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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 Five Games of Debbie Bestwick | Podcast

Download now to hear how Team17's CEO started her career at 16 and why Worms was first developed on a calculator

By James Batchelor

German consumers spent more than €3.7bn on games in H1 2020

Local trady body Game reports strong growth in hardware and revenue, driven partly by pandemic

By James Batchelor

Xbox Series X, S orders sell out

Microsoft reports "record-breaking demand" for new consoles, promises more stock will be available for November 10 launch

Among Us 2 cancelled in favour of expanding the first game

Developers aim to build on huge success of original despite challenges of outdated codebase

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft apologises after male-only Assassin's Creed promo video

Publisher has since re-edited and released a version showcasing the female protagonists of the best-selling series

By James Batchelor

UK Government launches call for evidence on loot boxes

Inquiry seeks to examine concerns over whether randomised monetisation mechanics can lead to problem gambling

By James Batchelor

Voodoo wins plagiarism lawsuit against Zynga-owned Rollic Games

Judge rules that Istanbul-based firm's Wood Shop copies key elements of Voodoo carpentry game Woodturning

By James Batchelor

Microsoft still determined to get Xbox Game Pass on iOS

Xbox boss Phil Spencer also says the platform holder plans to "leave ZeniMax alone" following $7.5 billion acquisition

By James Batchelor

Activision says Call of Duty account hack reports are false

Publisher assures it investigates all privacy concerns, but reiterates that players should protect online accounts

By James Batchelor

Xbox buys Bethesda parent ZeniMax for $7.5bn

Update: Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo exclusivity agreements to be honored, future releases to be decided on a case-by-case basis

By James Batchelor

Supercell ordered to pay $8.5 million for infringing Gree's patents

Texas jury found Clash Royale developer infringed four patents, fine could be increased by up to three times

By James Batchelor

Sony promises more PS5 pre-order stock for retailers

Platform holder apologises for confusion after major stores sold out one day before pre-orders were supposed to begin

By James Batchelor

Unity valued at $13.7bn after successful IPO

Engine provider raised $1.3 billion through sale of shares on New York Stock Exchange

By James Batchelor

Michel Ancel quits games development

Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator will instead focus on a wildlife sanctuary project

By James Batchelor

Bandai Namco acquires Unknown 9 developer Reflector Entertainment

Purchase of Montreal developer continues publisher's goal to produce 50% of its content outside of Japan

By James Batchelor

Trump administration reportedly questions Epic, Riot about Tencent investment

Both companies said to have received letters from Committee on Foreign Investment in the US following executive order against WeChat

By James Batchelor

PlayStation and Xbox have both failed to sell next-gen | Opinion

A new wave of consoles approaches, but neither platform holder offers a compelling reason to invest at launch

By James Batchelor

Apple presses court to deny Epic's request for lift on Fortnite ban

iPhone maker reiterates argument that this situation is of Epic's own making, says Fortnite firm is "a saboteur, not a martyr"

By James Batchelor

Keywords splashes $13.3m on Heavy Iron Studios acquisition

Co-development studio most recently worked with Crystal Dynamics on Marvel's Avengers

By James Batchelor

Nintendo 3DS discontinued

Platform holder confirms to GamesIndustry.biz that manufacturing has ended, eShop will continue to operate

By James Batchelor

Codemasters: "It would be naive to think costs remain the same" on next-gen

But CEO Frank Sagnier is optimistic as Dirt 5 is positioned as a key title in Xbox Series, PS5 launch line-up

By James Batchelor

Former CD Projekt and Techland devs form new studio Starward Industries

First title will be an adaptation of The Invincible by Polish author Stanisław Lem, due on PC and next-gen in 2021

By James Batchelor

Mario Kart Tour more than doubled Nintendo Account user base to 200m

Platform holder also planning more movies and TV projects, hints at next console

By James Batchelor

Xbox updates privacy settings, promises more transparency about data collection

Platform holder will no longer collect data from voice search, will allow users to opt-in to additional diagnostics sharing

By James Batchelor

Sony: "We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5"

Update: Hardware maker denies reports it has cut production by 4 million units

By James Batchelor

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