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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

After the lockdown: China studios on returning to work

Chinese developers share lessons learned from remote working and their efforts to prevent a second wave of COVID-19

By James Batchelor

Coronavirus reportedly delays Amazon's game streaming service Project Tempo into 2021

But internet giant will release first original IP Crucible next month, interactive casual games for Twitch in the summer

By James Batchelor

Fundamentally Games raises seed funding to create new live operations division

Investment round led by Premiere Capital and Authentic Media Group, enables company to support studios with live service games

Sony sets up $100m COVID-19 Relief Fund

Company will fund support for frontline medical workers, educators, and the entertainment industry

By James Batchelor

Watch the 2020 BAFTA Games Awards here

Livestream kicks off at 7.30pm BST tonight, will feature acceptance videos from all the winners

By James Batchelor

Apple doubles donation to China's COVID-19 relief efforts

iPhone maker has now contributed $7 million to fighting the pandemic

By James Batchelor

Bethesda not hosting digital E3 showcase this June

Publisher's Pete Hines says challenges dealing with coronavirus have delayed game announcements

By James Batchelor

Pokémon and Apex Legends esports events cancelled

Physical events scrapped amid coronavirus concerns, prize money shifted to online competitions

By James Batchelor

Sony declines to sell Call of Duty in Russia (again)

Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will not be sold through PlayStation Store

By James Batchelor

Colopl acquires Steins;Gate developer Mages for $15 million

Studio will become a wholly owned subsidiary after mobile firm purchases all shares

By James Batchelor

Epic offers $1m reward for evidence of Houseparty smear campaign

Fortnite developers assures that app does not enable access to bank accounts or other services

By James Batchelor

Record number of Steam users online during coronavirus outbreak

Update: Steam sees record numbers of users in-game, and record concurrent users for third week running

By James Batchelor

Official Xbox Magazine closed

Publication is reportedly one of six magazines Future has discontinued

By James Batchelor

Cloud Imperium secures $17.25m in additional investment

Existing investors pour more finance into Star Citizen developer

By James Batchelor

Final Fantasy VII Remake shipping early amid COVID-19 disruption

Square Enix reveals European and Australian players may receive the game sooner than April 10 launch

By James Batchelor

Assassin's Creed actor forms new studio Silver Rain Games

Abubakar Salim teams up with former BAFTA manager Melissa Phillips to create new transmedia universe

By James Batchelor

From character to creator: Why actor Abubakar Salim is trying his hand at development

We speak to the Assassin's Creed actor and former BAFTA manager Melissa Phillips about the vision for their new studio

By James Batchelor

Games London reveals 2020 Ensemble showcase members

Annual celebration of BAME games talent in the UK will be followed by an exhibition this summer

By James Batchelor

Xbox curates free educational marketplace in Minecraft

Meanwhile, Outright Games partners with Digital Schoolhouse for computer science workshops

By James Batchelor

UK games retail shifts online as government orders closure of all non-essential stores

CEX, GAME, Argos and more shut their High Street branches to prevent the spread of coronavirus

By James Batchelor

Ninja and wife donate $150,000 to Feeding America amid coronavirus pandemic

Streamers encourage other influencers ask their followers to stay at home and observe social distancing

By James Batchelor

Nintendo presses Sony to remove Mario creations from Dreams

UPDATE: Sony confirms ongoing case-by-case purge of Nintendo IP from creation game

By James Batchelor

Polish government running games development course for quarantined kids

Webinars, game jam and a building competition on Minecraft launched as part of digital education efforts

By James Batchelor

Blizzard and Paradox arrange care packages for remote-working staff during coronavirus lockdowns

Meanwhile, Sega added to growing list of games firms sending employees home to work

By James Batchelor

Tranzfuser expands to minimise coronavirus impact on games graduates

Capacity for teams upped to 60, more mentoring will be arranged, and pitch practice and showcase events will be virtual

By James Batchelor

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