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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

Square Enix and Ubisoft staff now working at home

Final Fantasy publisher implements remote working across all offices, Assassin's Creed firm does so in all affected areas

By James Batchelor

Mainframe Industries raises €7.6m

Cloud-based MMO developer is the first Nordics firm to receive investment from Riot Games and Andreessen Horowitz

By James Batchelor

Robin Games raises $7m to create "lifestyle gaming"

New studio formed by former Jam City exec Jill Wilson, has primarily women-led team

By James Batchelor

London Games Festival moves remaining events online

Business Hub and Games Finance Market will now be hosted via video calls, Ensemble exhibit to take place later this year

By James Batchelor

Making games in lockdown: How Italy's developers are coping with COVID-19

We speak to the studios that have been quarantined as the Italian government increases its efforts to combat the virus

By James Batchelor

The developer of Journey bucks the trend of "predatory" monetisation

Thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen shuns conflict-driven microtransactions for social gifting in Sky: Children of the Light

By James Batchelor

Thatgamecompany expands with Bay Area office

Sky: Children of the Light will grow beyond 10 millionplayers with Android and Switch versions this year

By James Batchelor

Samsung scraps PlayGalaxy Link streaming service

Games streaming service canned after five-month beta trial period, ends March 27

By James Batchelor

Xbox Series X specs revealed, aims for "a minimum doubling" over Xbox One X

Microsoft's upcoming console will also dramatically improve the performance of current and previous gen games

By James Batchelor

Media Molecule kicks off beta evaluation for commercial use of Dreams creations

"We welcome and encourage creators to do this, but it's new territory for us"

By James Batchelor

Microsoft Build conference, DOTA and League of Legends esports among latest events to be cancelled

UPDATE: Dota Pro Circuit major and minor tournaments cancelled, GWENT World Masters and PUBG Mobile Leagues postponed

By James Batchelor

EA, Rockstar, others shift to remote working amid pandemic

FIFA publisher also cancels all live events until global situation improves

By James Batchelor

Digital Dragons postponed to September amid coronavirus concerns

Tickets will be valid for delayed conference, refunds also available

By James Batchelor

Reporters Without Borders builds censorship-free zone in Minecraft

The press freedom group will publish articles censored in their country of origin via in-game books

By James Batchelor

Games industry raised over $5.5m for Australian bushfire relief

Humble Bundle, Call of Duty DLC and Bungie T-shirts lead fundraising efforts

By James Batchelor

Pendula Swing dev "would not have survived" without episodic model

Valiant Game Studio's Laura Bularca explains how releasing an indie adventure in quarterly chunks offset the risk of a full release

By James Batchelor

Nintendo wins patent dispute against Gamevice

Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidates all 19 of mobile accessories maker's claims against platform holder

By James Batchelor

Games Education Summit delayed until September

British Games Institute reschedules next month's conference amid coronavirus concerns

By James Batchelor

Team17's full-year profits rise to 30m

Indie publisher enjoyed record growth in 2019, expanded headcount to 200

By James Batchelor

Microsoft to host GDC sessions as planned

Platform holder will livestream talks, including session Xbox Series X and Project xCloud

By James Batchelor

HTC hosting conference in virtual reality to mitigate coronavirus risk

This year's Vive Ecosystem Conference will have 'cloned rooms' so no limit for attendance

By James Batchelor

Nvidia's GeForce Now loses 2K games, gains Epic support

Another publisher pulls from streaming service as Tim Sweeney declares it most "developer and publisher-friendly" option

By James Batchelor

TurboGrafx-16 Mini indefinitely delayed due to coronavirus

Impact on manufacturing and shipping in China means Konami's classic console will not arrive this month as planned

By James Batchelor

Australian Parliamentary committee recommends loot box regulation

Also suggests mandatory age verification for purchases toward any simulated gambling elements in games

By James Batchelor

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