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Was quoted on the law in Singapore in The Sunday Times' feature yesterday on loot boxes : "Loot boxes in video games: Cool rewards or gambling trap?, 10 December 2017" :
'Loot box mechanisms, while having elements of chance and items of value, usually do not allow users to cash out. So, they are most likely exempt from the Act, said lawyer Adrian Kwong, managing director of Consigclear, which has a strong focus in video gaming and entertainment law.
Still, "it is also worth noting that the Act is expressly intended to prevent the games engendering crime and social order issues in Singapore, as well as help protect the young and vulnerable", said Mr Kwong.
"If complaints are received that the young are being exploited, for example by overspending on loot boxes or becoming addicted... the authorities may consider a particular game as objectionable."'
If you were interested in understanding more about the Remote Gambling Act, applied to loot boxes, lucky boxes, and the like in video games, do read on.
Need some images for that presentation you're working on? Some tips here: learn.asialawnetwork.com/2017/11/16/guide-to-legally-using-images-from-internet/. I've excerpted the FAQs below. Comments and questions welcome.
p.s This was my debut contribution to Asia Law Network, as the firm adds a presence there as well: https://asialawnetwork.com/lawyers/adriankwongconsigclear
Very pleased to attend IMDA's 1 year anniversary event, and to hear Minister Yaacob Ibrahim's speech on the prospects for the infocomm and media (ICM) sector of the Singapore economy, including around artificial intelligence, training the workforce better, and increasing levels of digitalization (note the SG Digital logo). His speech can be read here. Realised that the Minister had a shirt on that was the same colour as we like on this website (the colour happens to be part of the IMDA corporate logo)!
Also attended Unity's Unite Singapore 2017 event at the Art Science Museum, and caught up with some of the gaming folks in an unusual venue. Thanks for the invite, guys.
Lastly, I got to let my hair down a little at the IMDA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, getting to know fellow Film Consultation Panel members and associated IMDA staff in a more relaxed setting.
October 2017 : Was pleased to speak this month on legal issues for game companies at the inaugural SEA Summit, which is a regional conference focussed on the business of games and e-sports in SE Asia, touted at the fastest-growing area for games. More details at theseasummit.com. The Summit was hosted at PIXEL, which is a great incubator and resource run by IMDA in Singapore's one-north area for various creative industries. I hope to be back there soon... more details to come. With thanks to Chris for the picture shared via the conference app.
Not every company or business needs its own in-house lawyer. Headcount restrictions, the overheads of a new cost centre, and fears over being blocked by the notorious "Department of No" aside, however, if you have reached the point when business complexity/risk, external counsel cost and responsiveness start to weigh negatively on your business, there are some real benefits to having your own lawyer on the staff. Familiarity with the business and trust in a relationship with your business are good starting points for getting long term value out of a lawyer, especially an external in-house counsel like Consigclear. Here are some other points, excerpted from an article by Forbes Legal Council.
Welcome to the Consigclear LLC website and, specifically, to the blog section. I will be using this space to share news, thoughts and other materials from time to time. Do drop me a line here or through the Contact Us page if you have a comment, question or ideas.
To start, I’d like to thank some of the people who have helped me get this site to this point, in no specific order. First, Senthil Hari and his colleagues from ZPixel , who expertly handled my logo and mark design - even after hearing my ideas. Second, JJ (and his assistant M) from JJ Photography, who put me at ease and patiently took a range of great pictures for the business. Last but not least, Barb Tan from WizIT, who turned my materials into this website much faster than expected. All three went beyond the call to help and I am glad to know them, and recommend them.
Of course, I also wanted to thank all the friends and family who talked me through this effort to date, beta-tested the content and website, and helped me catch nits and provide feedback. All errors remain mine.