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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

Psyonix cancels Rocket League World Championship over coronavirus concerns

Remainder of Season 9 League will play as scheduled, but all broadcast coverage will be completely online

By James Batchelor

Salvaging the opportunites lost by GDC's cancellation

We speak to the people offering financial relief to indies, or alternatives for those forced to still travel to San Francisco

By James Batchelor

Improbable's losses rose 65% last year to 63.7 million

But SpatialOS developer says accounts do not reflect "major changes" that have taken place in the last nine months

By James Batchelor

Epic cancels Unreal Fest Europe

Following its withdrawal from GDC 2020, engine provider scraps its own event due to "uncertainty around health concerns and travel"

By James Batchelor

Zynga faces class action lawsuit over data breach

Plaintiffs warn that millions of users, including minors, will be at risk of fraud and identity theft "for years to come"

By James Batchelor

Erica developer Flavourworks completes 3.5 million Series A funding round

New investor GC Tracker Fund adds 500,000 to studio's total, finance will be invested into touch video tech

By James Batchelor

New publisher Ziggurat Interactive to revive dormant IP for PC and console

Company has access to over 140 titles from as far back the '80s, first three games revealed

By James Batchelor

Games firms "have to be ready" to support employees with mental health issues

Safe In Our World's Kim Parker-Adcock offers advice on how to cultivate a more understanding work environment

By James Batchelor

Nvidia switches GTC 2020 to online conference amid coronavirus concerns

Chip maker scraps in-person event due to take place in San Jose this month

By James Batchelor

Autistica Play launches inclusive game jam

Charity hopes to show how games can be used to raise awareness and funds for research into the challenges autistic people face

By James Batchelor

Industry rallies to offer relief after GDC cancellation

Publishers, developers and trade bodies collaborate to raise funds for financially-stricken attendees

By James Batchelor

Facebook cancels F8 conference over "growing concerns" around coronavirus

But social network will replace event with local gatherings and livestreams, is doubling donation from expected ticket sales

By James Batchelor

Unity pulls out of GDC as coronavirus "presents too much risk"

Engine provider will no longer exhibit, plans to showcase its GDC content online

By James Batchelor

FunCraft raises $1.8 million

New studio from former Electronic Arts and Zynga developers focused on 'casual forever' mobile games

By James Batchelor

Konami Code creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto has died

Publisher pays tribute to former programmer and producer

By James Batchelor

Microsoft expects to miss Q3 targets due to coronavirus

Supply chain returning to normal at a "slower pace than anticipated"

By James Batchelor

San Francisco declares "local health emergency" over coronavirus

UPDATE: GDC 2020 "moving forward as planned" as city introduces preventative measures

By James Batchelor

NHS' gaming addiction clinic only needed by 'a very small percentage'

Founder Dr Bowden-Jones hopes the numbers will remain lower than problem gambling

By James Batchelor

CD Projekt Red and PUBG Corp cancel event plans due to coronavirus

But Cyberpunk 2077 developer currently still plans to attend GDC 2020

By James Batchelor

National Videogame Museum launches new games preservation initiative

BFI, British Library, Museum of London and Bath Spa University already signed up to Videogame Heritage Society

By James Batchelor

Sega invests in music startup Flutin

Sonic publisher's efforts to expand into other areas of entertainment continue with indie artist discovery app

By James Batchelor

Bethesda pulls games from GeForce Now, more publishers may follow

But Nvidia promises new games will be added every week as trial period comes to an end

By James Batchelor

Games' European mobile market share expected to shrink to 55% by 2022

But category will still be biggest source of user spending, expected to hit $12.9 billion

By James Batchelor

Employees say "sheer desperation" drives GameStop's aggressive sales tactics

Chain focuses on pre-orders and buying used phones, with the potential threat of termination for staff who miss targets

By James Batchelor

Deathtrap Dungeon adaptation aims to demonstrate the true potential of interactive fiction

Branching Narrative's Matt Spall also discusses how the scariest graphics are your imagination

By James Batchelor

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