In recent years, the gaming industry has attracted significant investment and M&A activity is at an all-time high. The continuously growing popularity of the sector has resulted in increased regulatory scrutiny, both from a competition and merger perspective but also in relation to in-game regulation to protect consumers, particularly with the rise of virtual currencies and increased sharing of personal data.
Our global team helps gaming clients navigate the complex regulatory, commercial, and governance issues emerging throughout the industry. We advise both publishers and developers, as well as hardware manufacturers, investors and acquirers in the sector, on a broad range of legal issues, including the protection and enforcement of intellectual property, (including brand strategies), joint ventures, M&A, data protection, commercial agreements, corporate structuring / corporate finance, tax and employment matters. We draw upon the experience of our global technology team to offer cutting-edge legal advice to help our clients exploit the opportunities presented by emerging technologies, such as the Metaverse, artificial intelligence and NFTs.
Our lawyers have long-standing experience in the global gaming sector and have advised clients on gaming-related transactions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Our global network of more than 50 offices extends to key gaming industry hubs, including China, the US, Japan, Germany and the UK.