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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

Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson calls for an end to plastic packaging

Sports Interactive director tells us he expects savings of up to 20 tonnes of plastic as series switches to eco-friendly cases

By James Batchelor

How PES wants to level the playing field

European brand manager Lennart Bobzien discusses the eFootball rebrand and renewed efforts to put Konami's football game on top

By James Batchelor

Full programme revealed for Best Places To Work Awards UK

This Friday's event will include talks and panels on mental health, racial diversity, accommodating autism and more

By James Batchelor

PlayStation 4 has sold 30m units in the US, analyst reveals

Meanwhile, Niko Partners' Daniel Ahmad also says Gears 5's boxed sales in the UK are "tiny and no longer important" for Microsoft

By James Batchelor

Swedish games industry generated €1.87bn in 2018, employs almost 8,000 people

Latest figures from Dataspelsbranschen also shows the number of companies is also on the rise

By James Batchelor

Borderlands 3 PC doubles 2's peak concurrent users at launch

Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford reveals latest outing is breaking company records despite Epic backlash

By James Batchelor

Nintendo's new fitness game is Ring Fit Adventure

Switch title uses new Ring-Con and leg strap peripherals to sense movement, launches October 18

By James Batchelor

Gayming Magazine to host week-long live event

Plans include exhibition of LGBTQ game artists' work, writers and journalist lounge, dedicated radio show and 8-Bit Drag Show

By James Batchelor

Electronic Arts responds to DCMS committee calls for loot box regulation

Publisher "doesn't agree with all conclusions" but will continue dialogue with UK government

By James Batchelor

2K will donate up to $500,000 to blood cancer research in WWE marketing campaign

Publisher partners with Leukemia & Lymphona Society as survivor Roman Reigns stars on the cover of this year's wrestling game

By James Batchelor

No longer Adrift: How Bossa reset course after closing its biggest project

General manager Daniel Clough tells us the indie studio is refining the way it releases games

By James Batchelor

Nordeus launches free co-working space for students and start-ups

Company will also run educational programs and talks at Nordeus Hub

By James Batchelor

GameStop: PS5 and Project Scarlett won't shut us out with digital sales

CEO George Sherman confident struggling retailer will still take a "very, very significant share" of boxed sales during next gen

By James Batchelor

Why Ubisoft isn't abandoning its open worlds

CEO Yves Guillemot explains why the growing audience for games means the publisher's blockbuster model is sustainable

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze applies for third extension on reconstruction period

If granted, troubled Swedish publisher would have had an entire year to avoid insolvency

By James Batchelor

Home Office confirms games roles will be added to UK occupation shortage list

Migration Advisory Committee's industry-informed recommendations have been approved

By James Batchelor

EA readying cloud gaming technical trials

PC players will test cloud versions of FIFA, Titanfall, Need For Speed and Unravel

By James Batchelor

BAFTA tweaks games categories as 2020 nominations open

Mobile award retired, performer category expanded, new technical achievement replaces game innovation

By James Batchelor

The (not) new Russian games store taking on Epic and Steam

My.Games on how a 70/30 split and lack of exclusives won't prevent it from making "the best platform ever"

By James Batchelor

Crash Team Racing was the UK's best-selling game in August

But Nintendo dominates the month in terms of unit sales, revenues and top-selling titles

By James Batchelor

VR firm MWM Immersive expands into games publishing

Rebrands as MWM Interactive, debut title is Creature In The Well

By James Batchelor

UKIE launches UK diversity census

New study aims to deliver detailed analysis on the British games industry

By James Batchelor

The best-selling games product on Amazon last month was a Switch screen protector

Nintendo dominated the online retail giant last month with six of the ten best-selling games

By James Batchelor

Yves Guillemot on the thin line between politics and entertainment

Ubisoft CEO speaks about the difficulty of tackling sensitive real-world issues while running a multi-billion dollar entertainment firm

By James Batchelor

Mobile, PES and esports: The three pillars of Konami

We speak to European president Masami Saso about how the publisher's console legacy is driving its push into mobile and esports

By James Batchelor

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