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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

Leigh Alexander: "Power fantasies are boring"

The award-winning narrative designer is tired of games giving players whatever they want -- it's time we explored "disempowerment fantasies" instead

By James Batchelor

Riot Games stands firm against walkout employees' demands

UPDATE: League of Legends developer describes walkout as an "important moment" for the company, details changes made as a result

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Microsoft and Sony's cloud co-operation

Latest episode also discusses EU's proposal to track overtime and eliminate crunch, plus Ubisoft's mystery AAA titles

By James Batchelor

Uplay boost fails to prevent The Division 2 missing sales targets

Steam users flock to Ubisoft's own marketplace as sequel sells ten times as many Uplay copies as the original

By James Batchelor

Steam Link finally available for iOS

Valve's streaming up launches a year after Apple rejected it

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store stealth launches in China

Chinese players now able to purchase games from Fortnite creator's marketplace

By James Batchelor

Assassin's Creed should partner with Stranger Things: Lessons from Changing Channels

We report back on the key takeaways from last week's TV and games conference with BBC Studios

By James Batchelor

Sean Murray to keynote Develop:Brighton 2019

Hello Games founder will reflect on developing No Man's Sky and discuss the future of the studio

By James Batchelor

Newzoo: More than one billion women are active gamers

Firm's latest analysis shows 46% of all video game enthusiasts are female

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Crunch and walkouts are failures of management

Latest episode available to download now, discussing the recent incidents at NetherRealm Studios and Riot Games

By James Batchelor

Record-breaking Q1 revenues for Nexon at $840m

Korean publisher exceeds forecasts thanks to stronger-than-expected performances for Dungeon&Fighter and MapleStory

By James Batchelor

Capcom creates feeder leagues to grow Street Fighter esports

Three new competitions kick off this summer to prepare players for professional tournaments

By James Batchelor

Emily Greer: "New stores are changing the expectation that only Steam matters"

The outgoing Kongregate co-founder discusses the ongoing breakdown of Valve's monopoly, and the need to take a stance against offensive content

By James Batchelor

Konami enjoys fifth consecutive year of profit growth

Mobile Yu-Gi-Oh games and PES online mode helps drive Japanese publisher to revenues of $2.37 billion

By James Batchelor

Days Gone outperforms God of War in Japanese debut

Sony's latest sold more than 114,000 copies at retail -- more than five times any other title managed in same week

By James Batchelor

Claptrap voice actor accuses Randy Pitchford of assault amid pay dispute

Update: Gearbox takes Eddings' allegations "very seriously" but declines to comment due to it being "a personal matter"

By James Batchelor

The Terrawurm experiment: Can indies work together on multiple games?

A Manchester developer collective shares its experience splitting the workload and revenues on a game while still making their own titles

By James Batchelor

NetherRealms Studios investigating crunch and toxicity allegations

Following multiple exposÚs on self-sustaining culture of crunch, Mortal Kombat developer vows to "improve our company environment"

By James Batchelor

Phoenix Games' first acquisition is UK developer Well Played Games

Leamington Spa-based team of ex-Exient devs joins international group of games firms, led by Flaregames founder Klaas Kersting

By James Batchelor

Developer's edition of HoloLens 2 launches today at $3,500

Alternatively, studios can pay $99 per month for access to the kit

By James Batchelor

Riot Games will drop mandatory arbitration following walkout threats

Staff at League of Legends developer will no longer be blocked from filing lawsuits over sexual harassment or assault

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: How to spoil your own announcement

We discuss Borderlands 3 microtransactions, Epic's plans for Rocket League and Valve Index in our latest episode

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft and Genba to "kill the grey market" with silent key activation

Genba's Matt Murphy reveals how the two companies are clamping down on key reselling

By James Batchelor

Adventure Academy: The educational MMO made by WoW, LOTRO devs

US developer Age of Learnings talks us through Adventure Academy and its plans to teach kids through play

By James Batchelor

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