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James Batchelor, UK Editor

James Batchelor has been a journalist in the games industry since 2006, and joined mylku 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

NHS mental health director calls for loot box ban

UPDATE: UKIE responds, emphasising that industry already addresses spending caps and disclosed drop rates

By James Batchelor

The best-selling games of the decade show AAA was left behind by innovation | Opinion

The games industry has made great strides forward in the past ten years - but none of that is apparent in the retail charts

By James Batchelor

The mylku.biz Podcast: Xbox's plan to reshape the console industry

Latest episode available to download now, also shares more information on plans for the mylku.biz Academy

By James Batchelor

Rockstar responds to claims it abuses tax relief

But Grand Theft Auto developer makes no comment on reports it has not paid corporate tax in four years

By James Batchelor

Cloud Imperium responds to Crytek's attempt to dismiss its own lawsuit

Star Citizen developer maintains engine providers claim "is and always has been meritless"

By James Batchelor

Ubisoft files lawsuit against site that enabled Rainbow Six Siege DDoS attacks

Publisher claims group behind ShortNameGame sold the software used to disrupt the game

By James Batchelor

Tencent ramping up investments - but may veer away from games

Having already poured money into eleven games firms, Chinese giant is concentrating on new industries such as 'smart retail'

By James Batchelor

Humble Bundle joins efforts to raise money for Australian bushfire relief

Meanwhile, Warframe dev Digital Extremes donates $30,000 to two chairties

By James Batchelor

Media firm behind Autosport plans to "change the landscape" of racing games

Ex-Codemasters creative director Stephen Hood on how the new Motorsport Games group can disrupt the market

By James Batchelor

Epic Games Store avoids review bombing with OpenCritic integration

Review aggregation site will display how many critics recommend purchase on each title's store page

By James Batchelor

Phil Spencer confirms Xbox will be at E3 2020

Platform holder responds to Sony's decision to ditch major games showcase for a second consecutive year

By James Batchelor

Australian developers organising global fundraising auction for fire services

Game Devs For Firies calls on industry to help encourage donations to bushfire relief by offering signed games, services and more

By James Batchelor

Infinity Ward, Bungie and Ubisoft join Australian bushfire relief efforts

Modern Warfare DLC, Destiny 2 T-shirt sales and AUS$30,000 donation all go towards charities and emergency services

By James Batchelor

How can Rio Ferdinand help protect kids from inappropriate video games?

UKIE CEO Dr Jo Twist on why spending time gaming with children is just as important as using parental controls

By James Batchelor

Call of Duty and GTA V dominated PlayStation Store downloads in 2019

Sony reveals most downloaded PS4 and PSVR games of the year, as well as the biggest DLC

By James Batchelor

Hamburg to pour €2m into local games industry by 2023

Gamecity:Hamburg will handle funding, launch a new prototype program and establish an incubator this year

By James Batchelor

Sony's Jim Ryan: PlayStation 5's 'bigger differences' have yet to be announced

PlayStation boss also suggests there will be no months-long delay for Japanese launch

By James Batchelor

Australian retailer EB Games closing 19 stores

Chain shutting down unprofitable stores by end of January, but will open larger outlets later in the year

By James Batchelor

From licensing to lunch: How to work with Chinese partners

Unit 2 Games' Hannah Waddilove on some of the less-discussed aspects of targeting the world's largest games market

By James Batchelor

The Universim developer Crytivo donating two months' revenues to Australian bushfire relief

Indie developer pledges 100% of its own store sales and 30% of Steam takings

By James Batchelor

Why did two small British publishers attract big money?

We speak to Catalis Group and Sold Out about their recent acquisitions and the growing investor interest in UK games firms

By James Batchelor

Platinum Games accelerates self-publishing plans with Tencent investment

President and CEO Kenichi Sato says partnership "has no effect on the independence of our company"

By James Batchelor

Alienware unveils Switch Pro-like portable PC concept

Dell's gaming subsidiary showcases proposed hardware at CES 2020

By James Batchelor

Crytek seeks to dismiss its own Star Citizen lawsuit until Squadron 42 launches

Creator of CryEngine believes Star Citizen's single-player game will be delayed past June, moves for October trial

By James Batchelor

Amazon's best-selling games of 2019 dominated by gift cards and Switch

Top three items were digital currency, 22 of top 50 products were for Nintendo's console

By James Batchelor

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