I am a games lawyer in Sheridans' renowned games and interactive media teams, and a trustee for Safe In Our World; a mental health charity which aims to help individuals in the wider games industry that experience mental illness. I also organise an indie games showcase with two friends that runs each year as part of London Games Festival.
I am passionate about helping independent games developers and studios in both roles. As a lawyer I advise studios of all sizes on the various legal and commercial challenges that arising through running a games business - whether that's a Game Pass deal or a publishing contract, or securing VC funding, I've seen it all.
For many indie devs getting a publishing contract is the Holy Grail. Publishers can provide much needed funding, production and marketing support, as well as providing access to a community of players for your game. However, any publishing agreement is by default likely to weigh in the publisher's favour.
"Contract Killers" are those common clauses and provisions in those contracts that developers should be aware of, and understand the legal and commercial ramifications of accepting those clauses at face value.
We will look at whether certain provisions are "fair and reasonable" legally and commercially and hopefully give developers some confidence heading into a negotiation that it is ok to ask for certain clauses to be changed before they sign on the dotted line.
Attendees will learn that it is ok to negotiate their publishing contract. This presentation will look in-depth at what certain clauses (or the absence of certain clauses) will mean for developers, and what they should look for if they are given a contract by a publisher.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
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