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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

POC in Play co-founder forms Studio AC Games to create diverse titles

New venture working on debut game for mobile and PC, will collaborate with individuals and teams from around the globe

By James Batchelor

FTC wary of Apple and Google "squeezing developers"

Commissioner concerned over the "vast power" they wield, suggests it drives developers to manipulative monetisation

By James Batchelor

Federal Trade Commission orders Tapjoy to better police fraudulent advertising

US governmental body says mobile ad platform's failure to do so has "cheated developers and gamers"

By James Batchelor

Peter Moore: FIFA Ultimate Team is a "long way" from gambling

But former EA Sports boss says he understands the increased scrutiny over loot boxes

By James Batchelor

Twitch pulls Pogchamp emote over link to Capitol siege supporter

Streaming site says Ryan 'Gootecks' Gutierrez, the face of the emote, was "encouraging further violence" via Twitter

By James Batchelor

The SpongeBob SquarePants effect: Why THQ Nordic is doubling down on licenses

CEO Klemens Kreuzer discusses the Purple Lamp acquisition and being part of the ever-expanding Embracer empire

By James Batchelor

The Sinking City returns to stores as Nacon wins first decision in legal dispute

Paris Court of Appeal rules Frogwares acted unlawfully when it pulled game over allegedly owed royalties

By James Batchelor

PS4 Pro and most other models discontinued in Japan

Sony will only continue to manufacture the 500GB 'Slim' model in the region going forward

By James Batchelor

ITV invests in Roshambo Live team for TV pilot

UK broadcaster could acquire developer Live Tech Games if interactive game show concept proves successful

By James Batchelor

Rust reaches new peak concurrent user count seven years after debut

Surge of Twitch broadcasts also leads Facepunch Studios' title to one million viewers

By James Batchelor

Apple removes 39,000 games from China store in biggest single-day takedown

Assassin's Creed Identity and NBA 2K20 caught up in mobile company's purge of unlicensed games

By James Batchelor

Microsoft calls for Xbox drift lawsuit to be handled by arbitration

Platform holder wants class-action case to be taken out of court and away from a jury trial

By James Batchelor

Moving Out | Games of the Year 2020

SMG Studio's accessibility efforts benefit more than just disabled players -- they also help sleep-deprived parents and their uncooperative children

By James Batchelor

31% of young UK gamers struggle to track spending on loot boxes

New report from Gambling Health Alliance says one in four gamers spend over 100 on randomised in-game items

By James Batchelor

Suikoden successor Eiyuden Chronicle was top video games Kickstarter of 2020

Rabbit & Bear Studios' JRPG doubled the money raised by Platinum Games' The Wonderful 101: Remastered

By James Batchelor

Warframe studio "expects no changes" under Tencent ownership

Digital Extreme says it will retain creative independence and autonomy

By James Batchelor

Raw Fury publicly shares publishing agreement

Update: In response, WhiteThorn Digital posts its own publishing agreement

By James Batchelor

TikTok owner reportedly in talks to buy stake in Chinese mobile games publisher

ByteDance said to be eyeing 27.6% stake in CMGE Technology worth $275 million

By James Batchelor

GamesIndustry.biz presents… The Year in Numbers 2020

Featuring the global games market value, boxed vs digital spending, best-selling games, and - of course - pets

By James Batchelor

Monster Hunter movie makes $2.2m in US opening weekend

Capcom adaptation has generated $7 million so far, despite pandemic impact on cinemas

By James Batchelor

Rovio names Alexandre Pelletier-Normand as new CEO

Former EVP of games will take over from Kati Levoranta on January 1

By James Batchelor

Investors reportedly considering class action lawsuit against CD Projekt Red

Meanwhile, management grilled by staff over unrealistic deadlines for Cyberpunk 2077 development

By James Batchelor

Mass market, mystery boxes and metric-driven design: The legacy of FarmVille

With the original FarmVille shutting down after 11 years, we explore the impact the hit social game had on the industry

By James Batchelor

Sony pulls Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation Store

Update: CD Projekt Red working to bring game back to store "as soon as possible," emphasises physical copies still available and updates are on the way

By James Batchelor

Nintendo and Sony share prices rise to record highs

Switch and PlayStation 5 drive stock high enough to surpass Wii and PlayStation 2 levels

By James Batchelor

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