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James Batchelor, UK Editor

James Batchelor has been a journalist in the games industry since 2006, and joined GamesIndustry in 2016. He previously served as editor of Develop and deputy editor of MCV, and has managed industry events such as The Develop Awards and Interface conference.

Recent articles by James Batchelor

Niantic and Qualcomm collaborating on augmented reality glasses

Multi-year partnership will see Pokémon Go developer working on hardware and software for new AR platform

By James Batchelor

Gameloft UK shuts down

Update: Seven staff affected as mobile giant ditches British presence

By James Batchelor

Call of Duty Mobile made almost $87m in its first two months

Sensor Tower reports Activision's smartphone shooter has been downloaded 172 million times

By James Batchelor

"Winning and measuring engagement is no longer enough"

Midia's Karol Severin warns entertainment firms should be measuring positive sentiment in this age of abundance

By James Batchelor

ESL reportedly shuts down Spain, France branches, UK is "at risk"

UPDATE: Esports league tells GamesIndustry.biz no offices have closed, but are being restructured

By James Batchelor

Tencent launching Nintendo Switch in China next week

Will cost 2,099 yuan (approx $300), comes with New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe demo and a one-year warranty

By James Batchelor

EA removes Marco van Basten from FIFA 20 after Nazi comment

Former Netherlands striker was suspended from working at Fox Sports last month

By James Batchelor

Sky: Children of the Light and Hyper Light Drifter among Apple's Games of the Year

Meanwhile, Mario Kart Tour and Minecraft top most downloaded charts and The Gardens Between honoured in Apple Design Awards

By James Batchelor

People of the Year 2019: Jeffrey Rosen and John Graham

We explore the legacy of Humble Bundle's co-founders in the first of this year's series on outstanding contributions to the industry

By James Batchelor

Meet the young developer turning her severe anxiety into a games career

We speak to BAFTA Young Game Designer winner Emily Mitchell about her debut title Fractured Minds

By James Batchelor

Google hires senior Assassin's Creed developers to build Stadia games

Three experienced Ubisoft staff join Jade Raymond's Stadia Games and Entertainment studio

By James Batchelor

Google offers refunds to Stadia players who bought games added to Pro subscription

Subscribers who purchased Farming Simulator and Tomb Raider are entitled to compensation

By James Batchelor

The origins of Out Making Games, the UK's first games industry LGBTQ+ network

We speak to the group's founders about its initial success and plans to spread awareness and support in 2020 and beyond

By James Batchelor

Steam removes hundreds of games after publishers abuse Steamworks

Russian publisher Dagestan Technology among those affected, although Valve has yet to offer further explanation

By James Batchelor

Why are developers betting on Apple Arcade?

The mobile subscription service frees developers from monetisation worries, but questions linger about its future

By James Batchelor

FaceIt asking players to help train Minerva AI in fairly tackling toxicity

Upcoming Justice update will allow Counter-Strike community to review cases flagged by the machine learning tool

By James Batchelor

"No plans" for Project xCloud exclusives

Microsoft emphasises that it is "very early in the multi-year journey" for games streaming service

By James Batchelor

Temporary Pokémon Center returning to London

Update: Pokémon pop-up store to return to London for Pokémon World Championships in 2020

By James Batchelor

Pokémon Sword & Shield are the fastest-selling games in Switch's history

Switch duo sells six million copies worldwide in first week of release

By James Batchelor

Amazon reportedly announcing game streaming service next year

Analyst suggests the retail giant will launch its service in time to compete with PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett

By James Batchelor

Sony establishes AI R&D division

New organisation will have offices in Japan, the US and Europe

By James Batchelor

Rebellion launches board games division

UK developer and publisher will kick off new business with tabletop version of Sniper Elite

By James Batchelor

EverQuest developer Brad McQuaid dies

Colleagues at Pantheon developer Visionary Realms pay tribute

By James Batchelor

Bobby Kotick: Games are not a platform for my political views

Elsewhere, Activision CEO predicts company will reach one billion customers within next five years

By James Batchelor

Dontnod "didn't want to shy away" from the difficulty of creating a transgender hero

Game director Florent Guillaume on why it was important to define Tell Me Why's Tyler Ronan by more than just his gender identity

By James Batchelor

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