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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

Sony establishes AI R&D division

New organisation will have offices in Japan, the US and Europe

By James Batchelor

Rebellion launches board games division

UK developer and publisher will kick off new business with tabletop version of Sniper Elite

By James Batchelor

EverQuest developer Brad McQuaid dies

Colleagues at Pantheon developer Visionary Realms pay tribute

By James Batchelor

Bobby Kotick: Games are not a platform for my political views

Elsewhere, Activision CEO predicts company will reach one billion customers within next five years

By James Batchelor

Dontnod "didn't want to shy away" from the difficulty of creating a transgender hero

Game director Florent Guillaume on why it was important to define Tell Me Why's Tyler Ronan by more than just his gender identity

By James Batchelor

German government approves €50 million funding for games development

Hundreds of proposals already in the works as investment is approved for 2020 budget

By James Batchelor

Niko: PC and mobile revenue to pass $8 billion in Greater Southeast Asia by 2023

95% of PC players and 90% of mobile gamers in the region engage esports

By James Batchelor

PUBG phasing out locks on paid loot crates

Battle royale players will no longer need to buy keys to unlock random items they own after December 18

By James Batchelor

Double Fine publishing boss Greg Rice departs

Vice president of business development leaves just five months after surprise Microsoft acquisition

By James Batchelor

InnoGames' lifetime revenues pass €1bn

More than half of this came from Forge of Empires, company has grown revenues every year since 2007

By James Batchelor

Stadia nearly doubles line-up just days before launch

Ten titles pulled forward to November 19 as Google gears up to take streaming service live

By James Batchelor

Paradox profits up 36% in Q3 thanks to Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Cities: Skylines and Stellaris expansions plus ongoing sales of Hearts of Iron IV and Surviving Mars also drove revenues to $29.4 million

By James Batchelor

Tencent buying 10% of Sumo Group

Chinese giant purchasing 15 million shares from established investor Perwyn

By James Batchelor

New IP from Obsidian and Rare lead X019 announcements

Meanwhile, Xbox gears up for Christmas with new Game Pass releases and $150 Black Friday discount

By James Batchelor

Project xCloud expands with 50 new titles, coming to Japan, India and more next year

Xbox's streaming service will be incorporated into Xbox Game Pass; Bluetooth controller support coming next year

By James Batchelor

Microsoft and Dontnod reveal narrative adventure with transgender protagonist

Life Is Strange developer's Tell Me Why debuts at X019, arrives on Xbox and PC next year

By James Batchelor

How Koch Media is ensuring classic brand comebacks are worth the wait

From Shenmue III to TimeSplitters, CEO Klemens Kundratitz discusses the publisher's upcoming line-up

By James Batchelor

Voodoo opens Montreal studio as it expands beyond hypercasual games

New branch will be led by former Gameloft producer Mehdi El Moussali

By James Batchelor

Another tester is being sued by Epic Games for leaking Fortnite Chapter 2

Keywords Studio employee was fired day after leak, now faces claim for over $85,000 in damages

By James Batchelor

"Expectations for full-price games is very high. You need a large budget to have a chance"

CI Games CEO Marek Tymiński reflects on the struggles of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 and how upcoming sequel Contracts will rectify this

By James Batchelor

Microsoft using Xbox Adaptive Controller to rehabilitate US veterans

Company is working with Veteran Affairs to roll out device to medical centres

By James Batchelor

John Carmack wins Lifetime Achievement prize at VR Awards 2019

Oculus Quest crowned best hardware, while A Fisherman's Tale is declared best game

By James Batchelor

The Tencent zombie game trying to advance the battle royale formula

We speak to Next Studios about how Synced: Off-Planet recreates the tension of Fortnite or DayZ without copying the structure

By James Batchelor

Roblox survey reveals disconnect between parents and teens over online bullying

Majority of parents believe their children will discuss online behaviour with them, but more than half of teens disagree

By James Batchelor

Indie publisher Kiss launches Intelligent Finance ISA

Company tells GamesIndustry.biz it will fund future games by promising investors 6.8% profit per year through tech bond

By James Batchelor

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