Game Developers:
Get a video game lawyer who cares about your business and your games.

I have experience in the games and software industry and have focused my law practice on helping you get your game made, while protecting your business and your intellectual property.

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Some of my games industry clients:

"If you’re looking for a lawyer who knows the game industry and creates excellent contracts, I’d highly recommend Zachary."
Jamey Stegmaier
Stonemaier Games

Legal Services at a Glance

Business Formations

"Indie Game Jumpstart" Bundles

Want to get your game company set up and legally covered? Order a bundle of typical game startup services at once and save money!

Contract drafting and review

Game Publishing and Development Contracts

Don't get caught in a bad deal! Have an experienced game lawyer review or draft your video game and board game publishing, development, and license agreements.

Virtual In-House Counsel

"Virtual" In-House Counsel Services

Need ongoing legal services for your game company? Get them at a discount by enrolling in my “virtual” in-house counsel program.

Game Company Legal and Intellectual Property Audits

Get a legal checkup on your game company's business - from an audit of your intellectual property strategy to your internal business documents and contracts.

Trademark and Copyright Registration and Enforcement

Protect your valuable intellectual property by registering your trademarks and copyrights, and enforcing your rights across the Internet.

Trademark and Copyright Protection

GDPR and California-Compliant Privacy Policies

Stay compliant with how you collect, process, and share users' personal information with an airtight Privacy Policy, data breach policies, and privacy guidance.

"The experience of working with Zack transcends simply professional legal advice; he engages with us like a trusted partner and helps us make strategic decisions."
Keith Warner
New World Interactive

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Frequently Asked Questions

Video game law is a mix of many different types of law.

This is a part of the broader category of entertainment law. It includes:

  • contract law
  • business law
  • trademark law
  • patent law
  • copyright law
  • employment law
  • regulatory law
  • tax law
  • and privacy law.

This is different from something like real estate law, which mostly focuses on property issues.

Given the wide range of laws linked to video games, it’s super important to know a lot about law. But since video games are fun, learning about these laws can be exciting (at least for me).

Well, they handle all legal matters related to a video game from start to finish.

Video games include ideas, creative works, sounds, music, artwork, and text. There are also people involved in making games – there are contracts with workers and deals to be made between developers, publishers, and other parties.

A video game attorney also needs to know about the rules that govern video games. These could be privacy laws that deal with players’ personal information, game ratings, or other government rules.

But just knowing these laws isn’t enough – a video game attorney needs to understand the video game industry and the specific legal problems a game developer might face. Part of the job of a video game attorney is to think ahead to stop problems before they happen.

Game developers face many legal issues – to the surprise of many people I talk to about it.

While some are common to all businesses, others are specific to game development. Some common issues are starting a business, protecting valuable creative works (known as intellectual property), and making sure the right contracts are in place with employees and business partners.

Doing things right in these areas can help avoid many common problems in game development.

For example, many video game developers aren’t sure if they should start a separate business entity, and if so, what type of entity to start (like an LLC or corporation).

A video game attorney with experience helping small and medium-sized developers can help them make this decision. They do this by looking at their goals and business plan.

Developers are often confused about the different ways they can protect their intellectual property. The software, art, music, and sound that go into a game are extremely valuable.

In many cases, the whole worth of the company is in this intellectual property. If a developer doesn’t properly own, protect, and enforce that intellectual property, their business could lose all of its value.

A video game lawyer is the perfect professional to help with this.

Finally, game developers need to make sure that they have contracts with their workers, as well as publishers and other service providers. If these agreements aren’t in writing, there could be confusion about who owns what, who gets paid what, and how to leave a bad contract.

An experienced video game attorney can answer all of these questions and more.

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