A quick practical guide to EU free to play games regulation

I spoke at the PocketGamer Connects conference in London today about the EU’s free to play games regulation: I thought that a quick presentation based on actual free to play games might help illustrate this fast growing and uncertain area of law.  Here’s the slides – let me know what you think! [For those viewing via… Continue reading A quick practical guide to EU free to play games regulation

EU regulation of free to play games: hot topic or hot air?

The European Commission has just published a press release and report on the investigation into free to play games which it is coordinating within the European Union.  This follows my report back in February 2014 that the European Commission (one of the three legislative bodies in the EU and the prime policy maker) had decided… Continue reading EU regulation of free to play games: hot topic or hot air?

European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis

News broke today that the European Commission, one of three arms of the European Union, will be holding a consultation over the next two days regarding in-app purchases and free to play games and any mobile apps that call themselves ‘free’. This post is my initial analysis of this interesting (but not unexpected) development, which… Continue reading European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis

How long until free to play and in-app purchases are regulated?

This is going to be a relatively short post, because two other writers have already a lot of my work for me. Step 1: read Rob Fahey’s editorial on Gamesindustry.biz: “How to control free-to-play spending?” Step 2: read this Wall Street Journal feature: “Mom, please feed my apps!” Step 3: let’s have a quick chat…

Gamer/Law’s ten 2012 predictions

You’ve guessed it: I thought I’d jump into the it’s-a-new-year-let’s-make-some-predictions business for 2012.  And, like all forward-looking predictions, I’ve mixed a few safe bets with some slightly more “punchy” predictions (which FYI is lawyer-speak for taking a massive bet on something!)  Here goes, in no particular order: