Social Gaming In Europe

Schmid | Talos | Aquilina - Social Gaming Europe

With the rise of social networks such as Facebook and Google+, social gaming has become a very popular phenomenon. Not a day passes without new games being launched, others closing down and the debate on whether or not social games need regulation heating up. Social games such as FarmVille 2, Zynga Poker or Slotomania matter and 750 million active players worldwide are living proof of that.

“Social Gaming in Europe” contains a comprehensive overview of commercial and legal aspects of social gaming and is organized in two parts: The commercial part describes the phenomenon of social gaming, outlining the basic notions of this industry. It includes an overview of games and operators, substantive market data and excursions on monetization, virtual goods and the lifecycle of social games. The legal part examines the distinction between social gaming and gambling by looking at gambling in the EU, the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the definition of gambling in seven Member States. If not caught by national gambling legislation, there is a set of EU law applicable to social gaming operators, which the book summarizes, also diving into adjoining issues such as case law on virtual goods and the currently very hotly debated question whether or not social gaming requires regulation.

Price in EUR 59,00 | 250 Pages | ISBN 978-3-7007-540-6


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The authors:

Günter Schmid is co-founder of Kapsner & Schmid advising entrepreneurs in the leisure and entertainment sector on strategy and M&A issues. He previously held positions as CFO of bwin, investment manager with Apax Partners, and as management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Thomas Talos is co-founder of Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law, specializing in International Gaming and Entertainment Law, Corporate Law and M&A. He has extensive experience in the gaming sector and frequently publishes in domestic and international law journals.

Nicholas Aquilina joined Brandl & Talos in 2009 and specializes in International Gaming and Entertainment Law, EU Law and E-Commerce. He frequently publishes in Austrian and international law journals and acts as a speaker at events in his specialist areas, including social gaming.

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