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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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Amazon Game Studios signs Rich Hilleman

2 months ago 30-year EA veteran has taken his creative talents to Amazon


Ubisoft: Our VR games will be profitable

2 months ago Alain Corre, head of EMEA, explains why Ubisoft is betting on VR and talks about eSports aspirations


Games finally becoming a mature entertainment biz - Zelnick

2 months ago Take-Two boss weighs in on evolution of the industry, Nintendo's feast-or-famine cycle, VR, and his company's new indie program

Overwatch tops US sales during June slump

2 months ago Blizzard's latest was a strong performer but the industry saw sales dip 26% overall

ESA adds three new members

2 months ago Nordic Games, Technicolor and Pop Up Gaming have joined the US industry trade group

3 Valve warns 23 gambling sites as Twitch bans popular streamer

3 months ago Steam platform holder gives sites 10 days to comply and Twitch has now banned its most popular CS:GO gambling streamer, Phantoml0rd

1 eSports growth slowing but market to pass $1bn in 2017 - SuperData

3 months ago Sponsorship money slowed by fraud among live streamers, Joost van Dreunen tells us


1 Crossy Road studio Hipster Whale expands into publishing

3 months ago The Australian mobile studio has hired Atari and Krome vet Clara Reeves to run the business

Pokemon GO drives Nintendo market cap past Sony

3 months ago Nintendo's value has doubled, approaching $40 billion, thanks to Niantic's Pokemon mobile game

Ubisoft's sales climb 44% as Vivendi increases stake in publisher

3 months ago Vivendi now holds over 20% of the voting rights in Ubisoft

China overtakes US in iOS game revenues - App Annie

3 months ago And Japan now finds itself in third place on iOS, according to the market intelligence firm

Xbox One S "launch edition" to ship August 2 for $399

3 months ago Release dates for the smaller hard drive versions have not been provided yet


Pokemon GO shows us the power of brands and AR

Opinion 3 months ago Weekly roundup: Nintendo flexes its muscle, PewDiePie is vindicated, and Valve finally distances itself from gambling

7 Pokemon GO is now the biggest US mobile game ever

3 months ago Niantic's insta-hit has topped Twitter's daily users and sees more engagement than Facebook

3 Valve demands that gambling sites cease operations through Steam

3 months ago "We have no business relationships with any of these sites. We have never received any revenue from them," says Valve's Erik Johnson

1 Unity raises $181 million to drive VR/AR

3 months ago DFJ Growth's Barry Schuler will take a seat on Unity's board of directors as part of the deal

7 Splash Damage sold to Chinese poultry firm

3 months ago Leyou will acquire the developer from Paul Wedgwood, along with Fireteam and Warchest

5 G2A will allow developers to apply for royalties, adds seller verification

3 months ago Controversial key reseller finally addresses major concern highlighted by Tinybuild's Alex Nichiporchik

1 NPD finally launches digital tracking to address "long-standing need"

3 months ago With backing from most of the publishers, NPD is looking to expand its service in the coming weeks/months, Liam Callahan tells us

Nintendo faces its biggest test yet

Opinion 3 months ago Weekly roundup: Nintendo talks Wii U and NX, CS:GO gambling site owner comes under fire, Ubi continues to fight for independence

13 Wii U was expected to sell 100 million units

3 months ago Nintendo talks about the failed console, and it now expects any new games to sell 2m units worldwide


EA Originals "genuinely comes from us wanting more innovation and creativity"

3 months ago EA global publishing boss Laura Miele talks to us about the vision for EA Originals, how Star Wars is attracting talent and more

Video games on Kickstarter raise just $8.2m in first half of 2016 - ICO

3 months ago That's down from more than $20m in the previous period, but the ratio of successfully funded projects has increased


Jobs roundup: Karl Magnus Troedsson leaves EA DICE for Raw Fury

3 months ago Also, App Annie hired a new CMO, ESL made several exec appointments and Ripstone brings on Mike Rose

3 Only 3.5% of gamers make in-app purchases - AppsFlyer

3 months ago These users are whales, spending 30 times more than the average gamer