WHO
Who We Are
The Video Game Bar Association is the premier international association whose members represent the industry’s leading practitioners in the interactive entertainment industry and other related fields.
OUR
Mission
The VGBA mission is to serve its members, their specialized profession and the law governing their practice by providing worldwide tools and resources necessary to collectively achieve the highest level of expertise and service.
THE
VGBA Summits
The VGBA summit is the definite conference if you want to get the latest news about current legal hot topics in the Interactive Entertainment industry. Furthermore, there’s also time for networking with colleagues.

WELCOME
[To Our Website]
The VGBA..

is an international organization which was founded by a number of attorneys and aims to serve as a networking organization for lawyers who primarily practice in the video game industry.
As a worldwide organization, which has sent invites to over 100 attorneys in North America and Europe, the VGBA is the first association of its kind related to the games business.

Our mission is to serve our members, their specialized profession and the law governing their practice by providing worldwide tools and resources necessary to collectively achieve the highest level of expertise and service.

About
[Founded in 2011]
Our Organization's Pillars

The VGBA seeks to achieve its mission by constantly working toward three goals: (1) Serve our members; (2) Improve our profession; and (3) Advance the rule of law.

Sean Kane

[President]

Patrick Sweeney

[Vice President & Co-Founder]

Konstantin Ewald

[Vice President]

Riley Russell

[Treasury]

Kirk Soderquist

[Board Member]

Chrissie Scelsi

[Board Member]

Ryan Black

[Board Member]

Janna Smith

[Board Member]

Joseph Olin

[Executive Director]
GDC 2023
[See you in 2023!]
VGBA Brunch Meetup

Join us for brunch at our first live VGBA event of 2023 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Registration details and location to be announced in January!

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Summit
[Impressions]
What's On?

Captured moments during our summits, besides the sessions you can start networking during a coffee break. PS: Some of our members also have impressive video game skills, you are welcome to challenge each other 🙂

25
Summits so far
999
Attendees with Video-Game Skills
111
Awesome Coffee Breaks
222
Killer Afterparties

Competition
[How To Apply]
David S. Rosenbaum Scholarship

Applicants will submit an original paper on a legal issue in the video game industry.

  • 8 – 12 pages*
  • Double Spaced
  • Font & citation style is left to the contestant’s discretion but must be consistent and legible
  • Developments in Game Accessibility
  • Reputation Management and User-Creations (Mods, Skins, etc.)
  • Game Developer Unionization and Labor Rights

All Papers must be submitted to tristen@vgba.org by 23:59 PST on Dec. 1 to be eligible.
The Winner Will Receive a $2,500 stipend and free admission + a stipend to attend the 2023 VGBA Bay Area Summit.

*page count excludes elements outside of the main body of work (i.e., cover page, table of contence, bibliography etc.)

Become
[A VGBA Member]
Wanna be awesome?

Interested in Becoming a Member of the VGBA? At this time, all members of the VGBA must be an attorney in good standing and either actively practicing in the video game and interactive entertainment industry or currently employed by a law school as a professor in specialized topics of the field. All prospective members must first submit an application to be peer certified as an active practitioner in the industry.

$
200
[Become a Member]
  • Summit Registration Discounts
  • Networking Events
  • Latest Legal News
$
50
[Student Membership]
  • Summit Registration Discounts
  • Networking Events
  • Latest Legal News
$
200
[Membership Renewal]
  • Summit Registration Discounts
  • Networking Events
  • Latest Legal News
News
[Our Blog]
What's New?

Current hot legal topics and updates in the interactive entertainment industry, selected by the VGBA based on their impact and significance.