Archive - James Brightman

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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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eSports awareness to surge past 1 billion consumers in 2016 - Newzoo

A month ago Research firm credits increased media exposure, publisher involvement and formation of more leagues


14 Disney Infinity is dead as Disney exits game publishing

A month ago Avalanche is being shuttered and 300 jobs are now lost as a result

Star Wars Battlefront ships 14m copies, EA enjoys "phenomenal" FY2016

A month ago “We grew non-GAAP net revenue, profitability and cash flow to record highs,” said CFO Blake Jorgensen


1 "It's impossible not to consider mobile these days"

A month ago We talk to Sony and analysts about the trend of AAA titles getting pre-release companion apps

3 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare negativity doesn't worry Eric Hirshberg

A month ago Activision Publishing boss says Black Ops II went through the same bad reaction at its reveal

GTA III, The Sims among 2016 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

A month ago The Strong museum in Rochester, New York has announced its second annual list of games inducted into its Hall of Fame

1 Steam updates user reviews to show a game's score over time

A month ago System will now show most recent user reviews to reflect how games can change after release

Respawn is latest EA partner on Star Wars

A month ago Titanfall studio making a third-person action adventure, led by former God of War director Stig Asmussen


1 VR market fallout may lead to lots of new indies - Adelman

A month ago Marketing and biz dev specialist offers key advice for indies, thoughts on VR and Nintendo

Gears of War 4 would have cost Epic $100m - Sweeney

A month ago Epic CEO also laments how "toxic and destructive" some publishing arrangements can be

Vivendi increases its stake in Ubisoft to almost 18%

A month ago The company denies that it's trying to take over the Assassin's Creed publisher, however

Ubisoft's The Division pushes digital sales up 5% in March - SuperData

A month ago Total digital game sales reached $6.2bn, driven by digital console revenue, which climbed 23%


Rovio ups the ante on Angry Birds marketing

A month ago Angry Birds Action! is a new pinball-styled game to serve as the focal point for marketing around The Angry Birds Movie

ESL launching 24/7 eSports channel

A month ago The world's first eSports-focused TV channel will go live in Nordic and Baltic countries next month


Early Access "good for our whole industry" - Daybreak

2 months ago Laura Naviaux Sturr, Daybreak's chief publishing officer, on adapting to new business models and bringing H1Z1 into the world of eSports

Xbox Live sees growth but hardware dips in Microsoft's Q3

2 months ago Xbox Live monthly active user base stands at 46 million

Mobile to overtake PC in $99.6bn global games market - Newzoo

2 months ago As the global games market approaches $100bn this year, Newzoo expects mobile to account for 37% of revenues


Platinum Games' president has stepped down - Report

2 months ago Tatsuya Minami has been replaced by Kenichi Sato at the Star Fox Zero developer

China leapfrogs Japan in iOS revenue - App Annie

2 months ago Big year-over-year growth due to core games means China is now second to the US in iOS revenue

eSports involvement actually greater among women than men - PwC

2 months ago "The eSports consumer is young, racially diverse, tech-savvy and often female"

1 PlayStation VR to see greater demo presence at GameStop

2 months ago CEO Paul Raines says "I expect we'll have a lot of demos in stores, unlike the Oculus or HTC"


GameStop unveils publishing label GameTrust

2 months ago Retailer officially moves into publishing, initially only with smaller indie titles, Mark Stanley tells us


1 "I don't want a world where games try to be more like Hollywood"

2 months ago Chair Entertainment's Donald Mustard talks Spyjinx, JJ Abrams and how there could be a "bloodbath" in the VR market

1 Rockstar: Benzies' claims "downright bizarre"

2 months ago Representative for the GTA studio speaks out, notes that Benzies exhibited "significant performance and conduct issues"

Oculus: "We've taken steps to address the component shortage"

2 months ago VR company apologizes again for the bigger-than-expected delays that many of its customers have been seeing since launch