Avoiding the Tiny Death Star: reducing risks of a published game being canned

I just read about Disney deciding to pull NimbleBit’s excellent Tiny Death Star from the Apple and Google Play app stores, apparently without prior warning to NimbleBit.  So I thought I’d write a few thoughts on what should a developer do to make it less likely that a a publisher can pull the developer’s game.  Here goes…

20 Contract Questions: how do I change or renew my contract?

Welcome again to my ongoing 20 Contract Questions series.  The most recent two posts were on learning about what a contract means and how to negotiate a contract.  In this post, we’ve now put the contract in place, but want to know more about changing or renewing it. Let’s start by explaining why you need… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how do I change or renew my contract?

20 Contract Questions: how should I negotiate a contract?

In the previous post of this 20 Contract Questions series, we talked about understanding how to read a contract and what it means. Before that, we’ve talked about what a contract is, how you get to the contract stage, and how to read and write a contract.  In this post we’re going to discuss some tips… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how should I negotiate a contract?

How to use Non Disclosure Agreements properly

Tech and games companies love non disclosure agreements. Particularly enthusiastic companies tend to scatter them around like confetti.  Frequently you have to sign them just to walk into a big tech company’s lobby these days.  But NDAs are often misunderstood or used in the wrong way – which can have serious legal consequences. Besides which,… Continue reading How to use Non Disclosure Agreements properly

An international legal guide to games development and distribution

Last year I gave a lecture at the Gamer Tech Law conference in Seattle with the rather ambitious title of “Going Global: legal and business issues for international games development and distribution”.  As you can imagine, that’s a lot to cover – even in a lecture directed at other lawyers.  Anyway, below is the lecture… Continue reading An international legal guide to games development and distribution

20 Contract Questions: how do I read and write a contract?

This is the third of my series of posts called 20 Contract Questions, addressing some of the most commonly asked contract questions I’m asked as well as the key matters I think you need to know to help you negotiate and manage a contract successfully. So we’ve talked previously about what a contract is and… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how do I read and write a contract?

20 Contract Questions: how do I get to the contract stage?

This is the second of my series of posts called 20 Contract Questions, addressing some of the most commonly asked contract questions I’m asked as well as the key matters I think you need to know to help you negotiate and manage a contract successfully. So, we talked last time around about what a contract… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how do I get to the contract stage?