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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

UK Charts: Crash Team Racing still No.1 (but it should be Minecraft)

Best-selling sandbox game just about outsold remastered racer, but listings quirk puts it lower in the Top 10

By James Batchelor

DuckTales makes a staggering last-minute comeback in EMEAA charts

Disney platformer rockets to No.3 before being delisted from stores (you already know what No.1 is)

By James Batchelor

Epic Games and Factor 5 founders opens new studio in Cologne

Unreal firm's third German branch will focus on interactive media and streaming technology

By James Batchelor

Superhot launches indie development fund

Director of special projects Callum Underwood details how the studio is giving back to the indie community with Superhot Presents

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft on politics in games: "We know we're not taking it far enough"

Editorial VP Tommy François says he wants future games to better represent multiple viewpoints on the world

By James Batchelor

Nintendo clamps down on YouTube game music channels

One channel received over 140 copyright claims against their videos

By James Batchelor

Gfinity Esports Australia shutting down this November

Esports tournament organiser ceasing operations after two years

By James Batchelor

Like a boss: The secrets behind great boss design

Jagex's Marie Mejerwall talks us through the most important factors when creating memorable encounters for players

By James Batchelor

DayZ will be modified worldwide to lift Australian ban

Bohemia Interactive confirms it will be tweaking zombie hit to avoid isolating Australian players

By James Batchelor

Subnautica dev demands G2A pay $300,000 to cover lost chargebacks

Studio calls for controversial marketplace to honour its offer of 10x compensation

By James Batchelor

Only 19 developers have called for G2A's key blocking tool

But divisive marketplace has offered an extension for more people to register interest

By James Batchelor

Pixelles is helping mid-career mothers stay in games

We speak to co-founder Rebecca Cohen-Palacios about the organisation's efforts to do more than just bring new women into games

By James Batchelor

Twitch CEO apologises after Ninja's old channel used to promote porn

Ninja said his was "disgusted and so sorry" as his previous content was pulled to recommend other livestreams

By James Batchelor

Epic Games faces class action lawsuit over Fortnite data breach

US law firm says Fortnite users "have no guarantee security measures will adequately protect their personal information"

By James Batchelor

Valve clamping down on abuse of Steam's Popular Upcoming list

Update: Valve confirms that it will approve release date changes, and send reminders to developers two weeks before launch

By James Batchelor

Annapurna exploring bankruptcy protection

Update: Annapurna Interactive states "we're not going anywhere" to quell fears over its closure

By James Batchelor

Infinity Ward says Modern Warfare isn't political, debates how it ever could be

Game's directors stress that upcoming Call of Duty reboot focuses on "thematic things" not current politics

By James Batchelor

ESPN, ABC pull Apex Legends tournament show in wake of mass shootings

Broadcasters say decision was made "out of repsect for the victims"

By James Batchelor

Growing the industry with evening-sized games

Former Chinese Room lead Andrew Crawshaw on his romantic metal-detecting adventure that explores how people define success

By James Batchelor

Police say there is no danger after Twitch HQ threatened

Investigation ongoing, employee social media accounts suggest shooting threat

By James Batchelor

UK spent £1.6bn on video games in the first half of 2019

Games account for 47% of all money spent on entertainment products, outstripping music and video

By James Batchelor

Take-Two investigating streamer over Borderlands 3 leaks

Publisher says Twitch and YouTube user SupMatto has "a history of profiting from infringing our copyright"

By James Batchelor

UK's Video Games Tax Relief has paid out £324m in five years

Over 1,000 claims have been made by developers and publishers since incentive launched in 2014

By James Batchelor

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