - EEDAR

9 days ago EEDAR survey of consumers finds cost is still the biggest factor despite high level of interest in VR headsets


18 Destructoid EIC quits over disagreement with management

10 days ago Dale North says goodbye to popular consumer website after nearly a decade

6 Console declines delay $100 billion mark for industry to 2019 - DFC

10 days ago DFC Intelligence is revising its global forecast because consoles are "losing their second tier audience"

iPhone up, iPad down as Apple sees Q4 sales rise 12%

11 days ago The iPhone 6 has been a big boost for Apple, but the company had another miss with iPad

15 Our House Rules

11 days ago Commenting guidelines for what's allowed, not allowed and how you can make a better environment

3 Destiny, PS4 lead sales boost for US games biz in Sept - NPD

15 days ago Bungie's latest topped the charts and hardware sales soared; Sony says September was biggest month in PS Store history


Quantic Dream boss re-elected as EGDF president

15 days ago Guillaume de Fondaumiere will continue to lead while Hendrik Lesser has been elected vice president

7 ESA: "There's no place in the video game community for threats"

16 days ago US video game trade association speaks out on the growing number of harassment cases in the industry


3 Turbine hit with layoffs as part of "strategic alignment"

16 days ago Warner Bros. has confirmed an unspecified number of job cuts at the Infinite Crisis developer

1 Games driving "nearly all" Google Play's revenue growth in US

16 days ago New App Annie report says huge increases in the US and South Korea helped fuel Google Play

No Man's Sky dev among first speakers at DICE 2015

16 days ago Initial lineup includes Sean Murray, Ru Weerasuriya, Tracy Fullerton and Tom Kalinske

85 "There is a literal war in this industry on women" - Wu

17 days ago Giant Spacekat dev appears on MSNBC, CNN as GamerGate controversy starts grabbing national media attention

36 Brianna Wu is latest dev threatened and driven out of home

18 days ago The head of development at Giant Spacekat got police involved after several disturbing threats on Twitter

8 Xbox One deserves to be "first class citizen" for indie games - Spencer

21 days ago Xbox boss explains the parity clause that Microsoft enforces to discourage Xbox One releases becoming afterthoughts

10 Ubisoft "does not constrain its games"

21 days ago Publisher addresses concerns that it downgraded Assassin's Creed: Unity

Amazon to open physical retail store in NYC

22 days ago The leading online retailer is about to open its first store opposite the Empire State Building


Sleepy Giant lays off 18

22 days ago People let go after work completed on projects like Disney Infinity and Elder Scrolls Online