David is a Partner and heads the Gaming and Leisure team at Healys LLP solicitors in London. He is a tri-qualified UK/US/Australian commercial lawyer who focuses on providing legal services relating to supply and use of online and land based interactive entertainment including online social gaming, gambling and betting. He spent several years as an in-house lawyer for multinational technology and entertainment/leisure companies. He advises online gaming and gambling operators, content providers, cellcos, financial institutions and technology suppliers with respect to social gaming and gambling regulatory issues and commercial business transactions both domestically and internationally. He has particular experience of UK and US legal issues relating to remote social gaming, gambling and betting, and is a frequent author and speaker on the subject. In this interview David gives us a preview of his session “The Law of the Land: Games or Gambling”.
How is your topic relevant to the gaming industry?
The US is the biggest market for social gambling because online real money gambling is prohibited. To get it wrong and cross over the line could invite criminal penalties.
What’s the one thing you hope delegates get out of your session?
Delegates will hopefully get a clearer understanding of what is considered illegal online gambling in the US and other concerns about the lack of regulation of social casino games gambling and take away some ideas to protect themselves and their companies.
Why is this subject something you are passionate about?
There are so many social gaming companies currently close to crossing the line or actually crossing the line. This may lead to prosecutions under existing law or additional regulations of social gambling.
Why choose the Social Gambling Conference as your platform to voice your findings?
I-Gaming Business are at the vanguard of social and real money gaming issues. Many of the key stakeholders in the industry and leading advisers will be present at the conference to air and discuss the issues.