ABOUT THE SUMMIT / what does the VGBA European Summit stand for

The VGBA European Summit: Game Business and Legal Affairs is the definitive conference for international practitioners of interactive entertainment law. Drawing the largest audience of in-house counsel from game publishers and developers, the annual event matches a senior audience and expert speakers for a full day of dynamic discussion and socialization among peers. Panels feature experienced in-house counsel and industry lawyers from most major jurisdictions and offer fresh insights into worldwide developments in video game law, including regulatory, IP and contractual issues. The summit is part of gamescom congress, a two-day conference right on site at Europe’s largest industry trade show, gamescom.

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By clicking Register Now, you agree that a link to your public LinkedIn Profile and LinkedIn Profile picture (each as available) are displayed in the "Attendants" section before and during the VGBA EuroSummit, and for a reasonable time period thereafter. The VGBA EuroSummit is part of the Devcom Conference. When you click on the Register Now link, this will take you to the Devcom ticketing page. Click on the button to get ticket. Accept the terms and conditions by clicking on the Agree button. You will then be asked to enter the promotional code. To receive the exclusive promotional code, please contact Joseph Olin via jolin@vgba.org. After receiving this code, at this point in the process, you will be given access to the three specially priced options to attend the VGBA EuroSummit and Devcom Conference. Select your option, pay and you’re all set.

Several ticket options are available for the VGBA EurSummit @ Devcom. All are at significant savings exclusively for VGBA members and past Summit attendees: with an exclusive VGBA code:

  • VGBA EuroSummit & Devcom 1 Day Pass (August 19) - This ticket grants access to the VGBA EuroSummit and Devcom 2019 Conference. One can attend Devcom workshops and panels during the day.
  • VGBA EuroSummit & Devcom 2 Day Pass (August 18 and 19) – This ticket grants access to the VGBA EuroSummit and both complete days of the Devcom 2019 Conference. One can attend Devcom workshops and panels on both days.
  • VGBA Two-Day Business Pass (August 18 and 19) – This ticket grants access to the VGBA EuroSummit and both complete days of the Devcom 2019 Conference. One can attend the VGBA Summit, Devcom workshops and have access to the Devcom Business Matchmaking Tool.

Summit Location

VGBA EuroSummit is part of devcom and will take place right on the Cologne trade fair (koelnmesse) grounds:

Congress Centre East
Congress-Saal, Section 1
Deutz-Mülheimer Straße 51
50679 Cologne

Schedule / who speaks at VGBA European Summit

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Conference Chairman

Konstantin Ewald

Konstantin Ewald

Partner, Osborne Clarke

Opening Remarks/Welcome

Christian-Henner Hentsch / Head of Legal & Regulation, game e.V.   
Patrick Sweeney / President, VGBA   
Joseph Olin / Executive Director, VGBA   
Konstantin Ewald / Partner, Osborne Clarke   

Fireside Chat: “Trends in the Games Business”

Is game streaming the next big thing? What is the future of console? Will VR still change the game? And where are monetization mechanics headed? Industry veteran Dean Takahashi shares some insights into the trends of games business.

Joseph Olin / Executive Director, VGBA   
Dean Takahashi / Lead Writer, GamesBeat   

Lightning Talk: "EU Digital Content Directive”

With the implementation deadline now set (1 January 2022), Konstantin Ewald shines a quick light ahead at upcoming requirements for digital content providers in Europe.

Konstantin Ewald / Partner, Osborne Clarke   

Panel: “EU Digital Single Market update: “Copyright and Geoblocking”

A session on the status of the EU’s digital single market initiative and how new harmonized legislation like the Geoblocking Regulation and the Copyright Directive will affect games companies.

Moderated by:

Christian-Henner Hentsch / Head of Legal & Regulation, game e.V.   

Panelists include:

Jari-Pekka Kaleva / COO, European Games Developer Federation   
David Sweeney / General Counsel, ISFE   

Coffee & Networking Break

Lightning Talk: “GDPR = CCPA?”

What European GDPR compliant companies need to do to comply with California’s new privacy law.

William W. Bucher / Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton   

Lightning Talk: “Litigation Update”

Whistle-stop tour of some recent disputes which have affected the industry – a look at the winners and losers, the lessons learnt, and emerging trends we can expect to see in coming years.

Kostyantyn Lobov / Senior Associate, Harbottle & Lewis   

Lunch & Networking Break

Keynote: “Policy-making in Games and eSports”

The past year has seen some major developments in Germany around public subsidies, but also additional regulation, for the games space. The debate over how to classify eSports in relation to more traditional forms of sports is far from settled. The keynote provides a legislator’s perspective on the challenges of good policy-making in the games update on the contents of the draft directives.

Britta Dassler / Member of the German Parliament  

Lightning Talk: “eSports Players are artists? Potential Lessons from Tfue’s Current Suit Against Faze Clan”

Analysis and discussion of some issues raised by the recent suit filed by Fortnite player Tfue against his team Faze Clan.

