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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

Paul W. S. Anderson's Monster Hunter movie slated for production

Film will feature two protagonists from different worlds battling big beasties in order to survive

By James Batchelor

Jacksonville victims to be honoured with charity Madden tournament tomorrow

Muthead League scraps plans for season six in favour of raising money for tribute fund

By James Batchelor

Truly Social Games acquires AR developer Cooper's New Reality Garage

Augmented reality key to the future of mobile studio who is “tired of making games that people just sit and play and drone out”

By James Batchelor

NFTS secures £10m funding to run national centre for immersive storytelling

Director Jon Wardle tells us "story is the missing ingredient" holding back virtual and augmented reality

By James Batchelor

Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Critical Consensus

Reviewers praise Ubisoft's latest as a series high, thanks to an engaging world and the completed shift to an RPG structure

By James Batchelor

Toys R Us bankruptcy auction cancelled, retailer will live on as branding firm

Lenders hope new company will maintain licensing agreements and eventually invest in new retail stores

By James Batchelor

CD Project Red rejects Witcher author's request for $16.1m in additional royalties

“Mr Andrzej Sapkowski expects payment beyond what had been contractually agreed”

By James Batchelor

In-store arenas central to Currys PC World's revamped games offering

UK retailer puts playable PCs front and centre in effort to boost sales of software and hardware

By James Batchelor

Hugo Games acquires 5th Planet Games for $737,000

Kings of Soccer dev brings Sacramento studio into the fold, with games that generate $800,000 per year

By James Batchelor

IGDA reaches out to ex-Telltale, Capcom, Carbine devs with Virtual Mentor Café

Initiative designed to help anyone impacted by layoffs in the last 60 days with new career opportunities

By James Batchelor

More than 170 'trolling' games removed from Steam in two weeks

Valve's 'anything goes' approach to curation does not include Boobs Battleground, Logan vs KSI or Putin, Boobs and Trump

By James Batchelor

Playstation boss Shawn Layden explains why PS4 cross-play took so long

“It isn't just about flipping a switch and 'there you go'.”

By James Batchelor

Trump administration suing California to block net neutrality laws

Lawsuit filed hours after Golden State passed most extensive new ruling on internet freedom

By James Batchelor

Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit cancelled after three series

Co-creator Steve McNeil working with ESL UK to find ways to bring something similar to online and traditional broadcast platforms

By James Batchelor

"It's not enough to point at Bayonetta or FemShep and say 'job done'"

NFTS student Daisy Fernandez discusses female representation in games and the barriers for women seeking a career in development

By James Batchelor

Over 50 games firms on board for One Special Day 2018

Sega, Supercell, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Rovio and more donating today's revenues to charity for disabled gamers

British Esports Association, West Ham and GAME team up for activity week

Organisations aim to promote both physical sports and competitive video games this October half-term

By James Batchelor

More than 1,000 jobs lost to studio closures over the past year

Plus more affected by layoffs at Big Fish Games, Harmonix, Hangar 13, Volition and more

By James Batchelor

Industry reacts to Sony's cross-play U-turn

Microsoft keen to connect Minecraft players, Bethesda says no plans for Fallout 76, but hope remains for Rocket League and Hearthstone

By James Batchelor

How Odyssey is changing the face of Assassin's Creed

We speak to the developers about the importance of choice and the blurred line between fact and myth in Ubisoft's upcoming epic

By James Batchelor

Xbox reviving X0 event this November

X018 will be held alongside FanFest in Mexico, with major announcements streamed online

By James Batchelor

Telltale Games could have been saved by AMC, Smilegate deal

But both firms reportedly pulled out the day before the studio was forced to lay off 90% of its staff

By James Batchelor

Nintendo allays Switch cloud save fears with 180-day recovery period

Platform holder assures that data does not disappear when online subscription expires

By James Batchelor

Telltale Games was scuppered by failed finance round

Sources suggest Lionsgate abandoning 'super show' project caused mass layoffs

By James Batchelor

Capcom launching Street Fighter esports league in Japan

Publishing ramps up competitive gaming efforts in home market with tournament kicking off next spring

By James Batchelor

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