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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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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Brent Galietti, Senior Editor

Brent is an Accounting major and MBA graduate from the University of Central Florida. He enjoys a variety of games, including Nintendo titles, Sonic games, Persona games, and more. He also thinks you need to play Valkyria Chronicles. You should do that now.

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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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Tyler Treese, Senior Editor

Tyler is a life long fan of video games and pizza. His dream is to one day participate in the world of competitive facial hair.

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Adrian Andrews, Writer

Born in 1994, Adrian is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive, having recently graduated from University with a First Class Mathematics degree. It wasn't long before he played his first ever game; Final Fantasy 7; and he hasn't stopped since. Ever since then, he's been a Sony gamer, playing his way through Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Gran Turismo and others throughout his childhood. As of late, he's also invested in Nintendo's offerings, and ranks Portal, Final Fantasy 12, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles as his favourite games. He joined the gamrReview team in 2012 as a Writer.

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Stephen Barrett, Writer

Stephen became fascinated by video games at around five years old the first time he laid eyes on the arcade game, Pac-Man. However, it wasn't until the Nintendo Entertainment System that he became thoroughly obsessed with the home console market. When games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid hit the market, it was clear to him that home video games were destined to become a permanent form of entertainment. His very favorite game series is Zelda, but other favorites include the Super Mario, Metroid, Bioshock, Castlevania, Mario Kart and Resident Evil series.

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Ben Burnham, Writer

From the good ol' days spent zipping through Emerald Hill Zone in Sonic 2 and up to having his mind blown by the likes of Rayman Origins, Ben has always had a love for the art that we know of as video games. Appreciating them not just for their fun gameplay but also for their sometimes incredible storytelling, Ben finds a well-written game to be easily as powerful as the best of other mediums such as movies and books, if not more so due to their interactive nature. He's also an aspiring writer, and digs reviewing and discussing video games almost as much as he enjoys playing them. Ben would also like to remind everyone to always eat their waffles.

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Daniel Carreras, Writer

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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Jonas De Jaeger, Writer

Ever since Jonas De Jaeger got a Game Boy for his birthday by his parents, he has been hooked to the gaming world. In 2007 he discovered a notorious website called VGChartz. Ever since he has been reading the sales charts every week. In 2015 he joined the VGChartz staff to become a sales analyst. Outside the gaming world, Jonas likes going out with his awesome friends, working out and play card and board games.

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Salvatore Fidanza, Writer

Salvatore Fidanza is a long time gamer, introduced to VGChartz in 2013 and joined the writer team in 2015. He's a passionate gamer, starting early in his childhood, and continues so onto nowadays. Outside of video games, he practices tennis, plays a number of musical instruments, and is currently in highschool.

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Jared Katz, Writer

Jared Katz has been a gamer since the age of 3, being first introduced to the medium through his brotherís SEGA Genesis with Sonic the Hedgehog. He has since expanded his gaming palate to various genres and platforms, with his favorite being JRPGS and Platformers. Outside of gaming Jared uses his leisure time reading books and manga or watching anime and various TV shows. Even though Sega has stopped making video game hardware, he has not yet accepted that fact and will furiously deny it if questioned about it.

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Corey Milne, Writer

Hello there! Corey is a game critic from Ireland. As such he talks a lot of guff about Irish people and their representation in video games. He firmly believes Demon's Souls is the best Souls title and has a love for Crash Bandicoot will never falter.

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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 and 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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Carlton Quist, Writer

Accidentally introduced to VGChartz in late 2011, Carlton Quist remained a website lurker until 2013 when he (finally) made an account in December of that year. Carlton is a life long gamer with his favorite game series being Dragon Quest and favorite game being Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. You may know Carlton on VGChartz as user StarOcean (a series he regrettably has yet to beat a single title in..)

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Chinh Tran, Writer

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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Jake Weston, Writer

Jake Weston began his life long love of gaming with his Super Nintendo, beginning with Super Mario World and Mega Man X. After a childhood satiated on super-powered plumbers, blue bombers, anthropomorphized bandicoots and radical hedgehogs, Jake discovered that his passion lied in this interactive medium, and decided to try his hand at his own gaming blog. Soon after that, he began writing for other various websites, and was brought on board the VGChartz staff in the summer of 2011. In between playing and reviewing games, composing music, and working on that movie script that will totally be finished one day you guys I swear, Jake Weston received his Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies from University of Oregon in 2013. His favorite games include the Mass Effect series, Metal Gear Solid, Valkyria Chronicles, Final Fantasy VIII, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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Brandon J. Wysocki, Writer

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.thespacelegend.com, but please be gentle, he can be a little sensitive.

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