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About Our Esports and Video Game Legal Division
The Jacobson Firm. P.C. offers industry leading esports and video game legal and business services to individuals and companies.
The Esports Law and Video Game legal division at The Jacobson Firm, P.C. works with professional gamers, streamers, content creators, esports coaches, analysts, on-air talent, hosts, shoutcasters, esports teams and organizations, esports event organizers, game publishers and developers, as well as brands and companies working in the space.
The Esports Law and Video Game legal division handles all legal and business matters including copyrights, trademarks, immigration and visa matters, business formations, litigation, and all contract drafting and negotiations.
This includes agreements for professional gamers, esports coaches, shoutcasters, event licensing agreements, in addition to sponsorship and appearance agreements. We also assist major and indie developers of mobile, computer and console games.
Esports & Video Game Legal Services
Contract Review, Drafting & Negotiation
Industry-leading contract review, drafting, and negotiation of professional gamers, coaches, casters, teams, and event operator related licenses and agreements.
Sponsorship & Endorsement Agreements
Industry-leading sponsorship and endorsement contract analysis, review, drafting and negotiation for both talent and companies in the esports and professional gaming space.
Business Formation & Formalities
Top-flight business and corporate law services for esports companies including incorporation (corp.), LLCs, transfers, mergers and acquisitions.
Visa & Immigration Matters
Advise and prepare visas petitions for individuals and businesses, including for professional gamers, streamers, coaches and broadcasters.
Strategy & Consultation
Consult and advise professional gamers, streamers, coaches, shoutcasters, game publishers, event organizers and companies.
Wills, Trusts & Estates Matters
Estate planning for high-net worth and celebrity clientele, including living wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies.
The Esports Business Law Textbook
Frequently Asked Questions
Esports is the world of competitive gaming, including those on a P.C., a console, or a mobile device. Esports encompasses professional gaming where individuals or teams of individuals compete against each other in a particular game title for prizes. The global competitive esports scene has evolved greatly over its history (and will continue to) but the legal and business matters related to the chief participants are important and deserve expert attention. Learn more about the esports business landscape here in Esports 101.
An esports team or organization’s name is a significant asset for any operating esports business. In fact, a team’s name is one of the most recognizable identifiers of them and is used on the team’s social media, website, jerseys and merchandise. This is why many of the major esports organizations across the world have begun to protect their team name. Some have even acquired protection their unique team logo. More information on “Protecting an Esports Team/Org Name” is available on The Esports Observer.
More Esports Law Information and Articles
In the past few years, there has been an explosion of international exposure and interest in the world of competitive video gaming, better known as “esports.” Electronic sports or esports have evolved to the mainstream with professional video-gamers competing in a variety of games against other professionals for substantial sums of money.
The global esports phenomenon is growing in the United States. Players from around the world are coming to the United States for a chance to participate in big money tournaments as well as to sign exclusive playing contracts with U.S.-based organizations and teams. However, many gamers are locked out because they fail to secure their work visas due to a lack of proper planning.
With the rapid international expansion and increased profitability of esports, the need to properly protect one’s “brand” and its associated intellectual property grows more important every day.
Similar to other talent based industries, including music, television, and sports; professional video game competitors participating in organized esports should have a “team” of competent professionals around them to advise them and to consult with.
Many new esports teams and organisations have joined the competitive circuit in the past 12 months. This is due to the continued global development of esports business as well as its expansion into newly created games and into existing games that were not previously part of this professional world.
In addition to the legal considerations we addressed in part one of this piece, there are some other protections that an esports organisation should be aware of. We will now briefly explore some of those matters below.
Today’s entertainment, sports, art, esports, and gaming industries are buzzing about NFTs or “non-fungible tokens.” This includes musicians earning millions of dollars through releasing their own NFTs, professional athletes launching their own NFT companies, and the trending NBA Top Shot taking over social media and press outlets everywhere. In fact, there has also been a rapid expansion and usage of NFTs in the entertainment and sports collectibles market, the art world and most recently in the esports and gaming space. This might include utilizing NFTs to secure rights to a particular piece of artwork, an “in-game” digital character or a “skin,” a digital “racing horse,” or even a video “moment” or other highlight of a professional athlete or wrestler. Learn more here.
With the recent global explosion in esports and professional gaming, there has been a substantial expansion in the frequency and magnitude of live esports events. These include events produced by established event organizers such as ESL and Dreamhack as well as those hosted by smaller independent companies who create and plan their own live esports competitions.
With the launch of the NBA 2K league, 102 of the world’s top NBA 2K players will now earn a six month salary, receive first-class housing accommodations and will be eligible for a variety of benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance.
As the NBA 2K League’s inaugural season nears an end and details for Season 2 are unveiled, a new crop of hopeful NBA 2K League prospects are gearing up for the September release of NBA 2K19 as well as for another chance at making the NBA 2K League’s draft eligible “player pool.”
The inaugural season of the NBA 2K League tipped off from the league’s studio in New York on May 1. As an esports attorney and a fan, I was lucky enough to get inside the 200-person venue for the first ever matchups in the new league. And when the action finally finished, I headed home to re-watch those games the traditional way, on Twitch.
One thing is certain after the first few weeks of the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League: for fans more used the watching esports on Twitch, the live viewing experience is something wonderful to behold. The competitors sit on large, comfy chairs in the center of the intimately small studio.