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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1 Unraveling Coldwood's change in design philosophy

5 hours ago Martin Sahlin, Creative Director at Coldwood, talks about Unravel's reception and why it's a game he simply needed to make

King's profit and sales fall in 2015

23 hours ago Full-year results for the Candy Crush company show profit down 10% with revenues dipping 12%

China's mobile market shifts toward hardcore gaming - Report

2 days ago Research from DataEye and Niko Partners shows a maturing market that could see consolidation in the near future

Magic Leap, Virtuix become ESA members

2 days ago The AR and VR companies are the latest to join the Entertainment Software Association

Watch Gabe Newell, Palmer Luckey and more talk VR

2 days ago The Vision Summit 2016 keynote is kicking off at 10AM Pacific and you can watch the live stream along with us


SMITE developer opens new Brighton, UK office

2 days ago Hi-Rez looking to focus on the European community, appoints Veronique Lallier as Vice President of European Publishing

Mad Catz axing 37% of staff as Q3 profit dips 10%

3 days ago Rock Band sell-through failed to meet expectations, which led to higher inventory balances and lower margins

2 Morhaime: "You can't really distinguish eSports from game development"

4 days ago Blizzard CEO talks about the importance of the sector to his studio's growth


5 Does GameStop's future lie in publishing?

9 days ago Analysts discuss the implications of the retailer's first publishing deal with Insomniac

23 The Witness is being heavily pirated

14 days ago Jonathan Blow says piracy could impact his making another game

6 Star Wars Battlefront passes 13m shipped as EA exceeds Q3 guidance

15 days ago GAAP net revenues were flat, however, and the publisher lost $45 million [UPDATE: physical sales dominated digital for Star Wars]


GameStop makes publishing debut with Insomniac's Song of the Deep

15 days ago GameStop's Mark Stanley and Insomniac's Ted Price and Brian Hastings on why the retailer is publishing the studio's Metroidvania-style game

Jason Citron lands $20m for Discord

17 days ago Hammer & Chisel founder seeing more than 1 million users a month joining the voice/text chat app for gamers

eSports market to grow 43% to $463m in 2016 - Newzoo

18 days ago Research firm expects US to lead the burgeoning eSports market, which should eclipse $1 bilion by 2019

Randy Pitchford, Penn Jillette to kick off DICE 2016

22 days ago Gearbox president joined by famous magician to perform magic trick "that will move from the live theater to virtual reality"

1 Developers show rising confidence in VR/AR and eSports - GDC survey

23 days ago GDC's latest survey shows almost 90% of devs believe eSports to be a long-term sustainable business; 75% for VR/AR


4 John Smedley reveals new studio Pixelmage Games

24 days ago "Honestly being a publisher is highly overrated these days," the former Sony Online exec tells

1 Game of War leads TV ad spend surge in 2015

A month ago report shows 47% increase in TV ad spending by game companies with a media value of $630 million

2 Oculus open to subsidizing Rift in the future

A month ago For now, the company just wanted to ensure it's at the break-even point, says Nate Mitchell

Metal Gear Solid V, The Witcher 3 among top noms for 2016 GDC Awards

A month ago Both titles have earned nominations in four categories, including Game of the Year

StartEngine Crowdfunding lands $5.5m

A month ago Howard Marks' equity crowdfunding platform will use the new funds to bolster marketing efforts

Windows Store adopts IARC rating system

A month ago Microsoft app store for PC, tablet and phones will use the streamlined content rating process

26 Oculus Rift priced $600, ships in March

A month ago The much anticipated VR headset finally has a retail price [Update: Palmer Luckey says Rift "obscenely cheap"]

5 Oculus rewarding dev kit backers with free Kickstarter Edition Rift

A month ago Oculus thanking its early supporters with free VR headset

6 VR installed base to hit 38.9m by year-end - SuperData

A month ago Research firm expects total VR gaming market, driven by mobile, to be worth $5.1 billion in 2016