A two day games summit organised by ELSPA and supported by TIGA will take place on the 17th and 18th of June 2003 in London. Two workshops will be held on the previous day, the 16th of June.

On the 16th of June there will be two pre-conference half day workshops presented by representatives from Osborne Clarke, a pan-European law firm.

The morning workshop will deal with Negotiating Games Publishing Deals and the afternoon workshop will focus on Creating and Acquiring Rights for Computer Games. The morning workshop will deal more specifially with IPR in Computer Games, Publishing Deals and agreements. The afternoon workship will focus on agreements with talent, third party licences and music.

The two day summit consists of plenarys and parallel sessions. The first morning will see analysis of market trends, discussion of the challenges and opportunities faced by European developers and a presentation by Chris Deering, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, on future challenges for console platforms. These are followed in the afternoon by a session on new opportunities in terms of the mass market and a session on finance and risk management.

The second morning will open with a keynote by Peter Moore, Corporate VP of Retail Sales and Marketing for Microsoft, who will speak on the evolution of digital entertainment. This will be followed by a further analysis of market trends, a keynote on the changing retail environment, insights into handheld gaming with a representative from Nintendo and a roundtable on best practice in the industry. The afternoon sees a number of sesions on broadband, mobile games and license exploitation.

The event will take place in the Radisson SAS Portman Hotel in London.

More info: www.elspa.com/