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07 July 2015

Charles Russell Speechlys plays key role in galvanising Guildford’s gaming industry

Charles Russell Speechlys recently joined forces with the University of Surrey and UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment organisation) to host an inspiring and insightful conference and networking event for Guildford’s gaming community at the University’s impressive 5G Innovation Centre.

Partner Nick Hurley co-hosted the inaugural G3 Futures event, introducing a range of speakers from the University of Surrey as well as key note speaker, world-renowned Guildford-based video games designer and programmer, Peter Molyneux OBE.

According to Nick Hurley:

“Guildford is often referred to as the Hollywood of the gaming industry because of its proliferation of gaming studios and independent developers. Local studios have made games played by millions of people, resulting in billions of pounds worth of sales and we take great pride in our role in helping these companies to thrive. ”

“Charles Russell Speechlys has specialised in the computer gaming industry for over 15 years and many of our long-term gaming clients now come to us not only for legal advice but also to discuss broader business issues. As a valued advisor with a proven track record in the sector, we were delighted to play a key role in organising the G3 Futures event. ”

The purpose of the event was to help to drive the Guildford gaming community forward, to encourage sharing of ideas and resources and to inform local organisations about opportunities to collaborate with the University of Surrey.

Academics from the University of Surrey also had an opportunity to showcase the University’s impressive technological and R&D capabilities.

Jaclyn Wilkins, Senior Associate and specialist games lawyer at Charles Russell Speechlys compared the panel discussion, which involved representatives from Epic Games, Criterion and Edge Case Games.

She facilitated a discussion about how gaming companies of all sizes and with all levels of budget can access and benefit from the resources available at the University of Surrey.

Jaclyn also highlighted the expertise of Charles Russell Speechlys’ dedicated Games team, which advises clients, from small start-ups to large international publishers, on the full spectrum of legal activity including employment law, commercial contracts, IP, dispute resolution and corporate law.

Jaclyn concluded: “The event was a huge success – the first time that so many Guildford-based gaming companies had come together in one room. We plan for this to be the first in a series of G3 Futures events to galvanise the Guildford-based gaming community. ”

Charles Russell Speechlys has substantial expertise in the area of technology, media and gaming. We advise across national and international jurisdictions in the areas of communication infrastructure, contracts and employment, information security and data protection, intellectual property, software licensing, regulatory, data centres and IT procurement and dispute resolution.

The firm’s specialist Games team has wide ranging experience advising investors, developers, publishers and licensees of computer gaming organisations.