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.
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.
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.
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.
8:00AM - 9:00PM
9:00AM - 9:15AM
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 | Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Ross Dannenberg | Partner at Banner Witcoff
Roy Rosenthal | General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs at Scopely
Candisse Williamson | Senior VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Skybound Entertainment
10:15AM - 10:30AM
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 | Research Analyst at Wedbush Securities
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.
Dan Nabel | Principal Counsel at Riot Games
Sean Li | Discord
1:00PM - 1:30PM
Join Justin Antonipillai, Founder and CEO of WireWheel, May 20 at 1 PM for a lunch and learn session on Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs) — learn the five critical elements to making sure you address key requirements and have the right solution in place for DSARs. Get the insights you need to proactively and simply manage your process and confidently tackle DSARs.
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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.
Jennifer Kelly | Partner at Fenwick & West LLP
Steve Smith | Founder of Law Offices of Stephen S. Smith
2:30PM - 2:45PM
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: Justin Antonipillai | Founder & CEO of WireWheel.io
Felix Hilgert | Counsel at Osborne
Joe Newman | Associate at Fenwick & West
Nick Mitchell | Managing Attorney at Wizards of the Coast
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 [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:
Be entertained and learn about ethics at the same time!
* No prior knowledge of Breaking BadorBetter Call Saul is required.
Moderator: Nicole Hyland | Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
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 | Founder of Pillar Legal, P.C.
Amy Porges | Principal at Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC
Ira Kasoff | Senior Counselor and Member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council
5:45PM - 7:00PM
7:30PM - 10:00PM
8:00AM - 9:00AM
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: Michael Nieto | Counsel at Activision Blizzard
Yan Perng | Senior Corporate Counsel at NCSOFT
Kevin Yung | Senior Counsel at Twitch
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.
Chrissie Scelsi | General Counsel at Wargaming
Omeed Dariani | CEO of Online Performers Group
Ryan Schneider | Chief Brand Officer of Insomniac Games
11:00AM - 11:30AM
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 | Associate General Counsel and Head of IP at Zynga
Gemma Chubb | Senior Associate at FieldFisher
Johanna Carney | Senior Counsel, Head of Global Employment at Zynga
Morgan Forsey | Partner at Sheppard Mullin
12:30PM - 1:45PM
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 | General Counsel at Wargaming
Teddy Joe | Associate General Counsel and Head of IP at Zynga
Noi Sasaki | Senior Corporate Counsel at Square Enix
Canon Pence | General Counsel at Epic Games
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 | Partner & Founder of Interactive Entertainment Law Group
Bill Hines | Chairman of Louisiana Development Commission
Ryan Black | Partner at McMillan LLP
Alana Wagner | Director at Pacific Southwest, of Trade & Invest British Columbia from the BC government
Jorge Bedoya | Attorney & Founder of Bedoya & Visbal
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 & Panelist: Konni Ewald | Partner and Head of Digital Business Osborne Clarke
4:45PM - 5:00PM
Managing Partner at Jones Walker
7th VGBA Summit on Games Business and Legal Affairs
7th Annual VGBA Summit on Game Law & Business
20-21 MAY 2019
UCLA School of Law
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Los Angeles, CA 90095
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