James Portnow Credential Analysis
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Disclaimer: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL. This is just my basic investigation into Portnow's credentials. Information might be incorrect.
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Job TitleMonths Worked# of GamesGame TitleValidity of ClaimWhy?
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Game Designer(?)1Call of Duty 1InvalidName does not appear in end creditsThis information is inaccurate, as the version of Call of Duty Portnow worked on is unknown
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Writer1FarmVilleUnkownThe credits for the development of FarmVille are unavailable to the public
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CEO of Rainmaker Games630UnkownThere are no details on the website for me to review
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CEO of Divide By Zero Games (Note: Divide by Zero is a common phrase. I found two companies with that name and made analyses of both.)360InvalidDivide by Zero is a British Company disbanded in 1996.
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2RorschachVerifiedThese games exist, but were removed from the app store
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TipoliVerified
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Chief Design Columnist at Next Gen150UnkownNo clear access to gaming credits, inaccessible articles, only source is a GameSpot forum discussion.
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Consultant for Firefall at Red 5 Studios1FirefallUnkownCredits for Firefall unavailable, will see about contacting Mark Kern.
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LinksOther Observations
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9vC9qulX3sPortnow is either lying about his involvement in CoD or was removed from the project's credits at a later date.
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UnavailablePortnow does not list working for Zynga in his LinkedIn profile
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http://rainmakergames.com/The Rainmaker website is completely empty, the only link is to their contact info. The link does not work.
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https://www.linkedin.com/vsearch/p?company=Rainmaker%20Games&trk=prof-0-ovw-curr_pos&rsid=2027537071424451643937&openFacets=N,G,CC,PC&orig=FCTD&f_PC=4579When searching Rainmaker Games on LinkedIn, 75/111 list it as a past employment.
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https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Rainmaker+gamesThe only games made in the same time period as seen by Google are WET, 50 Cent, and Ghostbusters. It is impossible for James to have worked on these games as he joined in December of 2009, and the release date of these games predate his arrival.
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http://www.giantbomb.com/divide-by-zero-ltd/3010-1264/Portnow claims to have become the CEO of Divide by Zero in 2007. This is impossible as the company disbanded in 1996
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http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/company/82535-divide-by-zero-gamesAccording to GameFaqs, Divide By Zero Games is the name of a mobile game company. However, both of the games it is said to have developed do not existThese games exist, but were removed from the app storehttp://www.topappcharts.com/search.php?show=author&authorid=322672738&price=any
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-games/id6014?mt=8&letter=R&page=35
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-games/id6014?mt=8&letter=T&page=41#pageThis game was released at around the same time Portnow became CEO of Rainmaker.
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https://www.linkedin.com/vsearch/p?company=Divde+by+Zero+Games&trk=prof-exp-company-nameOnly two people on LinkedIn are associated with Divide by Zero games, Portnow himself and Andrea Theus, the first artist for EC.
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http://www.gamespot.com/forums/games-discussion-1000000/sex-and-videogames-a-nextgen-editorial-26187041/This is the only evidence I have found that James has written anything at Next Gen.
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