VGChartz Staff

Brett Walton, President and CEO - VGChartz

Brett Walton created VGChartz in the summer of 2006 as a way of collating all publicly available videogame sales data into one place. After reading engineering at Cambridge University, Brett landed a job at McLaren Racing in 2006 becoming part of the design team behind the World Championship winning MP4-23A car of 2008. During his time at Cambridge and McLaren, Brett created and developed VGChartz - growing the site from a few hundred hits per week back in 2006 to over 2.5 million hits per week in 2010. Two main factors are to thank for this growth - the move from simply collating public data in the early days to carrying out original and groundbreaking sales research today, and the addition of website features such as the forum, game database, news and social networking. In February 2009 Brett left his job at McLaren to become full-time CEO of VGChartz Ltd and in May 2010 Brett launched the VGChartz Network.

Brett can be contacted directly at bwalton AT vgchartz.com

Karl Koebke, Editor-in-Chief

Karl is a Postdoctoral fellow working at the Chemistry department of the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin: Milwaukee. After spending a few months on the VGChartz forums he applied to become a reviewer on a whim in 2008 and, to his surprise, was accepted. Since then he has slowly increased his workload by becoming the site's most prolific reviewer, and one of gamrReview's Editors-in-Chief. Gaming has been a passion of Karl's since his first playthrough of Pitfall, although he didn't have a favorite genre until he played Earthbound on the Super Nintendo. Since then, JRPGs have been Karl's main focus in gaming and he lists Earthbound, Final Fantasy VII, Super Mario RPG, Persona 4, Shadow of the Colossus, the Souls series and Valkyria Chronicles as his favorite games.

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Craig Snow, Editor-in-Chief

Craig is VGChartz's Editor-in-Chief, alongside Karl, and is in charge of all written content for the site. He manages the VGChartz writing team and edits all of the site's content. He lists StarCraft: Brood War, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Shadow of the Colossus, The Orange Box (in particular Portal), Dota 2, and Race Driver: GRID as his favourite titles.

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Daniel Carreras, Senior Editor

A graduate in Computing from the University of Brighton, Daniel is currently working on his own game development projects whilst writing about games and reviewing them in his spare time. After years of lurking VGChartz.com, analysing sales figures on hardware and software, he noticed a position to become a staff member at gamrReview and applied without hesitation. Like most people, Daniel started his love of gaming at a young age, when his parents bought the family a Sega Mega Drive with The Lion King included. Gaming is now the passion that drives Daniel, from reading the latest news on releases, to getting every achievement on the games he holds dear, everything in his life centres around gaming, and he wouldn't have it any other way. He maintains a site which tracks his game development progress and reviews old games, which can be found at: http://caesoose.com Favourite games include: The Mass Effect Series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R Series, Halo series, The Binding of Isaac, FTL, FFVIII, Asura's Wrath.

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William D'Angelo, Sales Analyst

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact William at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Spencer Manigat, Senior Editor

Playing video games since the age of 5, Spencer Manigat has been fascinated with the possibilities of this interactive medium for nearly as long as he could speak. Recently, his growing obsession with learning about tactile mechanics, interactive narratives, and all things on the academic side of gaming has lit a new passion in him to discuss, debate, and critique various topics in this brilliant medium of video games that we all find ourselves participating in. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Pokémon: Platinum Version, and Super Metroid are a few of his favorite games. You can contact Spencer at spencer.manigat@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @spencewashere.

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Evan Norris, Senior Editor

Evan Norris signed up for VGChartz as a member in September 2012. In December 2014 he joined the moderator team and, in April 2015, the writing team. Evan has been a fan of video games since he watched his older brother play Kung Fu and The Legend of Zelda on NES. He has a voracious appetite for games and enjoys writing about them at every opportunity.

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Chinh Tran, Senior Editor

Chinh Tran was introduced to the world of gaming at the age of five when his father brought home a Nintendo Entertainment System. In the following 25 years his love of gaming has only grown. When he is not gaming, Chinh enjoys discussing, sharing, and reading the latest gaming information. He had frequented VGChartz for years before joining the network and looks forward to engaging with his favorite hobby in a new capacity. In his real life Chinh is a part-time educator, amateur hockey player, and professional geek.

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Brandon J. Wysocki, Senior Editor

Brandon J. Wysocki is a neurotic, verbose, semi-self-aware writer, father, husband, gamer, and geek who contributes his drivel in the form of opinion articles and reviews for VCGhartz. You can check out some of his fiction at www.facebook.com/SpaceLegend, but please be gentle, he can be a little sensitive.

