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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

Next Games laying off 26 staff to cut costs

The Walking Dead: Our World developer seeks to minimise damage caused by €17 million losses

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Activision's record year and redundancies

Latest episode available to download now, discussing the fallout from Activision's financials and more

By James Batchelor

Alfonso Ribeiro denied copyright to Carlton dance, damaging Fortnite lawsuit

US Copyright Office says routine is too simple to be protected by law

By James Batchelor

134 jobs in danger at Blizzard's French office

Activision Blizzard layoffs reach Europe, but employees may have to wait months to find out who is affected

By James Batchelor

Apex Legends beats Fortnite record for single-day Twitch viewing

Respawn's Twitch Rivals event racked up 8.4 million hours viewed, streaming platform's fourth highest in five years

By James Batchelor

Tencent joins Netmarble consortium in Nexon bid

Bidding for largest Korean game developer expected to begin on February 21

By James Batchelor

From pages to polygons: The storytelling of Metro Exodus

Metro 2033 author Dmitry Glukhovsky on working with 4A Games and why he wants more games based on books

By James Batchelor

God of War sweeps 2019 DICE Awards

Meanwhile, Halo boss Bonnie Ross welcomed into Hall of Fame and Celeste wins two categories

By James Batchelor

Apex Legends: Critical Consensus

Respawn's surprise release praised for its polish and innovative mechanics, hailed as the future of battle royale

By James Batchelor

Activision split with Bungie because Destiny “was not meeting financial expectations”

COO Coddy Johnson reiterates that decision to part was mutual, is “right for both parties”

By James Batchelor

Epic Games files for dismissal of 2 Milly's Fortnite dance lawsuit

Developer insists dance routines are an “unprotectable idea” and claims rapper's complain is “at odds with free speech”

By James Batchelor

THQ Nordic net sales rose 713% to $447.6m in 2018

Publisher now has 77 games in development, including 48 unannounced projects

By James Batchelor

Novaquark opens Montreal studio, hires ex-Eidos exec Stéphane D'Astous

Former general manager of the studio behind Tomb Raider reboot and Deus Ex: Human Revolution leading new Dual Universe team

By James Batchelor

EA pays respects to Emiliano Sala, removes him from FIFA

FC Nantes player also pulled from Ultimate Team packs, card prices fixed

By James Batchelor

Unity reportedly considering IPO for 2020

But engine provider will only float if market conditions are favourable, sources claim

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard share price slumps to two-year low

Reports of layoffs and expected earnings decline lead to further pessimism over publisher's fortunes

By James Batchelor

Sonic Mania dev Christian Whitehead co-founds new studio Evening Star

Retro tech behind Sega's best-selling platformer will become studio's proprietary Star Engine

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze sells System Shock 3 publishing rights

Troubled publisher and OtherSide Entertainment “mutally agreed” rights should return to the latter

By James Batchelor

Sumo Digital opens new mobile studio in Leamington Spa

Crackdown 3 developer hires Sega Hardlight founder Chris Southall, tells us this was “catalyst” for opening seventh studio

By James Batchelor

Google has no plans to lower its 30% cut

CEO maintains figure is the industry standard, despite Epic Games' efforts to bypass it

By James Batchelor

UK Charts: Red Dead Redemption 2 back at No.1

Kingdom Hearts drops to No.3 in its second week on sale

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard staff reportedly bracing for layoffs

Slowing sales and the loss of Destiny could lead to hundreds of jobs being cut in the next 48 hours

By James Batchelor

Swedish Tax Agency targets King with $389m fine

Skatteverket claims Candy Crush firm has disposed immaterial rights out of its home nation

By James Batchelor

King signs Tech Talent Charter to drive diversity

Candy Crush Saga developer is first UK games company to pledge to the initiative

By James Batchelor

Magic Leap prototype becomes Angry Birds' VR debut

Resolution Games' Tommy Palm shares the origins of the first virtual reality entry in the hit mobile series

By James Batchelor

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