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Game Over? Finding an Expert in Video Game Design



Americans spent nearly $60 billion on video game content, devices, and accessories in 2020. Hundreds of new titles for consoles and hundreds of thousands of new apps for mobile devices are introduced every year. So, how unique are the elements that make up a gaming hit? When an intellectual property dispute arose, IMS had the opportunity to find an expert to explain the history of video game design.

Primary Case Issue

Our client represented a company alleged to have infringed on the copyright and trade dress of a well-known arcade game. They sought an expert who could discuss functional game design, as well as the history of video games and their place in popular culture.

Expert Witness Requirements

  • Industry experience designing video games
  • Knowledge of the video game industry’s history and the significance of games in popular culture
  • Prior deposition testimony experience
  • Immediate availability to write an expert report

Expert Witness Search

An IMS researcher quickly identified nine expert candidates with industry experience designing interactive entertainment software. A recruiter reached out to each expert to clear conflicts and vet their credentials and experience. Profiles of three highly qualified candidates were sent to our client within five business days. Each expert had more than 30 years of experience developing video games.

Expert Witness Placement

Our client was able to retain an expert who fulfilled all their requirements within 10 days of the initial request. The chosen candidate was a computer scientist with nearly 40 years of experience designing games for arcades, home computers, handheld consoles, and mobile devices. The expert also had an advanced degree and was a seasoned witness.

Case Results

This case settled.

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