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 On the Road 


28 February 2020

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 street, Gmach Audytoryjny WNPiSM, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland


The first edition of More Than Just a Game On The Road: Warsaw is organised by Linklaters with a help of University of Warsaw Intellectual Property Student Association "IP", courtesy of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London.

It will be a day of presentations and panel discussions dedicated to Video Games and Interactive Entertainment in Poland, the birthplace of many of the most innovative and engaging experiences in video games, such as SUPERHOT, This War of Mine and The Witcher. The leading industry lawyers, video game developers and scholars are going to discuss the recent issues faced during a day-to-day activity of a game developer, as well as observe the trends which could impact the industry in the future.

The conference will cover topics such as the government support of the video games industry in Poland, tax reliefs, intellectual property issues, data privacy and more! The guests will have a chance to exchange their views on the legal theory and practice of the most dynamically evolving industry there is.

You cannot miss it!


Registration starts at 09:30 - Conference starts at 10:00

10:15 - 11:00 - Games and Culture Session


Chair: Dr Michaela McDonald, Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London

  • Dr Piotr Kubiński, Narra/University of Warsaw

    • Video Games and Humanities Studies

  • Paweł Miechowski, 11bit studios

    • The language of games as perceived by 11 bit studios

11:00 - 11:45 - Intellectual Property Law

Chair: Dr Gaetano Dimita, Senior Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University London

  • Rafał Kłoczko, Chief Legal Counsel,CD Projekt RED, 

    • Free speech vs IP in EU

  • Alina Trapova, Lecturer at Università Bocconi,

    • Exhausted or not: digital distribution of video games in the EU after Tom Kabinet

  • Michał Pękała, Head of Video Games Law Practice at Linklaters, 

    • Legal nationality of video games: a copyright approach

12:15 - 13:00 - Games & Data

Chair: Andrea Rizzi, Partner, Insight Studio Legale

  • Monika Gebel, Associate at IPT Department at Baker & McKenzie Warsaw 

    • Player data processing and portability under the Digital Content Directive

  • Krzysztof Król, Head of Codes and Certification Division, Polish Personal Data Protection Office (UODO)

  • Jakub Kowal, Associate at Video Games Practice at Linklaters Warsaw 

    • Use of personal and non-personal data in video games

14:00 - 14:45 - Industry Perspective

Chair: Michał Pękała, Head of Video Games Law Practice at Linklaters

  • Tom Tomaszewski, Head of Studio, Crunching Koalas  

    • Non legal take on obtaining licenses to use music in video games

  • Dan Olthen, CEO, Black Sail Games 

    • Don't put all your eggs in one basket - how to make the indie dream a dream and not a nightmare

  • Mikołaj Marcisz, Founder, Vavel Games Studio  

    • Avoiding things that can ruin your gaming company

14:45 - 15:30 - Government Support for Games

  • Paul Gardner, Partner, Wiggin

  • Marcelina Szwed-Ziemichód, Tax Advisor at Video Games Practice at Linklaters Warsaw

    • IP Box (innovative tax incentive) in video games

16:00 - 16:45 - Current Trends

  • Chair: Nav Sunner, CEO & Founder, Navatron

    • How to play games after Brexit?

  • Wojtek Ropel, Partner, Beiten Burkhardt

    • A legal look at the biggest shitstorms in the recent past

  • Piotr Wolanin, IP Counsel, Huuuge Games

    • Lootboxes in Poland - current shape and legal status

16:45 - 17:30 - Influencers

Chair: Anna Ceynowa

  • Marcin Fijałkowski, Partner at IPT Department at Baker & McKenzie Warsaw

    • Legal framework of cooperation with influencers in the video game industry

  • Kostya Lobov, Senior Associate, Harbottle & Lewis

    • TBC

Honorary Patronage
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