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James Brightman, Editor, North America

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.

Recent articles by James Brightman

Loot boxes are not bad game design, say devs

Star Wars aside, loot boxes are here to stay; "It's just us dinosaurs that remember buying a game once for a fixed price and getting a set experience"

By James Brightman

Tencent crosses $500 billion market cap milestone

Gaming giant is the first Chinese tech company to cross that financial mark

By James Brightman

Star Wars Battlefront II: Will EA's concession hurt sales?

Analysts debate the impact of EA's last-minute move to pull microtransactions from the title [UPDATE: EA says it won't impact guidance]

By James Brightman

Mario can't prevent US game sales from falling 11% in October

Nintendo had a great month, but that was offset by an overall decline in software spending

By James Brightman

Facebook launches tools to help creators

A new website and an app to make things easier for online influencers

"We want to be the masters of our own fate"

Gunfire Games on its new VR title From Other Suns, the upcoming Darksiders III and surviving in an industry which sees studio closures all too often

By James Brightman

Epic Games renews EGX Rezzed partnership

Titles in the 'Powered by Unreal Engine' zone will be eligible to have their exhibition space doubled, courtesy of Epic

By James Brightman

Animoca Brands sells casual portfolio for $3.8m

Over $2m is contingent upon the performance of the titles over the next couple years

GameStop suspends its unlimited used games program

The PowerPass program has been "temporarily paused" - customers who purchased a pass will get refunds

By James Brightman

GameStop CEO steps down for medical reasons

Daniel DeMatteo will take over as interim CEO while J. Paul Raines seeks treatment for his "medical reoccurrence"

By James Brightman

Ark dev: "Retail was not something we had planned to do"

Studio Wildcard's Jesse Rapczak on the benefits of retail in a digital era, Ark getting enhanced for Xbox One X, and possibly targeting Switch

By James Brightman

Indies feel the pinch from Sony's new ESRB mandate

Special edition physical versions of online titles have to be rated, and it's not going over well with some small studios

By James Brightman

EA buys Titanfall studio Respawn

Deal could be worth around $450m if the developer hits performance incentives

By James Brightman

Where is VR's Nintendo Switch?

Cloudhead Games CEO Denny Unger says that developers need a device that offers both mobility and a high-powered VR experience

By James Brightman

Harry Potter AR game in the works from Niantic

Pokemon Go creator looking to replicate its mobile success in partnership with Warner Bros

By James Brightman

HTC Vive launches funding program for the arts

Vive to set aside multi-million dollar fund for creation and appreciation of the arts

Zynga turnaround continues, company buys Peak Games' card studio for $100m

Zynga has now posted two consecutive profitable quarters for the first time since going public

By James Brightman

Telltale Games restructures, cuts 90 staff

The layoffs represent about 25% of the workforce and won't affect previously announced projects

By James Brightman

Xbox One X sales estimate nearly doubled by IHSMarkit

Analysts becoming more bullish on the new console's prospects this holiday

By James Brightman

Xbox One X: Critical Consensus

It's a beautifully engineered machine, but are enhanced titles enough to justify the $499 price tag?

By James Brightman

Xbox to make bigger first-party push, could acquire studios

"We need to grow," Xbox boss Phil Spencer tells Bloomberg

By James Brightman

Xbox One X not just for the core crowd - Microsoft

Xbox marketing head Albert Penello explains why Microsoft thinks Xbox One X will sell better than most believe this holiday

By James Brightman

Niantic acquires Evertoon

The social 3D animation studio will help Niantic add more community features to its games

VR devs react to CCP exit: "VR is not dead"

Studios still optimistic about VR's future, saying headlines about its death are simply "scandalous"

By James Brightman

Razer confirms Hong Kong IPO

Gaming accessories firm offering shares that would raise nearly half a billion US dollars

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