Lawyers in love with the video game industry

SJM reports: "A year ago, newly minted lawyer Shawn Foust approached a senior partner at his Los Angeles firm with an idea: dedicate an entire practice to the video game industry.

Today, the 26-year-old coordinates a team of 20 lawyers at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton that tackles mergers, licensing contracts and other deals that help make the burgeoning game business hum.
"I'm pursuing my lifelong dream of combining the two things I love - games and law," Foust said.

Never a group to steer clear of the action, lawyers across California are retooling their entertainment practices to cater to the game industry. Video games are expected to generate nearly $50 billion in global revenue this year, despite a slowdown in consumer spending, and sales have already surpassed old-line businesses including music.

As the game industry grows, so do its legal needs."

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