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Powering Up Your Brand In Gaming With Guest Nicole DuCane Spencer of Wisdom Gaming

October 14, 2021

In this episode of "Lawyers With Game," host Darius Gambino and Leah Leyendecker from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice sit down with Nicole DuCane Spencer, Vice President of Sales at the Wisdom Gaming to talk advertising and activations in esports and video games. They discuss Wisdom’s long-term partnership with Riot Games and their recent selection as North American tournament organizer for League of Legends: Teamfight Tactics, Wisdom’s new studio venture at the Mall Of America in Minneapolis, Nicole’s experiences with brand activations in games; co-streaming; the rise of in-game advertising, their favorite games of all time, and much more.

 
 


Game On: College Sports, Video Games & the Right of Publicity With Guest Michael McCann of Sportico

June 22, 2021

In this episode of “Lawyers With Game,” host Darius Gambino of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice, discusses the issues of college athletes being compensated for their name, image and likeness (NIL), particularly in video games, with colleague Angie de Cespedes, also from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice, and guest Michael McCann of Sportico. They talk about the O’Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit, and the Supreme Court [oral argument and] ruling in NCAA v. Alston, as well as how certain states are passing their own NIL regulations for college athletes, which may pose conflicts with pending federal rules. [Find our Firm’s NIL Legislation Tracker here.]


The Intersection of NFTs and Video Games

June 21, 2021

In this episode of “Lawyers With Game,” host Darius Gambino of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice discusses non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and their connection with video games with two colleagues from the firm’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice – Mike Jacobson and Zach Kizitaff. They dive into sites like NBA Top Shot, Dibbs, Collectable and Wax.io, and how those NFT marketplaces allow fans to own pieces of sports memorabilia. They also discuss how video game publishers can get into the NFT market.


The Rise of Mobile Gaming and Esports Gambling With Guest Anthony Gaud of G3 Esports

June 20, 2021

In this episode of “Lawyers With Game,” host Darius Gambino of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice talks about mobile gaming and esports gambling with colleague Mark Simpson, also in the firm’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice, and guest Anthony Gaud of G3 Esports. They discuss the increased appetite for mobile games, particularly in Southeast Asia, the protection of software through patents, and the future of patent litigation in the mobile gaming space. They also discuss the impending launch of G3’s new platform, which will permit esports wagering through a licensed online casino.


The Social Impact of Video Games With Guest Ryan Johnson of Social Cxmmunity

June 19, 2021

In this episode of “Lawyers With Game,” host Darius Gambino of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice, is joined by colleague Leah Leyendecker, also from the firm’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice, and guest Ryan Johnson, the founder and executive director of Cxmmunity, a nonprofit that is aimed at empowering minority college students to pursue careers in the video gaming and esports industries. They talk about how Cxmmunity is exposing students of color to all facets of these industries to help translate their gaming passion into careers, how Cxmmunity has seized branding and sponsorship opportunities since its founding a little over a year ago, and how it helped launch a dedicated esports league for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


College Esports Programs: What You Need To Know

June 18, 2021

In this episode of "Lawyers With Game," host Darius Gambino of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice discusses the pros and cons of college esports programs with two colleagues from the firm’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice — Amy Piccola and Andrea Brockway. Amy and Andrea share their experiences advising colleges and universities on establishing esports programs and on compliance with Title IX, and also discuss other current hot topics in collegiate esports.


Loot Boxes in Video Games (and Jordan vs. Kobe)

June 17, 2021

In this episode of "Lawyers With Game," host Darius Gambino of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice sits down with the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Leader Al Coleman to discuss various topics, including loot boxes, the rise of esports teams and athletes, gaming as a disorder, and retailer liability. They also attempt to settle the Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant “GOAT” debate.


Starting an Esports Franchise With Guests Brett Diamond and Annie Scott Riley of Version1 and the Minnesota ROKKR

June 16, 2021

In this episode of "Lawyers With Game," host Darius Gambino of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice is joined by Leah Leyendecker, also from the firm’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice, along with Brett Diamond and Annie Scott Riley of Version1 and the Minnesota ROKKR. They talk about Version1’s recent success at the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) in Iceland, what it takes to start a franchise team like the Minnesota ROKKR, how they established their branding, and much more.


Into the Metaverse: The Intersection of Gaming, Music and Fan Interaction With Guest Darren Traub of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

June 15, 2021

In the final episode of season one of "Lawyers With Game," host Darius Gambino and Angie de Cespedes from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Video Gaming and Esports Practice sit down with Darren Traub, senior vice president for entertainment and talent management at the WWE. They discuss Darren’s experiences connecting musicians, video game publishers and fans; their favorite wrestlers; the WWE’s plans for non-fungible tokens (NFTs); and the future of WWE fan engagement through digital content.