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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

CCP exits the VR business

EVE Online studio has shuttered its Atlanta studio and is selling its Newcastle studio - the strategy shift impacts about 100 staff

By James Brightman

AIAS President Meggan Scavio unloads the DICE

The former GDC director wants to make DICE more accessible to smaller studios and indies, to ensure it's "fully representative of the industry"

By James Brightman

Intel: VR is "eye-opening moment" for computing

Kim Pallister, director of the Intel VR Center of Excellence, on the chip maker's goals for VR and why it sees VR making esports more accessible

By James Brightman

The games industry responds to #MeToo

"By acting now, we can save countless individuals from physical, mental, and emotional pain, suffering, and distress"

By James Brightman

How games PR can work more effectively with the media

Tips and best practices on how to pitch websites and gain more exposure for your clients

By James Brightman

Chinese firm Leyou buys 20% of Certain Affinity for $10m

Co-developer of Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops excited to "create an ambitious and exciting new game together"

By James Brightman

VR chasm of disappointment becoming more of an abyss?

Analysts weigh in on whether the latest Oculus announcements this week will move the needle for VR adoption

By James Brightman

Oculus wants to replace your computer monitor

New Core 2.0 update introduces Dash 3D overlay for computing

By James Brightman

Oculus Go to ship early next year for $199

New standalone VR headset finds the "sweet spot" between affordability and quality, says Mark Zuckerberg

By James Brightman

Rising game dev costs put squeeze on mid-tier studios

inXile's Brian Fargo, Hidden Path's Jeff Pobst and Turtle Rock's Steve Goldstein weigh in on the growing gap between gaming's haves and have-nots

By James Brightman

Hulu jumps into esports

Streaming network signs deal to order four original series from ESL

Leap Motion opens new research studio in London

VR/AR filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda will lead the new office as VP of Design and Global Creative Director

By James Brightman

SpecialEffect's One Special Day raises 300,000 for charity

The money will go towards SpecialEffect's work in creating ways for people with disabilities to experience video games

By James Brightman

Middle-earth: Shadow of War: Critical Consensus

Does the latest romp in Tolkien's fantasy world live up to the hype? Mostly, but less is more, critics note, as the game feels bloated

By James Brightman

Turtle Rock's VR push: "It really is the future of computing"

Left 4 Dead studio will continue traditional development but envisions always having a team dedicated to VR, says GM Steve Goldstein

By James Brightman

Switch physical US software sales tracking ahead of Nintendo platforms since '95

"Third-party support seems to be gaining momentum regularly," says NPD analyst Mat Piscatella

By James Brightman

Zynga hires Tesla veteran Phuong Phillips as Chief Legal Officer

Phillips will oversee all legal affairs and government relations for Zynga

PUBG helps drive digital game sales up 11% in August - SuperData

Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Madden NFL 18 also contributed to the rise in digital sales for the month

By James Brightman

Ubisoft management gets big support as Vivendi threat looms

"We are delighted with the massive support of shareholders, which strengthens our determination and ability to defend the interests of all shareholders"

By James Brightman

GamesIndustry.biz's Best Places to Work Awards: In Pictures

If you missed the event, here are photos to celebrate our first ever Best Places to Work Awards

By James Brightman

HTC Vive giving devs 100% of Viveport revenue for holidays

Company also increasing rev share on Viveport Arcade Manager and leading $4m investment into VRChat

By James Brightman

Ukie unveils new plan to boost West Midlands games sector

A two-year funded program will be put in place thanks to Coventry and Warwickshire LEP

By James Brightman

Giving indies "every chance of success"

How Team17 is helping Finnish developer Riku Tamminen realize his dream with new IP Mugsters

By James Brightman

Oculus introduces new audio tools for VR devs

"Sound is crucial when it comes to creating a believable VR experience"

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