5TH GAME BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE IN VANCOUVER
15-16TH OCTOBER 2018

VGBA SUMMIT NORTH

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

The VGBA Summit is the definitive conference for international practitioners of interactive entertainment law.

Drawing the largest audience of in-house counsel from game publishers and developers,

the annual event matches a senior audience and expert speakers for two days of dynamic discussion and socialization among peers.

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.

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TOPICS

12

SESSIONS

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

monday, oct 15, 2018

11:30AM

Registration and Lunch

11:30AM - 1:30PM

1:30PM

Opening Remarks

1:30PM - 1:45PM

Joseph Olin | Executive Director, VGBA

1:45PM

Gaming Addiction and the WHO Designation as a Disorder

1:45AM - 2:45PM

Speakers:
Dr. Tyler Black, MD | BC Women's and Children's Hospital
 

A discussion gaming addiction generally and the science behind it, as well as the role of games in problematic behaviour and the risks to (and fixes for) publishers and developers.

2:45PM

Privacy and Security in a post-GDPR world

2:45PM - 3:45PM

Speakers:
Felix Hilgert | Counsel, Osborne Clarke
Alex Cameron | Partner, Fasken
Suzanne Jackiw | Corporate Counsel, NCSoft
John M. Falzone | Vice President - Privacy Certified, ESRB
 

New legislation abound, between the GDPR, California's Consumer Privacy Act, and amendments to Canada's privacy laws. Stay up to date on privacy, cybersecurity and litigation trends in the space.

3:45AM

Networking/Break

3:45PM - 4:00PM

4:00PM

Contracts and Development Issues

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Speakers:
Karam Bayrakal | Partner, Fasken
Robyn Foerster | Head of Operations, Bioware EA
Hong Yee Wong | President, IUGO Mobile
 

Developers, publishers and service providers have been hashing out particularities in game development for years; find out what the latest trends are and what to watch out for when advising on development contracts.

5:00PM

Break and Mosey On Over to Reception

5:00PM - 6:00PM

6:00PM

Reception, Drinks and Dinner (sponsored by McMillan and Fasken)

6:00PM

day 2 agenda

tuesday, oct 16, 2018

8:00AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:00AM - 9:00AM

9:00AM

Employment & Immigration in a Booming Sector

9:00AM - 9:45AM

Speakers:
Hilary Henley | Associate, McMillan
 

This panel will explore the impact of Canadian immigration and employment law as well as treaties on businesses within the industry, as well as discuss the nature of employment relationships and the resultant requirements.

9:45AM

China and Inbound Investment

9:45AM - 10:15AM

Speakers:
Greg Pilarowski | Founder, Pillar Legal
 

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 the impact of China's economic prowess in the games industry.

10:15AM

M&A/Finance

10:15AM - 11:00AM

Speakers:
Grant Foster | Partner, Fasken
Kellen Voyer | Lawyer and Director, Voyer Law Corporation
Heather Price | General Manager, Exploding Barrel Games
K.E. Love | Counsel, K&L Gates
 

This section will review and discuss business and legal trends in the financing of games, including crowdfunding, as well as developments in recent M&A activity involving game companies and related industries.

11:00AM

Break

11:00AM - 11:15AM

11:15AM

Loot Crates, ESports & Gambling (Canadian Ed.)

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Speakers:
Ryan Black | Partner, McMillan
Ron Segev | Founding Partner, Segev LLP
 

Determining how loot boxes should be regulated within the video game industry can be challenging. Canada's legislative efforts are slow-moving, and its existing laws are byzantine, particular given the worldwide scope of the Internet. We address how gambling laws apply to loot crates and esports, and what companies can do to stay out of the radars of politicians and police alike.

