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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

What is the metaverse, and why is it worth so much money?

Developers discuss the various visions this widely used term implies, the increased investment in those making it a reality and the many barriers they face

By James Batchelor

Former Jagex employee Ian Taylor imprisoned for sexually assaulting a minor

RuneScape audio developer admitted to offence, was sentenced to 22 months in prison

By James Batchelor

Former Aeon Must Die developers claim legal dispute unresolved, but publisher says accusations were unconfirmed

Focus Home Interactive maintains that it and Limestone Games co-own the IP, denies claims of crunch

By James Batchelor

Roblox responds to complaints over recreations of mass shootings

Company behind popular kids game emphasises zero tolerance for racism, discrimination and content related to tragic events

By James Batchelor

Singapore mobile games firm Storms opens development studio

Hypercasual firm partners with Voodoo, debut game has passed three million downloads

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store begins closed beta for self-publishing

PC marketplace now has 58 million monthly active users, hopes to dramatically expand range of 650 games and apps

By James Batchelor

Nacon acquires Session developer Crea-Ture Studios

Founders will continue to lead the studio as it bolster's French publisher's sports portfolio

By James Batchelor

Biomutant's 1m sales and Gearbox, Easybrain acquisitions drive Embracer sales to $389m

Group now has 180 titles in development, expects growth to ramp up in second half of fiscal year

By James Batchelor

Yogscast Games hires Curve's Simon Byron as new director of publishing

Media firm ramps up its publishing efforts as Byron tasked with seeking new titles from indie teams

By James Batchelor

Embracer's next three acquisitions are Demiurge Studios, Fractured Byte and SmartPhone Labs

All three purchased through Saber Interactive, adds over 200 more staff to growing development empire

By James Batchelor

EA will consider "player perspective" when delisting titles after GOG misstep

Publisher pulled Syndicate, Ultima Underworld games from marketplace, has since relisted them in free promo

By James Batchelor

Jagex hires former Codemasters CFO Rashid Varachia

Varachia takes on same role at RuneScape developer having left racing studio after EA acquisition

By James Batchelor

People Can Fly suggests Outriders hasn't made a profit

Studio has yet to receive royalties from Square Enix, despite publisher hailing launch as start of "next major franchise"

By James Batchelor

Raccoon Logic's approach to diversity and culture | DLC

Plus the Games and Online Harassment Hotline on helping abusers to get help while still holding them accountable

By James Batchelor

Glu CEO and COO departing later this month following EA acquisition

Mobile publisher's leadership working with FIFA firm on seamless transition before leaving at the end of August

By James Batchelor

Twitch promises more action over 'hate raids' against marginalised streamers

Streaming site fixes vulnerability in chat filters, says improvements to ban evasion detection and account verification coming later this year

By James Batchelor

Apex Legends lead game designer fired amid controversy over sexist and racist comments

Daniel Z Klein drew criticism after a 2007 blog post resurfaced around the Activision Blizzard lawsuit

By James Batchelor

What do the post-lockdown financials really say? | Podcast

Latest episode available now, also discusses the futures of Zynga, Switch and PlayStation Plus

By James Batchelor

Life after Stadia: Raccoon Logic picks up where Typhoon Studios left off

Reid Schneider on "round two" for Journey To The Savage Planet team and why internet giants struggle to get into games

By James Batchelor

Niantic acquires 3D mobile scanning app Scaniverse

Acquisition will further enable Niantic developers and users to create a 3D map of the world using smartphones

By James Batchelor

Unity acquires Parsec for $320m

Remote desktop streaming solution adds to engine provider's roster of cloud services

By James Batchelor

Xsolla reportedly lays off up to 150 people based on big data

CEO's communications cause controversy as staff deemed "not present" when working remotely are fired

By James Batchelor

Tips from the Games and Online Harassment Hotline on stamping out toxicity in the workplace

Hotline director Jae Lin reflects on the initiative's first year, and share advice on how games professionals on any level can help stop discrimination and harassment

By James Batchelor

DigixArt's Yoan Fanise has the "best of both worlds" after Koch acquisition

Road 96 and Valiant Hearts developer discusses how deal will enable him to continue exploring new narratives

By James Batchelor

Steve Gaynor apologises for "hurtful leadership style" having stepped back as Open Roads lead

Fulbright co-founder still working as writer as report emerges of his microaggressions nd demeaning behaviour towards women

By James Batchelor

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