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Virtual Legality Episode 387

Star Wars Freed! EA Loses Exclusivity, Lucasfilm Hires Ubisoft/Others

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When Disney and Electronic Arts entered into a ten year exclusive license agreement for the creation of "core" Star Wars games back in 2013, one could forgive both sides for thinking that the sky would be the limit for the alliance.

But now in 2021, a changed world (both in terms of Star Wars and...other) means a reevaluation of the contract that set the two giants on their course. A reevaluation that will definitively change the galaxy, or at least the one that's "far, far away".

Let's dive in.

This will be a day long remembered...in Virtual Legality.

#StarWars #Lucasfilm #EA


Discussed in this episode:

"The Walt Disney Company and EA Announce Multi-Year Star Wars Games Agreement"
Press Release - May 6, 2013
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130506006434/en/The-Walt-Disney-Company-and-EA-Announce-Multi-Year-Star-Wars-Games-Agreement

"EA/Disney 'Star Wars' Deal to Last 10 Years, Expand Past Movies"
The Hollywood Reporter - November 21, 2013
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ea-disney-star-wars-deal-658636

"EA’s Troubled Decade Of Star Wars Games"
Kotaku - January 6, 2019
https://kotaku.com/ea-s-troubled-decade-of-star-wars-games-1831807493

"Lucasfilm Games has been hiring for new Star Wars games and 'heritage projects' (updated)"
PC Gamer - March 20, 2019
https://www.pcgamer.com/lucasfilm-games-has-been-unexpectedly-resurrected-by-disney/

"Virtual Legality #38 - Lucasfilm Games, Electronic Arts, and the Future of Star Wars (Hoeg Law)"
YouTube Video - March 20, 2019 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/ScZChL2X0Vg

"Electronic Arts plans to 'double down' on Star Wars games"
PC Gamer - June 23, 2020
https://www.pcgamer.com/electronic-arts-plans-to-double-down-on-star-wars-games/

"LUCASFILM GAMES BEGINS A NEW ERA"
Star Wars Website - January 11, 2021
https://www.starwars.com/news/lucasfilm-games

"Lucasfilm Games" Twitter Feed
https://twitter.com/LucasfilmGames/

"GET YOUR FEDORAS AND WHIPS READY FOR A NEW INDIANA JONES GAME"
Star Wars Website - January 12, 2021
https://www.starwars.com/news/indiana-jones-game

"LUCASFILM GAMES HITS LIGHTSPEED TOWARD THE FUTURE"
Star Wars Website - January 13, 2021
https://www.starwars.com/news/lucasfilm-games-interview


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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DESIGN WORK
Joe Ellis (Logo Design)
Chris Leroux (Motion Graphics)
For more information: contact Chris at @Chrisleroux on Twitter.

PODCAST VERSIONS ALSO AVAILABLE

Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
02:00 A Decade of Exclusivity
06:01 Rumblings of Change
11:31 The Return of Lucasfilm Games
12:43 The Return of Indiana Jones
14:45 Massive (and Ubisoft) News for Star Wars
22:55 Conclusion

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