Sections

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

House of Lords calls for loot boxes to be immediately reclassified as gambling

Committee believes chance-based monetisation should be regulated without waiting for wider Gambling Act review

By James Batchelor

First game from Oculus co-founder's new studio "unlikely to be VR"

But Nate Mitchell says he and his fellow ex-Oculus devs at Mountaintop "haven't left VR behind"

By James Batchelor

Voicemod raises $8m for AI-powered 'voice avatars'

Technology enables players to alter their voice and apply effects that match the in-game action

By James Batchelor

Roblox hacked by Trump supporters

More than a thousand users' profiles changed, telling kids to ask their parents to re-elect US president

By James Batchelor

Discord raises $100m to further expand beyond games

Communications platform redesigned to be more accessible to non-gamers, company reportedly valued at $3.5 billion

By James Batchelor

Oculus vets size up challenge facing their new studio Mountaintop

Nate Mitchell and Matt Hansen on anti-crunch, their multiplayer ambitions, and establishing a company culture without a central office

By James Batchelor

Cyberpunk 2077 will be censored in Japan

Sexual references, nudity and dismemberment to be toned down

By James Batchelor

Microsoft reportedly stops advertising on Facebook

But Xbox firm is still redirecting Mixer users to the social network

By James Batchelor

Plans revealed for Disco Elysium TV series

Adaptation will be produced by DJ2 Entertainment, which is run by Sonic The Hedgehog movie's co-producer

By James Batchelor

Roblox player spending passes $1.5bn on mobile

May was the game's biggest month ever with revenue of over $100 million

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft reportedly places executives on leave amid abuse investigation

Tommy François and Maxime Béland each face at least three claims of misconduct

By James Batchelor

"Any time is a good time to sell your business"

During Investment Summit Online, Team17, Red Kite Games and BitKraft Esports say COVID-19 has not affected acquisition potential

By James Batchelor

PS5 Digital Edition exists because "many consumers purchase solely digitally"

PlayStation boss says no news on price but platform holder is focused on "getting the value equation right"

By James Batchelor

How do you hire someone you've never met?

Recruiters and developers discuss the challenges of securing new talent during lockdown

By James Batchelor

Chinese console market to grow to $2.15bn by 2024

Niko Partners predicts grey market console sales will decline as number of legal devices nears one billion

By James Batchelor

Xbox demands racist influencer team disassociate from its brand

Brazilian streamers XboxMilGrau has been banned on Twitch and YouTube, reportedly worked with Microsoft in the past

By James Batchelor

Game Workers Unite internal disputes intensify as UK chapter considers separation

International group addresses controversy around former member, takes belated stance on racial injustice

By James Batchelor

Gamescom Asia delayed until 2021

Major Eastern games showcase was set to debut this October

By James Batchelor

Xsolla: "You can build on success, you can't grow from the ashes of a failed launch"

Company president Chris Hewish discusses how to establish a new studio and service game in a crowded market

By James Batchelor

GAME re-opening stores on June 15

All stores in England and North Ireland will open doors next Monday, but Belong Arenas remain closed

By James Batchelor

Neil Druckmann: The Last of Us Part 2 will "normalise stuff that is normal"

Naughty Dog director reacts to leaks, says people who will "benefit most from this story are the ones yelling the loudest"

By James Batchelor

UK government to call for evidence that loot boxes should be classed as gambling

Update: DCMS confirms call will begin later this year, findings will be considered alongside a review of the Gambling Act

By James Batchelor

David Braben: Look for publishers with development experience

Frontier CEO shares advice and why his company left working with publishers behind during Investment Summit Online

By James Batchelor

EA extends free Xbox Series X upgrade offer for Madden NFL 21 after player complaints

Publisher is not using Xbox's Smart Delivery tech, but instead using its own 'Dual Entitlement' model

By James Batchelor

$290,000 GDC Relief Fund shared among 177 devs, new accelerator

Wings Interactive co-founder Cassia Curran grateful for "amazing desire to help" from across the industry

By James Batchelor

Page 1 of 87

Subscribe to the GamesIndustry.biz Newsletters