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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

The games industry pays tribute to Sir Clive Sinclair

"A true pioneer of affordable gaming, helping to set the strong foundations of the great UK games industry"

By James Batchelor

My.Games acquires hypercasual publisher Mamboo Games for over $2m

Russia-based games brand previously took a minority stake in the studio last year

By James Batchelor

Niantic will shut down soft-launched Catan: World Explorers this November

Pokémon Go studio will remove app from stores and stop real-money purchases as project

By James Batchelor

Does the Epic vs Apple judgement open iOS to more legal attacks?

Legal experts discuss the ramifications of the recent court decision in the ongoing dispute

By James Batchelor

TinyBuild acquires Bad Pixel for $17.1m

Deadside developer is indie publisher's fifth acquisition so far this year

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft revives Driver as a live-action series

Show will be exclusive to Binge, a new streaming platform focused on games-themed content

By James Batchelor

Epic appeals against judge's ruling in Apple antitrust case

Fortnite firm turns to US Court of Appeals as its legal crusade continues

By James Batchelor

Former Starbreeze CFO acquitted of insider trading charges

Sebastian Ahlskog no longer has to pay fine after Swedish Court of Appeal orders original judgement be amended

By James Batchelor

"Letting commercial decisions dictate creativity is the biggest detriment"

Poorly Timed Games' founder Chris Wright shuns censorship and shares his hopes for diversity in the games industry

By James Batchelor

The first ever Paralympics video game

Developer JP Games on crafting a sports-centric MMO-style game that finally represents Paralympians' achievements

By James Batchelor

Shipwright Studios cuts ties with Tripwire Interactive over president's anti-abortion views

Update: Chivalry 2 creator Torn Banner Studios also distances itself from Tripwire

By James Batchelor

From Cooking Mama to Control: The rise of 505 Games

President Neil Ralley on how the publisher is taking more control over its destiny with its Remedy partnership and acquisitions such as Ghostrunner

By James Batchelor

From James Bond to Legally Blonde, MGM focused on "modernised nostalgia" in video games push

The Hollywood giant tells us about its plans for the video games space as it seeks to revitalise dormant franchises

By James Batchelor

Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene leaves Krafton to form new studio

PUBG parent will hold a minority stake in Greene's new company

By James Batchelor

South Korea bans Apple, Google from blocking third-party payments

Government also claims the power mediate disputes over app payments, cancellations and refunds

By James Batchelor

Digital-only Gamescom attracted 13 million viewers

Organisers release viewing figures from this year's show, 2022's hybrid event dated

By James Batchelor

ITN Productions: "We set out on a mission to dispel the myths about the industry"

The news broadcaster on Games For Good, an industry documentary produced in collaboration with IGDA

By James Batchelor

Bandai Namco sweeps 2021 Gamescom Awards

Elden Ring wins in four categories, while publishers also takes Best Lineup

By James Batchelor

Netflix testing first mobile games integration in Poland

Streaming service reiterates games strategy in "very, very early days," test focuses on previous Stranger Things titles

By James Batchelor

South Korea plans to abolish gaming curfew

Law that blocks underage players' late night access to online games will be dropped in favour of current 'choice permits'

By James Batchelor

EA's efforts to catch up to its responsibility

FIFA publisher's Chris Bruzzo on how the company is pushing for Positive Play, dealing with toxicity and responding to loot box criticisms

By James Batchelor

NES and SNES designer Lance Barr retires from Nintendo after 38 years

The man who defined the look of Nintendo's first two home consoles in the West is moving on to "other projects"

By James Batchelor

Taking Gamescom everywhere (when it can't be somewhere)

Gamescom co-organiser Felix Falk reflects on the challenges the world's biggest games event faces in its second online-only year

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard lawsuit expanded to include contractors, claims publisher shredded documents

California DFEH also claims appointment of law firm WilmerHale has interfered with investigation

By James Batchelor

Love Island developer Fusebox Games accused of ignoring LGBT+ staff concerns with sexist content

Employee complaints over "problematic content" in Matchmaker: Puzzles and Stories followed shortly by layoffs

By James Batchelor

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