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Brendan Sinclair, Managing Editor

Brendan joined GamesIndustry International in 2012. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he was previously senior news editor at CBS-owned GameSpot in the US.

Recent articles by Brendan Sinclair

Mod.io on "bringing legitimacy to the modding space"

CEO Scott Reismanis explains why he's high on UGC but not the metaverse, and the tension between modding and devs' desires for control

By Brendan Sinclair

Amy Hennig working on Star Wars again

Skydance New Media president will lead development on "a richly cinematic action-adventure game" based on sci-fi franchise

By Brendan Sinclair

What's changed for devs seeking early investment?

Global Top Round's Pontus Mähler discusses mobile metrics, indie acceptance, and the firm's new seed funding program

By Brendan Sinclair

Blizzard insists it has no NFT plans after surveying players on NFTs

"No one is doing NFTs" says Blizzard president Mike Ybarra after poll gauging interest in various subjects

By Brendan Sinclair

Activision Blizzard says it hasn't discussed Kotick's job post-merger

Publisher updates SEC filing to specify that no negotiations have taken place about what will happen to the CEO

By Brendan Sinclair

Microsoft considering in-game ads for free-to-play titles - Report

Xbox maker would not take revenue cut and limit ads to a select group of brands at first

By Brendan Sinclair

Did Newsom Californicate with the Activision Blizzard suit? | This Week in Business

The California governor has been accused of obstructing the DFEH's lawsuit on the publisher's behalf

By Brendan Sinclair

California lawyer alleges Governor Newsom interfered with Activision Blizzard suit - Report

DFEH assistant chief council Melanie Proctor resigns, says governor's office pressured agency for the benefit of publisher

By Brendan Sinclair

Epic invests in Aquiris

Unreal maker will publish upcoming multiplatform games from Brazilian studio behind Wonderbox

By Brendan Sinclair

Jack Tretton brings the SPAC to gaming

The former PlayStation boss lays out the pitch for special purpose acquisition companies with his own Power Up Acquisition Corp

By Brendan Sinclair

Eden Games acquired by blockchain company

24-year-old racing studio to make blockchain-based racing games and makegoods for shuttered F1 game NFT holders

By Brendan Sinclair

China ends nine-month freeze on game approvals

First batch of games approved for release since July includes 45 titles

By Brendan Sinclair

Collective action gets results | This Week in Business

The Activision Blizzard union doesn't even exist yet and is already providing tangible gains for all employees

By Brendan Sinclair

Activision Blizzard converts all US QA staff to full-time

In wake of Raven QA team's union push, publisher will convert nearly 1,100 workers, increase minimum pay to $20 per hour

By Brendan Sinclair

NPD merging with IRI

Union of retail-tracking data companies expected to close in back half of the year

By Brendan Sinclair

Tencent to shut down Penguin Esports

Twitch-like streaming platform dropped as online giant cites "changes to its business development strategy"

By Brendan Sinclair

The Erosion of Ownership | 10 Years Ago This Month

Reports of always-online next-gen systems and on-disc DLC raised questions about what consumers are actually getting when they buy a game

By Brendan Sinclair

Epic launches Unreal Engine 5

Epic VP of engineering Nick Penwarden discusses the updates and intent behind the latest iteration of the game-building tool

By Brendan Sinclair

Credit where it's overdue | This Week in Business

Game crediting has long been used by companies to disadvantage developers

By Brendan Sinclair

Dontnod Montreal on recruiting for gender balance

Managing director Frédérique Fourny-Jennings shares how the studio's recruitment approach led to women making up almost half the team

By Brendan Sinclair

E3 won't have a digital show this year either

Update: Entertainment Software Association rconfirms its signature trade show is taking 2022 off entirely

By Brendan Sinclair

Funomena shutting down - Report

Wattam and Luna studio to close less than two weeks after co-founder Robin Hunicke accused of toxic management

By Brendan Sinclair

Activision Blizzard EEOC settlement going forward

Federal regulator's suit ends with $18 million fund created for those the publisher was accused of discriminating against; California regulator's suit continues

By Brendan Sinclair

Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel delayed to 2023

Series producer Eiji Aonuma apologizes as game slips from previous 2022 release window

By Brendan Sinclair

Miniclip mobile games top 4 billion downloads

Total has grown by 1 billion since June 2020 thanks in part to games like 8 Ball Pool, Agar.io and Baseball Clash

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