First Annual “Tour Chile” Event: Video Game Business and Legal Conference in Santiago, Chile April 18-19

Interactive Entertainment Law Group (Los Angeles, California) and Bedoya Visbal Abogados (Barranquilla, Colombia) in association with Video Games Chile are proud to announce the First Annual “Tour Chile,” a video game industry business and legal conference that will take place in Santiago, Chile on April 18th and 19th at the Bellavista Campus of San Sebastian University.

Senior industry executives from South America and North America will meet in Santiago to participate in a series of panels, round table discussions, workshops and informal networking opportunities, focused on the growing games industry in South America.

The conference will feature senior executives in the games industry, each providing a unique perspective relative to their role within the video game ecosystem.  Speakers will represent various publishers, studio managers and developers, tech/middleware executives, hardware representatives, agents, business development executives and attorneys.

Speakers scheduled to attend include executives from EPIC Games, Razer, Hibernum Studios, International Digital Entertainment Agency, Fingerfood Studios, Bedoya & Visbal Abogados and the Interactive Entertainment Law Group. *  

Patrick Sweeney, Founding Partner of IE Law Group, explains that this conference is the first of its kind in the region. “Within the last few years, I’ve seen many great studios coming from South America generally, and Chile in particular,” said Sweeney. “Our collaboration with Video Games Chile will be beneficial to all our speakers and attendees alike by facilitating the sharing of best practices, mentorship and networking opportunities.  We are happy to work with Video Games Chile on this event.”

Jorge Bedoya ofadded: “The rapid growth of South American video game companies has caught the attention of companies around the world.  This is why we have joined efforts with Video Games Chile to help with this event.  I believe that by offering the event’s attendees a place to interact and learn from each other, we can keep strengthening and improving the South American games industry.”

Julio Marambio, the President of Video Games Chile, said that “This event offers a very good chance for Chilean companies to connect directly with partners that are really interested in the Latin American market, to exchange experiences and evaluate possible business opportunities with them, establishing long term relationships. Normally, we have to make great efforts to reach these people and see them personally in international fairs, but now we will be able to actually have them as guests in our own country, which is amazing.”

To learn more about speaking or sponsorship opportunities for Tour Chile, please contact Mary Oldendorph at moldendorph@ielawgroup.net.

For information regarding attendance at the event, please contact Juan Cristobal Tomic at juancristobal@videogameschile.com.

About IE Law Group

IE Law Group was established in 2013 by Patrick Sweeney to provide industry-specific, high-quality legal representation to companies and individuals in the Video Game/App/Interactive Media sector. Strategically located in Southern California, they work with clients across the United States as well as companies located in more than 20 other countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.  Please see www.ielawgroup.net for more information.

About Bedoya & Visbal Abogados

Bedoya & Visbal began in 2015 as an initiative of Jorge Bedoya and María Carolina Visbal, seeking to provide quality legal advice in the fast growing Interactive Entertainment and Digital Content Industries in Latin America. Bedoya & Visbal is located in Barranquilla, Colombia, where it renders its services to all size companies present in the region. Please visit www.bedoyavisbal.com for more information.

About Video Games Chile

VGChile is the Chilean Association of Videogame Developers. It was founded in 2010 by the first Chilean companies of the industry, and in 2013 it also became the Chilean Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). VGChile was created to promote and support the industry of videogame development in Chile, and it aims to connect local development companies with the global market and collaborate with relevant, industry-related public and private actors. Currently 40 companies are associated to VG Chile, which represents more than the 80% of the Chilean companies in this industry. Website: www.videogameschile.com

* Speakers subject to change