Eaton Smith has had a long association with the video games industry and has for many years acted for Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video games publishers and developers. We are also proud to be members of Ukie and TIGA, trade associations representing the UK's games industry and proud to contribute to their efforts for the UK games industry. Closer to home, we are also members of Game Republic, the industry-led games business network for Yorkshire and Northern England.
Whether you are a video games publisher, developer or freelancer, or are a licensor or prospective licensee of a property or are involved in the video games industry in some other way, we understand the game development environment and pressures under which you operate. If you need legal assistance with your game development projects, we can help. We don’t want you and your business to have to grind to make progress, we want to help you level up as quickly as possible. So, if you need legal assistance on your next game development project, no matter whether you are a publisher, developer, licensor, licensee, music composer or otherwise, you might open a loot box (without taking a gamble!) and gain some helpful XP by speaking to us.
We work hard to stay on top of what’s going on in the open world of the video games industry and you’ll often find us chatting to developers and publishers at EGX and at other UK video games expos or groups or actively taking part in #gamedev and #indiedev discussions on Twitter. We understand what a games development studio goes through to bring a game to release, from early concept stages and pre-production and through any crunch and polish stages. We can help with and represent you in documenting an investment being made by investors or drafting any intellectual property licences being considered or any other contracts that you may need at any time. We can also assist and advise on the legal side of any marketing initiatives that you may have planned for the run up to the release of your video game.
As part of our wider commercial law services that we provide, we are able to prepare game development contracts and provide advice and assistance on issues concerning, amongst other things:
As well as preparing contracts, we can also review and advise upon agreements that you may have been presented with by a publisher, developer or a property licensor. Looking at the wider picture, it is not just advice and assistance regarding video games development and distribution that Eaton Smith is able to provide. Our other services which complement this creative area include employment law and dispute resolution and mediation (in real life, avoiding boss fights, beat ‘em ups and permadeath of a studio is always advisable). We can also provide corporate assistance for any changes you may need to make within your studio or regarding equity investment you may be planning to obtain. You may want to speak to our commercial property colleagues for advice regarding any premises move that you may be planning. Finally, we know how important cashflow is to any business – it may be that you are owed money and a discussion with our dispute resolution or debt recovery colleagues may be needed. These are areas that may be needed by a business at any time during its lifecycle.
Examples of our work include:
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“The moment we realised that we’d need someone to prepare a legal document for us, there was no real argument as to who. We’ve both seen how proactive you are in our industry and how willing you are to help at times of need, so you were literally our first logical choice.”
We just wanted to thank you again for all the time you have put in to helping us with this process; it has had a substantial impact on the outcome of our negotiations. We look forward to working with you in the future.