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Posted by: Johnna Koonce - 01/30/20 @ 3:30PM

Noah Downs of Morrison Rothman LLP and Ma'idah Lashani of Epic Games will be hosting a panel discussion at the upcoming Carolina Games Summit on Saturday, February 1st, Noon at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at Viewers and attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the esports industry and the unique legal issues present within this growing industry.

Johnna Koonce, the Executive Producer for the Carolina Games Summit, states “When a new industry is just forming it is easy for individuals and companies to get taken advantage of, we are hoping this discussion will help alleviate some of those concerns”

Ma'idah Lashani is Counsel at Epic Games, where she specializes in business operations and game development. Ma'idah has nearly a decade of games industry experience, including having worked as Senior Editor at Escapist Magazine, Chair of the IGDA NC-Triangle Chapter, and Associate Counsel at Square Enix America.

Noah Downs is a video game lawyer passionate about helping his clients develop, evolve, and grow within this increasingly competitive industry. Noah's background in business law and intellectual property law allows him to help content creators, game studios, and entrepreneurs alike in unique and innovative ways. Noah has worked with businesses both large and small across a wide range of industries including music, film, television, gaming, and digital content creation.

“This talk is not designed to give situation specific legal advice, but we do feel it will point attendees and viewers in the right direction as they navigate the current esports legal landscape,” says Michael Everett, Creative Director for the Carolina Games Summit.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. Unreal Engine is freely available at For the very latest on the studio, check out @EpicGames.

About Morrison Rothman LLP
Rather than hiring general practitioners, Morrison Rothman prides itself on having sought talent with niche skills and backgrounds throughout the digital entertainment, intellectual property, and brand protection industries. We give our clients truly specialized assistance in complex industries that require next-level expertise. We speak your language, we understand the technology you are working with, and we pride ourselves on being part of your team.

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site:

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