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 at AOL prior to that.

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Games finally becoming a mature entertainment biz - Zelnick

4 days ago Take-Two boss weighs in on evolution of the industry, Nintendo's feast-or-famine cycle, VR, and his company's new indie program

Overwatch tops US sales during June slump

7 days ago Blizzard's latest was a strong performer but the industry saw sales dip 26% overall

ESA adds three new members

8 days ago Nordic Games, Technicolor and Pop Up Gaming have joined the US industry trade group

3 Valve warns 23 gambling sites as Twitch bans popular streamer

8 days ago Steam platform holder gives sites 10 days to comply and Twitch has now banned its most popular CS:GO gambling streamer, Phantoml0rd

1 eSports growth slowing but market to pass $1bn in 2017 - SuperData

9 days ago Sponsorship money slowed by fraud among live streamers, Joost van Dreunen tells us

Jobs

1 Crossy Road studio Hipster Whale expands into publishing

9 days ago The Australian mobile studio has hired Atari and Krome vet Clara Reeves to run the business

Pokemon GO drives Nintendo market cap past Sony

9 days ago Nintendo's value has doubled, approaching $40 billion, thanks to Niantic's Pokemon mobile game

Ubisoft's sales climb 44% as Vivendi increases stake in publisher

10 days ago Vivendi now holds over 20% of the voting rights in Ubisoft

China overtakes US in iOS game revenues - App Annie

10 days ago And Japan now finds itself in third place on iOS, according to the market intelligence firm

Xbox One S "launch edition" to ship August 2 for $399

11 days ago Release dates for the smaller hard drive versions have not been provided yet

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Pokemon GO shows us the power of brands and AR

Opinion 14 days ago Weekly roundup: Nintendo flexes its muscle, PewDiePie is vindicated, and Valve finally distances itself from gambling

7 Pokemon GO is now the biggest US mobile game ever

15 days ago Niantic's insta-hit has topped Twitter's daily users and sees more engagement than Facebook

2 Jagex acquired by Chinese investors

15 days ago RuneScape developer teams with investors to form a new dedicated Chinese games company

3 Valve demands that gambling sites cease operations through Steam

15 days ago "We have no business relationships with any of these sites. We have never received any revenue from them," says Valve's Erik Johnson

1 Unity raises $181 million to drive VR/AR

16 days ago DFJ Growth's Barry Schuler will take a seat on Unity's board of directors as part of the deal

7 Splash Damage sold to Chinese poultry firm

18 days ago Leyou will acquire the developer from Paul Wedgwood, along with Fireteam and Warchest

6 G2A will allow developers to apply for royalties, adds seller verification

18 days ago Controversial key reseller finally addresses major concern highlighted by Tinybuild's Alex Nichiporchik

1 NPD finally launches digital tracking to address "long-standing need"

18 days ago With backing from most of the publishers, NPD is looking to expand its service in the coming weeks/months, Liam Callahan tells us

Nintendo faces its biggest test yet

Opinion 21 days ago Weekly roundup: Nintendo talks Wii U and NX, CS:GO gambling site owner comes under fire, Ubi continues to fight for independence

13 Wii U was expected to sell 100 million units

22 days ago Nintendo talks about the failed console, and it now expects any new games to sell 2m units worldwide

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EA Originals "genuinely comes from us wanting more innovation and creativity"

23 days ago EA global publishing boss Laura Miele talks to us about the vision for EA Originals, how Star Wars is attracting talent and more

Video games on Kickstarter raise just $8.2m in first half of 2016 - ICO

28 days ago That's down from more than $20m in the previous period, but the ratio of successfully funded projects has increased

Jobs

Jobs roundup: Karl Magnus Troedsson leaves EA DICE for Raw Fury

28 days ago Also, App Annie hired a new CMO, ESL made several exec appointments and Ripstone brings on Mike Rose

3 Only 3.5% of gamers make in-app purchases - AppsFlyer

29 days ago These users are whales, spending 30 times more than the average gamer

11 Nintendo NX may capitalize on "largely ignored" kids market - DFC

29 days ago "Someone is going to come along and take advantage of the opportunity to make games simple again"