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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

Epic Games files for dismissal of 2 Milly's Fortnite dance lawsuit

Developer insists dance routines are an “unprotectable idea” and claims rapper's complain is “at odds with free speech”

By James Batchelor

THQ Nordic net sales rose 713% to $447.6m in 2018

Publisher now has 77 games in development, including 48 unannounced projects

By James Batchelor

Novaquark opens Montreal studio, hires ex-Eidos exec Stéphane D'Astous

Former general manager of the studio behind Tomb Raider reboot and Deus Ex: Human Revolution leading new Dual Universe team

By James Batchelor

EA pays respects to Emiliano Sala, removes him from FIFA

FC Nantes player also pulled from Ultimate Team packs, card prices fixed

By James Batchelor

Unity reportedly considering IPO for 2020

But engine provider will only float if market conditions are favourable, sources claim

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard share price slumps to two-year low

Reports of layoffs and expected earnings decline lead to further pessimism over publisher's fortunes

By James Batchelor

Sonic Mania dev Christian Whitehead co-founds new studio Evening Star

Retro tech behind Sega's best-selling platformer will become studio's proprietary Star Engine

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze sells System Shock 3 publishing rights

Troubled publisher and OtherSide Entertainment “mutally agreed” rights should return to the latter

By James Batchelor

Sumo Digital opens new mobile studio in Leamington Spa

Crackdown 3 developer hires Sega Hardlight founder Chris Southall, tells us this was “catalyst” for opening seventh studio

By James Batchelor

Google has no plans to lower its 30% cut

CEO maintains figure is the industry standard, despite Epic Games' efforts to bypass it

By James Batchelor

UK Charts: Red Dead Redemption 2 back at No.1

Kingdom Hearts drops to No.3 in its second week on sale

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard staff reportedly bracing for layoffs

Slowing sales and the loss of Destiny could lead to hundreds of jobs being cut in the next 48 hours

By James Batchelor

Swedish Tax Agency targets King with $389m fine

Skatteverket claims Candy Crush firm has disposed immaterial rights out of its home nation

By James Batchelor

King signs Tech Talent Charter to drive diversity

Candy Crush Saga developer is first UK games company to pledge to the initiative

By James Batchelor

Magic Leap prototype becomes Angry Birds' VR debut

Resolution Games' Tommy Palm shares the origins of the first virtual reality entry in the hit mobile series

By James Batchelor

Shares slump for big four publishers after latest financials

Take-Two and Electronic Arts suffer the most but analyst maintains games industry still “in rude health”

By James Batchelor

Zynga CEO: It's “too early to tell” if more will follow Epic's anti-App Store stance

Frank Gibeau says casual games firm has a “great partnership” with both Apple and Google

By James Batchelor

Resident Evil 2's triumphant debut in EMEAA charts

Capcom's remake tops physical, download and combined best-seller lists

By James Batchelor

Hatch coming to Japan with Docomo partnership

Streaming service for premium mobile games coming to Android phones and set-top boxes in the East

Tomb Raider and Just Cause fail to offset wider declines at Square Enix

Digital Entertainment's sales rise in final quarter of 2018, but company's income still plummets

By James Batchelor

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Apex Legends and the safety of a surprise launch

Plus, we discuss the success of Kingdom Hearts III and the ongoing debate around Metro Exodus' exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Stores

By James Batchelor

Disney praises “good relationship” with EA and Star Wars games

Entertainment giant is “probably going to continue” licensing out its IP as “we haven't been particularly good at the self-publishing side”

By James Batchelor

McLaren's drive to turn gamers into Formula 1 racers

Director of esports Ben Payne discusses the firm's five-year plan for Shadow Project and sourcing new champions

By James Batchelor

HMV saved from collapse by Sunrise Records

Canadian retailer will buy 100 stores, but 27 branches and 455 jobs will be lost

By James Batchelor

Apex Legends attracts 1m unique players in less than eight hours

Roadmap of new content planned for at least a year as EA enters free-to-play battle royale foray

By James Batchelor

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