North American Editor
Brendan joined GamesIndustry International in 2012. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he was previously senior news editor at CBS-owned GameSpot in the US.@BrendanSinclair
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The Xbox Series X|S and PS5 offer two competing visions for the future.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Cyberpunk 2077 developer stays true to form.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Take-Two offered an ugly peek at the future with NBA 2K21.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A new deal raises big questions about the present console generation and the future of gaming retail.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Accusations of sexual assault and racism at the streaming platform leave us wondering who's going to take responsibility.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Game set in a dystopian world where corporations are stomping on people is being made by a corporation stomping on people.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft's plan to change the way we play games received a considerable boost this week, but what happens if it works?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | People are clearly excited for the new hardware, but are the games they'll actually play on it as interesting as they used to be?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft's Series S reveal caps off an intriguing strategy for upending the console market.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | There's no such thing as a slow news week when the industry is forced to question its most foundational assumptions.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Backward compatibility was nice and simple, then Microsoft had to go and do something people would like.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The Batman: Arkham Knight developer's handling of a 2018 report of sexism at the studio has drawn attention, critics, and defenders.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Electronic Arts sees a phenomenal surge in sales due to the pandemic, but the impact on the bottom line is minimal compared to a good tax dodge.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | C-level execs don't need to be accused of wrongdoing to share the blame for toxic environments.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Phil Spencer takes pandering to new heights as Project xCloud is added to Game Pass Ultimate.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | In advance of this month's Xbox Games Showcase, executives and studio heads talk about the company's internal development strategy.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | What's holding back creators from making the heart-wrenching experiences they've always envisioned?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | WBIE is reportedly up for sale, so who should buy the publisher behind NetherRealm and the Batman Arkham series?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Not everyone loves Naughty Dog's latest, and we're all the better for it.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Big game companies across the industry finally started using their voices to say something this week.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Can Sony's PS5 game showcase announcement finally get us excited for the new systems?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | YouTube's latest exclusivity deal is a reminder that it will choose money over not giving racism a platform every chance it gets.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The Last of Us Part 2 studio wants to bring the mood down for a moment and have a solemn talk about what really matters.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Someday we'll all look back at this and laugh at the dog wearing a sombrero.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Ratings board seems to be less responsive to complaints from people who know what they're talking about.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Console sales and engagement numbers have been up, but nobody's happy about COVID-19.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Reports of the retailer's imminent demise have been mildly exaggerated.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Sony and Microsoft use the GDC week that never was to talk teraflops in dueling data drops for devs.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part 2 struggles highlight some common patterns in how studios foster crunch.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | With GDC 2020 and other events canceled through the end of June, all eyes turn expectantly to the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | COVID-19 concerns dominated headlines, but they were far from the week's only noteworthy news
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | From high-profile event absences to hardware production concerns, the epidemic's impact on gaming is growing.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney delivers mixed messages in a DICE keynote roller coaster.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Rockstar is losing one of its rock star co-founders, but the band will play on
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo put a quick stop to Switch Pro speculation, Jedi: Fallen Order orders rose, and E3 2020 is totally under control and great.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft and Sony have already revealed some of their new consoles' key features, but which actually matter to the target audience?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Talk of new hardware likely to dominate industry chatter leading up to holiday launches of PS5, Xbox Series X.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A look back at 2019 as captured in 52 quotes and stats for 52 weeks
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft not only unveiled its next console this week, but now Sony will start making games for other consoles too?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan would like to be seen as the "Asian Steve Jobs" but comes off more like "a jerk selling light-up mice."
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | As Google streaming service preps for a bare bones launch, Microsoft positions Project xCloud as a compelling alternative
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Blizzard calls its suspension of Blitzchung for voicing support for the ongoing Hong Kong protests a "tough Hearthstone esports moment."
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | With The Last of Us Part 2 and Watch Dogs: Legion slipping, the first quarter of 2020 suddenly looks a lot lighter for game releases.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Blizzard's ban on Hearthstone player Blitzchung catches the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Activision Blizzard has always been a vigorous advocate for freedom of expression.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The Monument Valley developer's dismissal of a pro-union employee shines a light on the studio's unfortunate portmanteau of "family" and "company."
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | VR news, lawsuits, and a big splash on mobile from Nintendo mark a busy week for games in America (and for America, generally).
