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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

Nicalis issues DMCA against free Cave Story games

Publisher reportedly targeting freeware original, plus fan projects derived from it

By James Batchelor

PS5 is biggest console launch in history

Platform holder says demand is unprecedented, surpassing sales of previous record-setter PS4

By James Batchelor

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale question use of likeness in FIFA

Bale's agent says legal action "is being looked into" but EA insists it has contractual rights to for all players in its games

By James Batchelor

Supercell invests $2.8m in 2UP Games

New remote-first New Zealand studio will focus on co-operative games for mobile

By James Batchelor

Xbox experimenting with how to pay studios for Game Pass "because we don't think we have it figured out"

Phil Spencer also decries console fan tribalism as "one of the worst things about our industry"

By James Batchelor

"The time is right to re-evaluate open worlds. We can do better"

In his Develop:Brighton talk, Ubisoft Reflections' Chris Jenner suggested ways to achieve world-scale emergent gameplay

By James Batchelor

Bossa Studios confirms layoffs amid complaints against management

Surgeon Simulator developer will dismiss 15% of staff as it reshapes for "the new industry we see ahead of us"

By James Batchelor

Scalpers and bots reportedly driving PS5 shortages

One UK-based group claims to have secured nearly 3,500 next-gen consoles for resale

By James Batchelor

Hugo Awards adds video game category for 2021

Long-running literary awards is considering making interactive storytelling a permanent addition

By James Batchelor

Lightfox Games raises $3.3m

March Gaming leads seed round to fund more accessible midcore games

By James Batchelor

Nintendo orders cancellation of Smash Bros tournament over mod use

The Big House's first online competition scrapped due to modified Melee that enables smoother online play

By James Batchelor

The Five Games of Mikael Kasurinen | Podcast

The director of Remedy's Control discusses the biggest games of his career and industry changes around them

By James Batchelor

Hitman developer IO Interactive teases Project 007

James Bond licence emerges from stealth and will be used to tell a brand new origin story

By James Batchelor

Nintendo suing yet another Switch hack reseller

Amazon seller taken to court in platform holder's ongoing fight against "serious, worsening international problem" of piracy

By James Batchelor

Tim Sweeney on Apple's 15% cut: "We're not fighting for a lower commission"

Epic Games CEO says 30% commission "is not wrongful, it's just a bad deal"

By James Batchelor

How will the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 benefit indies?

We speak to indie studios and publishers about the possibilities afforded by the new consoles

By James Batchelor

Embracer Group H1 sales up 132% to $524.2m

THQ Nordic and Koch Media parent reports growth across all divisions as it adds 13 new studios

By James Batchelor

Embracer Group acquires 13 studios: Here's everything you need to know

Flying Wild Hog, Coffee Stain North, Zen Studios, Julian Gollop's Snapshot Games, and more added to THQ Nordic parent's growing games empire

By James Batchelor

Epic Games files against Apple Australia

Fortnite firm claims battle royale's removal breaches Australian consumer law

By James Batchelor

Female-led Queens Gaming Collective raises $1.5m

Gaming lifestyle company launches after seed round led by Bitkraft Ventures

By James Batchelor

Thunderful Group prepares for IPO on NASDAQ First North Premier

Listing expected to raise close to $90 million for Swedish games firm, company valued at $395 million

By James Batchelor

Mobile startup Lila Games raises $2.8m

Indian developer attracts investment from execs at Super Evil Megacorp and Machine Zone

By James Batchelor

Resolution Games launches VR publishing arm

First partnership will bring Odd Raven Studio's Carly and the Reaperman to Oculus Quest and Quest 2 next year

By James Batchelor

Oxford University study shows video games can benefit well-being and mental health

But researchers call for more studies into this field, following its success in collaborating with EA and Nintendo

By James Batchelor

Double win for Valve at 2020 VR Awards

Index headset won best hardware, while Half-Life: Alyx was crowned Game of the Year

By James Batchelor

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