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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

Ex-ARM, Guerrilla Cambridge devs form VR firm Virtual Arts

New studio will create virtual reality development platform, as well as games, animations and interactive experiences for mobile

By James Batchelor

BAFTA reveals 2017 Young Game Designers winners

Three out of four recipients are girls, Unity picks up Hero award for supporting talented kids

By James Batchelor

Outplay doubles revenue to £15.5m

Scottish developer also recorded profit at £687,000 in 2016

By James Batchelor

New streaming service Jump announced, launches this summer

Closed beta begins this week, more than 60 indie games promised for full debut

By James Batchelor

Valve bans over 40,000 Steam accounts as summer sale entices cheaters

Largest mass banning of accounts in the digital platform's history

By James Batchelor

Line Corporation opens games publishing arm

Mobile messaging company also acquires 51% stake in Korean developer NextFloor

By James Batchelor

GREE shuts down all Western operations

San Francisco, Melbourne and Berlin offices closed as mobile first adopts Japan-first strategy

By James Batchelor

Hue, Ether One creators form new studio and indie services firm Advect Productions

“We want to provide services we needed when we first started out, things that a lot of developers don't think about”

By James Batchelor

"Design a game that lends itself to catchy review titles or YouTubers' dick jokes"

Big Pharma creator Tim Wicksteed discusses making a title that promotes itself ahead of his Develop:Brighton talk

By James Batchelor

Around 50 layoffs as GREE Melbourne reportedly closed down

Further cuts rumoured from mobile firm's Berlin and San Francisco offices

By James Batchelor

Red 5 shutting down Firefall MMO in favour of mobile version

Ex-WoW developers suspending work on sci-fi title just three years after release

By James Batchelor

Rocket League passes 33m players

Second anniversary stats show daily average of 1.6m, with PS4 still the dominant platform

By James Batchelor

Paradox refunds “aren't practically possible”, offers free games instead

Prices now frozen for three months following backlash to regional alterations

By James Batchelor

eBay pulls SNES Mini listings in attempts to counter scalpers

Leading online marketplace will not list any item that cannot be delivered within 30 days

By James Batchelor

New De Blob would be "the perfect indie game"

THQ Nordic reveals a Splatoon-like online multiplayer game was in development before previous firm went bankrupt

By James Batchelor

Studio Wildcard doubles Ark price "to ensure retail parity"

Early Access version now $59.99 ahead of full PC launch next month

By James Batchelor

How THQ Nordic will build a successful brand out of a failed one

Reinhard Pollice explains why the growing publisher is cautious about using all the IP it has acquired

By James Batchelor

Chinese games market is the world's biggest at $25.6bn

Expected to grow to $29bn by the end of 2017, currently represents 25% of the global market

By James Batchelor

Brexit prompts League of Legends price hike

Riot Games increasing the cost of virtual currency by 20% from July 25th

By James Batchelor

Amazon UK retroactively imposes one-per-customer SNES Mini limit

Customers who pre-ordered multiple devices have had their orders reduced

By James Batchelor

Ex-Nonstop, King developers form new studio, secure $775,000 in funding

Mighty Bear Games is funded by Global Founders Capital and incubated by the Singapore government

By James Batchelor

Dan Abnett: “Story should be the spine of your game”

The best-selling novelist and writer for both comics and video games discusses the increasing importance of a solid narrative

By James Batchelor

Sumo Digital acquires art studio Atomhawk

Firm behind key art for Guardians of the Galaxy and Injustice 2 now owned by Crackdown 3 developer

By James Batchelor

Sony's David Perry departs for Instagram influencer marketing firm

Ex-Gaikai boss co-founds new start-up GoVyrl, takes on CEO role

By James Batchelor

Tencent implements time limits to curb kids' gaming addictions

Honour of Kings players under 12 restricted to one hour per day, two for under 18s

By James Batchelor

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