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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

Microsoft publishes Xbox Family Guide to educate parents ahead of Christmas

“It's important parents take an active role in managing their children's access to online content and gaming,” says director Harvey Eagle

By James Batchelor

THQ Nordic CEO responds to mixed Darksiders III reviews

Lars Wingefors says he is “really proud” of first new entry in series since previous publisher's collapse

By James Batchelor

New publisher Nifty Games wants to “get back to the core spirit of sports games”

Will specialise in mobile and digital titles for fans “accustomed to enjoying ongoing touch points with their favourite sports”

By James Batchelor

Fortnite passes 200m registered users

Battle royale's playerbase now just shy of Brazil's entire population

By James Batchelor

UK games industry leaders reject Brexit deal

Peter Molyneux, Rhianna Pratchett, Ian Livingstone, Charles Ceil and more call for People's Vote to overcome “dire threat” of leaving EU

By James Batchelor

Wargaming UK acquires Edge Case Games

Fractured Space developer will be folded into World of Tanks firm to work on new free-to-play MMO

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze management ordered to cut costs after poor sales of Overkill's The Walking Dead

Board of directors mandates review to cost of operations, calls for publisher to “sharpen focus on core business”

By James Batchelor

Rockstar abandons Agent trademark

Almost ten years after announcement, GTA developer's spy thriller seems to be officially dead

By James Batchelor

Rebellion opens 220,000 sq ft film studio

Games firm hopes to create 500 new jobs with multiple sound stages and post-production facilities

By James Batchelor

Xbox Adaptive Controller Christmas ad furthers Microsoft's push for accessibility

Platform holder creates short film to highlight new device during crucial sales period

By James Batchelor

Making Starlink soar on Switch

We speak to studio behind the Star Fox-infused Nintendo edition of Ubisoft's ambitious new IP

By James Batchelor

The post-Telltale plans for Skybound Games

How the Walking Dead licence holder will better establish itself as a games publisher

By James Batchelor

Pokémon Let's Go smashes first-week Switch sales records at 3m units worldwide

Series' return to Kanto a massive hit, outperforming Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey

By James Batchelor

Creative industries contribute almost Ł92bn to UK economy

Government statistics show games, film, TV, music and more account for more than Ł250 million per day

By James Batchelor

On Ubisoft's pandering to unreasonable players

Ubisoft's decision to reverse minor aesthetic changes in Rainbow Six Siege sets an unwanted - and unnecessary - new precedent

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Virtual Reality in 2018, with Resolution's Tommy Palm

Download our latest episode now, as we discuss whether it's viable to build a business around VR

By James Batchelor

Niantic working with United Nations to promote tourism through its games

New partnership will Pokémon Go and Ingress events built around local culture and history

By James Batchelor

Radiant Worlds relocates as Rebellion Warwick transition completes

Oliver Twins' studio now in new premises purchased by parent following acquisition earlier this year

By James Batchelor

Battlefield V: Critical Consensus

EA's latest blockbuster receives mixed reviews over scattered content launches and tonal inconsistencies

By James Batchelor

2 Milly, Scrubs' Donald Faison accuse Fortnite of stealing dance moves

“I don't want to even bash them for all the millions… I just feel like I have to protect what's mine,” says rapper

By James Batchelor

Oculus now part of Facebook Technologies

But social network says this will have “no change or impact on the Oculus brand or business”

By James Batchelor

Star Citizen crowdfunding has passed $200m

Chris Roberts reports the game now has backers in 171 countries, has smashed all crowdfunding records

By James Batchelor

Valve under fire for 'greedy' Artifact monetisation system

Developer introducing new features during the game's beta to alleviate some concerns

By James Batchelor

Paradox taking control of White Wolf after Vampire: The Masquerade LGBTQ+ controversy

Tabletop dev will “no longer function as a separate entity” after “crude and disrespectful” use of Chechnya's anti-gay purges

By James Batchelor

Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver shuts down

Tekken mobile developer down to skeleton crew as publisher dismisses majority of staff

By James Batchelor

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