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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

Games Media Brit List awards to return in May

13 categories now open for nominations, celebrating the best in UK games coverage

By James Batchelor

People of the Year: Annapurna Interactive

The acclaimed indie publisher continues to make its mark on the industry - despite its efforts to stay behind the scenes

By James Batchelor

China's new Ethics Committee has been reviewing existing titles

Waiting list for bringing games to China "likely to be longer than expected", analyst IHS Markit warns

By James Batchelor

Applications open for EGX Rezzed 2019's Leftfield Collection

Free exhibition space available to experimental and unorthodox indie games

By James Batchelor

Three studios delay - or cancel - their Steam launches in favour of Epic Games Store

Coffee Stain's Satisfactory no longer coming to Valve's marketplace, while Team17 and Double Damage delay their titles

By James Batchelor

Boosting now a criminal offence in South Korea

Anyone artificially inflating a player's skill ranking could face $18,000 fine and two years in prison

By James Batchelor

China forms new ethics committee to review video games

20 titles already processed, but nine rejected and 11 need to “eliminate moral hazard”

By James Batchelor

Super Smash Bros Ultimate: Critical Consensus

Nintendo's latest brawler lives up to its hyperbolic title (in fact, you could say it's smashing)

By James Batchelor

Senior EA Ireland director fired over dick remarks

But former employee claims his comment was misunderstood and that dismissal was unfair

By James Batchelor

UK government pours £20m into creative industries

Investment includes £190,000 for UK Games Fund and £200,000 for Digital Schoolhouse

By James Batchelor

Far Cry, Dragon Age 4 and Crash Team Racing remaster lead Game Awards reveals

Plus, first news of new titles from Obsidian, Giant Squid, Supergiant, Hello Games and Studio Wildcard

By James Batchelor

Supercell opening new coding school (without teachers or classes)

UPDATE: Hive Helsinki addresses concerns over ageism after limiting applications to 18 to 30-year-olds

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store launches with focus on indie games

Ashen, Hades and Hello Neighbour lead the opening line-up with titles from Annapurna Interactive, Team17 and more on the way

By James Batchelor

People of the Year 2018: Lars Wingefors

We speak to the CEO behind 2018's fastest-growing publisher about its ongoing acquisition spree and honouring THQ's legacy

By James Batchelor

Apple pulls mobile strategy game for including Taliban as enemies

But Slitherine development director hopes mobile platform holder will reverse its decision

By James Batchelor

Phil Spencer: Xbox Game Pass “will come to every device”

Xbox boss hints at bold cross-platform strategy for subscription service

By James Batchelor

Former SteamSpy promises Epic Games Store will share “as much info as legally possible”

Epic's Sergey Galyonkin says new marketplace will “eventually give developers way more information than SteamSpy ever could”

By James Batchelor

Capy's Nathan Vella “not afraid of how Below will perform” when it arrives next week

Long-awaited roguelike for Xbox One and PC gets surprise release date, studio boss admits it was announced too early

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze raided by authorities, one person arrested

Swedish Economic Crime Authority have seized computers and documents from troubled publisher this morning

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Unpacking loot boxes

Download our latest episode now, exploring how the industry can handle its monetisation more responsibly

By James Batchelor

Bethesda promising replacement bags after Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition backlash

Beleaguered publisher is “finalising manufacturing plans” for those canvas bags it originally advertised

By James Batchelor

Pokémon Go trespassing lawsuit settled

No terms disclosed, but both parties targeting approval next February

By James Batchelor

PUBG Mobile leads winners in Android Game of the Year Awards

20 titles celebrated for innovation, competitive multiplayers, and casual accessibility

By James Batchelor

Donut County and Gorogoa triumph in Apple Game of the Year Awards

Meanwhile, Apple Design Awards highlight Florence, Inside, Alto's Odyssey and more

By James Batchelor

Console loot boxes haven't 'achieved the trust', says Gameloft

DLC: Plus the link between death metal drummers and Media Molecule's hiring process, and marketing tips from a sandwich shop

By James Batchelor

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