Start-Up Law and Game Development: The Ann Arbor Game Developers Forum

Well, it looks as though I am officially one of those blog folks who posts (infrequently) primarily to apologize for not posting.  Sorry about that.  Cliche though it may be, starting a new law firm and building up a practice is not as worry-free and leisurely as one might expect.  Still, I’m going to do my best to post here more regularly, as being out there and involved in the community is one of the major reasons I started Hoeg Law.

Which brings me to the reason for this post.

I was recently invited to a wonderful gathering of both current and burgeoning game developers at SPARK East in Ypsilanti, Michigan to talk for a bit on why and when new entrepreneurs might need to consult with a corporate lawyer.  I entitled this presentation “Virtual Legality” and have included a copy below.  Though perhaps a little dry without the speechifying that accompanies it (and who doesn’t love to hear lawyers talk), it does present a good overview of what to look out for when starting a business, whether that business be in game development or widget manufacture.

The evening was a blast, and I was able to talk both about what I do and about what issues game (and software) developers regularly face both from a legal and a business perspective.  From industry vets to students looking to break in, all perspectives were in attendance and you could really sense a community being formed.

If you are in the area and at all interested in either the business or process of making video games, you should definitely check out this “Ann Arbor Game Developers Group”.  The head of the group, Larry Kuperman of Nightdive Studios (and formerly of Stardock Entertainment), is bringing together both professionals and game developers monthly to discuss, grow, and learn about both the process and business of making games.  I think it has a real chance to foster a wonderful game development community in Michigan and beyond.  I am glad I got to be a part.


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