GAME BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE

VGBA SUMMIT NORTHWEST

SEATTLE – OCT 18 2022

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.

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

Oct 18

8:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

8:45 AM

Privacy Update

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

This panel will be a privacy update from both the US and Canada. The U.S. portion of the privacy update will highlight changes relating to the CCPA, other state laws, COPPA as well as looking to the future of privacy laws in the U.S. The presentation will include a special focus on how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on “Commercial Surveillance and Data Security” on August 11, 2022. The Canadian portion will examine recently-enacted key changes to Quebec’s private sector privacy law, as well as provide an update on Federal Bill C-27, which proposes to overhaul private sector privacy law across Canada by replacing the existing legislation with new Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA).

 

Speakers:

Rebecca Engrav, Partner – Perkins Coie

Tyson Gratton, Associate – DLA Piper

9:30 AM

Video Games and Mental Well-Being - Evidence vs the Moral Panic

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Video games have skyrocketed to prominence with over 60% of adult Americans playing video games, yet the social stigma and perceptions of playing video games have remained generally negative. This presentation will explore the moral panic around video game play and mental wellbeing, and demonstrate what the latest high-quality of research shows us.

 

Speakers:

Tyler Black, MD FRCPC

10:00 AM

IP Enforcement

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

IP AND GAME-RELATED ENFORCEMENT – SCAMMERS, PHISHING, 800#S, FB PAGES, CHEATS, ETC.
How to develop robust content protection and branding strategies, including global trademark filings and copyright registrations for all aspects of a game, experience and related apps and merchandise. Efficiently and comprehensively address infringement issues for companies that depend upon their IP rights, helping them detect, investigate and address issues with an arsenal that includes cease and desist programs, alternative dispute resolution, civil litigation programs and criminal referrals. Including investigating possible targets for brand threats, domain name infringements, game hacks, cheats and other illicit brand integrity and piracy issues.

 

Moderator:

Patchen Haggerty, Partner – Perkins Coie

 

Panelists:

James Barker, Deputy General Counsel – Bungie

Chad Smith, Head of IP Enforcement – Wizards of the Coast

11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

Content Licensing/IP Licensing

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

This presentation is a primer on the key considerations every game developer should consider when integrating film, TV music, or other intellectual property into videogames, with a focus on trademark, copyright, and right of publicity law. The panel will cover basics of intellectual property licensing. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of considerations that apply to entertainment licensing content from film, TV and music companies. Game developers and their representatives learn will receive an overview of key rights and watch outs when licensing third party intellectual property for their games from experienced industry panelists.

 

Moderator:

James Stewart, Associate – DLA Piper

 

Panelists:

Chia-Chi Li, Vice President Legal – Netflix

Chrissie Scelsi, Senior Counsel – Universal Parks & Resorts

Mona Ibrahim, Senior Legal Counsel – Epic Games

Ron Koo, Partner – Perkins Coie

12:15 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

1:00 PM

Litigation Update

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Video games have skyrocketed to prominence with over 60% of adult Americans playing video games, yet the social stigma and perceptions of playing video games have remained generally negative. This presentation will explore the moral panic around video game play and mental wellbeing, and demonstrate what the latest high-quality of research shows us.

 

Speakers:

Theresa Bowman, Associate – Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

1:45 PM

Accessibility + Diversity

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

By some estimates, there are more than 400 million people with disabilities across the globe who play and create games. Historically, gaming has offered a platform for diverse groups of individuals to participate in interactive experiences designed to entertain, educate, and foster community. However, as games become increasingly complex and immersive, legal and business professionals in the gaming space will need to work even harder to ensure that all gamers and developers — regardless of their ability — have the tools necessary to take advantage of these experiences. In this fireside chat, we will discuss some of the key legal authorities underpinning accessibility in gaming, address common operational considerations and challenges encountered in implementing gaming accessibility, and highlight innovative solutions that help make games more accessible to everyone.