12:15PM

Lunch

12:15PM - 01:00PM

01:00PM

AR/VR, Consoles and Other Hardware: Dealing with Physical Goods in a Digital World

01:00PM - 02:00PM

Speakers:
Riley Russell | Chief Legal Officer, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Tyson Gratton | Associate, McMillan
 

With the resurgence of VR/AR, and a new generation of consoles, hardware issues abound, including import/export compliance/tariffs, the impact of NAFTA negotiations, border security, local language and unique laws, as well as firmware/software upgrades under Canada's Anti-Spam Law.

02:00PM

Product Liability

02:00PM - 03:00PM

Speakers:
Daniel Ridlon | Partner, Perkins Coie
Jamieson Virgin | Partner, McMillan
 

Even in the post-Wii: era of interactive entertainment, the rise of AR/VR and other specialized hardware has meant that product liability is now an important part of the interactive media risk profile. Explore topics of litigation and product liability as they relate to the games we make and love.

03:00PM

Break

03:00PM - 03:15PM

03:15PM

IP Updates

03:15PM - 04:00PM

Speakers:
Jay Kerr-Wilson | Partner, Fasken
Pablo Tseng | Associate, McMillan
 

Intellectual property is a cornerstone of the video game industry, so staying up to date is critical. This panel will discuss IP issues within the Canadian games industry, as well as strategies and processes to help companies protect valuable work and brands.

04:00PM

Jon Festinger Presents...

04:00PM - 04:30PM

Speakers:
Jon Festinger | Principal, Festinger Law & Strategy
 

Join professor, lawyer, author and academic Jon Festinger as he explores the legal changes, challenges and controversies in the interactive entertainment industry.

04:30PM

BC's Interactive and Digital Media Industry within Canada

04:30PM

Speakers:
Brenda Bailey | Executive Director, DigiBC
 

Learn about the programs, incentives and opportunities in BC and Canada generally for interactive media companies.

day 3 agenda

monday, june 24, 2015 - PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOPS

8:00AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Continental breakfast features locally sourced yogurt, granola, fruit and hard boiled eggs.

9:00AM

Conference Opening

9:00AM - 9:45AM

In this 3-hour long, intensive workshop, best-selling author will help you master the most underutilized marketing tool on the planet.

Learn how clever companies trade-in the hopes of a viral sensation for the certainty of sales success.

Create your own predictive models based on external forces in the market place. Learn how to manipulate the demand for the products and services you sell.

10:00AM

Case Study Presentation from Youtube

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Regina Hamilton – GM

There will be a case study presentation using YouTube videos. Are you ready to tap a trend?

Bring your laptop and an excel spreadsheet, because you’re about to become a content marketing ROI rockstar.

12:00PM

lunch with asian buffet

12:00PM - 01:00PM

You will have a chance to enjoy lunch with Asian Buffet. There are many types of food for your lunch. You feel free to enjoy buffet with your partners. Especially, you are going to have ice-cream, small cakes or fruits to finish your meal off.

01:00PM

Fast Track Designation for responsive Devices

01:00PM - 02:45PM

Diane Mcfarland – Executive Director

Flypaper Systems

Fast track is a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of products to treat serious conditions and fill customers’ need. The purpose is to get important new feature of product to fit all devices. Fast Track addresses a broad range of serious conditions

03:00PM

Global Trial Placement Strategies

03:00PM - 05:00PM

Marcus Young Garcia – CEO

Black Destination Systems

The meeting is to give strategies as trial version on over the world. This helps the organization can choose right countries for new plan. All products can take to trial countries for using. Then, we can find out which country the most suitable is?

05:00PM

closing of conference day

05:00PM - 05:30PM

Everyone in meeting will summaries ideas which gave during the conference. The closing of conference is the end. The secretary writes all things to manager and process in future

day 4 agenda

monday, june 25, 2015 - PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOPS

8:00AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Continental breakfast features locally sourced yogurt, granola, fruit and hard boiled eggs.

9:00AM

Conference Opening

9:00AM - 9:45AM

In this 3-hour long, intensive workshop, best-selling author will help you master the most underutilized marketing tool on the planet.

