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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

Sniper Ghost Warrior studio responds to report on controversial media event

Press and influencers were invited to a military training simulation where all enemy role-players were "dressed in white robes and keffiyehs"

By James Batchelor

US has spent $650m on mobile sports games in the past year

Golf Clash alone accounts for 20% of all revenue at $132.8 million

By James Batchelor

Valve reportedly limits region switching to combat Steam price exploitation

Steam users may now only change their account's country once every three months

By James Batchelor

Tencent-owned TiMi opens Seattle studio to make AAA console games

Firm behind Honor of Kings and Call of Duty: Mobile brings former Halo and Battlefield devs on board to lead new team

By James Batchelor

Microsoft's market cap reaches $2 trillion

Xbox giant second only to Apple in ranking of the world's most valuable companies

By James Batchelor

EA changes executive compensation scheme, cuts execs' 2021 pay

CEO Andrew Wilson still set to earn $39.2 million, was awarded $48 million since May 2020 as retention incentive

By James Batchelor

Unity acquires Pixyz Software

Company behind 3D data optimisation software will continue to charge a subscription for its own products

By James Batchelor

Disney's resurgence into video games is only just beginning

Walt Disney Games' Sean Shoptaw and Disney & Pixar Games' Luigi Priore on opening their vault of world-famous IP to studios of all sizes

By James Batchelor

33% of E3 and Summer Game Fest titles are non-violent (thanks to indies)

Our study shows proportion of combat-free titles rose over 2019, but only 5% were put forward by major publishers

By James Batchelor

Five Nights At Freddy's creator retires amid controversy over political donations

Scott Cawthon will select a successor to take over the series following backlash over support for Donald Trump and more

By James Batchelor

Forza Horizon 5 voted most anticipated game in Official E3 2021 Awards

Selected judges from media partners also declared Microsoft & Bethesda Showcase as best presentation

By James Batchelor

Keywords Studios CEO Andrew Day retires

Long-standing executive took a leave of absence due to health reasons back in March

By James Batchelor

Video games are "core to the future of Dungeons & Dragons"

Wizards of the Coast teases at least six titles on the way, including Baldur's Gate 3 and next week's Dark Alliance

By James Batchelor

Nintendo asks content creators not to co-stream its E3 2021 Direct

Platform holder will allow live reaction videos, but only if they do not contain any video or audio from the presentation

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard delays vote on executive pay amid criticism over Bobby Kotick's compensation

Call of Duty publisher claims "misleading" information on the subject had circulated online

By James Batchelor

The GI at E3 Newscast: Xbox, Square Enix and indies, with Cassia Curran

We're joined by Wings Interactive's Cassia Curran to discuss the latest headlines from this year's show

By James Batchelor

How Games Industry Gathering became "the safest space on the internet"

Founder Guy Blomberg and hosts Nika Nour and Cristina Amaya discuss how they tackle toxicity and increase diversity in the online community

By James Batchelor

CD Projekt employee data exposed by ransomware attack may be online

Cyberpunk studio reveals February breach was worse than originally thought

By James Batchelor

New Koch label Prime Matter "won't shy away from risky or niche games"

Publishing label debuts with Payday 3, new Painkller and seven new IP from around the world

By James Batchelor

ESA says exposed E3 banned words list was a test

File suggesting terms around religion, politics and Canada would be blocked has been removed, was "not the final list"

By James Batchelor

Ofcom: More than half of UK played games to cope with lockdown

Organisation's latest study reveals UK playing and spending habits during pandemic year

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft executives' next bonus depends on carbon reduction rather than increasing diversity

Publisher shifts focus from gender imbalance to environmental concerns when incentivising execs for current financial year

By James Batchelor

Embracer's Gearbox acquisition appears to have blocked Homeworld 3's Fig investment scheme

Fans told their reservations for shares have been cancelled, but Fig tells us "no money ever changed hands"

By James Batchelor

Epic vs Apple - Week Three In Review: Who will the judge find in favour?

Legal experts mull over both parties' arguments, debate who made the stronger case, and ponder the implications of the final decision for the games industry

By James Batchelor

Switch Pro will reportedly launch in September, replace standard model

New console is said to be priced at more than $300, will sell alongside Switch Lite as original is phased out

By James Batchelor

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