Spotlight on online gaming

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

[co-author: Dr. Adrian Rudert]

There is no need to say that online gaming has conquered the world and certainly will shape the future. It is an industry with one of the quickest product launches, rise of new market players and key drivers for new technology – yet it is prone to issues such as trademark infringement and money laundering in a constantly changing regulatory environment across jurisdictions. We help you succeed in our ventures and overcome legal challenges. We help you reach the next level.

Times are good for Online Gaming

Whereas the former Section 4 (4) of the State Treaty on Gambling prohibited the organisation and brokerage of public games of chance on the internet, the new Section 4 (4) of the State Treaty on Gambling now expressly enables the licensing of online lotteries, online sports betting, online horse betting, virtual slot games and online poker if the respective requirements are met – marking a paradigm shift in gambling regulation. In its new coalition agreement, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia recognized the games industry as a significant economic factor and plans to establish North Rhine-Westphalia as a leading games location from 2022 to 2027 – expressly supporting gaming culture and e-Sports.

For developers, publishers or any other service provider in the online gaming world legal challenges are circumstances which impact their success story. Helping you navigate through the regulatory jungle on both national and global level to reap the benefits of the newest legal market opening is our game – it’s what we do best.

Area of Focus

  • Video Game Development and Publishing

  • e-Sports licensing developments

  • Online Games & Mobile Games

  • Online Lottery/Racing Industry

  • Intellectual Property – Patents for various games

  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Legal Issues of Virtual Currency and Virtual Objects

  • Legal Drafting of Gaming Contracts

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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