Guinness World Records (GWR) has appointed journalist Stephen Daultrey as the new editor for its Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition in an effort to create deeper ties with the gaming industry.
Daultrey has 13 years’ experience working as a writer and editor, including stints as features and web editor for Bizarre, web/gaming editor for Maxim and Monkey Magazine and features writer for the teen technology title Flipside. He was also a regular in-house contributor to computerandvideogames.com and gaming correspondent for games and lifestyle titles. The role of a dedicated gaming editor is a newly created post for GWR.
The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition covers record achievements within the gaming industry ranging from Longest World of Warcraft Marathon to Most pop Culture References in a Videogame, as well as fan polls, high scores, gaming collections and significant breakthroughs by game developers. Last year’s annual has sold 13,359 copies through Nielsen BookScan since its publication in November 2014.
Jenny Heller, vice president of publishing for GWR, said: “We are delighted to have Stephen on board, and we are thrilled that the Gamer’s Edition’s is growing year on year.”
She added that the company has “huge ambition” to make the gaming annual bigger, saying: “The gaming industry is getting closer to us as much as we are doing everything we can to celebrate this incredible entertainment segment, and it is testament to this commitment that we are now in a position to create new roles solely around gaming. We look forward to the great things we know Stephen will bring to Guinness World Records.”
Daultrey said: “The games industry is by far the most creative and exciting industry in the world, and the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is the ultimate book for celebrating that imagination on a global scale. I’m very excited to be part of GWR and can’t wait to strike up close relationships with publishers, developers and communities alike in a bid to continue setting new records and to recognise the gaming industry’s unrivalled creativity.”
The ninth edition of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition will be published on 10th September. GWR plans to significantly extend its reach by meeting gamers and industry at expos and events across the country, using YouTube and accepting submissions for record titles from gaming developers online.