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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

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: The (Doom) Eternal cycle of crunch

Latest episode also discusses allegations against Riot in class-action lawsuit, Paradox's subscription experiment, and tossing coins to Witchers

By James Batchelor

Plague Inc dev: Game is "not a scientific model" for coronavirus outbreak

Ndemic Creations compelled to release statement as sales spike in China

By James Batchelor

Disney reportedly closing down Fogbank Entertainment

FoxNext's San Francisco studio was not part of recent sale to Scopely

By James Batchelor

Amplifier Game Invest opens new development studio in Sweden

River End Games is funded by recently rebranded investment arm of THQ Nordic parent Embracer Group

By James Batchelor

The Bleeding Edge of multiplayer design

Creative director Rahni Tucker on how the Xbox brawler will ensure Ninja Theory keeps one foot in the action genre

By James Batchelor

Blitzchung on Hong Kong protest: "Even if I had a chance to go back, I would still do it"

Hearthstone pro still "disappointed" in Blizzard but doesn't hate the company

By James Batchelor

Id Software was "crunching pretty hard most of last year" on Doom Eternal

But studio confident that four-month delay has made upcoming shooter the "best game we've ever made"

By James Batchelor

Paradox trialling subscription model to address DLC criticism

But strategy publisher assures long-running fans that no future expansions will be exclusive to subscribers

By James Batchelor

NHS mental health director calls for loot box ban

UPDATE: UKIE responds, emphasising that industry already addresses spending caps and disclosed drop rates

By James Batchelor

The best-selling games of the decade show AAA was left behind by innovation | Opinion

The games industry has made great strides forward in the past ten years - but none of that is apparent in the retail charts

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Xbox's plan to reshape the console industry

Latest episode available to download now, also shares more information on plans for the GamesIndustry.biz Academy

By James Batchelor

Rockstar responds to claims it abuses tax relief

But Grand Theft Auto developer makes no comment on reports it has not paid corporate tax in four years

By James Batchelor

Cloud Imperium responds to Crytek's attempt to dismiss its own lawsuit

Star Citizen developer maintains engine providers claim "is and always has been meritless"

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft files lawsuit against site that enabled Rainbow Six Siege DDoS attacks

Publisher claims group behind ShortNameGame sold the software used to disrupt the game

By James Batchelor

Tencent ramping up investments - but may veer away from games

Having already poured money into eleven games firms, Chinese giant is concentrating on new industries such as 'smart retail'

By James Batchelor

Humble Bundle joins efforts to raise money for Australian bushfire relief

Meanwhile, Warframe dev Digital Extremes donates $30,000 to two chairties

By James Batchelor

Media firm behind Autosport plans to "change the landscape" of racing games

Ex-Codemasters creative director Stephen Hood on how the new Motorsport Games group can disrupt the market

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store avoids review bombing with OpenCritic integration

Review aggregation site will display how many critics recommend purchase on each title's store page

By James Batchelor

Phil Spencer confirms Xbox will be at E3 2020

Platform holder responds to Sony's decision to ditch major games showcase for a second consecutive year

By James Batchelor

Australian developers organising global fundraising auction for fire services

Game Devs For Firies calls on industry to help encourage donations to bushfire relief by offering signed games, services and more

By James Batchelor

Infinity Ward, Bungie and Ubisoft join Australian bushfire relief efforts

Modern Warfare DLC, Destiny 2 T-shirt sales and AUS$30,000 donation all go towards charities and emergency services

By James Batchelor

How can Rio Ferdinand help protect kids from inappropriate video games?

UKIE CEO Dr Jo Twist on why spending time gaming with children is just as important as using parental controls

By James Batchelor

Call of Duty and GTA V dominated PlayStation Store downloads in 2019

Sony reveals most downloaded PS4 and PSVR games of the year, as well as the biggest DLC

By James Batchelor

Hamburg to pour €2m into local games industry by 2023

Gamecity:Hamburg will handle funding, launch a new prototype program and establish an incubator this year

By James Batchelor

Sony's Jim Ryan: PlayStation 5's 'bigger differences' have yet to be announced

PlayStation boss also suggests there will be no months-long delay for Japanese launch

By James Batchelor

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