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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

$290,000 GDC Relief Fund shared among 177 devs, new accelerator

Wings Interactive co-founder Cassia Curran grateful for "amazing desire to help" from across the industry

By James Batchelor

How will the games industry fare in a recession?

Symvan Capital, Bossa Studios, and Irregular Corporation discussed economic uncertainties at the Investment Summit Online

By James Batchelor

Switch game with nudity, sexual content erroneously given 'E' age rating

UPDATE: Do Not Feed The Monkeys is now heading back to stores with the correct ratings

By James Batchelor

PlayStation fined $2.4m for misleading Australian customers over refunds

Sony Europe's support centre told players they could not be refunded after a game was downloaded or 14 days had passed

By James Batchelor

My.Games offers 90/10 revenue split to devs that promote its store

All other studios will get 70/30 as company seeks to reward those that bring new users to its marketplace

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store scores next Total War game as exclusive

A Total War Saga: Troy will only be available through Epic for the first year, will be free for the first 24 hours

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft quibbles over the definition of subscription for Trackmania

Update: Nadeo managing director clarifies stance on business model to GamesIndustry.biz

By James Batchelor

Game Workers Unite International member accused of "exclusionary behaviour and bullying"

Update: GWU UK representative confirms Marijam Didžgalvyte is no longer part of the organisation

By James Batchelor

Sony shuts PlayStation Store back door in China

New system update prevents exploit that allows mainland players to download games from other countries

By James Batchelor

Phil Spencer says Xbox Series X on track for worldwide launch this holiday

Xbox boss discusses plans upcoming next-gen console on former Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime's podcast

By James Batchelor

EB Games offers refunds for Fallout 76

Retailer admits to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission it likely misled customers over their rights

By James Batchelor

Avalanche opens new UK studio

New Liverpool-based developer expected to house 50 staff by 2022

By James Batchelor

Sony requires PS5 compatibility for all future PS4 releases

Games submitted for certification after July 13 must be playable on upcoming console

By James Batchelor

SockMonkey Studios wins GamesIndustry.quiz

Trivia competition was held after yesterday's Investment Summit Online, play along here with the video replay

By James Batchelor

David Braben: "Physical games will go away in two to three years"

Frontier CEO says investors see games industry as a "safe haven" during recession at today's Investment Summit Online

By James Batchelor

Why games firms are ready to go back to the office | Podcast

We discuss recent comments from Satya Nadella and Strauss Zelnick, plus PlayStation Now vs Xbox Game Pass

By James Batchelor

The Last of Us Part 2 reportedly banned in the Middle East

Upcoming hit believed to be "banned by the competent authorities" of United Arab Emirates and Saudia Arabia

By James Batchelor

EA and NFL to extend partnership until 2025

Madden publisher could have exclusivity for football simulation games until 2026 if series "achieves certain revenue goals"

By James Batchelor

Tencent takes 20% stake in Marvelous for $65m

Investment from Chinese giant will enable Story of Seasons developer to build new and existing IP

By James Batchelor

NPD: US console sales in April up 163% to $420m

Video games hardware and software generated $1.5 billion last month, making it the biggest April on record

By James Batchelor

Naughty Dog tests new Twitter feature to limit The Last of Us Part 2 spoilers

PlayStation studio cuts off replies following social media abuse over upcoming blockbuster

By James Batchelor

Magic Leap raises $350m after mass layoffs

But augmented reality firm withdraws notice regarding potential redundancies for remaining staff

By James Batchelor

Italian government approves €4m fund for games developers

Trade body IIDEA's First Playable Fund will offer up to €200,000 per prototype

By James Batchelor

Stadia exclusivity pushes PS4, Xbox One versions of Serious Sam 4 into 2021

Croteam's upcoming shooter will launch on Google's streaming service and Steam in August

By James Batchelor

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