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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

Limit Break and Out Making Games partner on UK mentorship for all underrepresented groups

Program is expected to more than double 2020's cohort with around 700 mentors and mentees

By James Batchelor

How to get a job as a narrative director

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy looks at how to secure one of the most senior roles in video game storytelling

By James Batchelor

Analogue Pocket delayed to October

Pandemic supply constraints and impact of Suez Canal blockage causes issues "outside of our control"

By James Batchelor

Microsoft's HoloLens military contract now worth up to $22bn

Company enters production phase on augmented reality headsets for US soldiers

By James Batchelor

Sega reportedly accuses SteamDB of Yakuza piracy

Update: Japanese publisher says page on stat-tracking site was "incorrectly flagged" by anti-piracy software

By James Batchelor

505 Games buys Ghostrunner IP for €5m

But Polish publishing partner All In Games will still receive share of profits from 2020 sci-fi action game

By James Batchelor

Tokyo Game Show 2021 will be online

Organisers drop physical event for its 25th year, but an in-person press gathering will be arranged

By James Batchelor

Siobhan Reddy: "Progress has been made, but the issues haven't gone away"

The BAFTA-winning studio director of Dreams developer Media Molecule discusses the steady march to better diversity in the games industry

By James Batchelor

Call of Duty Warzone stat-tracking site shuts down after cease and desist from Activision

But creators of SBMM Warzone still campaigning for publisher to grant partner status

By James Batchelor

Capcom ships 4m copies of Monster Hunter Rise

Number of launch units in the channel for Switch exclusive is only one million shy of 2018 hit Monster Hunter World

By James Batchelor

Nexon invests $874m in Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega and Hasbro

More investments to come as part of $1.5 billion initiative to support "overlooked and undervalued" entertainment firms

By James Batchelor

PUBG Mobile's lifetime revenues pass $5bn

Sensor Tower estimates show the battle royale generated $2.7 billion in 2020 alone

By James Batchelor

Dispelling the myths of breaking into emerging markets

New services firm The 4 Winds Entertainment on simple ways publishers can reach billions of new players

By James Batchelor

Reggie Fils-Aime to leave the GameStop board

Former Nintendo of America president is among eight directors stepping down this summer

By James Batchelor

PUBG Mobile passes 1bn downloads

Milestone reaches as Tencent's online games revenues rise 29% year-on-year to $6 billion

By James Batchelor

Record year for Razer generates $1bn in revenue

Peripherals firm attributes to success to high demand during pandemic, as well as gains of market share

By James Batchelor

Blizzard: "We want women shaping the future"

The Warcraft publisher''s Lydia Bottegoni, Jen Oneal and Saralyn Smith share their experiences of helping to diversify AAA at an executive level

By James Batchelor

Hades launches at No.7 as Animal Crossing reclaims top spot | UK Boxed Charts

Physical release of Supergiant's hit is the only new entry in this week's rankings

By James Batchelor

Twitch permanently bans Ali 'Gross Gore' Larsen after sexual assault allegations

Also removes partner status after multiple violations of its Terms of Service, including adult sexual exploitation

By James Batchelor

Pandemic drives UK games market to record 7bn year

Spending on video games products and culture rose 30%, topping 2018 record by more than 1 billion

By James Batchelor

Gamescom goes hybrid because "it's worth still trying to make it possible"

Co-organiser Felix Falk explains why the world's biggest games show is pushing forward with a physical event

By James Batchelor

Stratosphere Games raises over $2.5m for Project MiniCiv and mobile publishing

Developer receives investment from US fund Skycatcher and German Games Fund

By James Batchelor

Embracer Group raising over $890m for even more acquisitions

Ever-expanding games firm currently evaluating a "growing number of potential near-term acquisition targets"

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly due to receive $200m payout

Shareholder Value Creative Incentive clause means publisher boss will earn four years worth of rewards

By James Batchelor

97% of UK games vacancies are based in offices despite pandemic

Vast majority of UK developers and publishers confident of return to normal working conditions in the near future

By James Batchelor

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