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8th July 2021

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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

Epic vs Apple - Week One Review: Epic still faces an "uphill battle"

Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming week

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze's Q1 losses shrink 95% to $505,000

New CEO Tobias Sjögren says "the road ahead is clear" as Payday 3 is fully funded

By James Batchelor

Epic Games claims Fortnite is at "full penetration" on console

Asserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App Store

By James Batchelor

Resident Evil: A masterclass in reinvention

As Resident Evil 8 arrives and the series enters its 25th year, we look at how Capcom's horror IP has done what it challenges players to do: survive

By James Batchelor

Capcom reports fourth consecutive year of record high profits

Publisher's ongoing success driven by Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil 3

By James Batchelor

Apple questions credibility of Xbox testimony

iPhone maker asserts that Microsoft did not produce evidence to back Lori Wright's claims of unprofitable consoles

By James Batchelor

Nintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units sold

And, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii's 101 million lifetime sales this year

By James Batchelor

EA acquires Super Mega Baseball developer Metalhead Software

Canadian studio fills another gap in FIFA publisher's expanding sports portfolio

By James Batchelor

Epic pushed for subscription-free multiplayer on Xbox ahead of Apple battle

CEO Tim Sweeney told Xbox boss Phil Spencer that "certain plans for August" would create an "extraordinary opportunity"

By James Batchelor

Epic expects Epic Games Store to be profitable by 2024

Court documents also reveal details of $146 million Borderlands exclusivity deal and $11.7 million spent on free games

By James Batchelor

Toys For Bob reportedly suffers layoffs as it moves to support Call of Duty Warzone

Update: Activision denies having laid off anyone, says studio is continuing to support Crash Bandicoot 4 as it works on Warzone

By James Batchelor

Epic expected iOS to account for less than 6% of Fortnite revenue in 2020

And almost half of Apple players already accessed Fortnite via other platforms

By James Batchelor

PlayStation revenues near $25bn as PS5 ships 7.8m in five months

Sony's gaming segment drives full-year revenues to $81.7 billion

By James Batchelor

Knockout City will be available on Xbox Game Pass, EA Play at launch

Velan Studios' budget price dodgeball game racked up one million downloads during beta

By James Batchelor

Games developers invited to apply for UK Global Screen Fund from May

First stage of £7 million government fund will focus on feature films and animation

By James Batchelor

Mr Men books are for children. Assassin's Creed is not and never should be | Opinion

Ubisoft is trying to expand the audience for its flagship brand, but more than oversteps when it targets kids who are too young to even read

By James Batchelor

Gearbox, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple oppose Texas anti-trans law

Borderlands developer even suggests it would expand out of the state if law is passed

By James Batchelor

Coffee Stain: Valheim's success was like trying to tip over a bathtub full of water

Indie publisher on how it's supporting the five-man team behind this year's biggest surprise hit

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft joins Tezos blockchain ecosystem

Assassin's Creed publisher will act as a validation node while experimenting with how blockchain can be used in games

By James Batchelor

Nintendo files against alleged Team Xecuter leader Gary Bowser

Platform holder campaign against Switch hackers continues following Bowser's arrest and indictment last year

By James Batchelor

It took a pandemic to improve acceptance of video games in Italy

Marco Saletta, chair of trade body IIDEA, tells us more about how the market has changed over the past year

By James Batchelor

AppLovin IPO raises $1.8bn

Offering values the mobile games firm at nearly $30 billion, shares to be listed on NASDAQ Global Select Market today

By James Batchelor

Capcom closing USA online store

But European merchandise outlet will continue to operate as US arm seeks new licensing partners

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze to relaunch Payday: Crime War with PopReach

Mobile shooter originally shut down in 2019, development team will now contribute to Payday 3

By James Batchelor

ByteDance games division acquires Chinese developer C4games

Beijing-based studio develops China-only Command & Conquer spin-off Red Alert Online

By James Batchelor

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