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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

UK Charts: The Division 2 retakes No.1 in quiet week

Last week's chart-topper Yoshi drops to No.3, leading four Switch exclusives in the Top Ten

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Shrinking second-hand sales and BioWare blues

Latest episode available to download now, also shares some of the highlights (so far) of EGX Rezzed 2019

By James Batchelor

John Romero: "There are always people who question games that push the boundaries"

At the GamesIndustry.biz Careers Fair, the id Software co-founder discusses the patterns he's noticed emerging throughout his career

By James Batchelor

Jam City establishes foothold in Europe with 231 Play acquisition

Founders of Berlin studio will join Jam City, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery dev now has eight studios

By James Batchelor

Nintendo adds VR support for Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild

New modes will be introduced around the launch of Labo virtual reality kit

Avalanche: "The industry is going to calm down on tech and focus on creativity"

Senior technical designer Hamish Young expects future games will shift towards inventiveness - from both the studio and the players

By James Batchelor

Flaregames founder launches Phoenix Games group ahead of multiple acquisitions

Serial games investor Klaas Kersting wants to create a "formidable group of international game developers and related service providers"

By James Batchelor

Rebellion founders to keynote Develop:Brighton 2019

Jason and Chris Kingsley will discuss the studio's history, smash hits like Sniper Elite and their ventures into comics and film

By James Batchelor

Mayor Sadiq Khan opens London Games Festival 2019

Praised industry's contributions to city's economy and the diverse talent it is attracting

By James Batchelor

GameStop: Sony pulling game cards won't "have a material impact" on sales

Executive chairman Daniel DeMatteo believes PS4 owners will still fund digital purchases by buying currency in-store

By James Batchelor

Google: We're "committed to protecting and respecting privacy" with Stadia

Phil Harrison assures streaming service's users will be able to create an online persona “distinct and different” from their Google one

By James Batchelor

Record year for UK games market as spending nears 6bn

Software alone accounted for 4 billion in revenue for the first time, records broken in hardware and digital spending

By James Batchelor

Brendan Greene: "I'm done with battle royale"

PUBG designer discusses his move to the new Special Projects team, and the privilege of now working without a deadline

By James Batchelor

The Romeros, an Oliver twin and Creative Assembly lead GamesIndustry.biz Career Bar

We're hosting three days of careers advice during EGX Rezzed 2019 this week, full programme detailed

By James Batchelor

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice dominates EMEAA charts

Dethrones Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and fends off digital onslaught of discounted Ubisoft titles

By James Batchelor

#1ReasonToBe: "Inclusivity is a battle we can win"

Rami Ismail's final stint hosting the panel shares the stories of a refugee turns games developer, an Egyptian woman who refused to let a visa rejection silence her, and more

By James Batchelor

Electronic Arts closes Japan office as part of mass layoffs

Update: Russian division also appears to be shuttering with operations moving to larger, regional office

By James Batchelor

Daedalic: "If we do this right, no one else will be able to make a Gollum game"

CEO Carsten Fichtelmann discusses plans for the iconic character, who will star in the first of Daedalic's many Lord of the Rings games

By James Batchelor

Sony pulls full game download codes from all stores

PlayStation confirms to GamesIndustry.biz new strategy starts April 1, cards for DLC and virtual currency will still be available

By James Batchelor

GDC 2019 attendance sets new record at 29,000

2020 conference dated for March 16 to 20, hosted once again at the Moscone Convention Center

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Live from (near) GDC 2019

Latest episode available to download now, recapping the biggest news from San Francisco this week

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store is making the industry better but “gamers don't see that”

CEO Tim Sweeney addresses backlash against exclusivity deals, promises human curation to block “shock controversy games” like Rape Day

By James Batchelor

Indies clean up at GDC Awards 2019

God of War takes home yet another Game of the Year gong, and Return of the Obra Dinn wins $33,000 in IGF prizes

By James Batchelor

Phil Harrison: Stadia starts an "inevitable and one-way shift" away from consoles

Google VP also addresses concerns about bandwidth caps and those cryptic game teases shown before the keynote

By James Batchelor

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