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James Batchelor, Editor-in-Chief

James Batchelor has been a journalist in the games industry since 2006, and joined GamesIndustry in 2016, rising to Editor-in-Chief in 2021. He previously served as editor of Develop, and has written for Eurogamer, NintendoLife and MCV. He also runs the Non-Violent Game of the Day blog to showcase the full breadth of video games and their subject matter. He does still play violent games, but always on Story/Easy mode.

Recent articles by James Batchelor

Game Workers Unite Australia relaunching as official union

New games-specific branch of Professionals Australia aiming to launch in March 2022

By James Batchelor

"The next frontier for AR": Why Niantic is sharing its tech with Lightship

The Pokémon Go developer on how to finally move augmented reality beyond a novelty in mobile gaming

By James Batchelor

FIFA returns to No.1 after Black Friday shake-up | UK boxed charts

But Nintendo still dominates the top ten, even in the face of continuing discounts

By James Batchelor

Lockwood responds to allegations of unlawful layoffs

CEO confirms 10% of staff were let go, says the company is streamlining due to the pandemic

By James Batchelor

PlayStation VP fired after being caught by paedophilia sting operation

George Cacioppo was allegedly trying to arrange a meeting with a 15-year-old boy

By James Batchelor

Why Jagex is helping a RuneScape player make an idle game based on its flagship RPG

MMO developer's Chris Pfeiffer and Melvor Idle creator Brendan Malcolm discuss Jagex's latest publishing partnership

By James Batchelor

Farming Simulator 22 breaks series records with 1.5m sold in first week

Latest entry represents Giants Software's first foray into self-publishing, attracted more players than Battlefield 2042

By James Batchelor

Epic Games adds retro cloud gaming service Antstream Arcade to store

Antstream is first cloud service to launch on Fortnite firm's Steam rival

By James Batchelor

Roblox suing banned player for fraud and breach of contract

Lawsuit claims YouTuber leads a "cybermob" that terrorises Roblox and its staff, seeks $1.6 million in damages

By James Batchelor

Government suspends Tencent from updating or launching apps in China

Temporary measure applies to over 100 games, but publisher assures that titles remain functional and available for download

By James Batchelor

Psygnosis and Imagine Software co-founder David Lawson has died

Lawson built one of the UK's biggest games development studios of the 1980s

By James Batchelor

Zynga VP of global communications Sarah Ross dies

Ross was the driving force behind mobile giant's Play Apart Together campaign

By James Batchelor

Indie publisher Plug In Digital raises $75m in Series B

Publisher behind The Forgotten City has more than 30 upcoming games in the pipeline

By James Batchelor

ESA on Activision Blizzard: “Harassment must never be tolerated”

US trade body promises to “create dialogue and shape actions” with members to improve industry workplaces

By James Batchelor

TinyBuild acquires Versus Evil and Red Cerberus in $31.3m deal

Acquisition adds more than 250 staff and 32 titles to Hello Neighbor publisher

By James Batchelor

Nintendo's Doug Bowser comments on "distressing" Activision reports, calls on ESA to strengthen stance

Exec says Nintendo has "taken action" concerning Activision Blizzard and is "assessing others"

By James Batchelor

'Why should indie developers be a jack of all trades?'

Talenthouse Media Foundry's Mike Gamble discusses the challenges small studios face in plugging their skills gaps

By James Batchelor

Frontier lowers revenue expectations after slow start for Jurassic World Evolution 2

But sequel expected to overtake the original's first-year revenue, boosted by upcoming film Jurassic World Dominion

By James Batchelor

Bobby Kotick reportedly considering resignation if workplace issues aren't fixed "with speed"

Activision Blizzard CEO's comments follow calls for him to step down after latest abuse allegations

By James Batchelor

PlayStation 5 owners prefer boxed games to downloads

For the PS5's first ten months, GSD data shows three physical titles were sold for every two digital

By James Batchelor

Forza Horizon 5 breaks Xbox and Game Pass launch records

Playground Games' latest racer passed 10 million players within its first week

Phil Spencer "evaluating" Xbox relationship with Activision Blizzard following Kotick allegations

Microsoft's gaming leadership "disturbed and deeply troubled" by claims against Call of Duty publisher's CEO

By James Batchelor

2021 delays show pandemic's biggest impact on games

Games Sales Data's Aidan Sakiris and Sam Naji dive deeper into the effect of COVID-19 on retail and digital sales across Europe and beyond

By James Batchelor

Phil Spencer calls for industry to work on 'legal emulation'

Xbox boss says enabling people to continue playing titles they own "seems like a great North Star" for games companies

By James Batchelor

Activision staff question whether zero tolerance policy applies to Kotick

When asked, publisher's leadership reportedly said it did not "have evidence" of claims against him

By James Batchelor

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