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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

Game Accessibility Conference makes UK debut this October

Fifth iteration of one-day event will be held in London, initial speakers include Microsoft, Ubisoft, BBC and more

By James Batchelor

Tencent leads 'substantial' funding round for retro games streaming platform Antstream

Subscription service soft launched in Western Europe this month, heading to the US by end of 2019

By James Batchelor

"If she can do it, I can too": The message behind Girls' Game Lab

New not-for-profit team setting up coding workshops for young girls, first one to be held at Playground next month

By James Batchelor

Game Seer Venture Partners launches with €10m fund

Company will invest up to €1.5 million in PC and console games, doesn't require long-term plans

By James Batchelor

Sega drops publishing deal with Interior Night

But studio says parting was amicable and a new partnership will be announced soon

By James Batchelor

Former Witcher developers form new studio Different Tales

Debut title Wanderlust: Travel Stories arrives on PC this August

By James Batchelor

Satya Nadella: Microsoft is "well positioned" to expand beyond traditional gaming

CEO says investments in cloud technology will benefit Xbox as well as company's other divisions

By James Batchelor

Disney and Glu aim to target nostalgia without exploiting it

Both companies address the scrutiny around free-to-play ahead of the launch of Disney Sorcerer's Arena

By James Batchelor

Nintendo releasing new Switch with longer battery life

Tweaked model of flagship console will last up to nine hours - two more than Switch Lite

By James Batchelor

Lego Star Wars: Rise of TT Games

Game director James McLoughlin talks us through the evolution of the Lego games as the studio comes full circle with The Skywalker Saga

By James Batchelor

Four questions to help improve your narrative design

Narrative designer Chris Batemen takes Develop:Brighton attendees through the many avenues for plot, agency and theme in video games

By James Batchelor

German consumers spent €4.4bn on video games in 2018

Mobile and consoles have overtaken PC as nation's most popular games platforms

By James Batchelor

GameStop plans to renovate stores, pilot new store concepts

Troubled retailer hopes to draw customers back in with local esports competitions and retro-only branches

By James Batchelor

Disney hires former PlayStation portfolio boss to head up games licensing

John Drake says it's an "amazing time" to bring the worlds of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox to video games

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft criticised for sourcing Watch Dogs Legion music through Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord

UPDATE: Publishers stresses that voluntary contributions gives fans a chance to "have their own creative expressions" in the game

By James Batchelor

Sports Direct now owns 84% of GAME

Shares in UK games retailer will be removed from London Stock Exchange by August 12

By James Batchelor

Ratio of successful Kickstarter projects at highest since Double Fine Adventure

ICO Partners breaks down ongoing maturation of crowdfunding projects with H1 2019 update

By James Batchelor

Blizzard testing automatic shutdown for Overwatch matches where players are cheating

But game's director Jeff Kaplan promises rule-abiding players will not be punished in any way

By James Batchelor

Dr Mario World is the lowest grossing Nintendo mobile launch so far

But Sensor Tower says puzzle game is on par with latest Candy Crush release

By James Batchelor

Wube Software takes up G2A on offer to pay back ten times its chargeback fees

Studio has racked up $6,600 in chargebacks for Factorio, also encourages players to pirate rather than buy via G2A

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: How do you solve a problem like G2A?

Latest episode available to download now, discusses indie backlash against the divisive site -- plus the Nintendo Switch Lite

By James Batchelor

G2A proposes key-blocking tool

But controversial marketplace wants at least 100 developers to register interest before it begins development

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft bans XP farming quests in Assassin's Creed Odyssey's story creator

Coincidently, publisher continues to sell permanent XP boosts as in-game purchases

By James Batchelor

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