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David Santiváñez

David Santiváñez is the inspirational founder and chief leader of GameMetron Law Firm, a pioneering firm providing legal services to the creative industry and esports in LATAM. Passionate about gaming culture, his profound knowledge and extensive experience have led him to collaborate with prominent indie gaming companies and creative entities in the region, as well as with various esports teams and personalities in Latin America. His expertise extends beyond the legal realm; he also stands out as a mentor in movements and non profit organizations such as the IGDA Foundation, Global Game Jam, and GameJamPlus, among others, always seeking to foster entrepreneurship, creativity, and disseminate legal knowledge in a dynamic and understandable way. In addition to his outstanding performance as a lawyer, David has shared his experience through teaching. He has been invited as a professor in various programs related to esports, such as ISDE Law & Business School in Spain in 2019 the Saudi Esports Academy in Saudi Arabia in 2022 and the Sports Law Diploma of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 2019 and 2020. He has also taught classes in institutions related to law and traditional education, such as Universidad Nueva Galicia (from 2021 to 2023) and the Universidad Contemporanea de las Américas (UNICLA) in Mexico in Outside of his role at GameMetron Law Firm, from 2018 to 2020, he served as Senior Legal Counsel at DEVHR, the international forum for gaming professionals. In March 2020, he founded the Esports Directorate of the Cámara de Comercio de México (CANACO), currently under the direction of Hugo Sánchez, a prominent figure in esports in Mexico and the region. Additionally, he has collaborated with the Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales (INAI) as an advocate for the protection of personal data for children and adolescents in accessing video games as well as with the Secretaría de Seguridad y Protección Ciudadana of Mexico (during Cybersecurity Week), evangelizing and promoting cybersecurity for parents and youth in the gaming and cyberspace environment. David is a prominent member of organizations such as the Video Games Bar Association (the Esports Bar Association (EBA) and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). He is also recognized as a legal expert in intellectual property matters on the Safe Creative platform and is part of the select group of professionals endorsing arbitration as a method of conflict resolution called WIPO ADR Young, belonging to the World Intellectual Property Organization. Currently, David is pursuing an MBA at ThePower Business School and continues to lead GameMetron Law Firm while overseeing the firm's expansion throughout Latin America, directing strategies from the offices in Peru.