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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

Todd Howard: "The next generation is about access"

Bethesda Game Studios' director discusses the Microsoft acquisition, cloud gaming, and how Game Pass could boost IP that struggles at retail

By James Batchelor

Scopely acquires Genjoy

Match-three developer and its 150 employees add to Scopely's presence in Spain

By James Batchelor

Google distances itself from Stadia creative director Alex Hutchinson

Internet giant asserts that tweets about streamers paying royalties "do not reflect those of Stadia, YouTube or Google"

By James Batchelor

The constant tug of war between AAA developers and "the money people"

Massive Entertainment boss David Polfeldt discusses the instability of AAA and the influence of self-inflicted crunch

By James Batchelor

EA facing Canadian class action lawsuit over loot boxes

Two plaintiffs seeking damages as suit calls out "unlicensed, illegal gaming system" in over 60 titles

By James Batchelor

Twitch purges videos after "thousands" of requests from music labels

Streaming site offers content creators the ability to delete all videos as it issues "a one-time warning to learn about copyright law"

By James Batchelor

Cliff Bleszinski may return to games development "slowly and cautiously"

Fall Guys and Among Us has given Gears of War designer hope as he reflects on the mistakes of Boss Key Productions

By James Batchelor

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 loses another narrative designer

Cara Ellison leaves to join Armello dev League of Geeks two months after Brian Mitsoda and Ka'ai Cluney were dismissed

By James Batchelor

Industry knowledge should not be "locked up in vaults behind ticket prices"

Rami Ismail and Myriame Lachapelle discuss their new Keycard Workshops initiative

By James Batchelor

Summer video game reveals showed record number of female protagonists

But Feminist Frenquency's annual analysis warns this may be a "one-off statistical anomaly"

By James Batchelor

Blizzard no longer developing new content for StarCraft 2

Developer will continue to issue balance fixes and work with partners on esports

By James Batchelor

Overcoming AR's limitations with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Velan Studios president Guha Bala on reinventing Nintendo's best-selling racing franchise for augmented reality

By James Batchelor

Microsoft will share digital revenues with GameStop on every Xbox it sells

Investment advisor says retailer will even get a share of DLC sales if physical game was purchased from another company

By James Batchelor

YouTube: Among Us videos reached 4bn views in September

Video platform's report shows US as largest audience, but viewers flooding in from around the world

By James Batchelor

My.Games buys minority stake in Mamboo Games

Partnership enables Russia-based games publisher to expand hypercasual department

By James Batchelor

Sharkmob's new opportunity for UK AAA developers

The Tencent-owned Swedish developer discusses opening a new London studio and retaining its creative independence

By James Batchelor

Virtuos acquires CounterPunch Studios, opens Montreal studio

Los Angeles animation specialist will be integrated into Virtuos' global team while new Canadian team will focus on concept art

By James Batchelor

Analyst predicts Switch will outsell PS5, Xbox Series X/S this Christmas

NPD's Mat Piscatella also says US games spending could be on course for a record year at over $50 billion

By James Batchelor

Nintendo issues cease and desist against influencer and adult entertainer Pokeprincxss

Social media personality rebrands after trademarking her name and selling merchandise bearing Pokémon characters

By James Batchelor

ASA bans misleading Homescapes, Gardenscapes ads

Despite pin puzzles being present in the game, UK ad authority concluded Facebook posts were not representative of the overall gameplay

By James Batchelor

Epic vs Apple case may have "serious ramifications" for Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox

Court order prevents Apple from blocking Unreal Engine until dispute is settled but Fortnite remains banned on iOS

By James Batchelor

New Microsoft Store principles take a dig at Apple

Company also explains why it will not apply these app fairness principles to Xbox store

By James Batchelor

Microsoft exploring browser workaround to bring Xbox Game Pass to iOS

Meanwhile, former App Store boss says Apple Arcade violates the same policies blocking Game Pass and Stadia

By James Batchelor

Super Mario 3D All-Stars was Japan's biggest-selling game in September

Nintendo compilation sold nearly five times more copies than Marvel's Avengers

By James Batchelor

Esports organisation RektGlobal secures $35m in funding

Summit Partners invests into firm as new debt capital partner

By James Batchelor

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