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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

Telltale Games was scuppered by failed finance round

Sources suggest Lionsgate abandoning 'super show' project caused mass layoffs

By James Batchelor

Capcom launching Street Fighter esports league in Japan

Publishing ramps up competitive gaming efforts in home market with tournament kicking off next spring

By James Batchelor

Bow To Blood developer needs to sell 40,000 copies to break even

Studio behind PSVR exclusive discusses the economics of success in virtual reality

By James Batchelor

Tencent and PUBG Corp hosting $600,000 mobile tournament

Kicks off in Kiev this week, finals to be held in Dubai at the end of the year

By James Batchelor

Brie Code's #SelfCare passes 500,000 downloads

Tru Luv Media's experimental mobile game puts studio “three months ahead of where we expected to be”

By James Batchelor

Magic Leap and HoloLens competing for military funding

Augmented reality headsets would “increase lethality” of US troops as part of Army's $500 million program

By James Batchelor

Stillfront Group acquires Imperia Online for €10m

Deal could be worth up to €27.5 million depending on earn-out over the next three years

By James Batchelor

H1Z1 reforms developer team, rebranding as Z1 Battle Royale

Daybreak plans to capitalise on game mode's popularity as closure of original survival version approaches

By James Batchelor

Nintendo Switch Online suffers connection failures in China

Problems most likely due to use of Google-based servers

By James Batchelor

War Child Armistice is about “giving players a choice, not shoehorning in a charity message”

We speak to the UK charity's Wayne Emanuel as Bethesda and Bandai Namco join for 100th Anniversary of WWI's end

By James Batchelor

Brianna Wu's Congress bid fails, vows to run again in 2020

“America needs better leadership more than we need another video game. So, I am here for good.”

By James Batchelor

Eve Online studio CCP acquired by Pearl Abyss

South Korean developer behind Black Desert Online spends $425 million on Icelandic games firm

By James Batchelor

Robot Cache secures $3m funding from Millennium BlockChain

New investor receives ten million IRON tokens and issues shares for another $3m worth of the marketplace's cryptocurrency

By James Batchelor

Rovio teams with Imagine Dragons to fight cancer

Charity event in Angry Birds Match will raise money for The Tyler Robinson Foundation

505 Games to publish first title by Typhoon Studios

New developer led by Far Cry 4 director Alex Hutchinson working on multi-platform project

By James Batchelor

21st Century Fox invests $100m into streaming startup Caffeine

Newly-formed Caffeine Studios' will use Fox Sports' experience to create esports and games programmes for new broadcasting platform

By James Batchelor

Steve Gaynor: “Gone Home is the defining game of my career”

Five years on, the Fullbright founder reflects on the impact his team's seminal exploration game has had on the industry

By James Batchelor

The video game creator turning his grief into art

Indie developer Dan Hett talks us through the therapeutic power of games development after the loss of his brother in the Manchester Arena bombing

By James Batchelor

Nintendo Switch nears 5m sales in Japan

Only 2m behind lifetime sales of PlayStation 4

By James Batchelor

No esports in Olympics because 'killer games' promote violence

“They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted”

By James Batchelor

Riot responds to controversy over women and non-binary PAX workshops

“No matter how heated a discussion, we expect Rioters to act with respect”

By James Batchelor

Devolver removes neo-Nazi tattoos from Scum

Imagery was included to emphasise 'prison culture', review being conducted to check for other potentially offensive content

By James Batchelor

Jacksonville shooting victim suing EA for negligence

Also seeking damages from seven other defendants, including tournament venue Chicago Pizza and Jacksonville Landing mall

By James Batchelor

Tencent's value drops by $20 billion following new Chinese regulations

Company has lost more than $160 billion in value this year, falling behind rival Alibaba Group

By James Batchelor

Black Desert Online Remastered doubles number of returning players in the West

New player acquisition also up by almost 25 per cent during first week across North America and Europe

By James Batchelor

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