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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

Beyond Control: What's next for Remedy?

CEO Tero Virtala on Vanguard, the shared universe of the Epic-funded games and why two million sales still doesn't class Control as a major hit

By James Batchelor

Arizona bill aims to prevent Apple, Google from blocking third-party payments

Coalition of App Fairness hopes to succeed where it failed in North Dakota amid Epic's antitrust lawsuits

By James Batchelor

'Dynamic Difficulty' loot box lawsuit against EA dropped

Publisher assures it will never use patented AI technology in multiplayer games

By James Batchelor

Nintendo will reportedly unveil 4K OLED Switch this year

Production of just under one million units per month is scheduled to begin in June

By James Batchelor

Motorsport Games acquires racing simulation tech firm Studio397

Dutch firm will retain brand and continue work on rFactor 2 platform, which will be used in future Motorsport titles

By James Batchelor

Nacon accuses Frogwares of "sabotaging our investments" in The Sinking City

Publisher asserts it has contractual rights to Steam version, and that the developer has no reason to block sales

By James Batchelor

UK spending on video games reached Ł4.4 billion in 2020

Games remain the biggest sector as entertainment market sees record revenues of Ł9.26 billion

By James Batchelor

Government funding helps UK games firms create hundreds of job placements

UKIE and Into Games working with 45 companies to get young people back into work during pandemic

By James Batchelor

Gotta cash 'em all: How Pokémon became the world's biggest games franchise

As the critter-catching phenomenon turns 25, we explore the secrets of its success and where it might lead in the future

By James Batchelor

Google reportedly paid $20m for Ubisoft ports on Stadia

Take-Two was also paid "tens of millions of dollars" for Red Dead Redemption 2 and NBA 2K

By James Batchelor

PS5 storage upgrades reportedly coming this summer

Upcoming firmware update will offer solution to limited SSD space, but owners will need to remove the console's casing

By James Batchelor

Valve ordered to hand over sales data for Epic vs Apple case

But judge limits request to four years, rather than the six years Apple originally asked for

By James Batchelor

"If you're still marketing to white cis males, you're alienating more than half your players"

Assassin's Creed Sisterhood co-founder Kulpreet Virdi on the importance of putting defined female characters in the spotlight

By James Batchelor

President Biden orders review of semiconductor shortage amid PS5, Xbox stock problems

The President will push for $37 billion to fund legislation to accelerate chip manufacturing in the US

By James Batchelor

Female Call of Duty pro reportedly murdered by another player

18-year-old killer confessed to crime, after filming it and sharing the video via WhatsApp

By James Batchelor

Fandom acquires digital games marketplace Fanatical

Fanatical will retain its brand, still be based in the UK

By James Batchelor

Thunderful Group full-year revenues rise to $374m despite Q4 profit drop

Swedish publishing and distribution firm made $16.3 million net profit in 2020

By James Batchelor

Thunderful acquires Bridge Constructor publisher Headup in €11m deal

German publisher and developer currently working on unannounced game based on "world-renowned IP"

By James Batchelor

GameStop CFO resigns

Jim Bell will leave the retailer by end of March, search has begun for a replacement

By James Batchelor

Bandai Namco take minority stake in Might & Magic dev Limbic Entertainment

German studio will now work on two new franchises for the Japanese publisher

By James Batchelor

The legend of The Legend of Zelda

To mark its 35th anniversary, we look back at the impact of the NES original and how the series has influenced other games

By James Batchelor

UK antitrust tribunal blocks Epic's case against Apple

Court says Apple case should be resolved in the US, but allows Google case to proceed in the UK

By James Batchelor

Take-Two reportedly takes down reverse-engineered GTA3, Vice City source code

GitHub project blocked by DMCA, although project creator unable to rule out trolls

By James Batchelor

Six Days in Fallujah dev: "I don't think we need to portray the atrocities"

Peter Tamte wants to tell the story of one of the deadliest battles of the Iraq War without politics, without addressing why the war started, or what war crimes were committed

By James Batchelor

Nvidia acquisition of Arm under fire from Microsoft and Google

Tech giants worry Nvidia could limit supply of components vital to their products

By James Batchelor

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