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Hello,

              We have developed a mobile game and everything is ready from tested builds, trailers, setting up of stores (iOS and Android) etc. Game designing, development etc everything is done by us. The publication company role was to set the marketing platform for this game.

Now this publication company is delaying the release month after month and the latest date which is proposed by them is January next year.

We are thinking of self publishing but we are worried whether there can be any legal complications showing these profiles.

What are the best possible ways for us to publish this game?

Edited by marcus12

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Personally I would have thought all the detail about when it would be released would be covered in your initial contract. Issues that matter, and which aren't clear from the above:

  • have you been paid for this work? or promised payment?
  • what do you have in writing regarding the project length, delivery dates, release dates, etc? This includes any original agreement and any subsequent agreements.
  • have these 100 entrepreneurs given permission to be in this game? Is it conditional on having seen the game? Was the permission given to the magazine publication company, rather than you?
  • are there any other trademarks being used? Or copyrighted material supplied to you for use in the game?

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4 hours ago, marcus12 said:

Now this publication company is delaying the release month after month and the latest date which is proposed by them is January next year. This is not acceptable from our end as we don't want to keep a finished product in shelf for such a long period.

Not acceptable? Along with what Kylotan said, the publisher has a right to withhold publishing as they see fit. If they funded the game (which you say you made per their request) then they're in complete charge.

4 hours ago, marcus12 said:

We are thinking of self publishing but we are worried whether there can be any legal complications showing these profiles.

Of course there can. Does your contract say rights revert to you if the game isn't published by the publisher? Do you (does your company) have signed permission from each of the named/pictured entrepreneurs to use their names and likenesses? Read your contract. Talk to your lawyer.

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Kylotan - Thanks for feedback.  Basically it's a collaborative work where they haven't paid and it was decided that on mutual consent the releasing date will be decided. The earlier releasing dates was decided after discussing with them. In terms of permission it's with them. The publication company have asked us to display there names and icon in many places inside the game so there are trademark content.

Will try to explore and find out the best possible way to release the game :) 

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