Game Developers:

Get a video game lawyer who cares about your business.

I have experience in the games and software industry and have tailored my law practice to help you focus on the game development process, 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 that 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Video game law, like the larger category of “entertainment law” that contains it, is really a bunch of different types of law combined together. The following types of law are found under the umbrella of video game law:

  • contract law
  • corporations/business law
  • trademark law
  • patent law
  • copyright law
  • employment law
  • regulatory law
  • tax law
  • publicity/privacy law

Contrast this with something like real estate law, which basically encompasses all of real estate, as you’d expect.

Because there are so many types of law that are involved in video games, it’s obviously important to have a wide degree of legal knowledge! Working with something fun and cool like video games, however, makes learning about these different types of law very exciting in context.

I like to think of video game law as being every bit of lawyering that touches on a video game throughout its lifetime, from start to finish.

Video games have ideas, they have creative expression, they have sounds, music, artwork, text, and all kinds of other things going into them. There’s also the human element to games – there are contracts with employees and contractors, and deals to be made (and put into writing) between developers, publishers, and any number of other parties that are involved in the game.

A video game attorney also needs to have knowledge about the various regulations that govern video games – whether it’s privacy law (dealing with taking players’ personal information), game ratings, or other government regulations.

Having some experience in all of these areas of the law isn’t enough – you need to have experience and knowledge of the video game industry and the aspects of video game law that are relevant to a game developer’s specific legal issues. Anticipating potential problems and preventing them from happening is one of the main jobs of a video game attorney.

While game developers face many of the same issues that other businesses deal with, there are many specific needs that pop up in game development.

Some of the most common issues deal with starting and running a business, protecting valuable intellectual property, and getting the right contracts in place with employees and business partners. Getting the right protection in these areas goes a long way toward avoiding many common pitfalls in game development.

Many video game developers struggle with the decision of whether to form a separate business entity, and which type of entity to form (LLC or corporation). A video game attorney with experience helping small and medium-sized developers can help them make this decision, by assessing their goals and business plan.

Similarly, developers are often confused about the different types of protection available for intellectual property. The software, art, music, and sound that goes into a game are extremely valuable – in many cases the entire value of the company is in that intellectual property. If a developer fails to properly own, protect, and enforce that intellectual property, their business could lose all of its worth. A video game lawyer is just the type of professional to help with this.

Lastly, game developers need to be sure that contracts are in place with their employees and contractors, as well as publishers and other service providers. If the deals aren’t in writing, it’s not going to be clear who owns what, who gets paid what, and how to get out of a bad contract.

All of these questions and more can be answered by an experienced video game attorney.

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