These Legal Issues That You Should Be Aware About As A Game Developer / Company

These Legal Issues That You Should Be Aware About As A Game Developer / Company

There are a few legal principles that all game developers should be at least superficially familiar with.

Keep Your Ideas Confidential

There are three common methods of obtaining such safeguards:

(1) A non-disclosure agreement between you and your potential publishers/freelance developments;

(2) Confidentiality provisions in any heads of agreement (if the confidentiality provisions are expressly stated to be legally binding) before beginning to share information to third parties; and

(3) Where applicable, sufficiently strong confidentiality provisions in your employees' contracts of employment and consultancy agreements.

Publishing & Licensing

Whether in digital or physical format, gamers will need to accept an end-user licence agreement (EULA). This will typically be between the publisher and the end-user. As such, any rights the publisher licenses to the end-user must be appropriately defined as those rights you have previously licensed to the publisher in the publishing agreement.

Protection & Exploitation.

When your game is available to the public, you may want to look at ways of protecting the brand that has been developed as a result of its release. Registering intellectual property such as trademarks and designs can be of benefit in the countries you trade-in but can be expensive and difficult to enforce worldwide if you are a company based in just one jurisdiction.

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