Purewal & Partners: the state of play in 2016

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Purewal & Partners: the state of play in 2016

Firm News: here we are at the end of 2016! The firm has been running for two full years now. Our headcount has grown further and our core interactive entertainment practice continued to grow, as did our esports and digital broadcast practices, on both legal and business development fronts. The firm Hearthstone league gave way to regular 'discussions' about Clash Royale :) Jas received the Hospital Club's h.100 award to influential figures in the UK creative industries (for contributions to video games). Anyway, here's some highlights of what we've been up to in 2016:

Interactive entertainment:

  • Business and legal advice to a number of games studios in 2016 including CD Projekt Red, Nordeus, Wargaming, Techland, CCP Games, Facepunch Studios, 22Cans, Brightrock Games, Boneloaf, Blazing Griffin, Failbetter Games and Bithell Games.
  • Advising other games industry businesses including GOG.com and Gamer Network on commercial contracts, IP and regulatory matters.
  • Advised Improbable on the release of its SpatialOS virtual worlds simulation platform and Games Innovation Program in partnership with Google.
  • Advised Multiplay in negotiations with EA for an online hosting arrangement for Titanfall 2 (look out for Jas in the Titanfall 2 credits!)
  • Advising a games business client on the acquisition of a major games IP portfolio.
  • Advising a successful indie studio on cross-platform and international deals for one of the most successful PC games of the last few years.
  • Representing an EU games studio in relation to substantial international litigation involving commercial and copyright issues.
  • Assisting two EU online games companies on business structuring and legal advice for mobile games ventures.

Esports:

  • Assisting Team Dignitas on its sale to a group of investors owning the Philadelphia 1976ers and other US sports interests.
  • Advising leading EU esports teams including Team Dignitas, G2, Fnatic and Team Liquid on complex player contract matters and transfers, as well as various other commercial and legal matters.
  • Advised on the highest value European player and team transfer deals in 2016.
  • Representing investors in new esports team NERV on its formation and acquisition of a League of Legends Challenger Series slot from Copenhagen Wolves.
  • Advised a European esports organisation to resolve a complex multi-party dispute.
  • Advising on and contributing to a UK esports white paper to the British government for the growth of the esports industry in the UK (led by the UK industry association UKIE).
  • Contributed to industry response to UK Gambling Commission’s draft legal proposals regarding esports gambling (led by UKIE), representing the interests of a number of esports stakeholders.
  • Advising an esports publisher and an esports league on commercial, intellectual property and strategic matters.

Digital broadcast: 

  • Advising YouTube channels including the Yogscast on a range of commercial, IP and other matters.
  • Assisting a major gaming brand and other clients to navigate platform and legal rules regarding paid content, sponsored content and affiliate marketing.
  • Providing workshops and legal advice on working with influencers to a number of digital entertainment companies (and published this international legal guide to working with influencers).

Looking forward to next year:

  • A new website!
  • Legal and business development bulletins for the digital entertainment industry
  • New legal service lines, including fixed fee packages for smaller clients as well as an expansion of our general counsel service lines for established clients.
  • More about our business development activities for digital entertainment businesses , building on a number of deals we have helped to put together in 2016.

Watch this space for more news in 2017!

 

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Purewal & Partners: the state of play in 2015

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Purewal & Partners: the state of play in 2015

Firm News: it's been very busy in 2015, our first full year of operation!  The firm's headcount has grown, including the hiring of associate Pete Lewin, with further growth planned in 2016 at all levels (yay, more people!).  The firm was ranked by Chambers & Partners, the leading international legal directory, as a leading law firm in digital entertainment (making us seem slightly more respectable). We have been active within UK/Europe and internationally, both with client work and speaking at industry events in the UK, US, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Romania (yay, air miles!) In addition to our interactive entertainment practice, we’re continuing to grow in our other core areas of eSports, digital broadcast and tech – particularly our eSports practice, where we have been at the cutting edge of many European eSports developments during 2015. Also, we have a firm Hearthstone league :)

Here's a few highlights of what we've been up to in 2015:

Interactive entertainment:

  • Advising CD Projekt Red on matters regarding its blockbuster hit The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
  • Assisting a number of indie games studios regarding the release of their games in 2015 including Mike Bithell Games (Volume), Failbetter Games (Sunless Sea) and Subterranean Games (War for the Overworld) as well as helping prepare a number of indie games for release in 2016.
  • Advising one of the world’s leading online games companies on a range of substantial development and publishing projects.
  • Representing an EU games studio in relation to substantial international litigation involving commercial and copyright issues.
  • Advising a number of European games businesses in connection with commercial partnerships with Chinese and other Asian businesses.

eSports:

  • Advising leading EU eSports teams on a range of matters, including Team Dignitas on the sale of its European League of Legends team and G2 eSports from its establishment onwards.
  • Advising eSports teams on the establishment and structuring of the forthcoming Turner/IMG eLeague to be broadcast on primetime US TV in 2016.
  • Structuring and advising on one of the first complex player loan arrangements in European eSports.
  • Advice and representation in relation to a range of player matters.
  • Assisting a major US eSports gambling company in relation to European expansion and navigating complex regulatory frameworks.
  • Advising one of the world's leading eSports organisations on commercial, intellectual property and strategic matters.
  • Co-founding and advising on the establishment of a proposed UK eSports association, including constitutional matters, regulation and outreach program.

Digital broadcast: 

  • Representing YouTube channels including the Yogscast on a range of commercial, corporate and other matters.
  • Advising on one of the first TV series to be created in partnership with a YouTube channel.
  • Advising a major gaming brand and other clients on navigating platform and legal rules regarding paid content, sponsored content and affiliate marketing in digital broadcast.

Technology:

  • Advising Improbable, one of the most innovative tech startups in Europe, on a range of matters.
  • Assisting a number of US and international internet and technology companies to navigate EU legal issues including consumer protection, data privacy and other regulation matters.

 Watch this space for more news in 2016!

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Jas speaks at Nordic Games Conference

Jas spoke at Nordic Games Conference, a leading games industry conference in the Nordic region (taking place in Malmo, Sweden). He joined panels regarding EU regulation, IP changes and tax schemes in relation to the video games industry.

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BBC interviews Jas Purewal on Activision v Noriega

Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, is suing Activision for alleged breach of his publicity rights by including him without authorisation in its Call of Duty game series.  The BBC interviewed Jas on the legal issues involved in this rather unusual development - more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28326670.

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