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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

Wargaming opens mobile publishing division

Mobile program free for six months "with no obligations", UPDATE: Will cover Unreal licensing costs

By James Brightman

ESL partners with University of York to develop eSports talent

Collaboration will involve teaching, research into eSports innovations and career development for students

Xbox One X to sell 17m by 2021 - DFC

Even with 4K TV sales on the rise, Xbox One X will only appeal to a narrow demographic, says David Cole

By James Brightman

id veteran Steve Nix launches publishing label

ForwardXP promises to "pay higher royalty rates and actually pay them quickly"

By James Brightman

Nintendo confirms Super NES Classic to launch on September 29

The company's worst kept secret is now a reality; system includes 21 games in total [UPDATE: Nintendo to produce "significantly more" than NES Classic]

By James Brightman

Gamescom 2017 expands its exhibition space

By adding hall 1 of the Cologne fair grounds, gamescom 2017 will cover a gross exhibition space of 201,000 square metres

E3 is over and investors are hammering GAME, GameStop

After an E3 filled with great games, you might think retailers could get a little boost, but that's not the case

By James Brightman

Tencent pursuing Rovio buyout - Report

Update: Rovio statement skirts around Tencent buyout, but addresses a "possible" IPO in the future

By James Brightman

Scopely raises $60m with injection from AOL founding team

Company behind The Walking Dead: Road to Survival has grown its revenues nine-fold in nine quarters

By James Brightman

Colombia's Brainz adds ex-Miniclip CTO to its board

Camilo Marrugo, former Chief Technology Officer at Miniclip, joins board as Brainz works on new RTS, World War Doh

E3 games feature more multi-gender options than ever before

Feminist Frequency's findings indicate progress, and indeed, the group had a direct impact on Dishonored 2, Harvey Smith revealed

By James Brightman

Ubisoft CEO: "Streaming will be the next big thing"

Yves Guillemot answers questions about Ubisoft and the industry in a Reddit AMA

By James Brightman

Yo-kai Watch dev Level-5 acquires Keiji Inafune's Comcept

The first fruit of this merger will be an iOS and Android title called Dragon Colonies

By James Brightman

Mario Kart VR coming to Bandai Namco's VR Zone Arcade

Nintendo may not be ignoring VR after all; Mario Kart is being promoted for the VR arcade in Shinjuku, Tokyo

By James Brightman

Sony puts E3 2017 spotlight on VR, Spider-Man, God of War

Six new PSVR games were shown, including Skyrim VR, and Insomniac's Spider-Man is a "true exclusive" says Shawn Layden

By James Brightman

Xbox One X: Analysts concur that $499 is "a tough sell"

"The price point is the most obvious weakness, giving Sony an opportunity to drop its current PS4 Pro to $350 and raise the stakes"

By James Brightman

Starbreeze acquires location-based VR firm Enterspace

Enterspace will open its first VR Experience center in central Stockholm later this fall

Xbox comes out guns-a-blazin' at E3 2017

The sheer number of gorgeous-looking games on display shows perhaps that teraflops really do matter

By James Brightman

Star Wars Battlefront II grabs spotlight at EA Play 2017

EA decided to show off a full 30 minutes of multiplayer gameplay, and also teased BioWare's new IP among other titles

By James Brightman

Double Eleven publicly disavows Testology

"We do not tolerate religious persecution in any form"

By James Brightman

Twitch veteran to lead publisher relations for Discord

Andy Swanson will look to forge further relationships with publishers and developers for the popular gaming chat app

By James Brightman

Microsoft unlocks more RAM on Scorpio for developers

The hardware comes with 12GB of RAM, and now 9GB will be made available for games

By James Brightman

eSports investment group aXiomatic appoints Jeff Vinik co-chair

Vinik is owner and chairman of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and minority owner of Fenway Sports Group

Arms: Critical Consensus

Nintendo's newest IP for Switch is being welcomed with... wait for it... open arms

By James Brightman

Video games in US to grow to $28.5 billion by 2021 - PwC

Latest forecast from PwC estimates 13 million high-end VR headsets in the US with VR content driving $5 billion in sales

By James Brightman

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