I'm delighted to announce a new addition to the Eurogamer team today: Aoife Wilson has joined us as a video producer!
You might have come across Aoife's work previously in the pages of Official Xbox Magazine, presenting Xbox.com's Gamescom coverage, or writing for VICE. Or, for that matter, right here on Eurogamer - she's been contributing to the site for the past few months, including reviews of Far Cry 4 and Shadow of Mordor and videos on Dragon Age: Inquistion's combat and how not to co-op in Far Cry 4.
Aoife will be working alongside Ian "Greetings" Higton on our YouTube channel, making videos like the above and a good deal more besides. Hiring her is just the start of ambitious plans we have to make Eurogamer video all it can and should be; we'll have more to announce in the coming months. Building a bridge between the exciting immediacy of video and the considered perspective we strive for in our writing won't be easy, but if we pull it off it could be of huge benefit to both sides of what we do, so we're committed to figuring it out. (Not to mention inspired and motivated by the success of our colleagues at Outside Xbox - apparently their channel is growing faster than One Direction's, so we're planning to put that in perspective by beating McBusted.)
Aoife's a talented writer as well as a great presenter, so she's the perfect choice to help us build that bridge - and though her primary focus will be video, I'm sure you'll still see her writing on the site from time to time as well. I know you'll all make her feel very welcome.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to congratulate two more familiar faces from the Eurogamer team on some recent promotions. We've already mentioned that Wesley Yin-Poole would be filling the post of deputy editor now that I've stepped up as editor of the site - his promotion is effective today. Wes has done incredible things as Eurogamer's news editor over the past four and a half years, and he'll still be running the news desk in his new role, so the world's game executives can't sleep easy just yet.
That said, Wes is going to need some more help, so I'm very pleased to announce that Tom Phillips has been promoted to the freshly minted role of deputy news editor. Tom started not long after Wes as a site admin, but soon demonstrated tremendous potential as a journalist and has become one of the sharpest news writers in the business, scooping everything from Far Cry 4's elephants to the student who hacked the 3DS. (This also marks his first day as Eurogamer's primary Tom, or ur-Tom, in the post-Bramwell era.) Congratulations Tom and Wes!
When I took over as editor from Tom Bramwell a few months ago, I promised that what Eurogamer stands for wouldn't change, even though some things about the site might. The core of the site has always been its brilliant editorial team and I'm thrilled to announce these changes, changes that can only strengthen it. It's not going to stop here, however, and we already have a number of other exciting projects underway, some of which you'll hear about very soon. I can't wait to hear what you think of them. In the meantime, however, if you have any feedback on the site and how you would like to see it evolve, do let me know in the comments, via private message here on Eurogamer - my username is Oli - or by emailing me at: oli at eurogamer dot net.