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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

New multiplayer outsourcing studio opens in the UK

Nottingham-based The Multiplayer Guys staffed by team behind Terratech multiplayer and one of the first Xbox Live games

By James Batchelor

Sea of Thieves reaches five million players as Cursed Sails expansion launches

Plus, 40 million hours broadcast on Twitch but it's still unclear how player count translates to sales due to Game Pass inclusion

By James Batchelor

MapleStory M achieves three million downloads in first week

Mobile version of hugely popular Korean MMO tops highest grossing charts in key Asian markets

By James Batchelor

PlayStation drives $17.9 billion Q1 for Sony

Higher-than-expected software sales and 43% digital ratio among financial highlights

By James Batchelor

Increased profits and $1.5bn sales kick off Nintendo's financial year

Platform holder maintains forecast as Switch lifetime sales reach 19.7 million consoles, 86.93 million games

By James Batchelor

Playground Games hires BioWare, EA Motive and Rocksteady talent for upcoming RPG

Forza Horizon developer also welcomes developers from Ninja Theory, Guerrilla Games and more to second studio

By James Batchelor

Empires & Puzzles: Disrupting the biggest market with the smallest team

CEO Timo Soininen discusses the importance of mid-development marketing and defying the “so-called industry experts”

By James Batchelor

SpecialEffect aims for £500,000 with One Special Day 2018

Sega, Rovio, Seriously, Codemasters and more already on board as industry charity ramps up fundraising target

By James Batchelor

$2.65m Binding of Isaac card game Kickstarter smashes target by over 5,000%

Almost 40,000 backers successfully funded tabletop spin-off of popular indie roguelike

By James Batchelor

Microsoft invests $500,000 in coding and tech training for students of colour

Firm's support will open Seattle chapter for Black Girls Code and boost Technology Access Foundation's STEM program

By James Batchelor

$50m Netease investment will help Improbable realise dream of “trillion dollar games industry”

Tech firm's CEO Herman Narula tells us how this partnership will unlock China for SpatialOS - and any developers that use it

By James Batchelor

Dead Cells dev Motion Twin touts equal pay system

All 11 employees at French studio have identical salary, same say in project direction

By James Batchelor

Denuvo investigation reportedly leads to arrest for games pirate Voksi

However, Bulgarian cracker claims he voluntarily went to police, reached out to DRM firm for “peaceful solution”

By James Batchelor

The chart-topping return of Dontnod Entertainment

CEO Oskar Guilbert discusses the Life Is Strange studio's growth and the stories it can tell beyond games

By James Batchelor

PUBG Corp details five-year esports plan

Developer proposes regional leagues and revenue sharing for top teams

By James Batchelor

Epic Games worth $8 billion following Fortnite success

Battle Royale boost also means CEO and founder Tim Sweeney is now a billionaire

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Careers Survey 2018: Lower pay but less crunch

We break down the results of our second annual study on the games jobs market, which shows an industry improving its conditions and increasing its efforts in equality

By James Batchelor

James Ohlen: Anthem failure won't mean the end of BioWare

Long-serving designer also disputes "conspiracy theories" that EA is driving studio away from story-driven RPGs

By James Batchelor

Raiders of the Broken Planet going free-to-play less than a year after launch

MercurySteam's online shooter also rebranding as Spacelords as of August 23rd, director says episodic model “didn't work as planned”

By James Batchelor

Onrush struggles lead to Evolution layoffs

Driveclub director Paul Pustchynsky among those who have been made redundant as Codemasters "decapitates" studio

By James Batchelor

Bandai Namco: “We want 50% of our games to be new IP”

Digital and marketing VP Hervé Hoerdt details how the Japanese publisher plans to create new brands that yield movies, toys and more

By James Batchelor

90,000 Steam accounts banned in Valve's biggest anti-cheat purge to date

Just under 30,000 cheaters dealt with on Wednesday, followed by a record-breaking 60,000 yesterday

By James Batchelor

PUBG developer apologies after controversial World War II references found in game

Purchasable mask and AI bot caused offence across Korea and China with allusions to Imperial Japan

By James Batchelor

UK tax breaks have helped finance 480 video games

In fact, more games have benefitted from tax relief than TV productions

By James Batchelor

Game Accessibility Conference comes to Europe this October

One-day event will be held in Paris, discusses best practices of making games playable for everyone

By James Batchelor

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