 

Speakers:

Brandon Johnson, Counsel – Perkins Coie

Jen Scully, Assistant General Counsel, Gaming – Microsoft

2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Fireside Chat: Insurance & Games

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The adage about the best time to inquire about insurance being before one has the need has never been truer than in considering what game makers face today. Fast changing regulations on local, national, and international jurisdictions have forced many to re-examine the costs of risk assessment.

Phil Wildman, Director of G&G Insurance Services will discuss with Sean Kane, Co-chair of Interactive Entertainment Practice at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, and VGBA Board the types of events that many developers and publishers may face and the types of insurance that may be considered to mitigate risk.

 

Speakers:

Sean Kane, Partner – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Phil Wildman, Founder – GG Insurance Services

3:00 PM

Ethics: Ethical Issues With Data

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

By some estimates, there are more than 400 million people with disabilities across the globe who play and create games. Historically, gaming has offered a platform for diverse groups of individuals to participate in interactive experiences designed to entertain, educate, and foster community. However, as games become increasingly complex and immersive, legal and business professionals in the gaming space will need to work even harder to ensure that all gamers and developers — regardless of their ability — have the tools necessary to take advantage of these experiences. In this fireside chat, we will discuss some of the key legal authorities underpinning accessibility in gaming, address common operational considerations and challenges encountered in implementing gaming accessibility, and highlight innovative solutions that help make games more accessible to everyone.

 

Speakers:

Robert Brain, Professor of Law – Loyola Law School

4:00 PM

Future of Gaming: Metaverse, Web3, Ai and/or NFTS

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This presentation is a primer on the key considerations every game developer should consider when integrating film, TV music, or other intellectual property into videogames, with a focus on trademark, copyright, and right of publicity law. The panel will cover basics of intellectual property licensing. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of considerations that apply to entertainment licensing content from film, TV and music companies. Game developers and their representatives learn will receive an overview of key rights and watch outs when licensing third party intellectual property for their games from experienced industry panelists.

 

Moderator:

Dorian Slater Thomas, Counsel – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

 

Panelists:

Joseph Cutler, Partner – Perkins Coie

Tammy Brandt, Chief Legal Officer, Head of Business & Legal Affairs – FaZe Clan

Chris Jones, Director of Business Development – MetaJuice

THE SPEAKERS OF THE VGBA SUMMIT NORTHWEST 2022

CHRISSIE SCELSI

Senior Counsel – Universal Parks & Resorts

REBECCA ENGRAV

Partner – Perkins Coie

TYSON GRATTON

Associate – DLA Piper

TYLER BLACK

MD FRCPC

PATCHEN HAGGERTY

Partner – Perkins Coie

JAMES BARKER

Deputy General Counsel – Bungie

CHAD SMITH

Head of IP Enforcement – Wizards of the Coast

JAMES STEWART

Associate – DLA Piper

CHIA-CHI LI

Vice President Legal – Netflix

MONA IBRAHIM

Senior Legal Counsel – Epic Games

RON KOO

Partner – Perkins Coie

THERESA BOWMAN

Associate – Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

BRANDON JOHNSON

Counsel – Perkins Coie

JEN SCULLY

Assistant General Counsel, Gaming – Microsoft

SEAN KANE

Partner – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

PHIL WILDMAN

Founder – GG Insurance Services

ROBERT BRAIN

Professor of Law – Loyola Law School

DORIAN SLATER THOMAS

Counsel – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

JOSEPH CUTLER

Partner – Perkins Coie

TAMMY BRANDT

Chief Legal Officer, Head of Business & Legal Affairs – FaZe Clan

CHRIS JONES

Director of Business Development – MetaJuice

Register Now

VGBA Summit on Games Business and Legal Affairs

VGBA Summit NorthWest on Game Law & Business Affairs
18 OCTOBER 2022

Send an Email
jolin@vgba.org

Our Office
3868 Carson Street, Suite 110
Torrance, CA 90503

Our Website
https://vgba.org

+1 818-564-7898

Get In Touch