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 prior to that.

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Ubisoft expands Quebec studio to head production on new Assassin's Creed

3 months ago Ubisoft Quebec getting $4 million investment to move into new, cutting-edge studio [UPDATE: Montreal will continue to be a lead studio for AC]


5 Million-dollar mobile budgets are very common now- Chillingo

3 months ago Ed Rumley on savvy consumers, increasing expectations, and bringing new games to market

12 Toxic players are necessary, says Orcs Must Die dev

3 months ago "You need those people there. They're driving the game. They're giving it longevity," explains Jerome K. Jones

4 Google promises "PC gaming graphics in your pocket"

3 months ago New Android version to offer improved visuals; company also unveiled its Android TV product, which plays movies, games and more

9 Oculus: Zenimax seeking to correct a "massive missed opportunity"

4 months ago VR firm has filed an official response to Zenimax's lawsuit, noting that it's a "transparent attempt" to take advantage of sale to Facebook

Game software market to hit $100 billion by 2018 - DFC

4 months ago Big increase in mobile gaming has accelerated DFC's forecast; firm also questions Xbox One strategy

8 Oculus buys Xbox 360 controller design team

4 months ago Seattle-based Carbon Design Group has been acquired by the VR company


Watch: Getting your indie game off the ground at GameHorizon

4 months ago Check out advice on getting your indie game noticed from this panel including SCEE's Shahid Ahmad, Epic's Mark Rein and more

9 Amazon introduces the Fire Phone

4 months ago Online retailer keeps the Fire name for its first ever smartphone - AT&T exclusive launches on July 25

Mobile games market to hit $28.9 billion by 2016 - Juniper

4 months ago Juniper Research says that with the rise of mobile, dedicated gaming devices will serve the niche

10 Nexon CEO: "Precious little good art coming out of industry"

4 months ago Owen Mahoney laments biz dev types taking control, says there's light at end of the tunnel after "five bad years"

Skylanders licensing biz expands

4 months ago Activision has announced even more deals for the popular game/toy franchise

Mario Kart 8, Watch Dogs spark big US game sales in May - NPD

4 months ago Consoles retained momentum as hardware sales jumped 95% over last May, led by PS4


1 Oculus hires Supergiant's senior programmer

4 months ago Chris Jurney says he wants to "help make VR awesome"

Nintendo wins another patent battle over Wii controls

4 months ago A federal appeals court confirmed a victory against Triton Tech, which alleged Nintendo had infringed its patent

Halfbrick enters mobile publishing realm

4 months ago The studio behind Fruit Ninja will start by publishing Birzzle Fever


69 Ubisoft: "Diversity for us is very important"

4 months ago Alain Corre discusses the controversy around the lack of playable female characters

6 Zynga CEO to earn over $57 million this year

4 months ago Don Mattrick is the second-highest paid CEO of all the companies in the Bay Area

1 PS4, Xbox One seeing much higher digital download attach rates

4 months ago Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says that the new consoles are "driving gaming sales and enthusiasm across the board"

39 Far Cry 4 to also skip playable female character due to workload

4 months ago "It's really depressing because we almost... we were inches away from having you be able to select a girl or a guy as your co-op buddy"

New AFM deal with Microsoft is welcome news for game musicians

4 months ago American Federation of Musicians and Microsoft reach new deal after 18 months of negotiation

20 E3 considering other venues

4 months ago Contract for the Los Angeles Convention Center is up after 2015 and the ESA may decide to pursue another city

7 E3 2014: Nintendo confirms new Wii U Zelda, Mario Maker

4 months ago During its E3 video, Nintendo also unveiled a new IP called Splatoon and a toy line called amiibo

7 Nintendo E3 2014: Watch the live stream here

4 months ago The house that Mario built kicks off day two of E3 week - will we finally see a new Wii U Zelda game?

8 E3 2014: Sony puts big focus on games

4 months ago While last year was all about the hardware, Sony put its foot on the software accelerator for this E3 [Update: GTA V also on Xbox One]