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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

First ever Scottish Games Week will be held this October

Five-day celebration of the local industry will include a conference, education symposium and awards ceremony

By James Batchelor

Former Sega and Sony president Bernie Stolar has died

Long-serving games exec was instrumental in launching the original PlayStation and Dreamcast

By James Batchelor

PlayStation, Microsoft, Epic, Unity and more form Metaverse Standards Forum

Other tech giants on board include Meta, Nvidia, although Apple, Roblox and Niantic absent

By James Batchelor

Tomb Raider and transmedia: What next for Embracer Group?

The ever-expanding empire's CEO Lars Wingefors discusses the ongoing M&A strategy and taking Embracer beyond games

By James Batchelor

Saber Interactive accuses Spintires publisher Oovee Games of defamation

Ongoing battle between two companies also encompasses debate over payments for simulator's solo developer

By James Batchelor

CEO says Embracer "will not change in any way" after Saudi Arabia $1bn investment

Lars Wingefors explains the rationale for accepting investment from Savvy Gaming Group

By James Batchelor

Starfield reveal, Hideo Kojima and Game Pass lead Xbox showcase

Microsoft showed off over 30 games coming to Xbox and PC within the next year, most will be on subscription service

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard recognises Raven QA testers' union and will begin negotiations

CEO Bobby Kotick confirms what he is legally obligated to do, pledges good faith negotiations

By James Batchelor

The Last of Us: Part 1 headlines Summer Game Fest

Alongside rumoured then leaked remake, reveals included Goat Simulator 3, Flashback 2 and Aliens: Dark Descent

By James Batchelor

Xbox Game Pass to add game demos and streaming for owned titles this year

Microsoft will pay developers for demos and share performance stats, also bringing Xbox app for cloud gaming to Samsung TVs

By James Batchelor

Intellivision turns to layoffs and licensing as it struggles to fund troubled Amico

Following scrapped crowdfunding campaign, pre-order refunds delayed as company focuses on production

By James Batchelor

Tencent taking global Honor of Kings as China continues to block its new releases

Regulators approve new title from Genshin Impact developer MiHoYo, but Tencent and rival Netease have not received a publishing licence in 11 months

By James Batchelor

Tim Sweeney warns against Fortnite cryptocurrency scam

CEO says "Epic's lawyers are on it" and decries "marketplaces that enable this kind of thing"

By James Batchelor

PlayStack acquires ex-EA developers' mobile studio Magic Fuel Games

San Francisco-based outfit is focused on city builders, team previously worked on SimCity

By James Batchelor

Nintendo is not attending Gamescom

Platform holder will instead bring upcoming Nintendo Switch games to “numerous events throughout Germany”

By James Batchelor

Resident Evil 4 Remake and Final Fantasy 16 headline PlayStation's State of Play showcase

Broadcast also featured new PS VR2 titles, Spider-Man for PC, and Street Fighter 6 debut

By James Batchelor

God of War Ragnarok, Silent Hills and PSVR 2: Analysts and journalists share their Not-E3 predictions

With a wave of summer games showcases upon us, what are people hoping to see unveiled in the coming weeks?

By James Batchelor

Just Flight's Paul Hyslop has died

"A man with no ego, a man with friends of all ages, literally everywhere he went"

By James Batchelor

Final Fantasy producer Shinji Hashimoto retires

Square Enix veteran has worked on almost every Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts since 1997

By James Batchelor

Dovetail Games VP Lizzie Wilding has died

Simulator developer and publisher pays tribute to “a wise, caring, witty, fearless woman”

By James Batchelor

Gotham Knights developer addresses criticism over Batgirl's “recovery” from requiring wheelchair

Character biography revised, thanks to consultation with specialists at AbleGamers

By James Batchelor

Next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 doubles CD Projekt's Q1 profits

PlayStation version accounted for majority of post-update sales, studio now primarily focused on story expansion

By James Batchelor

Mafia 3 developer Hangar 13 suffers another round of layoffs

Almost 50 let go from California studio, others impacted in Brighton, UK and Czech

By James Batchelor

EA won't make public statement on abortion rights

Publisher says it will only speak out when there's a "consistent perspective" shared by all staff

By James Batchelor

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