ESports & Gaming
The rapidly rising popularity of esports has brought with it a variety of legal issues. The industry as a whole involves such matters as contracts, IP protection, licensing, endorsements, sponsorships, and so on.
Whether you’re a player in an esports league, a content creator, a tournament organizer, or a game company, we at Hart David Carson LLP can provide the legal services you need to continue entertaining your audience with minimal liability.Esports and Gaming Practice Areas
At Hart David Carson LLP, we handle a wide range of legal practice areas of particular interest to those in the esports industry. Our legal team can help you with the following.
Sponsorships and endorsements
The agreements involved in sponsorships and endorsements have to be clearly codified with ironclad contracts. We represent players, teams, and leagues when negotiating these agreements to make sure they serve their best interests.
The design of tournament rules should take all applicable laws and regulations into account. For instance, requiring an entry fee from participants is considered gambling, which means local regulations would apply.
Rules should also take cheating into account, especially since some global jurisdictions consider certain forms of cheating to be criminal offenses. The penalties implemented in tournaments need to be well designed and in line with all relevant laws.
IP and licensing
Video games contain numerous types of intellectual property, including music, visual assets, stories, characters, and marks of various types. Using a game’s trademarks and assets in tournaments can raise questions of licensing, so it’s important to secure that licensing through the appropriate avenues.
Performance rights may also come into play at esports tournaments, especially if music associated with the game is licensed from another party.
Players’ contracts with their teams require careful negotiation to make sure their rights are protected. Matters of compensation and individual rights are important here, especially since many players in tournaments are young and inexperienced with legal matters. Making sure their employment agreements are built in a way that safeguards their best interests is paramount.
M&A and investments
The growth of the esports industry has attracted the interest of investors the world over, and as individual teams and organizations grow, they will likely be involved in mergers and acquisitions. Navigating this process requires sound legal acumen since M&A deals are typically protracted procedures with numerous moving parts.
At Hart David Carson LLP, we stand ready to work with clients at all levels of the esports industry, including:
- Gamers and content creators
- Teams and their organizations
- Esports leagues
- Competition venues
- Game publishers and studios
Each of these parties has a stake in the esports industry, and it’s important for all of their interests to be represented in order for the industry to thrive. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to help you navigate the legal aspects of your role in this industry.Contact Us for Esports Law Services
The esports industry involves numerous legal areas, each of which must be handled carefully. Our wide array of legal expertise enables us to help our clients through the numerous aspects of esports and gaming law, from individual player rights to licensing and legal agreements.
For more information on how we can help you, contact our attorneys at Hart David Carson LLP to schedule a consultation.