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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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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

9 Game publishers treading carefully at E3 in wake of Orlando tragedy

2 months ago "Steps are being taken by individual publishers to be sensitive to the national mood at the moment," says ESA boss Mike Gallagher

League of Legends generates $150m a month - SuperData

2 months ago PC online multiplayer space to approach $20bn this year thanks in part to MOBAs like LoL

Digital games to account for a third of console revenues in 2020 - PwC

2 months ago "In some ways it's surprising that physical game disks will continue to be a major force by 2020"


Xbox Live Arcade creator wants you to join his Sparcade

2 months ago Greg Canessa explains to why he believes his asynchronous multiplayer competitive platform will be “transformative for mobile”

eSports' "path to profitability farther off than VR" for publishers - Pachter

2 months ago Despite the slow ramp up of headsets, VR should monetize better for publishers in the next few years, the analyst says

EGX secures major Amazon partnership

2 months ago Amazon will support EGX with a marketing campaign and Amazon's website will also host an EGX hub of content


New hire roundup: Google expands its VR team

2 months ago Elsewhere, former Lionhead art director Kelvin Tuite has joined Sumo Digital, and Zynga has doubled down on social casino

1 EA veteran David DeMartini passes away

2 months ago Former Oculus exec, head of EA Partners and EA Origin is sadly no longer with us

8 ESA: The 50-plus gamer crowd has passed 40m in the US

2 months ago 75% of the over 50 demographic plays games on a weekly basis; developers need to pay attention to this older audience


1 "I'm doing this because I'm a gamer"

2 months ago Ready at Dawn's Ru Weerasuriya says he puts fun and creativity above profit; he talks to us about VR and his new co-op melee game De-formers

Microsoft seeking to control VR/AR ecosystem

2 months ago Microsoft is inviting other manufacturers to build devices with Windows Holographic

3 Xbox One gets $50 price cut leading into E3

2 months ago With rumors swirling about new Xbox hardware at E3, Microsoft has dropped the price on Xbox One through June 13

2 Supercell "printing money" with Clash games - SuperData

3 months ago Both Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are generating $100m a month as digital sales in April climbed 5% to $6.2 billion

PlayStation 4 sales exceed 40m worldwide

3 months ago Sony notes that the PS4 continues to be the company's fastest-selling console in its history

Former Valve employee alleges she was fired for being transgender

3 months ago Plaintiff says Valve referred to her as "it" - she's seeking $3.1 million in damages

3 BAFTA to honor Amy Hennig

3 months ago Former Uncharted writer/director to receive a BAFTA Special Award next month


Daydream could make mobile VR matter

Opinion 3 months ago Weekly recap: Mobile VR gets a big push, Nintendo goes Hollywood, and E3 may mark the beginning of half-step console upgrades


1 It's not the platform holder's job to make your game succeed - Robot

3 months ago Patrick Hudson, CEO of Orcs Must Die! developer Robot Entertainment, discusses discoverability, managing studio growth and an uptick in paid games

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

3 months ago Research firm credits increased media exposure, publisher involvement and formation of more leagues


14 Disney Infinity is dead as Disney exits game publishing

3 months ago Avalanche is being shuttered and 300 jobs are now lost as a result

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

3 months 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"

3 months 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

3 months 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

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