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Games Industry Law Summit 2020 –> November 4-6, 2020

Games Industry Law Summit
Games Industry Law Summit 2020 –> November 4-6, 2020
By Sergei Klimov • Issue #59 • View online
Thanks a bunch to everyone who contacted us last night and this morning to let us know your thoughts about the preliminary new dates of the Summit: we are now in the position to confirm the re-scheduling, and we started working on the transition with all the local partners.
Please read the summary below. Action points listed at the end!

Legal Challenge IV
The written part of this year’s Legal Challenge remains unaffected: March 1, 2020 is still the deadline for the Memorandum of Respondent; and March 15, 2020 is the date when we’ll announce the 4 teams that qualify to the semifinals.
The semifinals and finals are now scheduled to run on November 4, 2020. The location is the same: Hotel PACAI. The judge dinner and the participant dinner for Legal Challenge IV are set to happen at the same place, Flavio’s, in the evening of November 3, 2020.
Reception Dinner 2020
The Reception Dinner – with starters and hot dishes accompanied by white, rose and red wines as well as champagne and craft beer – is now scheduled for 17:00-22:00 on November 4, 2020 at Hotel PACAI.
The Reception Dinner is the best place to catch up with old friends ahead of the main event, as well as to introduce yourself to people whom you know via emails but haven’t met in person before. Feel free to come early and hang out with a drink (or two) after finishing with your quinoa salad and pan-fried cod!
Legal Run II
Legal Run II is now scheduled to start at 06:30 on November 5, 2020 from the Kempinski and into the Bernardinu Sodas park.
In 2019, we braved April’s ice-cold rain; in 2020 we’ll probably have warmer weather (thanks, climate crisis!) – but it will be still dark at 06:30, so we’ve started looking into outdoor candles; plus, thanks to the generosity of the Vilnius Running Club, we’ll have a large wind- and water-proof tent set up at the starting/finishing line, with lots of warm tea served inside.
Main program: November 5 & November 6
The main program is now scheduled to run on November 5 & November 6, 2020. A more-or-less accurate timeline is available here: we’ll have 7:15 hours of content on the first day and 5:45 on the second day, for a total of 13 hours of panels and presentations.
A general outline of the topics is in this issue of the newsletter (start reading from the words “the snapshot of the program”) – we’ll be sharing more details in this newsletter as we detail each topic further.
✈️ Changing or cancelling flight tickets
If your fare rules or travel insurance allow you to cancel the tickets or change the travel dates, now is a good time to do this. If you need some sort of confirmation from us that the change of tickets is due to re-scheduling of the event, we’re here to help – just email us.
If your fare is not flexible BUT you think the airline might still refund the tickets once the quarantine measures kick in on your end or on our end, please let us know and we’ll forward to you the official announcement once it comes through (e.g. Aeroflot was refunding any tickets to China in January, regardless of the fare class, once the quarantine was declared).
❌ Cancelling participation
We offer 100% refunds to anyone who would like to cancel the participation in the Summit being re-scheduled to November within the next 30 days, i.e. until April 1, 2020 –just send us an email, and we’ll process within a day or two!
Important: if you would like to cancel, then we kindly ask you to cancel within this period and not later – because we have a number of people on the waitlist plus a number of people who couldn’t attend in April but can attend in November. As we’re fully booked, we’ll be immediately allocating the seats that become available.
🈳 New registrations for November dates
If you could not attend at the end of April, but the new November dates look good: please email Alma to start the registration process.
Aside from people who had conflicts of schedule due to Labour Day or court hearings, we also have our favourite part of Summit’s scheduling issues: pregnancies! 🍼 At least 6 community members currently expect a baby in the coming months, and the re-scheduling will either allow or disallow them to come. Please get in touch with Alma, so that we can coordinate together!
❌ Cancelling hotel bookings
All of the hotel rooms that are booked directly with the hotels using the special event rates, are 100% refundable (we really appreciate the flexibility and the cooperation of our partner hotels Kempinski, PACAI, Shakespeare, Artagonist and VILNIA).
If you will be cancelling your participation and you had a hotel booked through us (i.e. we know the name of the hotel), then we will reach out to the hotel on our own, to also cancel the room.
📆 Changing hotel bookings from April to November
Good news: if you’re attending the Summit on the new dates in November, then we’re automatically re-scheduling your hotel stay to the same hotel and the same type of room as in your original booking: if you booked for, say, April 29 – May 1, then we’re moving the booking to November 4 – November 6, and so on.
In the coming two weeks, you will receive an email from us with the confirmation of your adjusted hotel booking. Please let us know by way of response if you would want to adjust the dates in any way.
📗 Attendee Book 2020
If your personal page hasn’t been edited and approved yet, please work with Mindaugas on finishing this process in the coming few days. We will finalise the layout and run the printing tests during March and April.
The actual manufacturing is scheduled to happen during the month of October, so just to be sure that any changes in positions or companies are reflected, we will reach out to every attendee one more time – 6 weeks prior to the event – to make sure that the Attendee Book remains current.
🥘 Formal Dinner 2020
We’re going ahead with the invitations (current bookings: 70% done!) so that we can lock down the tables. We will publish the list of tables on the web site by end of March, once the bookings are complete. And in case of cancellations, we’ll do our best to suggest alternative guests.
Anything else? Shout!
If you have any questions about the Summit – any it all! – then please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Alma or Mindaugas, and we’ll do our best to give you whatever information you need.
In other news...
How do yo like it, Elon Musk?” is a Russian space game that launched a week ago on Steam, entering Early Access at $20. The most common suggestion on the forums is to change the title of the product, to which the developer responds that it’s all part of the strategy, and that it works well to bring the game the extra attention that it needs to sell. I can’t help but wonder if such a name is even legal in some of the countries?
On another hand, HDYLIEM seems like a mellow case compared to this $0.99 masterpiece called “Putin Life” –
Meanwhile, CD Projekt RED recently had this to day on the topic of the sales of The Witcher 3 PC on Steam –
The accumulated revenue from sales of The Witcher 3 on @Steam platform for the period of time between October 1st 2018 and today has exceeded 50M USD. As a result, we are now getting 80% on any subsequent sales of TW3 on Steam.
Thank you all for your support!
If you would have purchased €1,000 worth of CDPR’s shares during the first Summit in 2015, this stock would carry a value of €13,678 as of today (on comparison, €1,000 invested in the shares of Take-Two on the same day would be valued at €4,313).
Finally, here’s a video that you might enjoy. In the comments, people wonder what the reaction would be if this were a XJP’s portrait in a Beijing elevator, or an Erdogan’s portrait in an Istanbul lift…
The Moscow Times
A Russian prankster glued a massive portrait of President Vladimir Putin to the inside of a residential elevator. He then placed a camera in the elevator to record people’s reactions.
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Sergei Klimov

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