Video Game Law

What are the legal considerations for collecting data in a video game?

Data collection and analysis have become ubiquitous with modern technology and are pivotal aspects of contemporary video game design. Game developers may collect data for any number of reasons, including anything from wanting to obtain a user’s name, address, and billing information for in-game purchases, to utilizing collected data to catch hackers, or identify areas …

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What is Steam Deck? How will publishing agreements be affected?

There are many opinions on how Valve’s Steam Deck may benefit game developers, especially indie developers, but when we heard the announcement we were mostly concerned with one thing: how will Steam Deck affect publishing agreements moving forward? What is Steam Deck? Valve recently announced a new gaming handheld device called the Steam Deck that …

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Are giveaways on Twitch legal?

Giveaways that are run on Twitch are subject to the same laws as giveaways (which vary from state to state in the United States). We’ve talked about the differences between giveaways (aka sweepstakes) and contests before and what can define a giveaway. So, are giveaways on Twitch legal? It depends If all of the normal …

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When does my game fall within the scope of COPPA?

United States federal privacy regulations are different for kids under 13 and compliance is really tough. Provided the game is not primarily targeted or advertised at kids, and a game studio has no knowledge of kids using it, it’s usually a simpler plan to just exclude them where monetizing through ads or otherwise collecting personally …

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Going Indie: legal considerations when leaving a game studio to form a new one

With the independence day holiday this month, there has been a lot of discussion of revolt and rebellion. One of the biggest acts of rebellion for an employee at an established game studio is quitting to start a new studio. Before Quitting A soon-to-be indie developer should carefully review employment agreements with their current company. …

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Virtual assets 102: money laundering regulations, virtual currency & virtual property

We’ve recently discussed the elements of virtual currency and virtual property in online games. But what types of regulations might apply to virtual goods and currency? There are some interesting ones that many game developers or publishers may not consider, but they should. Today’s post will cover one: money laundering regulations.  It was reported in …

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