Video Games and Apps

Video games and apps make up an important part of Waterfront’s client-base in the IT and technology sector. We enjoy working with a mix of innovative clients in an industry that is constantly expanding and evolving as a result of the constant developments in new technology and devices.

Apps

Waterfront has assisted a number of developers and designers on a range of issues, including:

  • App development agreements – setting out the development process, acceptance testing and responsibilities for submission to app-stores.
  • Terms and conditions of use – setting out the rights and restrictions on use of the app, advice on compatibility with app-store terms and additional advice on gaining valid acceptance of the terms by users.
  • OEM partner agreements – involving the integration of technology into apps, restrictions on use.
  • Data Protection – our data protection lawyers can advise on the handling of personal data and advice on mobile app privacy policy and the use of pop up notifications to obtain consent.

Video Games

The interactive entertainment world is hitting new heights as the range of devices games can be played on continues to grow, the e-sports sector grows from strength to strength and developers push the boundaries of what is artistically possible with video games. The UK gaming market is the leading video game market in Europe and the sixth largest in the world. Whether you’re a start-up, established indie or major development studio, Waterfront can help with all your contractual and legal requirements, including:

  • Development agreements – have you been approached about developing a game on behalf of a publisher or do you have an idea for a game that you want to pursue? You’ll need an agreement to manage the relationship, from the quality of the work, payment terms, ownership of IP and termination.
  • Sub-contractor agreements – if you’ve taken on additional developers or other contractors, you’ll need contracts setting out timescales for deliverables, payment and most importantly, you’ll also require an intellectual property law firm to determine IP ownership and plan ahead for any potential issues that arise.
  • Employment contracts and Staff Handbooks – If your workforce is engaged on a firmer footing, rather than simply using contractors, you are likely to need employment contracts and, depending on the size of your organisation, staff handbooks setting out any non-contractual policies.
  • Staffing and HR support – Very few workforces are free of unforeseen issues and Waterfront are experienced in supporting businesses of all sizes manage various matters including disciplinary and grievance processes, performance or misconduct issues and employment matters relating to confidentiality, intellectual property and post-termination restrictions.
  •  Non-disclosure agreements – are you pitching your idea to investors or publishers? An NDA may help keeping the idea confidential prior to any further contracts being signed.
  •  Publishing agreements – has a major publisher approached you about distributing your game? Retaining IP is the key to your studio’s survival and growth. Developers being forced to give up IP is no longer the norm, but your contracts need to accurately reflect that and our copyright solicitors are happy to assist.

Do you need some more help? Our technology lawyers have a wealth of experience and expertise to assist you, including support in niche industries and resolving sensitive issues with the help of our intellectual property solicitors. Contact us to find out more and for a free initial chat about games and apps.