Expert Advice for Game Developers: Working with a Video Game Lawyer

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As a video game developer, you are passionate about your craft, and nothing feels better than seeing your game successfully hitting the market, but also nothing worse than finding out you are getting sued! So to ensure that your game business stays on the right track, you need to have access to a good video game lawyer.

A video game attorney is a legal expert with extensive specialist knowledge of the game industry. They can advise on a range of legal issues, from intellectual property protection to contract negotiation. At GG Insurance (while we are not lawyers), we are keenly aware of the risks surrounding the video game industry and offer a slightly different perspective. We work alongside many of the top lawyers in the industry to both provide our own clients access to the best advice, but also help the lawyers with their own clients to make sure they are getting adequate insurance coverage.

Here are some reasons why you should consider working with a video game lawyer:

1. Protection of Intellectual Property

Protecting your intellectual property is essential in the game industry. A video game lawyer can help you register your trademarks and copyrights, as well as advise on how to protect your game from infringement. This includes advising on how to protect your game’s code, art, music, and other creative elements.

2. Contract Negotiation

As a game developer, you will be dealing with various contracts, including licensing agreements, distribution deals, and employment contracts. A video game lawyer can review these contracts and negotiate terms that are favorable to you. They can also ensure that the contracts are compliant with relevant laws and regulations.

3. Legal Compliance

The game industry is heavily regulated, and it’s crucial to ensure that your game is compliant with relevant laws and regulations. This is especially important in the games industry given the multi-territorial aspect of many games. A video game lawyer can advise onthe different laws that apply to your game, such as data protection laws, consumer protection laws, and advertising laws. They can also help you navigate legal issues related to user-generated content, online multiplayer games, and virtual currencies.

4. Dispute Resolution

Unfortunately, disputes can arise in the game industry, whether it’s with other developers, publishers, or players. A video game lawyer can help you resolve these disputes, whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation. They can also advise on how to avoid disputes altogether, by putting in place clear terms of service and user agreements.

This also is one of the areas where insurance really comes into play. Unfortunatley specialised lawyers such as this do not come cheap, and without proper insurance coverage, you could find yourself “winning” a dispute but then have a huge legal bill to pay. Let insurance take care of that for you.

Working with a video game lawyer can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. However, it’s also important to have good insurance to protect your game business from unexpected risks. At GG Insurance, we provide tailored insurance solutions for the game industry, and we work alongside many specialist lawyers to give our clients the best advice and coverage available.

So, how do I find a good video game lawyer?

We work alongside many of the best lawyers in the industry, and are happy to recommend who we think would be best suited for your needs. Many firms and lawyers have specialisms in different areas, such as contract negotiation, trademark registrations, monetisation strategies.

Ask us and we will be happy to make introductions.

At GG Insurance, we are committed to providing our clients with expert advice and insurance solutions that protect their game business and their creative vision. Contact us today to learn more about our other services.

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