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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

Daedalic: "If we do this right, no one else will be able to make a Gollum game"

CEO Carsten Fichtelmann discusses plans for the iconic character, who will star in the first of Daedalic's many Lord of the Rings games

By James Batchelor

Sony pulls full game download codes from all stores

PlayStation confirms to GamesIndustry.biz new strategy starts April 1, cards for DLC and virtual currency will still be available

By James Batchelor

GDC 2019 attendance sets new record at 29,000

2020 conference dated for March 16 to 20, hosted once again at the Moscone Convention Center

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Live from (near) GDC 2019

Latest episode available to download now, recapping the biggest news from San Francisco this week

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store is making the industry better but “gamers don't see that”

CEO Tim Sweeney addresses backlash against exclusivity deals, promises human curation to block “shock controversy games” like Rape Day

By James Batchelor

Indies clean up at GDC Awards 2019

God of War takes home yet another Game of the Year gong, and Return of the Obra Dinn wins $33,000 in IGF prizes

By James Batchelor

Phil Harrison: Stadia starts an "inevitable and one-way shift" away from consoles

Google VP also addresses concerns about bandwidth caps and those cryptic game teases shown before the keynote

By James Batchelor

Epic Games announces $100m MegaGrants program, launches free Online Services tools

GDC 2019: Unreal Engine creator also releasing ray tracing and photorealism tech, debuts new Chaos physics and destruction tech

By James Batchelor

Oculus: "It's no longer a burden to get into virtual reality"

Nate Mitchell and Jason Rubin discuss how a two-pronged approach with Quest and Rift S will finally bring down the barriers to VR

By James Batchelor

Oculus "phasing out" Rift, launching $399 Rift S this spring

GDC 2019: Newest headset drops external trackers for Oculus Insight inside-out sensors, will have cross-play and cross-buy with Quest

By James Batchelor

Google unveils first details of Stadia streaming service

"The next generation is not in a box," says internet giant

By James Batchelor

Epic responds to accusations of Steam data mining

Update: Valve is "looking into" issue that Epic's Tim Sweeney attributed to “our rush to implement social features in the early days of Fortnite”

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Bad Influencers

Download our latest episode, discussing EA's Game Changer troubles, Brendan Greene's new role and the return of Jade Raymond

By James Batchelor

Julian Gollop defends Epic Games Store exclusivity for Phoenix Point

Developer assures that refunds will be offered to those who don't want to use Epic, or Steam keys if they wait a year

By James Batchelor

Four Indian cities ban PUBG Mobile

Battle royale game suspected of triggering violent behaviour, police have already arrested players

By James Batchelor

GDC 2019 Preview: 18 must-see sessions

We round up the biggest keynotes, reveals and panels ahead of next week's conference

By James Batchelor

Discord Game Store refocuses on Nitro subscription, devs can now sell games directly

Studios can now set up their own store pages and news channels on their own verified servers

By James Batchelor

God of War leads BAFTA nominations

Sony's epic in the running for 10 prizes, while Red Dead Redemption 2, Florence and Return of the Obra Dinn are up for six

By James Batchelor

BioWare, Riot Games and Ubisoft headline initial speaker line-up for Develop:Brighton

Game Workers Unite and Women In Games will host industry roundtables during July conference

By James Batchelor

Curve Digital parent Catalis acquires Bomber Crew developer

Brighton studio Runner Duck will grow its franchise with two new games to be published by Curve from 2020

By James Batchelor

Team spaces in Call of Duty esports league reportedly cost $25m each

Preparations begin for franchised, city-based competition around Activision's flagship shooter

By James Batchelor

"Our whole world fell apart": The fall of Splendy Games

Simon Sparks offers a cautionary tale of how an ambitious indie collapsed, and the toll it took on his mental health

By James Batchelor

Brendan Greene leading new Special Projects division at PUBG Corp

Will continue as consulting creative director on battle royale game, relocating to Amsterdam

By James Batchelor

Brawl Stars made $150m in its first three months

Supercell's newest game has also passed 75 million installs, biggest audience is US

By James Batchelor

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