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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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Pokemon GO shows us the power of brands and AR

Opinion A month 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

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

2 Jagex acquired by Chinese investors

A month ago RuneScape developer teams with investors to form a new dedicated Chinese games company

3 Valve demands that gambling sites cease operations through Steam

A month 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

A month 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

A month ago Leyou will acquire the developer from Paul Wedgwood, along with Fireteam and Warchest

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

A month 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"

A month 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 A month 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

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


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

A month 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

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


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

A month 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

A month ago These users are whales, spending 30 times more than the average gamer

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

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

1 HTC Vive spearheads $10bn VR VC group

A month ago 27 firms have joined with HTC Vive in the VR Venture Capital Alliance

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood creators form Lightbulb

A month ago The Press Play founders are working on a new PC game, Pioneers


21 Xbox Scorpio, PlayStation Neo an "incredibly positive evolution"

A month ago EA, Ubisoft and Take-Two discuss why Microsoft and Sony launching new consoles more quickly is a big win


5 Brexit: UK game developers share their concerns

A month ago "The negative revolves around skilled talent not wanting or being able to stay, or come to UK."

"Overwatch dominates rankings leaving Battleborn in the dust" - SuperData

2 months ago Overwatch generated $269 million in May as the digital games market climbed to $6 billion overall


3 Oculus: Our exclusive deals are good for the VR industry

2 months ago Head of Content Jason Rubin also stresses that with the launch of Oculus Touch, "We're going to do it the right way this time"


5 E3 Live completely disappoints fans

Opinion 2 months ago "I expected more, at least to play some more...I was like c'mon man, I didn't come here to buy stuff"


1 E3 may need to change but it's still very relevant, say publishers

2 months ago EA, Ubisoft and Take-Two executives explain why E3 matters


26 Why Scorpio and Xbox One S sales don't actually matter

2 months ago Phil Spencer explains why you shouldn't think "that everything we're doing is about selling you an Xbox console"

Xbox One price cut yet again to $279

2 months ago Only a couple weeks after dropping from $349 to $299, Microsoft is looking to clear inventory to make way for Xbox One S