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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

Apple's clones crackdown leads to App Store shrinking

Number of new iOS releases drops for the first time since marketplace launched in 2008

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft's plans to tackle toxicity in Rainbow Six: Siege

Permanent bans, mute text chat, chat filtering and team kill detection all in the works

By James Batchelor

69% of large UK games firms have bigger gender pay gap than national average

UPDATE: King and Rockstar added to database, based on businesses with 250 or more employees

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Making virtual reality mainstream, with Terra Virtua

Subs-based VR platform's CTO Kish Hirani discusses killer apps, and the link between VR and theme parks

By James Batchelor

Valve hasn't given up on Steam Machines

Company admits sales are slow, but says 'store delisting' is nothing more than routine cleanup

By James Batchelor

New Vive Pro bundle cuts headset price by $100

HTC marks VR device's second anniversary with new offer to clarify upgrade confusion

By James Batchelor

Banning cryptocurrency ads is "short-sighted"

But firms preparing for token sales remain confident they will raise the funds they seek

By James Batchelor

Record-breaking VR/AR start-ups raised over $3.6bn in last 12 months

Video games one of only two sectors to secure more than 10% of investment deals

By James Batchelor

Superdata: Fortnite has more monthly active users than GTA Online

Battle Royale game earned more additional content revenue than any other console title in February - except Call of Duty

By James Batchelor

Hitman Sniper passes 10m players

Mobile spin-off likely the best-selling entry in the series to date

By James Batchelor

Raw Fury receives $125,000 from Multiplay founder

Craig Fletcher joins indie publisher as angel investor during latest seed round

By James Batchelor

Sea of Thieves attracts two million players in first week

Rare's shared world pirate adventure also drives streaming and Xbox Live friendship figures

By James Batchelor

Games industry to benefit from UK government's £150m Creative Industires deal

£33m promised for the funding of immersive tech such as VR, £500,000 added to UK Games Fund

By James Batchelor

Grainger Games closing a third of its shops

Email sent to staff reveals 21 closures, website already down

By James Batchelor

Culturalisation, and why Microsoft rewrote history for Korea

Geogrify's Kate Edwards discusses how to tailor your game for global appeal - and what to do if you inadvertently cause offence

By James Batchelor

Bethesda names Roy Campbell as new UK MD

Former THQ, Virgin boss has been consulting with Wolfenstein publisher over the past year

By James Batchelor

Final Fantasy XV team forms Square Enix's new studio Luminous Productions

Staff led by FFXV director Hajime Tabata will be working on AAA new IP for Japanese publisher

By James Batchelor

Nintendo's advice for indies trying to get games on Switch

Platform holder's warns that Switch will remain a "closed dev environment" for now

By James Batchelor

Rovio proposes pay cuts for chairman and owner amid financial worries

Investor disappointing and sub-par game performances spell salary shake-up at Angry Birds firm

By James Batchelor

Far Cry 5: Critical Consensus

Ubisoft's latest open-world shooter praised for its familiar-but-fun gameplay, but hints at political commentary leave critics wanting

By James Batchelor

Jobs Roundup: Gameloft names new marketing VP

Elsewhere, King hires BBC's diversity director and IGDA names new board members

By James Batchelor

System Shock remake back in development, due Q1 2020

Nightdive Studios ends brief hiatus to focus on delivering original vision

By James Batchelor

Josef Fares hopes A Way Out inspires more risks in AAA games

The director also discusses his relationship with EA, and ambitions to follow in the footsteps of Naughty Dog

By James Batchelor

Xbox, Twitch, Blizzard, Riot and more form Fair Play Alliance to combat toxic players

"We envision a world where games are free of harassment, discrimination and abuse"

By James Batchelor

Stardock responds to Star Control designers' settlement offer claims

Developer's VP shares original proposal, clarifies company's position on Star Control IP rights

By James Batchelor

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