Learn how clever companies trade-in the hopes of a viral sensation for the certainty of sales success.

Create your own predictive models based on external forces in the market place. Learn how to manipulate the demand for the products and services you sell.

10:00AM

Case Study Presentation from Youtube

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Regina Hamilton – GM

There will be a case study presentation using YouTube videos. Are you ready to tap a trend?

Bring your laptop and an excel spreadsheet, because you’re about to become a content marketing ROI rockstar.

12:00PM

lunch with asian buffet

12:00PM - 01:00PM

You will have a chance to enjoy lunch with Asian Buffet. There are many types of food for your lunch. You feel free to enjoy buffet with your partners. Especially, you are going to have ice-cream, small cakes or fruits to finish your meal off.

01:00PM

Fast Track Designation for responsive Devices

01:00PM - 02:45PM

Diane Mcfarland – Executive Director

Flypaper Systems

Fast track is a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of products to treat serious conditions and fill customers’ need. The purpose is to get important new feature of product to fit all devices. Fast Track addresses a broad range of serious conditions

03:00PM

Global Trial Placement Strategies

03:00PM - 05:00PM

Marcus Young Garcia – CEO

Black Destination Systems

The meeting is to give strategies as trial version on over the world. This helps the organization can choose right countries for new plan. All products can take to trial countries for using. Then, we can find out which country the most suitable is?

05:00PM

closing of conference day

05:00PM - 05:30PM

Everyone in meeting will summaries ideas which gave during the conference. The closing of conference is the end. The secretary writes all things to manager and process in future

day 5 agenda

monday, june 26, 2015 - PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOPS

8:00AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Continental breakfast features locally sourced yogurt, granola, fruit and hard boiled eggs.

9:00AM

Conference Opening

9:00AM - 9:45AM

In this 3-hour long, intensive workshop, best-selling author will help you master the most underutilized marketing tool on the planet.

Learn how clever companies trade-in the hopes of a viral sensation for the certainty of sales success.

Create your own predictive models based on external forces in the market place. Learn how to manipulate the demand for the products and services you sell.

10:00AM

Case Study Presentation from Youtube

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Regina Hamilton – GM

There will be a case study presentation using YouTube videos. Are you ready to tap a trend?

Bring your laptop and an excel spreadsheet, because you’re about to become a content marketing ROI rockstar.

12:00PM

lunch with asian buffet

12:00PM - 01:00PM

You will have a chance to enjoy lunch with Asian Buffet. There are many types of food for your lunch. You feel free to enjoy buffet with your partners. Especially, you are going to have ice-cream, small cakes or fruits to finish your meal off.

01:00PM

Fast Track Designation for responsive Devices

01:00PM - 02:45PM

Diane Mcfarland – Executive Director

Flypaper Systems

Fast track is a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of products to treat serious conditions and fill customers’ need. The purpose is to get important new feature of product to fit all devices. Fast Track addresses a broad range of serious conditions

03:00PM

Global Trial Placement Strategies

03:00PM - 05:00PM

Marcus Young Garcia – CEO

Black Destination Systems

The meeting is to give strategies as trial version on over the world. This helps the organization can choose right countries for new plan. All products can take to trial countries for using. Then, we can find out which country the most suitable is?

05:00PM

closing of conference day

05:00PM - 05:30PM

Everyone in meeting will summaries ideas which gave during the conference. The closing of conference is the end. The secretary writes all things to manager and process in future

THE SPEAKERS OF THE VGBA SUMMIT 2018

Jon Festinger

Principal, Festinger Law & Strategy

Greg Pilarowski

Greg Pilarowski

Founder, Pillar Legal

Ron Segev

Founding Partner, Segev LLP

Joseph Olin

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

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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  • VGBA SUMMIT NORTH - GAME BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS
    15-16 OCT 2018
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    Centre for Digital Media, "The Hangar", 685 Great Northern Way
    Vancouver BC V5T 0C6

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