Next Generation + Scholarship + Intellectual Property Navigating the Pixels and Pitfalls: Gaming Law in Cross-Border Operations

Friday, April 26
Location (Room)
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The world of gaming has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry, encompassing not only entertainment but also complex legal challenges. As legal practitioners of the future, understanding the nuances of gaming law is essential to stay ahead in an ever-evolving landscape. This panel aims to shed light on the various aspects of this field for legal professionals, while also delving into the potential legal pitfalls that arise during cross-border operations in the gaming industry, such as IP licensing, data transfer, and contracts.

In today's digital age, the gaming industry stands at the forefront of innovation, and its legal implications are far-reaching. Our esteemed panelists, experts in gaming law, will provide valuable insights and share their experiences, addressing a range of topics, including:

  • Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing;
  • Data Transfer and Privacy;
  • Contracts and Dispute Resolution;
  • Regulatory & Compliance;
  • Emerging Legal Issues.

This panel promises to be an invaluable resource for legal practitioners and enthusiasts looking to understand the complexities of gaming law, its importance, and the challenges that arise when operating on a global scale. Join us as we embark on a journey through the world of gaming law and prepare for the legal challenges of the future.



David Hoppe

David B. Hoppe is the founder and managing partner of Gamma Law. Mr. Hoppe is an experienced international transactional lawyer and a recognized authority on emerging legal issues in high-growth media/technology sectors, including video games and esports, blockchain and digital assets, VR/AR/XR, and digital media/entertainment.

Over a career spanning nearly three decades, based in New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Stockholm, and Helsinki, Mr. Hoppe has advised clients ranging from the world’s largest corporations to founders and early-stage startups on matters ranging from international debt and equity financings, venture capital and M&A transactions, to high-value content and technology licensing agreements, film/TV option agreements, and crypto/blockchain regulatory compliance.

Mr. Hoppe is a frequent speaker in the United States and internationally on cutting-edge legal topics and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Law, ABC News, and CNBC. He is the author of Chapter and Metaverse: Legal Trends and Developments in Web3 and NFTs, 2023, and Esports in Court, Crimes in VR, and the 51% Attack (Vision 2020 Press), a collection of observations, anecdotes, analyses, and opinions about media and technology legal trends



Arya Tripathy

Arya is a Partner at PSA, a niche law firm based in India. She graduated in 2011 and has advised various domestic and international clients on diverse aspects of business and commercial laws, cross-border and domestic M&A, joint-ventures and investments, general corporate & governance, regulatory, and labor & employment matters. She is focused on advising clients in life sciences, defense, IT/ITES, technology & media, automobiles, heavy manufacturing industries, and social impact sector.

She is an IAPP Certified International Privacy Professional (Asia) and has substantial experience in advising global and national clients on comparative data protection and privacy laws, with specific focus on EU, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indian legal landscape. Arya pro-actively contributes to the Firm’s pro-bono services and regularly works with policy think-tanks, not-for-profit and social impact companies on varied legal aspects.

She has collaborated with technology policy think-tanks and participated in stakeholders discussions to make recommendations on India’s draft data protection bill, its impact on start-ups and MSMEs, state of encryption and intermediary liability and privacy framework for government’s contact tracing application, Aarogya Setu. She has keen interest in policy debates around digital economy and its potential to impact the last mile.

She is a member of ITechLaw Association, and is the Co-Chair of IWIN Committee. She is the Vice-Chair of NGC at IPBA, and Chair of IAPP’s Delhi KnowledgeNet Chapter. She has represented the Firm and spoken at various national and international conferences and seminars on a wide array of subjects. Arya has also published various articles in reputed international and national journals on contemporary legal topics, and regularly contributes to her firm’s publications with a significant focus on data protection laws. She was recognized as ALB Rising Star in 2022, a finalist in the Pro-Bono category for ALB Women in Law Awards 2023, and Mondaq Thought Leader in Data Protection India for Spring and Autumn 2023.



Xijie Wei

Mr. Wei is licensed lawyer practicing in Peoples Republic of China and specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration, intellectual property, corporate, and corporate governance laws. He provides professional legal services for domestic and foreign large and medium-size enterprises as well as foreigners. He has assisted a large number of clients from the US, Germany, England, Japan, Korea, South Africa and etc. with foreign-related civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, providing professional legal opinions on solution to disputes, and solves disputes by means of negotiation, pre-trial disputes settlement, litigation and arbitration. He has handled many difficult, complex and high-value cases, deeply participated in case analysis and planning, document preparation, court appearance, communication, negotiation and other aspects.

Mr. WEI has provided and drafted legal opinions in general legal matters, corporate documents and regulations on internal management, investment, and establishment of branches



Meryl Koh

Meryl is a litigator with over 15 years’ experience and a Director in both the Intellectual Property (IP) and Dispute Resolution Departments. Particularly well-versed in corporate commercial disputes involving shareholders, IP, video games, entertainment, and technology disputes, Meryl is the first port of call for timely practical and commercial advice as well as strong advocacy in these areas.

Meryl’s distinctive competency leads her to act in many complex local and cross border litigation and arbitrations involving infringement of patents, trademarks and copyright, passing off, oppression, breach of director’s duties, defamation and employment. Many of her clients come from the media, video games, sports, F&B, technology, and biopharmaceutical industries. Her clients include high net worth individuals, listed companies as well as international and household names.

Meryl is dual-qualified in Singapore and Australia. Lauded as a “polished litigator” and an “excellent strategist”, clients described Meryl as a “sharp and appropriately aggressive lawyer whom you will want on your side.” She was recognised as Top 250 Women in IP 2023 by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). At the Asialaw Awards 2023, Drew & Napier won the Editor’s Choice - Impact Deal and Case of the Year for acting in the Riot Games v NetEase Interactive Entertainment matter, where Meryl was lead counsel for Riot Games. In 2019, she was also identified as one of the bright legal minds in the region under the age of 40 in the publications “40 under 40 list”.

In 2019, Meryl was appointed to the panel of experts (“Expert Panellist”) for the World IP Organisation’s (“WIPO”) Fast-Track Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Procedure for Consumer Fairs. She is also a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and on the board of Directors of EB Impact (non-profit).