Joseph Schenck / Associate, Fenwick & West   

Panel: “eSports update”

From the licensing and legal status of players on collegiate teams, to contracts within the leagues, to possible legal repercussions of the public actions of these athletes, industry experts share insights on the hot topics of the eSports world.

Moderated by:

Joseph Schenck / Associate, Fenwick & West   

Panelists include:

Ryan Morrison / Founding Partner, Morrison Rothman   
Britta Dassler / Member of the German Parliament  

Coffee & Networking Break

Fireside Chat: “Youth protection and media regulation”

Regulators in Germany have been active in the youth protection space with updated guidelines and a crackdown on allegedly unsuitable filter software, while the UK is getting ready to implement a comprehensive age verification and blocking infrastructure. The implementation of the new Audiovisual Media Services Directive – which adds youth protection and other regulations – is in course, and the ICO in the UK has published detailed guidance in what they consider “age appropriate design”. Felix Hilgert and Paul Gardner discuss latest developments.

Felix Hilgert / Counsel, Osborne Clarke   
Paul Gardner / Partner, Wiggin   

Panel: “Dealing with toxic players”

Inhouse counsels share their top tips in dealing with toxic player behavior.

Moderated by:

Sean F. Kane / Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz   

Panelists include:

Juliette Auverny-Bennetot / Senior Legal Counsel, Paradox Interactive   
Canon Pence / General Counsel, Epic Games   
Tamara Sakolchyk / Head of Legal, Wargaming   

Closing Remarks

Konstantin Ewald / Partner, Osborne Clarke   

Speakers / who is on the stage at VGBA European Summit

Joseph Olin

Executive Director, VGBA

William W. Bucher

Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton

Jari-Pekka Kaleva

COO, European Games Developer Federation

David Sweeney

Senior Counsel, ISFE

Sean F. Kane

Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Joseph Schenck

Associate, Fenwick & West

Kostyantyn Lobov

Senior Associate, Harbottle & Lewis

Juliette Auverny-Bennetot

Senior Legal Counsel, Paradox Interactive

Christian-Henner Hentsch

Head of Legal & Regulation, game

Paul Gardner

Partner, Wiggin

Dean Takahashi

Lead Writer, GamesBeat

Tamara Sakolchyk

Head of Legal, Wargaming

Britta Dassler

Member of the German Parliament

Canon Pence

General Counsel, Epic Games

Felix Hilgert

Counsel, Osborne Clarke

Konstantin Ewald

Partner, Osborne Clarke

Ryan Morrison

Founding Partner, Morrison & Rothman

Patrick Sweeney

President, VGBA

Attendees / who participates in VGBA European Summit

Nepomuk Nothelfer

Research Assistant, University of Augsburg

Alyssa Soomphong

Legal Counsel, Wooga

Anne Völkel

Senior Counsel, Electronic Arts

Monika Gebel

Associate, Baker McKenzie

Ramak Molavi

Head of Legal, GameDuell

Adrian Schneider

Senior Associate, Osborne Clarke

Sasha Paleeva

Senior Event Content Producer, Steel Media

Dr. Axel Walter

Partner, Beiten Burkhardt

Frederik Bockslaff

Partner, Nimrod Rechtsanwälte

Markus Schneider

CFO, 20th Century Fox Germany

Dan Gibson

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Andreea Chifu

Head of Sales & Business Development, Raw Fury Games

Marcin Lewoszewski

Legal Counsel, Kobylańska & Lewoszewski

Philipp Wohlfrom

Syndikusrechtsanwalt, Telepool GmbH

Olivier Oosterbaan

Lawyer, Leopold Meijnen Oosterbaan

Patrick Lundell

Counsel, BANDAI NAMCO

Ronald Jentges

VP International Legal Affairs, Blizzard Entertainment

Leonard Bendel

European General Counsel, ZeniMax Europe

Anastasia Chuvaeva

IP Counsel, Wargaming

Maximilian Kroker

Research Assistant, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Sara Rogowska

Legal Counsel, CD PROJEKT RED

Marian Härtel

Lawyer for games, esport & social media

Dara MacGreevy

Senior Counsel - Content Protection & Information Security, ISFE

Mark Phillips

Partner, Harbottle & Lewis

Jan-Peter Ewert

General Counsel, Valve

Nav Sunner

CEO & Founder, Navatron

Markus Myhrberg

Partner, Lexia

Lars Westhoff

Attorney at Law, Vissers

Dr. Gregor Schmid

Partner, Taylor Wessing

Daniel Fierst

Associate, Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg

About the VGBA

The Video Game Bar Association is the premier international association whose members represent the industry’s leading practitioners in the interactive entertainment industry and other related fields.

Interested in Becoming a Member of the VGBA? At this time, all members of the VGBA must be an attorney in good standing and either actively practicing in the video game and interactive entertainment industry or currently employed by a law school as a professor in specialized topics of the field. All prospective members must first submit an application to be peer certified as an active practitioner in the industry.

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