5th Annual Game :: Business :: Law Summit

International Summit on the Law and Business of Video Games

- in Dallas, Texas, USA

Underwood Law Library, SMU
Hillcrest Room
6550 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
 

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

Hosted by SMU’s Dedman School of Law, The Guildhall at SMU and the Institute for Law and Technology of The Center for American and International Law.

Now in its fifth year, this annual conference brings global video game industry leaders, developers, publishers, lawyers and venture capitalists together to explore trends in the marketplace. Sessions are designed to facilitate discussion and provide practical approaches for success in the continually evolving games business.

Tuition

Registration includes the Conference and course materials.

  • $250 - Regular registration fee
  • $125 - ILT Advisory Board Member
  • $125 - IGDA Member
  • $125 - Video Game Bar Association Member
  • $0 - SMU Student
  • $50 - Other Student
  • $50 - The Guildhall at SMU Alumni

Schedule and Faculty

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

6:00 pm


Indie Game: The Movie

To kick off this year's Game::Business::Law Summit, there will be a free screening of the film Indie Game: The Movie. The Sundance-award winning documentary that that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Details:

  • Showing at Karcher Auditorium at SMU Dedman School of Law.
  • Seating is limited; first come first serve.
  • No advanced tickets or reservations required.
  • Refreshments will be provided.

7:45 pm


Q&A Session

Following the screening of Indie Game: The Movie, there will be a remote Q&A conducted by Doug Darby, The Guildhall at SMU, with one of the indie game developers featured in the film; Edmund McMillen.

Moderator

Doug Darby, Manager of Creative & Digital Strategy, The Guildhall at SMU

Speaker

Edmund McMillen, Independent Game Designer and Artist

Thursday, January 24, 2013

8:00 am


Continental Breakfast

8:30 am


Welcoming Remarks

John B. Attanasio, Dean, SMU Dedman School of Law

8:45 am


Introductory Remarks

  • Gary Brubaker, Director, The Guildhall at SMU
  • Xuan-Thao Nguyen, Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • W. Keith Robinson, Assistant Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • The Center for American and International Law

9:00 am


Panel #1: Digital Distribution and Games as a Service

Industry experts will explore the future of digital distribution and the “Games as a Service” business model.

Moderator/Panel Chair

Joseph Olin, President Emeritus, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

Panelists

  • Steve Nix, DVP GM Digital Distribution, GameStop
  • Marco Mereu, General Counsel & VP Business Development, uCool
  • Agapitus Lye, CEO, Trendy Entertainment - (Invited)

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


Panel #2: Crowdfunding

Is crowd funding a viable new option for under-funded developers and publishers? This panel will explore the legal and business issues created by crowd funding.

Moderator/Panel Chair

Mark Methenitis, Corporate Counsel, Metro PCS

Panelists

  • Evan Fitzmaurice, Attorney, Selman Munson & Lerner
  • Ryan Barrett, Rigger / Animator, Sandswept Studios

12:00 pm


Lunch

Mark Long, Founder and CEO, Meteor Entertainment, Inc.

1:30 pm


Panel #3: Legal Threats to Game Developers

Piracy, copying and cheating remain threats to videogame developers. Legal experts will discuss ways in which developers are protecting themselves from these legal threats and identify ethical issues that may arise for lawyers counseling their developer clients.

Moderator/Panel Chair

Carolynn Luedtke, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Panelists

  • Marco Mereu, General Counsel & VP Business Development, uCool
  • Kerry Hopkins, Senior IP Director, Electronic Arts

2:45 pm


Adjournment

6:00 pm


Reception

Location:
The Meadows Museum, at SMU.

7:00 pm


Founder’s Dinner

Sponsored by: Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and The Meadows Museum.

Welcome
W. Keith Robinson, Assistant Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law

Dinner Speaker
Michael “Burnie” Burns, Machinima Filmmaker, Austin, TX

Friday, January 25, 2013

8:30 am


Continental Breakfast

9:15 am


Welcoming Remarks

Xuan-Thao Nguyen, Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law

9:30 am


Panel #4: Law and the Future of Gaming

This panel will discuss video game gambling and identify IP issues relevant to developers. Ethical issues that may arise in counseling gaming and IP clients will also be discussed In addition, the panel will explore what the new regional patent office in Dallas means for local developers.

Moderator/Panel Chair

W. Keith Robinson, Assistant Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law

Panelists

  • John Cabeca, Senior Advisor to the Director, US Patent & Trademark Office
  • Roxanne Christ, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Jeff Becker, Partner, Haynes & Boone, LLP

10:45 am


Break

11:00 am


Panel #5: The Art of the Deal

Orchestrating successful deals is considered by many to be an art form. Independent developers, legal experts and investors will share experiences from their distinct vantage points.

Moderator/Panel Chair

Scott Ticer, Co-Founder, Lone Star Angels

Panelists

  • Patrick Sweeney, Counsel, Reed Smith
  • J. Holt Foster, Partner, Thompson & Knight

12:15 pm


Lunch

12:45 pm


Panel #6: Game Pitches in Action

A forum in which independent studios will pitch their individual games to a group of distinguished commentators. The panel will include business development leaders and game attorneys. As spectators, the audience will watch the entire process and maybe even witness the first steps to the next biggest title in video games.

Moderator/Panel Chair

Scott Ticer, Co-Founder, Lone Star Angels

Panelists

  • Patrick Sweeney, Counsel, Reed Smith
  • Joseph Olin, President Emeritus, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • Zack Karlsson, VP Business Development & Digital Platforms, Capcom - (Invited)

2:30 pm


Closing Remarks

  • Gary BrubakerDirector, The Guildhall at SMU
  • Xuan-Thao NguyenProfessor, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • The Center for American and International Law

3:00 pm


Adjournment

Overnight Accommodations

Conference attendees can fly into either Dallas/Fort Worth Airport or Dallas Love Field, which is closer to SMU. There are three hotels near SMU to choose from.

For directions to the SMU main campus in Dallas, click here.

Hotel Palomar Dallas
5300 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
Reservations: (888) 253-9030
Telephone: (214) 520-7969

Hotel Lumen
6101 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
Reservations: (888) 465-4329
Telephone: (214) 219-2400

Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities
6070 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
Reservations: (800) 395-7046
Telephone: (214) 750-6060

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for 9.0 hours, including 1.0 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 901261411. Sign-in sheets and/or certificates of attendance will be available for ALL states.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, please cancel by January 18, 2013. Substitution of attendees for this program is also permitted. All cancellations will be refunded. (email:cburkel@cailaw.org)

Other Information

Press Policy

All ILT conferences are held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants, including journalists, are free to use any information received, but comments may not be attributed to any speaker identified by name or affiliation.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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