Crecente at the 2007 Electronic Entertainment Expo
|Residence||Pawling, New York, United States|
|Occupation||Journalist, 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." He still contributes to Rolling Stone's game coverage.
Prior to joining Rolling Stone in 2017, Crecente was the founding editor and former executive editor for Polygon and wrote Good Game, a weekly column internationally syndicated by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
The founding editor-in-chief of Kotaku, Crecente was educated at the University of Maryland, College Park. 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.
In 2018, Crecente received a special recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists for his series on game culture in Cuba. 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. Crecente was named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years by GamePro in 2009 and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006. He was featured in a 5280 biography.
Brian Crecente is married and has a son, Tristan Crecente; he was 17 in 2018. He is the uncle of Jennifer Ann Crecente who was a victim of teen dating violence. She was murdered by an ex-boyfriend when she was 18. Her death led to The Jennifer Ann Crecente Memorial Grant, the passing of "Jennifer's Law" in Texas and the creation of Jennifer Ann's Group to prevent teen dating violence.
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