Sections

Connect with world renowned investors

14 - 16 April 2021

Join the event

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

Record year for Razer generates $1bn in revenue

Peripherals firm attributes to success to high demand during pandemic, as well as gains of market share

By James Batchelor

Blizzard: "We want women shaping the future"

The Warcraft publisher''s Lydia Bottegoni, Jen Oneal and Saralyn Smith share their experiences of helping to diversify AAA at an executive level

By James Batchelor

Hades launches at No.7 as Animal Crossing reclaims top spot | UK Boxed Charts

Physical release of Supergiant's hit is the only new entry in this week's rankings

By James Batchelor

Twitch permanently bans Ali 'Gross Gore' Larsen after sexual assault allegations

Also removes partner status after multiple violations of its Terms of Service, including adult sexual exploitation

By James Batchelor

Pandemic drives UK games market to record 7bn year

Spending on video games products and culture rose 30%, topping 2018 record by more than 1 billion

By James Batchelor

Gamescom goes hybrid because "it's worth still trying to make it possible"

Co-organiser Felix Falk explains why the world's biggest games show is pushing forward with a physical event

By James Batchelor

Stratosphere Games raises over $2.5m for Project MiniCiv and mobile publishing

Developer receives investment from US fund Skycatcher and German Games Fund

By James Batchelor

Embracer Group raising over $890m for even more acquisitions

Ever-expanding games firm currently evaluating a "growing number of potential near-term acquisition targets"

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly due to receive $200m payout

Shareholder Value Creative Incentive clause means publisher boss will earn four years worth of rewards

By James Batchelor

97% of UK games vacancies are based in offices despite pandemic

Vast majority of UK developers and publishers confident of return to normal working conditions in the near future

By James Batchelor

EA will soon release new technology to tackle racism and toxicity in FIFA 21

Publisher has banned over 9,000 accounts and issues over 25,000 warnings or suspensions since October launch

By James Batchelor

Riot Games investigation finds no evidence of misconduct or sexual harassment by CEO

External law firm recommends no action against Nicolo Laurent, developer accuses former employee behind lawsuit of witness tampering

By James Batchelor

Rockstar pays $10,000 to modder who fixed GTA Online loading times

Developer working on official patch following user's work on cutting down load times by 70%

By James Batchelor

Why the founders of Kolibri Games are leaving their idle goldmine

Daniel Stammler and Janosch Sadowski on their five-year journey from student startup to tech investors, and why they sold to Ubisoft

By James Batchelor

Delisted horror game Devotion on sale direct through Red Candle Games

Developer has launched online e-shop after retailers refused to sell title that included in-game art mocking president of China

By James Batchelor

EA confirms "one or more" accounts involved in FIFA Ultimate Team scandal

Publisher temporarily disables content granting as it investigates accusations of employees selling rare cards

By James Batchelor

THQ Nordic forms Alkimia Interactive for Gothic Remake

New Barcelona studio will focus on RPGs, Gothic Remake to be unveiled in the next couple of months

By James Batchelor

Rockstar Leeds founder Gordon Hall dies

Developer whose works included GTA and Red Dead Redemption was 51 years old

By James Batchelor

EA investigating allegations of employee selling rare FIFA Ultimate Team cards

Publisher promises "swift action" if claims of cards being sold for up to €1,700 prove true

By James Batchelor

What do Stadia's struggles mean for game streaming?

With Google's closure of Stadia Games and Entertainment, other players in the game streaming space explain why they're still optimistic

By James Batchelor

Epic Games takes legal action against Google in Australia

Latest complaint in ongoing campaign against mobile giants claims Google restrictions violate Australian consumer law

By James Batchelor

Zynga pledges $100,000 to Girls Who Code

New partnership announced on International Women's Day will enable non-profit to expand its program of free coding clubs

By James Batchelor

Cloud gaming firm Blade seeking investment after filing for bankruptcy

Company behind Shadow service has also been placed in receivership in France, claims it is a "victim of its own success"

By James Batchelor

Microsoft's Zenimax acquisition approved by EU

Update: European Commission has no concerns with the deal impacting the common market

By James Batchelor

Beyond Control: What's next for Remedy?

CEO Tero Virtala on Vanguard, the shared universe of the Epic-funded games and why two million sales still doesn't class Control as a major hit

By James Batchelor

Subscribe to the GamesIndustry.biz Newsletters