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James Batchelor, Editor-in-Chief

James Batchelor has been a journalist in the games industry since 2006, and joined GamesIndustry in 2016, rising to Editor-in-Chief in 2021. He previously served as editor of Develop, and has written for Eurogamer, NintendoLife and MCV. He also runs the Non-Violent Game of the Day blog to showcase the full breadth of video games and their subject matter. He does still play violent games, but always on Story/Easy mode.

Recent articles by James Batchelor

Mafia 3 developer Hangar 13 suffers another round of layoffs

Almost 50 let go from California studio, others impacted in Brighton, UK and Czech

By James Batchelor

EA won't make public statement on abortion rights

Publisher says it will only speak out when there's a "consistent perspective" shared by all staff

By James Batchelor

Belgian government introducing tax shelter for games by 2023

Long-awaited tax incentive offers returns to investors and make it easier for studios to fund their games

By James Batchelor

The future according to Reggie

Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé shares his thoughts on improving diversity, tech that will shape the industry, and how Nintendo can follow Switch

By James Batchelor

Enthusiast Gaming shareholder calls for change of leadership

Greywood wants to remove CEO and replace board of directors, saying company's “potential is being squandered”

By James Batchelor

US labour board says Activision Blizzard illegally threatened staff

National Labor Relations Board determines publisher also restricted workers' rights with social media policy

By James Batchelor

Esports firm Skillz lays off 70

Company drops 10% of its workforce to “reorganise resources and investments”

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft reportedly unlikely to sell for less than €60 per share

Some shareholders are said to be holding out until the Assassin's Creed publisher's stock reaches €100

By James Batchelor

Games account for 32% of Tencent's $21.3bn Q1 revenues

Profits are down, execs expect slow approvals from Chinese game regulators to continue

By James Batchelor

Sony brings environmental goals forward by ten years

PlayStation firm now aims to be carbon neutral by 2040, using 100% renewable energy by 2030

By James Batchelor

Skybound Entertainment secures fresh investment from Hiro Capital, Knollwood Advisory and more

Walking Dead IP holder also adds industry veteran Ian Livingstone to its board of directors

By James Batchelor

FIFA Online 4 will be unaffected by EA and FIFA split

Nexon tells us it does not expect any changes to players, stadiums and features in popular free-to-play version

By James Batchelor

Blizzard faces poposed class-action lawsuit over Hearthstone card packs

Suit argues packs deceive minors into making non-refundable purchases, Blizzard attempting to move case to another court

By James Batchelor

Twitch details response after Buffalo shooter livestreamed mass shooting

Site claims it ended stream less than two minutes after it began, is trying to stop the footage from spreading

By James Batchelor

Sony donates $100,000 to reproductive rights charity but forbids public statements

Donation led by Insomniac Games after criticism over CEO Jim Ryan's internal message on abortion rights

By James Batchelor

Improbable sells Scavengers studio Midwinter Entertainment

Behaviour Interactive takes over developer as Improbable focuses on the metaverse

By James Batchelor

Microsoft patent application may allow disc owners to access digital games

Document suggests Xbox Series S owners would be able to validate their ownership of games via another device

By James Batchelor

Capcom scales back divisive Street Fighter esports licensing rules

Publisher removes or extends prize pool and sponsorship limits, allows spectator fees and video/photo capture of events

By James Batchelor

Is 2022 still shaping up to be one of video games' biggest ever years? | This Week In Business

Starfield's delay puts another big hole in the release slate, making us wonder what will be next

By James Batchelor

Sega's COVID recovery continues as sales rise 15.6% to $2.5bn

Publisher confirms third Sonic movie, expects 13 million game sales this year, and says 'Super Games' will arrive in 2026

By James Batchelor

Class action lawsuit accuses grading firm Wata of "manipulating the retro video game market"

Company involved in million-dollar sales of retro games reportedly hid its relationship with Heritage Auctions

By James Batchelor

Yu-Gi-Oh drives record year for Konami with profits up 25% to $626m

Publisher generated $2.3 billion in revenue, expects further growth across the board next year

By James Batchelor

Kirby racks up second month at No.1 | Japan Monthly Charts

Switch boxed games sales dip below one million units for the first time since September

By James Batchelor

EA expands Criterion with Codemasters Cheshire team

Two development studios will now operate as one working on the future of Need For Speed

By James Batchelor

Resident Evil Village drives Capcom to fifth year of record profits

Publisher reports net sales of $846.3 million, sold a record number of games at 36.2 million

By James Batchelor

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