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Virtual Legality Episode 111

Scandal in Ukraine! No, not that One. The Frogwares One.

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Developer Frogwares Games (Sherlock Holmes; The Sinking City) has its own mystery to unravel, as it turns to social media to work through why its publisher, Focus Home Interactive, has delisted almost all of its games.

What happened here and what is likely to happen in the future?

What is the relationship between licensor (IP owner) and licensee (publisher), and why will the terms of the underlying contract likely determine the end result?

And why do all parties discussing a business relationship need to "focus" on the written language, despite what assurances they might otherwise receive?

We're not in the 'trust me' business...in Virtual Legality.

#Frogwares #FocusHome #Delisting


Discussed in this episode:

"Attention: an important message from our studio."
Tweet - September 26, 2019 - Frogwares (@Frogwares)
https://twitter.com/Frogwares/status/1177221382003933184

"Frogwares games pulled from storefronts amid dispute with publisher, Focus Home Interactive"
GameDailyBiz - September 27, 2019 - Sarah LeBoeuf
https://gamedaily.biz/article/1247/frogwares-games-pulled-from-storefronts-amid-dispute-with-publisher-focus-home-interactive


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"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).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


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On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)
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About Hoeg Law

The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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