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James Batchelor, Editor-in-Chief

James Batchelor has been a journalist in the games industry since 2006, and joined GamesIndustry in 2016, rising to Editor-in-Chief in 2021. He previously served as editor of Develop, and has written for Eurogamer, NintendoLife and MCV. He also runs the Non-Violent Game of the Day blog to showcase the full breadth of video games and their subject matter. He does still play violent games, but always on Story/Easy mode.

Recent articles by James Batchelor

Russia has reportedly legalised piracy in the face of economic sanctions

Change in laws potentially undermines the wave of major games firms that have cut off the market

By James Batchelor

Third round of Makers Fund raises $500 million to invest in games startups

Organisation readies largest fund yet, has previously invested in more than 90 companies

By James Batchelor

Gamescom returns as “climate-friendly” hybrid event this August

World's largest games show will be in Cologne from August 24 to 28

By James Batchelor

Games firms opposing Russia are cutting off a $3.4bn market

Analysts help us contextualise the impact of sales bans by Microsoft, EA, Take-Two and more

By James Batchelor

Nintendo delays Advance Wars remake indefinitely amid Ukraine invasion

Switch strategy game had already been pushed back to Advance Wars, on hold until further notice

By James Batchelor

Bohemia Interactive unaffected by sale of former sim arm to defence contractor

BAE Systems has completed $200 million acquisition of Bohemia Interactive Simulations, which separated from Arma studio in 2013

By James Batchelor

Sanctions prevent Twitch from paying Russian streamers

Streaming site is asking content creators to provide alternative payment details, will pay missed income when restrictions lift

By James Batchelor

Take-Two halts sales, marketing and more in Russia and Belarus

Company behind Grand Theft Auto 5, the third most played game in Russia, expresses support for Ukraine

By James Batchelor

Class action lawsuit over NBA 2K loot boxes accuses Take-Two of “unfair, deceptive and unlawful practices”

Plaintiff claims monetisation model “psychologically distances” players from the real impact of their purchase

By James Batchelor

Epic Games ceases commerce with Russia but keeps communication open

Fortnite firm is the latest in a growing line of publishers to take a stance against invasion of Ukraine

By James Batchelor

Russian Nintendo eshop put in maintenance mode amid wave of firms cutting all sales

Nintendo attributes halting of digital game sales to issue with payment processing

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard is the latest company to cut off Russian market

Call of Duty and Candy Crush firm is also doubling employee donations to relief efforts, has raised over $300,000 so far

By James Batchelor

InGameJob calls on companies to help hire games professionals fleeing Ukraine

Recruitment site also seeking firms willing to help with housing, relocation and financial aid

By James Batchelor

PlayStation seemingly cancels Gran Turismo 7 launch in Russia

Racing game was due to debut today, but is unavailable to buy through the Russian PlayStation Store

By James Batchelor

The Medium developer Bloober Team also pulls all sales from Russia, Belarus

Ban will first come into effect on Steam, but will apply to all other platforms

By James Batchelor

The return of the London Games Festival

After two years as an online-only event, festival director Michael French discusses plans to bring the ten-day games celebration back to the streets of the capital

By James Batchelor

Epic Games acquires music store Bandcamp as part of “creator marketplace ecosystem” vision

Company will continue operating as a standalone marketplace and music community

By James Batchelor

Ampere Analysis: Console market grew to record $60bn in 2021

Data and analytics firm expects further $1 billion growth as rise of subscriptions offsets boxed sales decline

By James Batchelor

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet headlines Pokémon Day presentation

Ninth generation of mainstay RPGs will follow Arceus into open world design, launches late 2022

By James Batchelor

Activision shareholder sues publisher over Microsoft acquisition

Lawsuit alleges Call of Duty publisher withheld information when asking shareholders to vote in favour of sale

By James Batchelor

How the Rainbow Billy team swapped combat for conversations

ManaVoid discusses the process of overhauling its indie RPG to make it a non-violent game about empathy

By James Batchelor

Square Enix raises forecasts thanks to increased MMO revenues

HD game sales still down year-on-year as Guardians of the Galaxy "undershot initial expectations"

By James Batchelor

Nintendo acquires long-running partner studio SRD Co Ltd

Tokyo-based firm has worked with platform holder on games dating back to Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros

By James Batchelor

THQ Nordic acquires Metricminds

German animation specialist and its core team is latest subsidiary of growing publisher

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft expands La Forge R&D network across five studios

Montreal initiative now also operating in France and China

By James Batchelor

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