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Friday, April 20


Fireside Chat with Wes Kelter

Wes Keltner

Gun Media

Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Room
Saturday, April 21


Chris Charla

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Main Room


What’s Phase 2? Legal and Marketing Strategies for your Game in Development!
Panel Description: Content creators are justifiably obsessed with the actual creation of their projects. That doesn’t leave much time for becoming an expert in marketing, finance, or legal issues. In this presentation and Q&A, Ross will break down and explain the non-development basics of incorporating your business, legally protecting your work, making social media work for you, the pros and cons of publishers, and much much more!

Personal Bio: Ross is an attorney, writer, and gamer. He is the Founder of Loading Law, a Chicago-based law practice, and provides legal counsel to video game developers and entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Ross is also the Organizer of the Chicago Video Game Law Summit and an Adjunct Professor of Video Game Law at DePaul University. He speaks frequently on hot topics in law and technology and is developing a book on Video Game Law. Ross also serves as Co-Chair of the CBA YLS Creative Arts Committee, Vice Chair of IGDA-Chicago, and is a Board Member of the VGA Gallery.

Contact Info: @ LoadingLaw www.loadinglaw.com www.cvgls.com


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 211


Intellectual Property for Game Developers
This presentation is an overview of the major types of intellectual property - patent, trademark, and copyright – with a focus on their relevance to the game industry.


Brian Chellgren

Brian is a partner with the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.  Located in the firm’s Lexington office, Brian is a member of the firm's Corporate Services Department and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. A registered patent attorney with degrees in molecular... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Room 211


Gamedev FUNDamentals
This talk is similar to the talk I gave last year, but with the social media and press bits stripped out to give more time to the funding bits. This time around I plan on going more in-depth about business plans, types of small businesses (and the strengths and weaknesses of each), the basics of grant applications, crowdfunding (something I didn’t touch on at all last time), angel investors, and about creating a strategic team to help your studio start, and grow. 


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Room 211