||New York, NY—New York Law School will host its State of Play VI Conference where participants will discuss the past, present, and future of virtual worlds, on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Law School, located at 47 Worth Street.
“We’re tremendously pleased to be running State of Play for a sixth time,” said Professor Dan Hunter, the Director of the Law School’s Institute for Information Law & Policy and organizer of the event. “As the list of sessions demonstrates, we’ve come a long way from the early days of the study of virtual worlds back in 2003 when we first ran the conference; topics that once had one presenter now feature whole sessions, and the range of voices speaking at the conference is so large that we now have to run multiple tracks.”
State of Play will bring together scholars, games developers, industry leaders, government leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, social scientists, and policy makers to set the agenda for the development and study of virtual worlds. Participants will focus on the rise of virtual worlds and multiplayer online games, and discuss whether these worlds have reached a plateau in their development. A related event, the Graduate Student Symposium, will feature 30 students from around the world who will present and discuss their research on virtual worlds, and receive commentary and criticism from the experts and industry leaders whose work has shaped virtual world studies.
“State of Play has been a critical event in exploring the intersection of virtual worlds, games, law, and the ever-changing dynamics between them,” keynote speaker Raph Koster, President and founder of the Web-based, social virtual worlds platform, Metaplace, said. “I look forward to introducing Metaplace’s unique approach of democratizing the creation of all sorts of worlds and exploring legal, policy, and business challenges Metaplace and other platforms face as we move forward.”