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Mike Cavaretta and Joe Martinez to Present on Digital Game Publishing and Financing 09/04/2012

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaAttorneys Michael Cavaretta and Joseph Martinez of MBBP, will present at The Law of Digital Games, a comprehensive 2-day conference covering new technologies, opportunities, regulations, and business models at The Seaport Boston Hotel in Boston, MA, on November 5 and 6, 2012.

Cavaretta, an IP licensing attorney with wide experience in the interactive entertainment industry is co-chair of the program, which will feature Corporate Attorney Joseph Martinezinternational leading attorneys and business leaders who work in the digital games space. Topics covered will include:

  • The changing face of the industry
  • Massively multiplayer and social games: Explosion of the “fremium” revenue model
  • Trans-media plays
  • Technology licensing updates
  • Trademarks, copyrights and rights of publicity
  • Privacy, data and consumer protection
  • The money game: Financing and exit strategy
  • Digital distribution and new age publishers
  • The changing face of deal-making: The expanding role of agents and brokers
  • Employment issues

Cavaretta’s presentation, “New Age Publishers,” will cover the changing role of publishers in digital games distribution and how this affects negotiating “new age” publishing agreements.

Martinez’s presentation, “The Money Game Part One: Financing,” will cover: crowdfunding and other new opportunities under the JOBS Act; impacts on early-stage private financing; JOBS Act provision affecting later stage financing, including its potential impact on the market for IPO’s.

To register or to learn more, please visit the The Law of Digital Games event page.

NE Games SIG to Host Event: Can Games Save Education? 05/11/2012

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On June 14th, the the MIT Enterprise Forum’s New England Games SIG is hosting an event at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge on “Can Games Save Education?.” Games dominate interactive time with young learners and have proven their ability to engage, entertain, teach and impact. Can games really impact education as we know it today? The event will be comprised of a panel discussion that will take a focused look at the state of education and the reality of changing education in a 21st century way.  The panel of Becker College President, Robert Johnson, and  Muzzy Lane CEO, Dave McCool, (with additional panelists to be announced) will discuss:

  • Game developers have long understood that there are different types of game players and have developed different games and elements to touch everyone from grandmothers to marines. Can/will educators turn to a customized form of education? Is there a way to get teachers and school districts to change or is there just too much inertia?
  • Games have a proven business model, while education is mired in a slow mature market, will games have to make their impact as adjunct material or is there room in the mainstream? Can we learn something from the business model of games? Are parents a better target customer than school districts?
  • What are the biggest risks in converting to game based education? Who do you see as leaders in taking these risks?

MBBP partner Mike Cavaretta is Founder and Chair of the NE Games SIG.

To learn more about this free event please visit the NE Games SIG.

To register, please click here.

Mike Cavaretta Quoted in Video Game News Journal, Q4 06/02/2011

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Attorney Mike Cavaretta was quoted recently in an article on video game news site G4tv.com about the classic video game System Shock and the possibility of a sequel. As an attorney who frequently deals with trademark licensing and intercompany arrangements, Mike commented on the complexities of getting a new development deal cleared. See Mike’s input below:

MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaEven with development rights, EA’s prior trademark could be an issue for potential buyers. Michael Cavaretta, an attorney who deals with trademarks and copyrights in the video game industry, believes a publisher wouldn’t be able to create another System Shock without EA’s blessing. Oddly enough, there are no records of EA applying for the System Shock trademark through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office until 2005, but EA likely has common law rights as a prior publisher, and could still revive its trademark from the dead, Cavaretta said. That could cause trouble for a publisher looking to bring back the series.

“You’d probably get a rejection from the Patent and Trademark Office, and you’d probably have to demonstrate that the mark had been permanently abandoned or that you’ve gotten consent from the original applicant,” Cavaretta said.

They certainly asked the right guy! You can read the full article on G4. Or, email Mike here.

Becker College Hosts MASS Impact Panel Discussion Event 10/08/2010

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaPlease join MBBP Attorney Michael Cavaretta on October 19th at Becker College for MASS Impact: Video Games, Economic Development & Job Creation. This event invites private, public and higher education sector leaders to gather for an exciting conversation that will discuss video game design and development and what it means to the future of Massachusetts. The day will consist of three panel discussions: “Industry Cluster Creation: Success Stories and Lessons Learned,” “Games and Business: Opportunities and Challenges,” and “Games and Government: Job Creation and EconomicDevelopment.”

Please visit Becker College for more information on the event.

To register call 508.373.9460, e-mail MassImpact or RSVP online. 

Michael Cavaretta to Speak at Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College 09/28/2010

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaOn Tuesday November 2, MBBP Attorney Michael Cavaretta will speak in the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College in Worcester, MA. The Loew Lecture Series is “a public forum that invites scholars and professionals to present lectures on topics of interest and importance to the Becker College Community. Michael will present on the “Anatomy of a Game Development Deal” which will cover legal and IP issues and challenges related to video game development deals.

