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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

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Talking Tech




Geo-blocking practices for video gaming clearly regarded as restricting competition in the EU

In January 2021, the European Commission fined Valve and five video game publishers EUR 7.8 million for geo-blocking practices. The General Court  has now upheld the EC's characterisation of geo-blocking practices  as being a "by object" restriction of competition violating Article 101(1) TFEU. This article looks at the case and how the court balanced the interplay between IP and competition law.


The Promise of a Positive Legacy: The FIFA World Cup 2026 Host City Candidates’ Human Rights Plans

The report examines the human rights themes that FIFA outlined, takes a closer look at each city plan, and collects highlights from the plans for accessibility to stakeholders. The report draws attention to the legacy opportunities that the cities envision pursuing as 2026 World Cup hosts. We also pose some important questions for host cities and broader stakeholders to consider. 

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EVENT: Space tech for smart cities (Online) - Tues 5th Dec: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Smart cities are using technology to make cities faster, smarter, more efficient and sustainable. The market for smart city related services is growing fast, with the European Space Agency referencing a forecast growth of +57% between 2020-2025. Many of these smart city services and associated technology are heavily reliant, if not entirely dependent, on space tech. Our panel will explore the importance of space tech to smart cities, the latest developments, and the opportunities and risks for financial investors in the sector.