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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

Paradox profits up 36% in Q3 thanks to Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Cities: Skylines and Stellaris expansions plus ongoing sales of Hearts of Iron IV and Surviving Mars also drove revenues to $29.4 million

By James Batchelor

Tencent buying 10% of Sumo Group

Chinese giant purchasing 15 million shares from established investor Perwyn

By James Batchelor

New IP from Obsidian and Rare lead X019 announcements

Meanwhile, Xbox gears up for Christmas with new Game Pass releases and $150 Black Friday discount

By James Batchelor

Project xCloud expands with 50 new titles, coming to Japan, India and more next year

Xbox's streaming service will be incorporated into Xbox Game Pass; Bluetooth controller support coming next year

By James Batchelor

Microsoft and Dontnod reveal narrative adventure with transgender protagonist

Life Is Strange developer's Tell Me Why debuts at X019, arrives on Xbox and PC next year

By James Batchelor

How Koch Media is ensuring classic brand comebacks are worth the wait

From Shenmue III to TimeSplitters, CEO Klemens Kundratitz discusses the publisher's upcoming line-up

By James Batchelor

Voodoo opens Montreal studio as it expands beyond hypercasual games

New branch will be led by former Gameloft producer Mehdi El Moussali

By James Batchelor

Another tester is being sued by Epic Games for leaking Fortnite Chapter 2

Keywords Studio employee was fired day after leak, now faces claim for over $85,000 in damages

By James Batchelor

"Expectations for full-price games is very high. You need a large budget to have a chance"

CI Games CEO Marek Tymiński reflects on the struggles of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 and how upcoming sequel Contracts will rectify this

By James Batchelor

Microsoft using Xbox Adaptive Controller to rehabilitate US veterans

Company is working with Veteran Affairs to roll out device to medical centres

By James Batchelor

John Carmack wins Lifetime Achievement prize at VR Awards 2019

Oculus Quest crowned best hardware, while A Fisherman's Tale is declared best game

By James Batchelor

The Tencent zombie game trying to advance the battle royale formula

We speak to Next Studios about how Synced: Off-Planet recreates the tension of Fortnite or DayZ without copying the structure

By James Batchelor

Roblox survey reveals disconnect between parents and teens over online bullying

Majority of parents believe their children will discuss online behaviour with them, but more than half of teens disagree

By James Batchelor

Indie publisher Kiss launches Intelligent Finance ISA

Company tells GamesIndustry.biz it will fund future games by promising investors 6.8% profit per year through tech bond

By James Batchelor

Square Enix profits up 32% in first half of fiscal year

Publisher's success driven by MMOs and mobile games as HD games sales slip year-on-year

By James Batchelor

Abbey Games will terminate all employee contracts next month

Dutch indie "forced to scope down significantly" after Early Access version failed to live up to expectations

By James Batchelor

Activision and EA insiders have been profiting from selling stock during buybacks

CEOs Bobby Kotick and Andrew Wilson have made millions, but companies insist there is no improper practice

By James Batchelor

Playtika considering IPO as Chinese acquisition plans collapse

Mobile games firm seeks listing in unspecified market, according to the company that failed to buy it

By James Batchelor

Which platforms are publishers and investors really interested in?

Xsolla shares lessons from its funding club and offers advice on how to impress potential investors

By James Batchelor

Reality Gaming Group expanding to China

Chengdu government will help promote the studio and its flagship game Reality Clash, as well as AR and blockchain tech

By James Batchelor

US gamers have spent $27.9bn in 2019 so far

Spending is only up 1% over 2018 year-to-date, with hardware sales down 23%

By James Batchelor

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dominates the EMEAA charts

Meanwhile, FIFA fends off new releases The Outer Worlds, MediEvil and WWE 2K20

By James Batchelor

Microsoft Japan's four-day week trial boosts productivity by 40%

Company also noted paper and electricity consumption dropped significantly

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze losses were $30.8 million for the first nine months of 2019

But company is confident reconstruction efforts and new publishing deal Payday 3 will save the studio

By James Batchelor

Blizzard is adding ethnically diverse character skins with World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Fifteen years after launch, players will be able to customise their character to match their ethnicity

By James Batchelor

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