Advances in technology have driven transformational change in the video games industry in recent years, particularly with the rise of online and mobile gaming, esports, streaming technology and social media. With such a rich heritage in technology, IP and media, as well as broad international reach through our 29 offices and wider international network, Bird & Bird is ideally placed to advise on the full range of issues affecting the video games sector.

We've been working in video games for decades, and one of the most exciting things for us has been to see how the type of work we do and the clients we work with are constantly evolving. As a prime example of this, and building on our market-leading sports practice, we've developed an excellent reputation in esports, and this is now a significant and rapidly growing area of our business.

Whether you are a large publisher, finance company or start-up developers, you will benefit from the depth of specialist advice and international coverage we can offer in key games markets including game finance, crowd funding, development, end-user licences, IP enforcement, publishing, distribution, esports and gambling. Combined with the support of the wider firm, whether through our top-tier data protection team, M&A expertise or brand protection practice, Bird & Bird is able to provide you with a truly full-service yet highly specialised offering.

The video games sector not only combines a lot of the firm’s strengths, but also its passions, which means that our lawyers are keen to contribute to the debate. For example, our MediaWrites blog contains comment from our industry experts on a range of current issues within the industry.