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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

How Code Coven aims to Elevate marginalised developers

Tara Mustapha and Karla Reyes talks us through the ambitions for their upcoming accelerator, financed by the GDC Relief Fund

By James Batchelor

Aeon Must Die dev Limestone Games faces accusations of "endless crunch" and IP theft

Former staff members claim they have been overworked and yet to be paid for their contribution to PlayStation showcase title

By James Batchelor

Tencent reportedly driving Huya and DouYu to merge into livestreaming giant

Merging Chinese Twitch rivals would create a business worth $10 billion with 300 million users

By James Batchelor

Apple blocking Project xCloud and Stadia because it can't review every game

UPDATE: Microsoft responds, accusing Apple of "consistently treating gaming apps differently"

By James Batchelor

Epic Games is now worth $17.3bn following latest funding round

Fortnite firm raised $1.78 billion, including Sony's $250 million investment

By James Batchelor

Microsoft pulls iOS test for Project xCloud

Streaming service's future on Apple devices uncertain as Xbox focuses on Android

By James Batchelor

Blizzard employees reportedly preparing demands for fair pay

As dissatisfied staff organise, spokesperson says management "looks forward to hearing from them"

By James Batchelor

Animal Crossing drives Nintendo Q1 profits up 500% to $1bn

New Horizons has sold more than 20 million units since March, Switch lifetime shipments passed 60 million units

By James Batchelor

Intellivision Amico delayed to April 2021

Upcoming retro games console pushed back six months due to "constraints imposed by the global pandemic"

By James Batchelor

Ninja returns to Twitch following Mixer shutdown

Former channel restored, now up to 14.9 million followers

By James Batchelor

Games and Online Harassment Hotline launches to "encourage help-seeking behaviours"

New service offers free and confidential emotional support for anyone suffering or perpetrating abuse in the games industry

By James Batchelor

Riot Games shutting down for a week

League of Legends developer pushing back patches and releases to aid staff's work-life balance

By James Batchelor

A quick guide to readable game text

At GDC Summer, EA Sports' Karen Stevens shared the importance of legible fonts and why you shouldn't write off Comic Sans

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft signs multi-year partnership with cloud gaming provider Parsec

Publisher used Parsec to allow over 1,000 journalists to remotely play Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs Legion

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store adds modding support

MechWarrior 5 is the first title to beta test new feature

By James Batchelor

Gayming Magazine launching LGBTQ games awards next year

Awards will highlight authentic representation, industry diversity and more in February 2021

By James Batchelor

Tommy François has left Ubisoft

Exec was placed on disciplinary leave pending an investigation into harassment and abuse at the publisher

By James Batchelor

China updating real name verification for video games in September

UPDATE: All titles will be expected to comply to prevent children from spending too much time gaming

By James Batchelor

Netflix making Beyond Good & Evil movie

Feature film based on Ubisoft's cult hit will reportedly be director by Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman

By James Batchelor

Mobile revenues grew $135m in Malaysia and Singapore in two years

Niko Partners reports shows rapid growth in gaming on smartphones, surpassing PC

By James Batchelor

Sega president Kenji Matsubara resigns

Former Tecmo Koei and Zynga Japan CEO leaves publisher after six years

By James Batchelor

15,000 games removed from iOS App Store in China

Analysts at Niko Partners expect thousands more to be pulled by the end of the year

By James Batchelor

Congress defeats bill to block US military from recruiting via Twitch

US Navy and Army have stated they will continue to stream on popular games site

By James Batchelor

Defying game design rules to simulate dementia in Before I Forget

3-Fold Games' Chella Ramanan and Claire Morwood on the difficulty of developing a short game and the invaluable support from Humble and Gaming The Mind

By James Batchelor

Riot Games ends controversial partnership with Saudi Arabia mega-city project Neom

Esports director admits "we moved too quickly" to cement sponsorship deal

By James Batchelor

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