Esports has emerged as a mainstream entertainment industry, particularly with its success filling the void left behind by the cessation of live sport amidst COVID-19.
As the various esports ecosystems continue to develop, we help endemic and non-endemic clients to grow and protect their business and navigate the legal challenges.
We work with a number of exciting stakeholders in the esports sector, from esports teams to game publishers, from technology providers to businesses investing in the sector. We recognise the huge continuing growth potential of esports and our specialist team, made up of experts in sports and technology, are able to provide a rounded legal service, dedicated to helping you to take advantage and succeed.
We combine our gaming and sports legal teams to ensure that we are able to provide advice that takes into account both factions. Our gaming practice advises on, and negotiates, the full spectrum of games related agreements, including licensing deals, development and publishing agreements, end user licence agreements, merchandising and all forms of rights exploitation agreements. We have also advised on numerous investments in and business sales of gaming companies.
We combine this with an industry leading sports team with experience advising governing bodies, major clubs, elite athletes, event owners, brands and agencies and advise on the full range of issues in the sector including investments, sponsorship, rules and regulations, media rights, IP and financing.
If you are an esports team, or a stakeholder looking to expand into the esports market, please get in touch to see how we might be able to help.
Meet the team
Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property
Charles Russell Speechlys acts for Veloce Esports on its collaboration with Lando Norris in establishing the Quadrant Esports Team.
Veloce Esports has become one of the leading esports organisations in the UK.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Fit Cloud Technology Ltd on Maven investment
Membr’s innovative fitness platform connects the fitness industry with its members.
Could your esports business benefit from the Government’s new Future Fund?
Esports is an increasingly competitive industry not just in the UK but on a global scale - could it benefit from the new Future Fund?
Nick White quoted in The Times on the need for regulation in esports
The Score: How are traditional sports and esports converging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The team discuss ways in which traditional sports and esports are converging during the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sport investing in esports: Time to call a hedge a hedge?
Ride on... in accordance with the rules
Esports player contracts - knowing your worth and 'equalising' the contractual playing field