To RSVP for this presentation, please call 508-373-9460 or contact Becker College.

For more information on video game development deals, please contact Michael Cavaretta.

Michael Cavaretta Quoted on 38 Studios Move to Rhode Island on Boston.com 07/30/2010

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaFormer Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has decided to move his video game company, 38 Studios LLC, from Massachusetts to a more financially friendly state, Rhode Island. A recent Boston.com article discusses the debate occuring over the move and whether enough was done by Mass. government to keep the game company in-state. MBBP attorney Michael Cavaretta states he believes Massachusetts should have done more to keep them here. He says:

With government assistance, Greater Boston could someday rival San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Seattle as a center for video game design. To get to that level, [offering] some incentives would certainly help.

To read the full article, please visit Boston.com.

Boston Game Industry Scores at MIT BiG Conference 04/20/2010

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Friday, April 16th, MBBP Co-Sponsored the second annual MIT Sloan Business in Gaming (BiG) Conference boasting nearly 300 attendees at the Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference was broken into eight different panel discussions including topics such as “Gaming Companies Financial Analytics” and “Hollywood, Music and Gaming.” Some of the panelists included executives from three MBBP clients: Brian Balfour, VP of Product Marketing from Viximo, Eduardo Baraf, Director of Blue Fang Games, and Eitan Glinert, Founder of Fire Hose Games, as well as former Red Sox pitcher and current Founder and Chairman of 38 Studios, Curt Schilling.

A post-conference reception was hosted by the MIT New England Games SIG, of which MBBP’s Mike Cavaretta is chairperson.

Slam Bolt Scrappers to be Shown at Boston Indie Showcase at PAX East 03/16/2010

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Fire Hose GamesMBBP client Fire Hose Games is displaying its first game, Slam Bolt Scrappers at PAX East as part of the Boston Indie Showcase on the weekend of March 26-28.  The Boston Indie Showcase allows selected video game developers to show off their new projects and attendees will be among the first to play and experience Slam Bolt Scrappers.

Please visit Fire Hose Games to learn more about Slam Bolt Scrappers.

For tickets to the event, please visit Boston Indie Showcase.

Blue Fang Games Releases Facebook Game “Zoo Kingdom” 03/15/2010

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Blue Fang Games, LLCMBBP client Blue Fang Games, LLC has just released their first social network game on Facebook called “Zoo Kingdom”. Scott Triola, COO of Blue Fang, believes that social network gaming is a growing part of the future of the industry. This venture makes Blue Fang the first traditional game development studio to use their expertise on a social site like Facebook.

For more information on Zoo Kingdom please visit Blue Fang Games.

SwitchGames User Trading Reaches 100,000 Items 01/26/2010

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SwitchGamesMBBP client SwitchGames, a free peer to peer video game trading community, has reached its 100,000 traded items milestone in less than a year. The relatively new company provides users with a quick and safe way to trade their used video games with others without having to pay a fee which allows users to get better deals on their games.  SwitchGames founder Jason Crawford believes that at the current rate of growth, his company will soon surpass eBay as the biggest site for used games sales.

Congratulations SwitchGames!

MBBP represents SwitchGames in IP and Financing Matters.

MIT Enterprise Forum NE Games SIG to Host Game Companies and the VC’s that Fund Them 01/20/2010

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Registration is now open for the MITEF New England Games SIG and New England Venture Capital Association event: A Meeting of the Minds: Game Companies and the VC’s that Fund Them. The event will feature a panel of venture capitalists and executives from companies in the game industry (including MBBP client Vivox) who will discuss their perspectives on the current state of the game industry. Wade Roush, chief correspondent for Xconomy.com, will moderate the event while helping to answer a number of questions for attendees. MBBP is one of the sponsors of this event and our own Michael Cavaretta is founder and chair of the New England Games SIG.

Featured Panelists:

To register for the event, please click here.

For more information on the event, please visit the NE Games SIG blog.

Viximo Welcomes New CEO 01/11/2010

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ViximoMBBP client Viximo hired Dale Strang as its new CEO. Viximo provides white-label virtual goods selling software for media publishers, including micro-payments, virtual currency, analytics and virtual-goods content. With over 13 years experience in the industry, Strang previously held an executive position at IGN Entertainment, a company known for its online reviews of new videogames, and led the company to more than 300% revenue growth in two years.

We look forward to seeing him put his expertise to work for Viximo!

For more information on Viximo’s new CEO, please read the full article at Mass High Tech.

Fire Hose Games Founder to Speak at IGDA Webinar 12/30/2009

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Fire Hose GamesOn January 27, Eitan Glinert, founder of MBBP client Fire Hose Games, will be speaking at a Webinar hosted by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). He will provide a walkthrough on videogame iterative prototyping and provide examples from games his company created. This discussion is aimed towards new developers; however, those experienced in the industry will find it beneficial as well.

Click here to reserve your IGDA Webinar seat.

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