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Will successful subscription services turn into their own walled gardens?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A U.K. Parliamentary committee report offers another wake-up call for the industry, but the ESA hits snooze once more.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Developers and publishers dance around the question of how to get games noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A series of accusations of abusive behavior dominated the industry during a week full of new releases.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Pride flags in Marvel's Spider-Man, edits to Yakuza re-releases, and an Ion Fury backtrack show publisher actions speaking louder than words
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry, academics, and watchdogs weigh in on the loot box debate for the FTC in a week full of big issues.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry gets stuck in a moment it can't get out of as time loop games have their moment in the sun and writers wrestle with messages in their games.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Everything feeds into everything else. It's all connected, man.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Google responds to legitimate concerns about Stadia by talking to would-be customers like they are toddlers.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry trades in gameplay for wordplay and we get a week full of misrepresentations and misunderstandings
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry is in tremendous upheaval as console rivals bury the ax and streaming threatens to disrupt the market.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Sony is convinced on-demand gaming is imminent in part because roughly 5% of PS4 owners used Remote Play at least once in the past year.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A Republican senator's loot box and pay-to-win legislation has the support of Democrats and the industry shows itself in various states of preparation for the coming fight.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | For an industry that swears it doesn't have a problem with exploitative monetization, gaming sure talks a lot about exploitative monetization
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Electronic Arts' projections for Jedi: Fallen Order are about half what it hoped for Battlefront II as the week offers up a potpourri of gaming news
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Once again, gaming headlines are dominated by the industry's shabby treatment of its workers.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Privilege checks all around as the industry discusses difficulty, accessibility, and the idea of gaming as a meritocracy.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | What lesson should we take from the shooter-looter's dysfunctional creation, how does Ubisoft deal with failure, and why are used games suffering?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Stadia leads a busy week of GDC, as Epic looks to save games from gamers and Christchurch has people rethinking hatred in their communities.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Investors ponder an exclusive Grand Theft Auto, BadLand Publishing is accused of stealing from a disabled toddler, and EA has an up-and-down week with influencers.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Amy Hennig thinks AAA development needs a shake-up, influencers are talking about fewer games, and Valve pulls a Valve.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | De Blob publisher DeBases itself hanging out with DeBigots to promote its games.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime goes Fils-Away. Elsewhere, layoffs percolate.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Bobby Kotick's reputation takes another hit, Sony acknowledges its hubris, and skipping Steam is paying off for The Division
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Metro Exodus thumbs its nose at Steam, EA admits defeat in FIFA Ultimate Team fight, and nobody wants a pre-owned GameStop.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Delay to anticipated Nintendo sequel wraps up a week riddled with negative news.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | It's been hectic as Bungie splits with Activision, Improbable-Unity take a messy dispute public, and Epic teams with Ubisoft to keep The Division 2 off Steam.
Nippon Ichi's latest roguelike seems great, until you stack it against its predecessor.
Even the company's annual investor report seems designed to alienate its fanbase.
Why PS4-exclusive Everybody's Gone to the Rapture isn't planned for other platforms, and why that's a good thing
The psychologically harrowing subtext of the cutest Wii U game yet
Brendan Sinclair never played it, but yesterday's Wii U release gave him a good reason to fix that
The Novelist will mean different things to different people; former AAA dev Kent Hudson is hoping it means creative freedom
What do Shinji Mikami, David Cage, and Bobby Kotick have in common? The notion that storytelling is a technical hurdle as much as a creative one
Credit Capcom Vancouver for taking a fresh approach to the series, but will the next Dead Rising ignore the qualities that made the first two great?
The director of the Xbox One-exclusive Panzer Dragoon follow-up is too busy making games to waste time lamenting setbacks and challenges.
55 years later, Edward R. Murrow's cautionary address for a growing medium is still relevant
Microsoft's Xbox One reversal has us reflecting on some of the medium's biggest blunders, reversals, and retractions.
Starbreeze Studios' latest was nearly lost in the din of the E3 show floor.
Whether you love or hate Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, you've probably got good reasons for it.
Jeremy and Brendan attempt to disagree without resorting to personal attacks in USgamer's first Point/Counterpoint column.
The quick reversal of anti-consumer policies is nice, but Microsoft and other companies are now likely to take the wrong lessons away from the debacle.
Some games have a habit of inserting themselves into your waking life; which ones have consumed you?
An imaginary chat with the newest member of the Murdered: Soul Suspect QA team.
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