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

E3 introduces new series of panels called E3 Coliseum

Geoff Keighley will host two days of discussion with game creators and other special guests

By James Brightman

Skydance hires ex Survios head of studio to lead interactive

Chris Hewish to serve as Executive VP of Interactive, a newly created position at Skydance

PopCap Seattle getting downsized

Studio hit with an unspecified number of layoffs as it "refocuses on key titles"

By James Brightman

Rovio's Q1 2017 sees 94% revenue growth

With new IP Battle Bay about to release, Rovio says Angry Birds franchise "performing extremely well"

Nintendo now believes Switch can reach Wii sales levels

"We have greatly increased the quantity we can produce in a single month," says Tatsumi Kimishima

By James Brightman

Oculus won't have a booth at E3 this year

Virtual reality firm decides to pass on the expo to focus on its other announcements year-round

By James Brightman

VR/AR to "rival the internet" - Riccitiello

Unity boss kicks off the Vision Summit, noting the success and opportunity in the burgeoning VR/AR market

By James Brightman

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sets franchise record in US

Newest Switch title from Nintendo has already sold 459,000 units, making it the fastest-selling in the Mario Kart series

By James Brightman

Watch the 2017 Vision VR/AR Summit here

Oculus CEO Brandon Iribe and Unity CEO John Riccitiello will have a fireside chat

By James Brightman

VR exclusivity should be a last resort - Owlchemy

Job Simulator studio boss Alex Schwartz talks about his approach to the VR market, where it's headed and why AR is much further away

By James Brightman

Overwatch now has 30m players

Blizzard's popular online multiplayer game continues to expand its audience

Nintendo sold 2.3m NES Classics

Unless Nintendo reverses the discontinuation of the popular microconsole, that's the final tally

By James Brightman

Mobile start-up Mech Moca raises $5m

Bangalore-based mobile studio will be targeting India with its games

By James Brightman

Vivendi to attempt hostile bid for Ubisoft this year - Reuters

Reuters' sources claim that this is the year that the French media giant will accelerate its expansion into video games

By James Brightman

NBA 2K eSports league appoints Brendan Donohue as managing director

NBA executive to oversee the new eSports league kicking off its inaugural season in 2018

Nintendo Switch drives March games sales to $1.36B in US - NPD

The hardware category nearly doubled year-over-year thanks to Nintendo's record-breaking Switch launch

By James Brightman

Mobile games booming as global games market hits $108.9B in 2017 - Newzoo

Research firm estimates that smartphone and tablet game revenues will account for 42% of worldwide sales this year

By James Brightman

Gaming video to generate $4.6 billion this year - SuperData

Research firm says there are now 665 million viewers of gaming video content worldwide

By James Brightman

Facebook 360 Capture SDK makes VR sharing possible

The SDK supports Unity and Unreal, so developers can enable players to share their VR gameplay

StarCraft is now free

Blizzard making the 19-year-old game freely available to download in advance of the upcoming StarCraft: Remastered

Nintendo preparing SNES mini for this Christmas - report

Eurogamer has confirmed with "sources close to the company" that another Nintendo microconsole is on the way

By James Brightman

Digital sales now represent 74% of the US game market

The games industry added $11.7 billion to the US GDP in 2016, according to ESA's new Essential Facts report

By James Brightman

Facebook Spaces launches today

The social VR app - Facebook's first attempt to merge its social platform with its VR tech - is now in beta for Oculus Rift

"We want to be the global community for people to play, watch and share games"

Facebook is rolling out new features for Instant Games, Gameroom and its gaming videos

By James Brightman

Can the VR locomotion problem be solved without more hardware?

Survios believes it's on to something; its new system in Sprint Vector may ultimately find itself being utilized across a variety of games

By James Brightman

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