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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

Oculus: The Climb is Rift's best-seller to date

It's one of several titles that have made over $1m on the Oculus store alone, according to Jason Rubin

By James Brightman

Roblox expects to pay $30m to devs this year

Kids-focused user-generated platform seeing 10x increase in developer earnings over past three years

By James Brightman

WoW composer Russell Brower made redundant

Position of 12 years eliminated but "there is an excellent chance I will continue to contribute to Blizzard's projects as a freelance composer"

PS4, Tekken 7 drive June US game sales - NPD

Hardware was up 27% y-o-y thanks to PS4 and Nintendo Switch

By James Brightman

Digital game sales to reach $7.8 billion this year - SuperData

Video game DLC and microtransactions to drive $4 billion in sales alone, says research firm

By James Brightman

BioWare once again to be led by Casey Hudson

Three years after leaving, Hudson is back to serve as GM as Aaryn Flynn departs the studio

By James Brightman

Ubisoft's sales are more than 80% digital

No new major releases in Q1, but overall sales still climbed 45% for the French publisher

By James Brightman

VR hand tracking firm Leap Motion raises $50m

“Natural input through full hand tracking is inseparable and fundamental to the future of VR/AR"

By James Brightman

Walking Dead dev Next Games acquires Lume Games

Studio behind The Walking Dead: No Man's Land will leverage Lume's expertise to make new mobile AR title

By James Brightman

Ataribox will be similar to NES Classic

There will be a focus on delivering classic Atari content, but unlike Nintendo, new content will be offered as well

By James Brightman

Autodesk will no longer sell game middleware

While the company's Stingray engine is unaffected, Scaleform, Navigation, HumanIK, and Beast are all being discontinued

By James Brightman

Games business worth $200 billion by 2021 - Digi-Capital

Firm says this year will see hardware and software drive $150 billion in revenues, but it's become a "two speed market"

By James Brightman

Oculus permanently bundles Touch with Rift at $499

The news seemingly confirms that the $400 sale really is just for a limited time

By James Brightman

Nintendo ends New Nintendo 3DS production in Japan

It seems that the larger New Nintendo 3DS XL will still be manufactured, however [UPDATE: New 3DS also discontinued in Europe, no impact on 3DS in America]

By James Brightman

ESL adds new chief marketing officer and chief revenue officer

Global esports firm hires Rodrigo Samwell as CMO and Martin Hubert as CRO

VR criticism "a little unfair" - Fargo

Industry vet still a big believer in VR, targeting 2019 for his server-based open-world survival VR title

By James Brightman

Brian Fargo's inXile secures $4.5m investment from gumi VR

Veteran plans to follow Mage's Tale with open-world survival VR title; gumi investment is part equity, part funding for development

By James Brightman

Riot, Jagex become newest Ukie members

"Huge increase in applications to join the network" as membership grows to 365 companies

By James Brightman

Twitch hires social media vet as new SVP of Marketing

Kate Jhaveri, who led global consumer marketing at Twitter, will now lead global marketing and communications for Twitch

By James Brightman

VR leaders won't emerge for another couple years - Climax

Climax Studios CEO Simon Gardner on the still challenging VR space, which he says no one realistically expected to take off in 2016 or 2017

By James Brightman

FunRock expands with new office in Egypt

Swedish mobile developer looks to cater to the MENA market

By James Brightman

Sony adds PS4 games to PS Now

Library of streaming titles hits 500 as Sony brings back $9.99 pricing for new subscribers only

Madcatz vet Jon Middleton to push Madefire towards gaming audience

Middleton hired as CRO as Motion Books publisher looks to add game-based properties to its platform

Video game distributors prepare for digital future

Alliance rebrands and moves into digital publishing - "We believe consumers will access all software digitally," CEO Jay Gelman says

By James Brightman

IGDA executive director Kate Edwards steps down

Trent Oster to serve as interim executive director while IGDA searches for replacement [UPDATE: Edwards never planned on staying more than a few years]

By James Brightman

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