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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

Playground Games: "Crunch has no place in modern development"

The Forza Horizon developer on its new studio, and the transition to running a game as a live service

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: E3 Expectations (2019 Edition)

Download now for the next-gen debate, Nintendo's strategy, the fall of E3 and our dream announcements

By James Batchelor

Anita Sarkeesian: "No more excuses for the lack of women at E3"

The Feminist Frequency founder on the need for better representation, both with games characters and on-stage presenters

By James Batchelor

Tencent reportedly gives up on Arena of Valor

Update: Tencent spokesman denies reports overseas marketing and sales team were disbanded

By James Batchelor

YouTube harassment of gay journalist "doesn't violate our policies"

Update: Video platform appears to demonetize YouTuber Stephen Crowder, conditions of reinstatement unclear

By James Batchelor

GamesIndustry.biz to host David Braben keynote at Develop:Brighton 2019

Frontier Developments CEO will discuss the studio's 25-year history with our own Chris Dring

By James Batchelor

Mobile developer DoubleJump accused of cloning

Cannon Brawl creator Theresa Duringer claims Canadian studio copied her competition entry

By James Batchelor

Gearbox names Borderlands 3 gun after fan with terminal cancer

Trevor Eastman was also able to play a section of the game ahead of its September launch

By James Batchelor

YoYo Games closes publishing division

Also halves mobile licence cost in hopes of attracting more developers

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze lays off a quarter of its staff in further efforts to cut costs

Struggling Swedish publisher makes organisational changes that will save £310,000 per month

By James Batchelor

To Infinite and beyond: Attracting new Halo fans without a new game

343 Industries' Kiki Wolfkill explains how the studio's transmedia efforts will prepare the world for Master Chief's return

By James Batchelor

The balance between fact and fantasy when building game worlds

Croteam's Nika Dvoravic shares how studying architecture has -- and hasn't -- helped her work on Serious Sam

By James Batchelor

Online gaming disorder test calls for volunteers

Academics plan to use the data to further study the impact of newly-classified condition

By James Batchelor

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare "eliminates season pass" - so how will it fund DLC? | Opinion

Activision promises to deliver more free maps and post-launch events as it gears up for large-scale cross-play multiplayer

By James Batchelor

Migration Advisory Committee recommends games roles be added to UK shortage list

Body calls for programmers, artists, producers, directors and more to be prioritised when considering immigration applications

By James Batchelor

Twitch adds mandatory two-factor authentication to prevent non-games streams

New policy follows weekend of trolls using Artifact channel to broadcast porn and sports

By James Batchelor

The clash between storytelling and selling in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Jam City president Josh Yguado on the challenge of monetising the world famous franchise responsibly

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Pod of Duty Modern Warfare Plus+

Latest episode covers gaming disorder, loot boxes, Pokémon and why games firms can't name things properly

By James Batchelor

Google introduces stricter Families policies to protect younger players

Android developers will now need to declare their target audience and ensure their title does not unintentionally attract children

By James Batchelor

Zynga sells San Francisco headquarters for $600m

Building sold to real estate firm but Zynga will still operate there, sharing with AirBnB and more

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze applies for second extension on reconstruction period

Troubled Swedish publisher wants another three months to get itself back on track

By James Batchelor

Pokémon Home adds cloud service to series

The Pokémon Company also announced new mobile titles, including one that tracks sleeping patterns, and more plans for China

By James Batchelor

Gamescom expands to Asia in 2020

Four-day industry conference and games convention will be held in Singapore

By James Batchelor

Sony: Next PlayStation's success will depend on backwards compatibility and streaming

Both Remote Play and PlayStation Now will be key pillars for Sony's next generation offering

By James Batchelor

Google investing €600m into Finnish data centre ahead of Stadia

Second centre will open in Hamina as internet giant expands its infrastructure

By James Batchelor

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