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Damián "Wright" Cruz Latorre, Writer

A devoted fan of videogames, Tom Hanks and terrible jokes, Damián Cruz Latorre joined VGChartz in 2013, and made it into the Writer's league by 2017. He prefers to be referred as Wright, which is both a cool pseudonym and a fantastic ace attorney. With a strong affinity to single player-oriented ones, Damián is not hesitant on trying games of all kinds. When it comes to other hobbies, you can find him hanging out and debating in the nearest café, reading Kafkaesque novels or watching Forrest Gump for the twentieth time.

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Paul Broussard, Writer

Paul is a writer that enjoys writing about himself in the third person. Beyond that, Paul is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration, and works as a debate coach and tutor on the side. In his spare time, Paul can be found complaining about how power shielding sucks in Smash 4 online.

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Adam Cartwright, Writer

Gamer since the original PlayStation, Adam currently works in the charity sector and devotes his spare time to forum posting and writing for his various websites. He has a particular affinity for the un-loved PlayStation Vita, but you can usually find him playing across PS3; PS4; Vita & PC. You'll often find him getting nostalgic about the past few generations or playing game music on repeat.

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Ben Dye, Writer

Benjamin "The Teacher" Dye is a high school special education/social studies teacher in Missouri. He has a beautiful wife who enjoys playing more casual games with him such as Animal Crossing, Lego games, and Stardew Valley. Outside of teaching, Ben is heavily involved in church, is surprisingly good at carpentry, is obsessed with good books, and is certain in his belief that Jar Jar Binks is the true Sith Lord. As for favorite games, Ben has always loved the Paper Mario series, Animal Crossing, and all Guild Wars related games. Ben's least favorite game of all time (that he forced himself to beat in order to review it) was Project X Zone. Contact me at benpd777@gmail.com

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Salvatore Fidanza, Writer

Salvatore is a long time gamer, introduced to VGChartz in 2013 and joined the writing team in 2015. He has been passionate to video games since his childhood, and continues to be to this day. His favorite games include The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pikmin 3, Portal 2 and many more. Outside of video games, he plays a number of musical instruments and is currently in high school. You can contact him at fidanza_2@hotmail.com or follow him on Twitter @Slarvax.

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Thomas Froehlicher, Writer

After graduating from a French business school, Thomas felt an irresistible force drawing him to study Japanese, which eventually led him to Japanese Profeciency Test level 1 in 2012. During the day, Thomas is a normal account manager. But once on board the commuting train, he draws a handheld system and becomes Ryuzaki57, an extreme otaku gamer hungry for Japanese games (preferably with pretty girls in the main role). His knowledge now allows him to import games at Japanese release for unthinkable prices, and then tell everyone about them. You may also find him on French video games media.

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Rex Hindrichs, Writer

Animation, computer graphics, information technology, cinema, Rex Hindrichs has dabbled in all sorts of electronic media over the years but keeps coming back to his lifelong hobby of video games. A recent addition to the VGChartz team, you might spot him towering over other Californians if you watch the skyline.

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Stephen LaGioia, Writer

Stephen is an avid Nintendo, Indie, and retro gamer who dabbles in Xbox on occasion, mainly in the form of binge sessions of Overwatch. He's a history buff, an aspiring writer of short fiction, and a devout metalhead who enjoys poorly drumming along to Black Sabbath on his cheap drum set. When his beloved Chicago Cubs or Bulls are not playing, he typically likes to watch random documentaries or campy horror films.

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Jackson Newsome, Writer

Jackson is a doctoral student studying clinical psychology in Chicago, Illinois. When he is not seeing patients, you can find him playing video games, exploring the city, and writing. Jackson's gaming interests are varied and span several platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (as well as PlayStation VR), 3DS, and PC. Some of his favorite games include games from the Kingdom Hearts and Pokémon series, Journey, SimCity 4, and Dead Space among many others. Above all, he feels excited to join the team and looks forward to making new contacts. You can contact him right here at VGChartz (username: manakine).

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Taneli Palola, Writer

Having played games for most of his life, Taneli was introduced to video games at the age of 4 when his uncle bought him an NES along with Super Mario Bros., Tetris and Nintendo World Cup. His favorite game series is Final Fantasy, although he generally plays all kinds of games from platformers to real-time strategy games. Besides writing about games, he likes to watch movies and listen to music in his free time. What little time is then left over is usually spent with friends or studying at a university in order to become a teacher.

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Nicholas Taylor, Writer

Nicholas has been a huge Nintendo fan since as long as he can remember, and video games have remained a big part of his life for the last 28 years. The last few years, he's been heavily involved in the fighting game community via his job at EventHubs, but it's far from his favorite genre, and he still spends time across pretty much all gaming. Fluent in Japanese, with a massive interest in storytelling, he's a guy who's deeply passionate about pretty much every one of his interests, and always loves to talk to fellow fans about anything between the earth and the moon.

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