The Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) is a multi-faceted ministry with the vision to nurture and develop a Creative Economy, Gracious Community and Connected Singapore. The Ministry's mission is to develop Singapore as a Global City for information, communications and the arts, so as to build a creative economy and a connected society with a Singaporean identity rooted in our multicultural heritage. It aims to propel the creative economy through the development and promotion of the creative industries (arts, design and media) and infocomm technology sector to create new economic value and jobs. It also aims to forge a strong sense of community, national identity and rootedness among Singaporeans, to foster better understanding between the Government and its various stakeholders through effective public communications.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies.
Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) is a Government statutory board with a dual-role of promoting and regulating the country's media industry. It plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Global Media City and positioning it at the forefront of the digital media age. Under MDA's guidance is a cluster of media industries, encompassing film, video, television, radio, publishing, music, games, and animation, as well as industry-wide functions such as media services and capability development. It also hosts a multi-agency office responsible for driving research and development in the Interactive and Digital Media space.
Sony Online Entertainment LLC ("SOE") is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games. Known for blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II and Star Wars™ Galaxies, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities. SOE's culture of industry innovation has produced the first console-based massively multiplayer online game (EverQuest Online Adventures), the first massively multiplayer online shooter (PlanetSide), and the first game-linked virtual goods marketplace (Station Exchange). Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles and Taipei, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.
At Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, our attorneys have both the legal and technical qualifications necessary to understand interactive entertainment’s rapid growth. As one of the leading intellectual property firms, we represent some of the most prominent publishers, console manufacturers, and game developers in the world. Our practice includes counseling, litigation, intellectual property registrations, and transactional work across a variety of platforms including PCs, mobile, and console games. Kenyon’s expertise also includes the treatment of virtual and intellectual property in online worlds, and extends to associated litigation and working with the increasingly complex agreements required by massively multiplayer online games (MMOs).
Founded in 2005, Makena Technologies is an entertainment and communications company focused on online interaction and specializing in social virtual worlds. Makena operates There.com, an interactive, 3-D social virtual world where members can create avatars, interact with friends in real-time using voice and text chat and participate in community activities. In partnership with MTV Networks, Makena also operates Virtual Laguna Beach, The Hills and Pimp My Ride, a social virtual world modeled after three of MTV’s leading television properties. Makena is led by CEO Michael Wilson, a pioneer in the development of virtual worlds, with over fifteen years experience in online communities.
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