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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6 Unreal Engine 4 roadmap made public

3 months ago Epic will let people vote on how it should improve its ubiquitous game engine technology

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5 GamesIndustry Innovation Awards winners revealed

3 months ago Twitch, Gabe Newell and more honored by GI's awards at the Game Horizon conference

2 EA, Activision see shares climb following earnings report

3 months ago Investors are reacting positively to the results from both publishers

2 King's profit jumps 142% in first quarter

3 months ago Income was down, however, compared to the previous quarter thanks partly to marketing for the launch of Farm Heroes Saga

Activision sees record digital sales but income remains flat in Q1

3 months ago 34 percent of total revenues from digital sales [UPDATE: Warlords of Draenor has 1m pre-orders]

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4 PS4 to lead all consoles with 51 million sold by 2016 - IDC

3 months ago Research firm also expects Kinect to be unbundled from Xbox One and physical game sales to decline 45% compared to last gen

2 Halo live-action TV series coming to Showtime - report

3 months ago Variety says Microsoft is nearing a deal to bring Halo to the cable movie station before it airs on Xbox Live

6 EA nearing deal to stream games via Comcast - report

3 months ago A Reuters report indicates that Comcast and EA have been testing the service for the past two years

11 Kevin Spacey to star in Sledgehammer's Call of Duty

3 months ago After trailer leaks early, Activision confirms holiday release for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare [UPDATE: added quotes]

1 Defiance switching to free-to-play

3 months ago Trion Worlds' SyFy TV series tie-in is switching business models starting in June; company says it "doesn't see a future" in subscription

Education

5 Your game portfolio is your greatest asset

3 months ago A game design education is nothing without a portfolio to show employers - Neil Druckmann, Jesse Schell and Albert Shih weigh in

Activision: TV marketing still needed to make a blockbuster game

3 months ago Activision's Jonathan Anastas talks about the growing importance of social media in game marketing but underscores TV for AAA console

Education

Teacher's Lounge: Insider Views on Games Education

3 months ago Five leading professors discuss the growth of games education and what needs to happen to better the industry

Jobs

Zynga upgrades exec team as Pincus steps down from operational role

3 months ago Zynga lost $61 million in the first quarter but the company did exceed Wall Street's expectations

King opens Tokyo office

3 months ago The Candy Crush Saga developer is aiming to capitalize on the mobile game player base of Japan

12 Microsoft trumpets Titanfall success as Xbox One hits 5m shipped

4 months ago Xbox One selling 60 percent better than Xbox 360 at same point in time, Microsoft says

19 Titanfall tops chart, but PS4 leads hardware again in March - NPD

4 months ago While the Xbox One shooter fared well, Sony's PS4 led hardware sales for the third consecutive month in the US, NPD said

King partners with Tencent to distribute Candy Crush in China

4 months ago King to leverage Tencent's muscle in Chinese market, launching Candy Crush Saga this summer

Twitch now distributing games

4 months ago Starting with Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne, the popular streaming platform is now offering games for sale [UPDATED]

Unity acquires Playnomics - report

4 months ago The middleware firm has purchased the predictive analytics company for an undisclosed sum

Jobs

Dungeon Defenders studio names Darrell Rodriguez CEO

4 months ago Trendy Entertainment will look to the former LucasArts president to lead the company

Jobs

2 Zynga appoints Best Buy exec to CFO

4 months ago David Lee will be replacing Mark Vranesh as chief financial officer and chief accounting officer

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8 Game publishing should be driven by fun, not sales - Grey Box

4 months ago New publisher Grey Box and developer Petroglyph share their thoughts on business getting in the way of games creation

Kabam expands with new Berlin office

4 months ago Free-to-play company says that the office reinforces its commitment to the European market

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2 NaturalMotion CEO: Don't be afraid to cancel a game

4 months ago Torsten Reil shares his development approach, explains why Zynga is such a great fit for his company