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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

Sega drops publishing deal with Interior Night

But studio says parting was amicable and a new partnership will be announced soon

By James Batchelor

Former Witcher developers form new studio Different Tales

Debut title Wanderlust: Travel Stories arrives on PC this August

By James Batchelor

Satya Nadella: Microsoft is "well positioned" to expand beyond traditional gaming

CEO says investments in cloud technology will benefit Xbox as well as company's other divisions

By James Batchelor

Disney and Glu aim to target nostalgia without exploiting it

Both companies address the scrutiny around free-to-play ahead of the launch of Disney Sorcerer's Arena

By James Batchelor

Nintendo releasing new Switch with longer battery life

Tweaked model of flagship console will last up to nine hours - two more than Switch Lite

By James Batchelor

Lego Star Wars: Rise of TT Games

Game director James McLoughlin talks us through the evolution of the Lego games as the studio comes full circle with The Skywalker Saga

By James Batchelor

Four questions to help improve your narrative design

Narrative designer Chris Batemen takes Develop:Brighton attendees through the many avenues for plot, agency and theme in video games

By James Batchelor

German consumers spent €4.4bn on video games in 2018

Mobile and consoles have overtaken PC as nation's most popular games platforms

By James Batchelor

GameStop plans to renovate stores, pilot new store concepts

Troubled retailer hopes to draw customers back in with local esports competitions and retro-only branches

By James Batchelor

Disney hires former PlayStation portfolio boss to head up games licensing

John Drake says it's an "amazing time" to bring the worlds of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox to video games

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft criticised for sourcing Watch Dogs Legion music through Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord

UPDATE: Publishers stresses that voluntary contributions gives fans a chance to "have their own creative expressions" in the game

By James Batchelor

Sports Direct now owns 84% of GAME

Shares in UK games retailer will be removed from London Stock Exchange by August 12

By James Batchelor

Ratio of successful Kickstarter projects at highest since Double Fine Adventure

ICO Partners breaks down ongoing maturation of crowdfunding projects with H1 2019 update

By James Batchelor

Blizzard testing automatic shutdown for Overwatch matches where players are cheating

But game's director Jeff Kaplan promises rule-abiding players will not be punished in any way

By James Batchelor

Dr Mario World is the lowest grossing Nintendo mobile launch so far

But Sensor Tower says puzzle game is on par with latest Candy Crush release

By James Batchelor

Wube Software takes up G2A on offer to pay back ten times its chargeback fees

Studio has racked up $6,600 in chargebacks for Factorio, also encourages players to pirate rather than buy via G2A

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: How do you solve a problem like G2A?

Latest episode available to download now, discusses indie backlash against the divisive site -- plus the Nintendo Switch Lite

By James Batchelor

G2A proposes key-blocking tool

But controversial marketplace wants at least 100 developers to register interest before it begins development

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft bans XP farming quests in Assassin's Creed Odyssey's story creator

Coincidently, publisher continues to sell permanent XP boosts as in-game purchases

By James Batchelor

The industry is still "developing games in a bubble"

FlavourWorks' Jack Attridge says Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer videos are proof of how inaccessible games have become

By James Batchelor

Blizzard unleashes Google's DeepMind AI against European Starcraft II players

Experimental AlphaStar agent will play anonymously, but only against gamers who opt into test matches

By James Batchelor

Shenmue III backers have to purchase season pass, deluxe edition separately

They will also not receive pre-order content, much to fans' chagrin

By James Batchelor

Doug Bowser: No Switch Pro this year, Lite won't kill 3DS

Meanwhile, original Switch is getting a minor upgrade with new components

By James Batchelor

Nintendo Switch Lite launches this September

Update: Smaller, portable-only Switch will cost $200, transferring saves is planned

By James Batchelor

Dr Mario World reaches No.1 faster than Harry Potter (but slower than BTS)

App Annie reports Nintendo's latest mobile hit ranks lower on iOS in the UK than the US

By James Batchelor

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