GAME BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE

VGBA SUMMIT

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

WHO WE ARE?

The Video Game Bar Association is the premier international association whose members represent the industry’s leading practitioners in the interactive entertainment industry and other related fields.

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

The VGBA mission is to serve its members, their specialized profession and the law governing their practice by providing worldwide tools and resources necessary to collectively achieve the highest level of expertise and service.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR SUMMIT

The VGBA summit is the definite conference if you want to get the latest news about current legal hot topics in the Interactive Entertainment industry. Furthermore, there’s also time for networking with colleagues.

TOPICS
23

TOPICS

SESSIONS
12

SESSIONS

SPEAKERS
21

SPEAKERS

THE VIDEO GAME BAR ASSOCIATION

A number of attorneys have founded the Video Game Bar Association, which aims to serve as a networking organization for lawyers whose primary practice focuses on the video game industry. The worldwide organization, which has sent invites to over 100 attorneys in North America and Europe, is the first association of its kind related to the games business.

In order to become a member of the association, individuals must be admitted to practice law, have two years of experience as an attorney for the games industry, and receive recommendations from two existing members of the organization. The association says members will receive benefits including the opportunities to attend in-person networking sessions and to receive continuing legal education. “As more and more attorneys look at this growing industry as a significant part of their practices, it’s only natural for an organization like this to arise,” said Patrick Sweeney, head of Reed Smith’s Video Game Practice and a member of the association’s board.

SUMMIT SCHEDULE

day 1 agenda

Day 1: May 20th

8:00AM

Registration and Breakfast (sponsored)

8:00AM - 9:00PM

9:00AM

Opening Remarks

9:00AM - 9:15AM

Joseph Olin | Executive Director, VGBA

9:15AM

Intellectual Property

9:15AM - 10:15AM

Intellectual property is a cornerstone of the video game industry.The industry requires constant guidance in how best to not only protect their own work, but also avoid infringing on the work of others. This panel will discuss intellectual property issues withinthe games industry and provide insight to how best to handle these issues when they arise.

10:15AM

Coffee and Networking (sponsored)

10:15AM - 10:30AM

10:30AM

Business Update

10:30AM - 11:30AM

As the dynamic game industry continues to grow and business models expand to match new platforms and new devices, the video game practitioner benefits from understanding which technology trends will become revenue streams, partnership deals, and licensing agreements. This section will cover what’s been happening in the games industry and where the industry might be heading.

 

Moderator & Panelist: Michael Pachter

11:30AM

TBA

11:30AM - 12:30PM

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12:30PM

Lunch (sponsored)

12:30PM - 1:30PM

1:30PM

Litigation Update

1:30PM - 2:30PM

As the dynamic game industry continues to grow and business models expand to match new platforms and new devices, the video game practitioner benefits from understanding which technology trends will become revenue streams, partnership deals, and licensing agreements. This section will cover what’s been happening in the games industry and where the industry might be heading.

Moderator: Jennifer Kelly & Steve Smith

2:30PM

Coffee and Networking (sponsored)

2:30PM - 2:45PM

2:45PM

Privacy Update

2:45PM - 3:45PM

As connected games and mobile experiences collect increasing amounts of user data, and personally identifiable information, the more liable game developers and publishers become in terms of safe-guarding that information. Compliance with US and international government privacy requirements also becomes a crucial matter for the continued survival of the game industry. This session looks at where data comes from, defense, legal countermeasures, and response to data breaches, cross-border privacy, and children-specific privacy regulations and best practices.

ModeratorCourtney Barton

Panelists: Felix Hilgert, Joe Newman and Nick Mitchell

3:45PM

Ethics- “Better Call Saul”

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Don’t Try This at Home: The Questionable Ethics of Better Call SaulAs lawyers, we can learn a lot from the antics of criminal lawyer Saul Goodman – the popular character from the hit television shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.* This 1 [or 1.5] credit ethics CLE program uses humorous clips from Better Call Saul asa launching pad to discuss a wide range of ethics issues. Topics include:

  • Ethics in Negotiations
  • Litigation ethics
  • The duty of candor to the court
  • Attorney advertising
  • Legal fees and retainers

Be entertained and learn about ethics at the same time!

*No prior knowledge of Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul isrequired

Moderator: Nicole Hyland – FKKS

4:45PM

International Update:- China/SE Asia

4:45PM - 5:45PM

As the game industry continues worldwide growth, publishers and developers seek to sell games—and operate—throughout the world. This panel will provide an overview of licensing issues present throughout the industry, the variety of ways in which these can be expressed, and best practices for securing legal clearances, including 30 minute segments on the EU & Asia.

