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

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 within the games industry and provide insight to how best to handle these issues when they arise.

Moderator: Sean Kane | Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Speaker: Ross Dannenberg | Banner Witcoff

10:15AM

Coffee and Networking

10:15AM - 10:30AM

10:30AM

Business Update Presentation: by Michael Pacther

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.

Speaker: Michael Pachter | Wedbush Securities

11:30AM

Online Harassment

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Combatting toxicity is an important aspect of video game companies, yet what is the most effective way to do so? The panel will discuss a few methods of managing online harassment of employees, and suggest a few solutions that would resolve the situation without putting the employees more at risk.

Moderator: TBA

Panelists: TBA

12:30PM

Lunch

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.

Speakers:

Jennifer Kelly – Fenwick & West LLP
Steve Smith – Fenwick & West LLP

2:30PM

Coffee and Networking

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.

Moderator: Courtney Barton | Wirewheel.io

Panelists:

Felix Hilgert | Osborne Clark
Joe Newman | Fenwick & West
Nick Mitchell | Wizards of the Coast

3:45PM

Ethics- “Better Call Saul”

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Don’t Try This at Home: The Questionable Ethics of Better Call Saul

As 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 as a 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 is required.

Moderator: Nicole Hyland | Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

4:45PM

International Update: China

4:45PM - 5:45PM

Following a year of the two largest economies in the world exchanging retaliatory tariffs and after months of negotiations, the U.S. and China appear to be inching closer to an agreement. Steven Mnuchin, the current Treasury Secretary, has called the recent trade talks in Beijing “constructive.” While current trade sentiment seems positive, some economists warn that if such a deal does not come together soon a potential global recession could be on the horizon. Speakers discuss how we got here, the recent developments related to the trade negotiations, the implications of a possible trade agreement or lack thereof, the impact on future U.S.-China relations, and how potential trade developments may affect the video game industry given China’s position as the largest market for video games in the world.

Moderator: Greg Pilarowski | Pillar Legal, P.C.

Panelists: Amy Porge | Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC

5:45PM

Wine Reception, Sponsored by Fenwick & West LLP

5:45PM - 7:00PM

7:30PM

Dinner, Sponsored by Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

7:30PM - 10:00PM

day 2 agenda

Day 2: May 21st

8:00AM

Breakfast

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: TBA

Panelists: Krista Hiner | ESG Law

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 Endorsement Guides. This panel will discuss best practices for working with influencers and influencer agencies to ensure compliance with the Guides and staying out of #trouble.

Moderator:

Chrissie Scelsi | Wargaming
Omeed Dariani | Online Performers Group

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. With the prolific layoffs from Tell Tale, Activision, and Riot—what are some lessons we can learn from these unfortunate events, and are there better ways to handle these situations?

Moderator: Teddy Joe | Zynga

12:30PM

TBA Lunch Panel

12:30PM - 1:45PM

1:30PM

In-House Issues Panel

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Counsel within a company face a unique set of issues different from that of a law firm. The panelists will discuss the perspective of being in-house counsel, such as managing the day-to-day aspects, the importance of maintaining a budget, and when to need outside counsel.

Moderator: Chrissie Scelsi | Wargaming

Panelists: Teddy Joe | Zynga

2:30PM

Tax Incentives

2:30PM - 3:30PM

This section will review and discuss business and legal trends in the financing of games, including how to realize the benefits of certain tax incentives in the U.S. and Canada. Panelists will discuss initiatives such as the JumpStart program in Louisiana and the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit in British Columbia, Canada.

Moderator: Patrick Sweeney | Interactive Entertainment Law Group

Panelists:
Bill Hines | Louisiana Development Commission
Ryan Black | McMillan LLP
Alana Wagner | Pacific Southwest, of Trade & Invest British Columbia from the BC government

3:45PM

European Update

3:45PM - 4:45PM

After one year has passed since the enforcement of GDPR, the EU has implemented another piece to the EU Digital Single Market: the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The panel will provide insight on the updates to European privacy law, copyright law, and other directives under the EU.

Moderator: Konni Ewald | Osborne Clarke

4:45PM

Closing Remarks

4:45PM - 5:00PM

THE SPEAKERS OF THE VGBA SUMMIT 2019

MICHAEL PACHTER

Research Analyst at Wedbush Securities

GREG PILAROWSKI

FOUNDER, PILLAR LEGAL

Jennifer Kelly

Partner at Fenwick & West

JOSEPH OLIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VIDEO GAME BAR ASSOCIATION

Teddy Joe

AGC and Head of IP

Nicole Hyland

Senior Consultant at Saxton Speakers Bureau

Sean Kane

Co-Chair of Interactive Entertainment Group

Amy Porges

International trade lawyer.C

Krista Hiner

Esports Attorney at ESG Law

Omeed Dariani

CEO & Founder of Online Performers Group

Ryan Black

Partner at McMillan LLP; Technology and IP Lawyer

Patrick Sweeney

Partner, Interactive Entertainment Law Group

Steve Smith

GI Partners

Courtney Barton

Principal of Barton Family Lawyers

FELIX HILGERT

COUNSEL, OSBORNE CLARKE

Joe Newman

Privacy, Consumer Protection and IP Attorney

Nicholas Mitchell

Managing Attorney at Wizards of the Coast (Hasbro)

CHRISSIE SCELSI

U.S. General Counsel at Wargaming (USA), Inc.

Konni Ewald

Board Member

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7th VGBA Summit on Games Business and Legal Affairs

7th Annual VGBA Summit on Game Law & Business
20-21 MAY 2019

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

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