Esports Laws Of The World

Author:Mr Giulio Coraggio, Nick Fitzpatrick and Peter White
Profession:DLA Piper

DLA Piper's Esports Laws of the World is the result of fantastic teamwork of our colleagues worldwide, and demonstrates our commitment to provide our clients with innovative tools to support their business.

The esports market has been booming over the last years, but unfortunately, or fortunately, in some cases, regulations have not been able to catch up. Gambling, sports, and prize promotion/advertising rules might apply to esports events, impose restrictions or grant exemptions, depending on how and where they are organized. There are indeed a number of variables.

Is the esports tournament online or land-based? Is a country recognizing esports as an official sport? Can any type of prize be awarded to participants? What are the technical requirements to be complied with? And what is the actual risk of local penalties? At the same time, there are several different actors in the esports market. From event organizers to media companies, including online platforms, to sponsors and video game publishers which have different roles, responsibilities, and the need to preserve and maximize their profits and exploitation rights. Even stringent contracts and corporate structures might not be enforceable if in contrast with local laws, endangering the profitability of the entire...

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