Moderator: Greg Pilarowski
5:45PM

Wine Reception (sponsored by Fenwick)

5:45PM - 7:00PM

7:30PM

Dinner (by FKKS)

7:30PM - 10:00PM

day 2 agenda

Day 2: May 21st

8:00AM

Breakfast (sponsored)

8:00AM - 9:00AM

9:00AM

Esports

9:00AM - 10:00AM

As esports continue grabbing headlines, the experienced attorney must stay informed of the legal issues that can arise in competitive gaming. From the licensing and legal status of players on collegiate teams, to contracts within the leagues, to possible legal repercussions of the public actions of these athletes, the legal issues in the space are new and growing along with the esports industry.

Moderator: Chrissie Scelsi

10:00AM

Influencers and the FTC Guidelines

10:00AM - 11:00AM

The explosion in popularity of video content to reach gaming audiences has made using popular influencers a great way for game companies and brands to engage and recruit players. However, as the Machinima and CSGO Lotto enforcements have shown, it can also be a risky area to navigate. The Federal Trade Commission is paying increased attention to influencers and brands using them for marketing on social media and video platforms to ensure that they are following the FTC EndorsementGuides. This panel will discuss best practices for working with influencers and influencer agencies to ensure compliance with the Guides and staying out of #trouble.

11:00AM

Break

11:00AM - 11:30AM

11:30AM

Employment

11:30AM - 12:30AM

In-house video game attorneys often experience different legal issues than attorneys who work in law firms because large, multijurisdictional corporations often face a complex weave of federal, state, and local labor and employment laws. One of these legal issues is employment law. In this panel, we will discuss the best practices for maintaining ethical employment policies and handling online harassment.

Moderator: Teddy Joe

12:30PM

Substance Abuse (Working Lunch Panel)

12:30PM - 1:45PM

1:30PM

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

1:30PM - 2:30PM

From the sound of GDC last year, the industry seems to be abuzzabout blockchain and cryptocurrencies. While exciting, these opportunities also present a host of legal issues, as well as potential regulatory challenges on the IRS and SEC fronts. This panel will examine these issues, and how best to advise clients on how to navigate them and try to avoid the potential pitfalls.

Moderator: Rick Levin

2:30PM

European Update

2:30PM - 3:30PM

3:45PM

Tax Incentive Panel

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Moderator: Konni Ewald

4:45PM

Closing Remarks

4:45PM - 5:00PM

THE SPEAKERS OF THE VGBA SUMMIT 2019

JON FESTINGER

PRINCIPAL, FESTINGER LAW & STRATEGY

GREG PILAROWSKI

FOUNDER, PILLAR LEGAL

RON SEGEV

FOUNDING PARTNER, SEGEV LLP

JOSEPH OLIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VIDEO GAME BAR ASSOCIATION

KELLEN VOYER

LAWYER AND DIRECTOR, VOYER LAW CORPORATION

TYSON GRATTON

ASSOCIATE, MCMILLAN

ROBYN FOERSTER

HEAD OF OPERATIONS, BIOWARE EA

KARAM BAYRAKAL

PARTNER, FASKEN

ALEX CAMERON

PARTNER, FASKEN

FELIX HILGERT

COUNSEL, OSBORNE CLARKE

HILARY HENLEY

ASSOCIATE, MCMILLAN

RILEY RUSSELL

CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT

DANIEL RIDLON

PARTNER, PERKINS COIE

JAMIESON VIRGIN

PARTNER, MCMILLAN

JAY KERR-WILSON

PARTNER, FASKEN

PABLO TSENG

ASSOCIATE, MCMILLAN

BRENDA BAILEY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIGIBC

SUZANNE JACKIW

CORPORATE COUNSEL, NCSOFT

JOHN M. FALZONE

VICE PRESIDENT – PRIVACY CERTIFIED, ESRB

GRANT FOSTER

PARTNER, FASKEN

K.E. LOVE

COUNSEL, K&L GATES

TYLER BLACK, MD

BC WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

HONG-YEE WONG

PRESIDENT, IUGO MOBILE

RYAN BLACK

PARTNER, MCMILLAN

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Registration for the GBA Game Bussiness & Lefal Affairs Summit North is now open.

7th Annual VGBA Summit on Game Law & Business
Affairs at UCLA15-16 OCT 2018

Summit Venue
UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E Young Dr E,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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