Games Industry Law Summit

By Sergei Klimov

A newsletter about games industry's legal side, written for the benefit and entertainment of the folks attending (or considering to attend) the annual Games Industry Law Summit in Vilnius.

A newsletter about games industry's legal side, written for the benefit and entertainment of the folks attending (or considering to attend) the annual Games Industry Law Summit in Vilnius.

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Games Industry Law Summit 2022: registrations are OPEN

As always, in 2021 we commissioned Paulius from Ice Dunes to prepare and serve a custom batch of ice cream for the Summit. The ice cream did well on the pre-event day, when the sun was shining – but as the cold winds picked up during the following days, it wa…


Games Industry Law Summit – the making of & photos (LOTS of photos)

In 2021, the Summit moved from Kempinski to Hotel PACAI as we aimed to improve the quality and the flow of lunches and dinners while at the same time providing a safe environment – which meant building a custom outdoor tent (thanks, COVID!).As people like to …


Games Industry Law Summit – 2021 is over, what's next

We think the morning coffee offering has improved on the last event (those croissants with natural jam, yum yum!).The idea of a smaller range at lunch allowed the kitchen to deliver higher quality of individual options, which we think worked out well.All the …


Games Industry Law Summit – what a blast!

Some of you have been very active in trading, and half of the prize fund is gone already – hurry up! Prize Desk will be open near the PCR Test Point from 09:00 to lunchtime today. Bring 10 unique cards and claim any prize among those available.


Games Industry Law Summit – so good to see you!

We'll post more photos once the event wraps, and if you want your picture taken against the brand wall at the gates or with a friend – just ask Simas, the photographer, and he'll help.


Games Industry Law Summit – banners in the wind (bring your coats)

We spent the morning with the crew that's responsible for putting up Old Town's Christmas decorations to place the banners of Tier A and Tier B partners. It was a lot of fun! We even managed to piss off one owner of a Rolls-Royce SUV, whom we blocked with a c…


Games Industry Law Summit – small details, addition to agenda

The weather in Vilnius, for now, is a nice +18C with some wind and sun, but without any rain. The forecast, as of now, is:Tuesday: +18C, cloudyWednesday: +18C, sunnyThursday: +18C, sunnyFriday: +14C, 80% chance of rainPlease bring something for the weather. W…


Games Industry Law Summit – Attendees, Safety Kit details

If we know where you stay (there's just 2 people who haven't coordinated with Alma as of now – hurry up!), then in your hotel room you will find the Safety Kit for this year's Summit.It includes: 2 quick antigen nasal tests: please use one in the morning of S…


Games Industry Law Summit - Speakers

Following yesterday's newsletter, a few of you joked about missing a metaverse panel. What are its legal implications? And if Mark Zuckerberg started to use it, will it follow the way of Libra, perhaps?


Games Industry Law Summit – Countdown initiated!

This year my teammate Mindaugas has outdone himself with the prizes to the winners of Legal Challenge, based on our experience from 2016-2019: we wanted them to be 1) individual 2) small 3) heavy 4) special. And so we ended up with these custom-made, heavywei…


Games Industry Law Summit – Do biegu! Gotowi!! Start!!!

I really wanted to talk about how BookingCom got fined $17M+ in Russia for acting like a monopolist (who's next?), and about how Epic's quest against Apple starts to bear fruit in unexpected places (such as smaller developers going public with their grievance…


Games Industry Law Summit – 6 weeks to go, we're in print now

Here's our approach to running the event in a safe way:a hard limit of 200 attendees, which allows us to host the panels and presentations outdoors, and to avoid crowding at shared spaces (e.g. lunches and dinners)the requirement for every attendee to be full…


Summit 2021 – last call + updates

The good news is that Lithuania is doing Okay on the vaccination, with 40% of the population getting 2 shots. Mostly Pfizer, and among the hotels and venues the vaccination rate is nearly 100%. The quarantine restrictions are lifted from July 1.The not-so-goo…


Summit 2021 – FAQ

We're totally, absolutely confirmed for SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2021.public events in Vilnius allowed without restrictions vaccination passport in use in Lithuania, and works fineEU and Lithuanian case load of COVID-19 keeps fallingtravel is picking up, hotels and c…


Legal Challenge IV: Judges/Finals + Hiring industry lawyers

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 …


Legal Challenge IV: Judges/Semifinals

A week from now, four strong legal teams will clash in the semifinals of Legal Challenge IV. Highlighting the international nature of our industry, the judges of the semifinal panels this year come from Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Nicosia, War…


Legal Challenge IV: TEAMS

Based on the recent conversations, I'd say that about 100 Summit attendees have already received at least one dose of the vaccine – which is great news. Much depends on the next three months, especially here in Europe. Bring it on!


Games Industry Law Summit – Making plans in the middle of the pandemics

Since the time when we re-scheduled Summit 2021 to May, we've been following the most important metrics for the event: vaccinations.Some countries struggle more than others, but it seems like a good bet to assume that (1) only a minority in our community will…


Games Industry Law Summit – Plan C & other matters

Back in February, we announced the change from May 2020 to November 2020 as our "plan B". One of the people who emailed me back wrote that November still looks risky, and that we should consider 2021 as the real option. Looking back, I feel like that person m…


Games Industry Law Summit – #63

By now, most of us have adapted to the new reality of working from home, or from a mostly empty law offices. The industry itself is doing very well, and is proving to be anti-fragile in the current crisis. While airlines, banks and hotels lay off people, game…