About Our Games and Digital Media Practice

For decades, Fenwick & West has been keeping pace with clients who have redefined games and entertainment through rapid innovation.

With one of the most active games and digital media practices of any law firm in the country, Fenwick has represented pioneering game publishers, developers, platform manufacturers and content providers in the interactive entertainment arena, including Sega, King, Peak Games, Supercell, Gram Games, Glu Mobile, Google and Facebook.

From mobile, video games and social networking to content distribution and rights, companies of all sizes in this rapidly evolving sector turn to Fenwick to help them navigate every stage of growth and to resolve the complex legal and business issues that arise when entertainment and technology come together.

Why Leading Games and Digital Media Companies Choose Fenwick

We have a long history of serving the games and digital media sector

For more than two decades we have been helping games and digital media companies through their complete life cycle, from initial concepts through exit strategy. For instance, we represented Electronic Arts from its inception in 1982, through its IPO and continue to represent them today. The growth of our Games and Digital Media practice has mirrored this rapidly growing sector.  Today, we provide a wide range of services for companies of all sizes, including:

  • Joint ventures
  • Development agreements
  • Celebrity agreements
  • Inbound content and brand licenses
  • Distribution and affiliated label agreements
  • Sweepstakes, contests and promotion

We have a successful track record of negotiating mission critical commercial agreements

Our more than 25 licensing and technology transactions attorneys – devoted full-time to analyzing transactions – have deep experience in structuring and negotiating mission critical commercial agreements for video game and digital media companies, including development, distribution, publishing, celebrity, e-commerce, IT sourcing, and strategic transactions. We have counseled, drafted or negotiated development, distribution and publishing deals for Electronic Arts, Glu Mobile, VeriSign, Amazon and IGN.

We have one of the top M&A practices in the nation

Fenwick & West has one of the preeminent games and digital media M&A practices in the nation, ranked by Legal 500 among the top 3 corporate and M&A law firms in the U.S. for the interactive entertainment sector.  In recent years, we have completed more than 125 transactions in the digital media/interactive entertainment space, valued in excess of $7 billion, for clients such as Electronic Arts, Glu Mobile, Twitter, Facebook, ngmoco:) and Capcom.

We are a leading provider of startup and venture capital services

As one of the top U.S. law firms for technology startups, Fenwick is consistently ranked by Dow Jones and Chambers USA as one of the Top 5 VC practices in the U.S.  We currently represent hundreds of venture-backed or private equity-backed private companies, including a large number of emerging games and digital media clients –Flipboard, GaiKai, Dropbox, Digital Chocolate and Linden Lab.

What you can expect with Fenwick on your team

A group of top legal minds that understands your business and your industry

We will provide more than just legal solutions; we will demonstrate that we understand your business, your goals, and the complex issues that occur when the pace of innovation exceeds the law and even current business models.  Because we come to the table already armed with industry-specific expertise, we can take the time to dive into your unique situation. This means we will respond swiftly with cost-efficient and practical business guidance.

A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to service

Whatever your needs may be, we will draw upon the expertise of professionals from all areas of our practice, including our intellectual property, sweepstakes, contests and promotions, privacy, executive compensation and benefits, corporate, tax and litigation practice groups. Drawing from the best subject matter experts from every practice group, you will receive the support you need to effectively and rapidly address your most complex matters. 

A team of intellectual property professionals to help you at every stage of development

Fenwick has been working with rapidly growing companies at the forefront of innovation for more than four decades. We will work hard to enforce and defend your IP rights, including complex copyright protection, pursuing cybersquatters, protecting the IP rights in software code, platform names, game names and character images. 

An unwavering commitment to service

At Fenwick, we pride ourselves on delivering best-in-class legal services in a highly efficient and effective manner to companies of all sizes. Regularly ranked as one of the top U.S. law firms for client service, we have numerous mechanisms for receiving and acting on client feedback to improve client service. Whether you are an industry leader or an emerging company, you deserve—and will receive—the same attention to detail, efficiency, cost-containment and personal attention for which we have become known. 

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