A look back at Games Law in 2014


December 23, 2014 Leave a comment
We are looking back at an eventful year in games. The courts puzzled us with their Runes of Magic decision, the specific privacy issues of mobile apps came into the regulators’ focus, and youth protection organizations joined consumer protection groups across Europe in raising legal challenges that go to the core of the free to play model, making sure we never got bored.

Legal backing came from courts in Berlin and Luxemburg with decisions holding that “keyselling” is illegal, user accounts for online games do not have to be transferable, and technical protection measures for console games are protected by EU copyright law

We managed to see many of you, dear readers, this year at a number of events, from the Digital Media Legal Forum and the Interactive Entertainment Summit to conferences, meet-ups and our legendary gamescom reception, and as you know, our formerly mostly germanic online games law blog now speaks English as well.

Before new projects take over in January, for instance in connection with the VAT changes across Europe, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a peaceful and happy holiday season and a good start into the new year 2015. We are looking forward to meeting you again!

Festive regards from the entire Online Games Law blog team,

Konni, Tim, Felix & Adrian

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Felix Hilgert

Felix Hilgert

Senior Associate at Osborne Clarke
Felix is a lawyer with Osborne Clarke's IT Team in Cologne, where he acts for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to market leaders.

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