When Indie Devs Should Lawyer Up
Out of the gate, indie devs are faced with a bunch of challenges from coming up with the concept of their game to…well frankly everything else. Of course, it’s hard to be on top of everything, but there are just some areas devs really can’t afford to skip. Specifically, that’s legal matters. It might not seem like it matters much, but there is nothing worse than stepping into a legal mess that could have been avoided.
Thankfully, Zachary Rich of Press Start Legal is here to talk with us about when is the right time to consider legal assistance, in what scenarios you would need help and how you can take action now so you don’t get caught off guard later when you least expect it.
Q?Box Round Answers!
The Q?Box round is a series of random questions so you can get to know a little bit more about our guest.
1) Early bird or night owl?
Both…but would prefer to be a night owl.
2) What is one thing that motivates you every day?
Working with creatives, regardless if you’re making a game or anything creative!
3) Final Fantasy or Zelda?
4) What is your favorite game of all time?
5) What is your favorite movie?
Boondock Saints (Dazed and Confused a close second)
- When ready, set up your legal entity (for immediate and long term needs)!
- Make sure to have contracts for whoever you work with.
- Think about your end customer and their experience.
- Be as transparent as possible!
- Make sure you have policies and other important forms in place and don’t use generic forms.
- Protect your property/IP
RESOURCES AND LINKS
More info about Zac and Press Start Legal
AMA: Check out Reddit r/gamedev for a monthly/bi-monthly AMA with Zac!