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Where can I find legal or business resources for a game production company?

Where can I find information on the legal or business aspects of running a game production company?
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What things should an indie game developer never do? [closed]

What are some of the biggest - and better yet: insidious and unexpected - mistakes that indie game developers make? Especially when making the transition from hobbyist to full-time indie?
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What's in a name?

How does the name of a game relate to how popular it becomes? Have there been studies around this subject? Are people influenced by the name of a game?
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What pitfalls should one look out for when starting a studio

What are the common mistakes or oversights made when starting a new game studio? Please only one mistake or oversight per answer and if you can explain why it is an issue and what one should do to ...
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What type of legal entity do I need for my game company in the USA?

I'm the leader of a group of 4 of us that are contributing to a game and it has come to my attention that we will eventually need some kind of official title or something along those lines. We've ...
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Cost of game development and maintenance of an MMORPG [closed]

I am doing a project and I have a few questions about game development/maintenance costs. For a MMORPG like Second Life, how much does it cost to develop and maintain? Maintain as in servers' ...
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Must know legal issues when releasing a game?

Alright, some day in the far future I would love to independently release my own game. My question is, what is the minimum amount of familiarity I need with copyright law, software patents, and other ...
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How do I move from mainstream to indie development?

I'm a game programmer for a AAA-level developer and publisher—which I know falls into the 'nice problem to have' category. However, I'm becoming disenchanted with the direction of both the company and ...
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A game community equivalent to IMDb Pro?

Is there one resource that tracks and lists games in development, similar to what IMDb Pro does for films in development? MobyGames is good for post-mortem, who did what, but what about a resource ...
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Where to find market research info on adventure games?

Looks like adventure games are on the rise again. There were several great releases in 2012, including brilliant and highly acclaimed Walking Dead from TellTale. Is there a market research that ...