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Legal Challenge IV: Judges/Finals + Hiring industry lawyers

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Legal Challenge IV: Judges/Finals + Hiring industry lawyers
By Sergei Klimov • Issue #68 • View online
Tomorrow, the semifinals of Legal Challenge IV kick off!
Watch them live on Wednesday and Thursday, between 14:00 and 16:00 GMT, on the Summit’s YouTube channel – or catch up any time later when the recordings are uploaded.
Today we present the judge panel of the finals, which is scheduled for this Friday between 11:00 and 13:00 GMT – but before that, let’s briefly touch on the issue of hiring industry lawyers.

Hiring industry lawyers
de_dust2, (c) Kristoffer Zetterstrand
de_dust2, (c) Kristoffer Zetterstrand
On an average day in the international games industry, there’s both a shortage of young lawyers to be hired and a shortage of industry jobs – which may seem a bit puzzling at first.
A few aspects contribute to the matter:
First, when studios and law firms look for the “understanding of the medium”, they ask for something which is not really a common interest with the general public.
Common interest: “I love to play games”.
Special interest: “I love the process of making games”.
Someone who has, say, 10k hours playing League of Legends does not necessarily have the understanding of the medium, despite their deep love to the product itself.
Second, anyone with a special interest runs the risk of becoming over-confident based on how tall they stand compared to their casual friends.
Take me: for many years, I appreciate Japanese green tea and can impress a friend or two with the statement that I particularly value the full-sun, medium-steamed Yabukita breed from Shizuoka’s Makinohara district.
That, however, hardly makes me knowledgeable about the tea in general, not to mention the tea industry, and anyone who actually deals with it will immediately see me for the amateur tea-drinker that I am (even though I’ve clocked more than 10k hours drinking shincha and sencha!).
In the same way, a young lawyer who knows the story of DOTA2 and is seen as “the games guy” by his peers, may struggle during a real job interview at a studio when facing people who work with video games for a living.
Third, the breadth is more important than the depth, but broad knowledge is also typically harder to get and to sustain (and it is also less impressive).
You may be familiar with the works of Mr. Zetterstrand, who painted Counter-Strike maps on real canvas (which were then added to MineCraft), yet that alone doesn’t make you an industry expert – same as, for example, knowing which studio holds a record for the number of wishlists for a single DLC on Steam (600.000+, SCS out of Prague).
It’s the sum of all such snippets taken together and mapped across the world and time, that create the common knowledge base in our professional community.
And thus at any given day we do have several ships looking for sailors in the port, and dozens of sailors looking for a ship to enrol with – yet the sailors don’t now the charts that the captains expect them to, and so the demand on both ends remains largely unsatisfied.
Legal Challenge IV: Judge Panel/Finals
And now to the finals:
First of all, we already consider each of the 4 teams that qualified for this week’s hearings to be the winner in its own right. Each bested nearly twenty other teams, and displayed a superb quality of legal thinking, and each deserves our applause when we’ll meet them face to face here in Vilnius in the autumn.
As to the formal winner of the Challenge, the team will be determined by a truly outstanding jury that comprises 5 lawyers with litigation experience earned in 5 different countries.
Presiding: Brian Taehyun Chung (Kim & Chang)
LC IV Judge profile – Brian Taehyun Chung, Partner at Kim & Chang (KR)
LC IV Judge profile – Brian Taehyun Chung, Partner at Kim & Chang (KR)
Gregor Schmid (Taylor Wessing)
LC IV Judge profile – Gregor Schmid, Taylor Wessing (DE)
LC IV Judge profile – Gregor Schmid, Taylor Wessing (DE)
Katya Nemova (Wargaming)
LC IV Judge profile – Katya Nemova, Deputy General Counsel at Wargaming (LT)
LC IV Judge profile – Katya Nemova, Deputy General Counsel at Wargaming (LT)
Yiannis Karamanolis (K&K)
LC IV Judge profile – Yiannis Karamanolis, Managing Director at Karamanolis & Karamanolis (CY)
LC IV Judge profile – Yiannis Karamanolis, Managing Director at Karamanolis & Karamanolis (CY)
Sean F. Kane (Frankfurt Kurnit)
LC IV Judge profile – Sean F. Kane, Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit (US)
LC IV Judge profile – Sean F. Kane, Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit (US)
Each profile linked above focuses on the career of the judges, and their connection to the games industry, as well as on the general discussion of industry practice. You’ll find the links to the individual profiles and law firm/games company pages in the description of each video!
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That’s it for today… and see you tomorrow at the Challenge!
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