Global Games Summit

Focus 2023: Esport

Past event
22 August 2023, 10:00 - 23 August 2023 UTC +00:00

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About GGS

The 2023 Global Games Summit was a one-day conference by the leading academics which explored the legal issues currently affecting the games industry. Only those who have pre-registered will be admitted.

The Format

The format of this unique and fast-paced conference, will include ‘bite-sized’ infor-mation pieces and discussions led by leading academics, regulators and industry participants. 

Global Games Summit aims to build a community of business professionals and legal experts focused on the games industry where stakeholders can exchange, and discuss, leading edge insights, knowledge and market trends. You will, we’re sure, be pleased to hear we’ve done away with the traditional con-ference format of lengthy presentations and followed by the obligatory Q&A session. 

Instead, the sessions will be interactive where active engagement is not just encouraged but applauded. The key objective of talking to, and learning from, your peers and sector experts, is to help you clarify the way forward for your business.

The Organizer

The GGS has been initiated by the World Esports Association (WESA), the University of Cologne and the George Washington University in order to establish a unique platform for the leading academics from various universities and to initiate an exchange between the academic world and the industry. 

In short, Global Games Summit is all about creating meaningful connections and accelerating your understanding of the industry.

2023 Speakers

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Richard Brand
Adj. Prof. Richard L. Brand
Berkeley School of Law
Pietro Fringuelli
Dr. Pietro Graf Fringuelli
Chairman WESA, Partner at CMS
Maria Gonzalez Gordon
María González Gordon
Managing Partner, CMS
Bernd Gottsmann
Christian-Henner Hentsch
Prof. Dr. Christian-Henner Hentsch, M.A., LL.M.
Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Dr Tobias Schmid
Jens Hilgers
Hans Jagnow
Faiz Kabir
Faiz Kabir
Yin Harn Lee
Dr Yin Harn Lee
University of Bristol
Andreas Peschel-Mehner.
Dr. Andreas Peschel-Mehner
Alexander Müller
SK Gaming
Jörg Nothdurft
Jörg Nothdurft
Federal Cartel Office
Markus Ogorek
Univ.-Prof. Dr. iur. Markus Ogorek, LL.M.
Dean of Law, University of Cologne
Jan Orth
Prof. Dr. Jan F. Orth LL.M.
University of Cologne
Tobias Schmid
Dr Tobias Schmid
Media Authority NRW
Dr. Christian Schmitz
Verte Rechtsanwälte
Ellen Zavian
Prof. Ellen Zavian
George Washington University
David Zeffman
David Zeffman
Partner, CMS

Agenda 2023

10:00 - 10:30amRegistration and networking 
10:30 - 10:40amOpening AddressUniv.-Prof. Dr. iur. Markus Ogorek, Dean of Law, University of Cologne
10:40 – 11:10am

Current market development in Esport – Where are we going

+ Panel Discussion

Jens Hilgers, Bitkraft

Bernd Gottsmann, ESL

11:10 – 11:40am 

Systems in Esports - how to structure league systems (Introduction & Overview)

+ Panel Discussion

Dr. Pietro Fringuelli, Chairman WESA 

Dr. Andreas Peschel-Mehner, SKW 

Hans Jagnow, ProLeague

11:40am – 12:00pmCoffee Break
12:00 – 12:10pmIdeas, storyline, gameplay, characters - What is copyright protectable? German perspectiveProf. Dr. Christian-Henner Hentsch, Cologne University of Applied Sciences 
12:10 – 12:20pmGameplay – What is copyright protectable? UK perspectiveDr. Yin Harn Lee, University of Bristol 
12:20 – 12:30pm

What should be copyright protectable?

+ Panel Discussion with Prof. Hentsch and Dr Lee

12:30 – 12:45pmImpact of Digital regulation on Games and EsportsMaría Gonzalez Gordon, CMS 
12:45 – 13:10pm

Media regulation in Europe today and tomorrow and its impact on Games and Esports

+ Panel Discussion with María González Gordon

Dr. Tobias Schmid, Media Authority NRW 
13:10 – 14:00pmLunch Break
14:00 – 14:10pmIndustry Insights - current legal challenges for Esport teamsAlexander Müller, SK Gaming
14:10 – 14:20pmThe evolution of media rights in professional sports leagues in the United States and its applicability to the development of media rights for EsportsProf. Richard L. Brand, Berkeley 
14:20 – 14:30pm

Joint selling of media rights and compulsory licenses: Limits to freedom of contract due to antitrust law

+ Panel Discussion with Richard Brand

Jörg Nothdurft, Federal Cartel Office
14:40 – 15:15pm

Collusion, cheating, hate speech, poaching: Compliance in Esports Leagues

+ Panel Discussion with Dr. Christian Schmitz 

Prof. Dr. Jan F. Orth, University of Cologne

Faiz Kabir, Sportradar 

Dr. Christian Schmitz, Verte Rechtsanwälte

15:15 – 15:45pmCoffee Break
15:45 – 16:00pmSalary caps, player unions & transfers: labor law issues in EsportsProf. Ellen Zavian, George Washington University
16:00 – 16:20pmShould online and mobile games be regulated like gambling?David Zeffman, CMS

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