The global electronic games industry is expected to be worth more than $100 billion by 2016, with mobile and online games significantly driving the sector's future growth. As the industry continues to grow, skilled developers and designers from around the world are producing full-featured, sophisticated apps and interactive games for mobile devices and console systems.
Game publishers range from small, independent interactive design firms to industry giants, along with key players in the mobile device, digital media, and entertainment sectors. Hardware and middleware manufacturers also represent significant participants in the sector, since games require increasingly powerful sound and graphics cards, 3D capabilities, and processors. In addition, as game publishers explore cross-promotional and product placement deals, there are opportunities for retail, food, beverage, automotive, and other consumer product manufacturers.
As the premier law firm provider to technology companies, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has represented scores of clients connected to the electronic gaming industry, from start-ups and software developers to leading game publishers and device manufacturers. The firm has represented gaming clients in both the U.S. and around the world, particularly in fast-growing markets such as China and the Middle East.
Given our representation of clients in this sector, our attorneys have direct experience with technologies that include:
- LED display components
- Enhanced video and sound for consoles, devices, and online games
- Mobile game and multi-media apps
- Holographic image projections for mobile devices
- Payment systems and subscription functions
- Wireless technology standards, such as Bluetooth
With more than 700 attorneys, WSGR provides electronic gaming clients with representation in a broad range of areas, including:
- Corporate Governance
- Employee Benefits and Compensation
- Employment Litigation
- Finance and Structured Finance
- Intellectual Property
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Real Estate
- Regulatory and Compliance
- Tax and Tax Equity
- Technology Transactions