Archive - James Brightman

US Editor

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 prior to that.

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16 Is crowdsourcing less ethical than free-to-play?

A month ago Ben Cousins looks at the "ethical scorecard" for a variety of business models; F2P is under fire from the establishment, he says

40 We must reject stereotypes in games - Manveer Heir

A month ago BioWare designer challenges the industry to stand up and "stop being so scared" to make games that comment on prejudices in society

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7 Oculus in "cloudy phase," aims to attract more content with new dev kit

A month ago Nate Mitchell discusses the "historic challenge" that Rift is facing

GDC

9 Next-gen is "a better marketplace" - EEDAR

In association with QUALCOMM

A month ago EEDAR president Geoffrey Zatkin shares observations on how the new consoles compare to the last generation

2 The Last of Us sells 6 million copies

A month ago Naughty Dog's award-winning title continues to rack up sales for the PS3

9 Xbox One, PS4 drive US retail sales up 9% in February - NPD

A month ago Xbox One and PS4 were neck and neck for the month, helping to boost overall hardware sales by 42%

Jobs

PopCap sees layoffs but "no changes to titles"

A month ago Parent company EA confirmed the job cuts at the studio but would not disclose how many employees were let go

1 Big Fish partners with Boss Fight to offer "deeper" casual games

A month ago Veterans of Halo Wars and CastleVille are looking to Big Fish to distribute their next game

Amazon opens its cloud streaming to devs

A month ago Amazon Web Services is now available for streaming apps and games from the cloud

5 ChangYou investing $600 million in mobile games

A month ago The Chinese online gaming firm is about to get very serious in the mobile space

GDC

GDC's financial impact on San Francisco: $46 million

In association with QUALCOMM

A month ago San Francisco Travel Association weighs in on the importance of the Game Developers Conference to the city

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5 Player retention is the key to success - Steve Nix

A month ago Former id software and GameStop exec launches Yvolver, a new loyalty rewards-based platform to assist mobile developers with engagement

3 Trion launches DRM-free digital platform

A month ago Glyph will offer a wide variety of Trion and third-party games without imposing any DRM restrictions

Jobs

1 Valve VR veteran becomes Oculus' chief architect

A month ago Atman Binstock will be spearheading the new Oculus R&D team based in the Seattle area

1 Raptr now adding 1.5 million users per month

A month ago Online community's focus on PC optimization has helped membership exceed 22 million

SoftBank invests in mobile start-up Turbo Studios

A month ago Newly formed studio in Brooklyn gets backing from same firm that has majority stake in Supercell and GungHo

GDC

99 GDC "opening a curtain" on misogyny, racism and homophobia

In association with QUALCOMM

A month ago Meggan Scavio, GM of GDC events, on the expansion of the advocacy track at this year's conference

Jobs

8 Jack Tretton leaving PlayStation

A month ago SCEA CEO will step down from the role as of March 31; Shawn Layden to take his place

7 The Last of Us hits the big screen

A month ago Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann, creative director on the game, will pen the script for the Screen Gems movie

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52 F2P the “most democratic form of development” - Kabam

A month ago Andrew Sheppard, president of Kabam Studios, talks about the industry's transition to F2P and its fear of the business model

Jobs

Konami promotes Tomohiro Uesugi to president in US

A month ago Executive vp gets promoted, looking to grow sales in the Americas

19 Ouya to start embedding in other hardware

A month ago The Android-based games platform will no longer be exclusive to the $99 Ouya hardware

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8 VR: Palmer Luckey's Quest to Change the World

A month ago The Oculus founder tells us all about the next steps for the VR headset and his goal to forever change humanity

PopCap vets form cloud-based Fixer Studios

A month ago The mobile developer will use a "dynamic staffing system" which means that the workforce is constantly fluctuating based on availability

Jobs

14 Microsoft appoints Stephen Elop to head Xbox

A month ago Former Nokia CEO is taking over the Devices and Studios division, as Julie Larson-Green moves into a new role