Brian Crecente

Brian Crecente (born July 28, 1970) is an American journalist and columnist. He founded Kotaku, co-founded Polygon, previously served as video games editor at Variety, and was in charge of game coverage at Rolling Stone.

Brian Crecente
Crecente at the 2007 Electronic Entertainment Expo
Born (1970-07-28) July 28, 1970 (age 50)
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, College Park
OccupationJournalist, editor, columnist


Crecente was brought on at Variety on April 9, 2018 to expand the entertainment publication's coverage into video gaming with a new vertical that the co-editors say "represents another step forward in our effort to offer great journalism regarding every aspect of the modern media landscape." At the time he was still contributing to Rolling Stone's game coverage.[1]

In July 2017, Crecente announced on Twitter that he would be leaving Polygon for Rolling Stone's gaming website Glixel.[2]

Prior to joining Rolling Stone, Crecente was the founding editor and executive editor for Polygon and wrote Good Game, a weekly column internationally syndicated by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.[3]

He began his career as a journalist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He covered crime and public safety for daily newspapers in Texas, Florida and Colorado for 12 years before starting his career as a video game journalist.[4] Crecente was the founding editor-in-chief of Kotaku.

In 2018, Crecente received a special recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists for his series on game culture in Cuba.[5] He was also awarded first place for Excellence in eSports Writing that same year by the SPJ for his story on the esports champions of Cuba.[6] Crecente was named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years by GamePro in 2009[7] and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006.[8] He was featured in a 5280 biography.[9]

In 2019, Crecente published a collection of his Kotaku and Polygon columns entitled Good Game, Well Played.[10]

Crecente was laid off from Variety in June 2019, and the gaming section was removed from the Variety masthead. Rolling Stone's gaming vertical, Glixel, was similarly shut down in 2018.

In 2020, Crecente helped launch an official LEGO Games podcast for the LEGO Group entitled Bits N' Bricks to help celebrate the 25 year history of the first LEGO video game. He co-hosts the weekly show which is hosted on[11]

Personal life

Brian Crecente is married and has a son, Tristan.[12] He is the uncle of Jennifer Ann Crecente, who was murdered in 2006. He was one of the judges on the "Life. Love. Game Design Challenge", a competition designed "to challenge video game designers and developers to create video games about teen dating violence" sponsored by Jennifer Ann's Group, a memorial charity for Jennifer.[13] Crecente attended the University of Maryland, College Park.


  1. Variety Staff (April 6, 2018). "Brian Crecente Joins Variety as New Video Games Editor". Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  2. Sinclair, Brendan (July 11, 2017). "Brian Crecente leaving Polygon". Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  3. "MCT News Service adds new video game column". McClatchy-Tribune via TMC. March 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  4. Claire (no surname given) (February 2005). "Video Game Extravaganza Pop Quiz". Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  5. Ferrendi, Brittany (May 16, 2018). "Special recognition 2017". Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  6. "Excellence in eSports Writing". May 16, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  7. Shuman, Sid (May 2009). "20 Most Influential People in Gaming: #20 – Brian Crecente". IDG. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  8. Staff, Edge (October 2006). "GAMING'S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Future plc. Retrieved July 12, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  9. Sanchez, Robert (July 2009). "Game Boy". 5280. Archived from the original on July 18, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  10. "My book is live. You can buy it here. Good Game, Well Played: A collection of video game essays as seen on Kotaku and Polygon". June 19, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  11. "From Bricks to Bits: The LEGO Group Celebrates 25 Years of LEGO Video Games". December 1, 2020.
  12. Crecente, Brian (December 14, 2012). "Playgrounds: Brian Crecente". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on December 15, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  13. "Life. Love. Game Design Challenge". Jennifer Ann's Group. Retrieved October 29, 2019. Brian Crecente is a journalist and columnist [...] He is Jennifer Ann Crecente's uncle.