How Fine Print Could Kill Videogame Shows

The Escapist writes:

"The ups and downs of major games shows, the cancellation of GC Leipzig, and the "temporarily suspended" status of other shows indicate that developers and publishers who plan to exhibit in 2009 and 2010 need to read their space contracts more carefully. In some cases, the contract language has changed in very significant ways which - if a show is canceled - can easily bankrupt a small studio, and put new and unanticipated financial burdens on larger studios.

I've identified the six worst examples of "fine print abuses" that exhibitors need to know about before they sign the dotted line for 2009 and 2010 shows. All six abuses focus on two themes: show organizers reducing exhibitors' rights, and show organizers transferring risks and liabilities to individual exhibitors."

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