DLA Piper’s Video Games and Interactive Entertainment Law subsector, part of the Media, Sports & ‎Entertainment Group, advises domestic and international clients involved in all aspects of the video ‎game and esports industries; including developers, publishers, service providers, leagues, and ‎platforms. From AAA studios to indies, we help our clients bring their products to market by providing ‎flexible, tailored, and industry-savvy advice based on our deep-rooted connections to the gaming ‎industry and market-leading experience.‎

Our passionate and experienced media, entertainment and information technology teams are augmented ‎by the expertise of our other core practice groups to enable our clients to benefit from DLA Piper’s full-‎service capabilities and integrated international teams. ‎

As such, our Video Games and Interactive Entertainment subsector is well positioned to provide advice ‎and assistance across a broad range of practice areas, including:‎

  • Drafting and negotiating development, publishing, distribution, and licence agreements;‎
  • Registering, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights;‎
  • Advising regarding industry specific grants and tax incentives;‎
  • Privacy and data protection;‎
  • Consumer protection regulations;‎
  • Betting and gaming regulations;‎
  • Promotional contest and marketing regulations;‎
  • Employment and immigration matters;‎
  • Corporate structuring and governance;‎
  • Fundraising, venture capital, and acquisitions;‎
  • Tax structuring and transfer pricing; and
  • Dispute resolution.‎

Emerging Issues

As passionate practitioners, we are active in the video games and esports community; regularly speaking ‎at industry events and writing articles regarding emerging issues in the industry. We stay connected to ‎this fast-moving sector so that our clients can make informed decisions for their business. The following ‎are some of our current topics of interest:‎

  • The reimagining of the employment relationship post-COVID;‎
  • The continued maturation of the esports industry;‎
  • Practically navigating multi-jurisdictional privacy and data protection regulation.‎
  • Effectively managing and leveraging content creators, user generated content, mods, and fan ‎art. ‎
  • Integration of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in video games.‎
  • Drafting modern terms of service that reflect both changes in the law and changes in community ‎standards and expectations.‎