eSports Law 101: Explosive New Industry with Legal Challenges & Opportunities


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

eSports is an emerging industry with novel legal and practical issues for attorneys to address. This CLE course provides an overview of the industry before diving into some of the key legal issues, with a focus on copyright law, player-team contracts and disputes, and a view of what’s to come in the industry.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Copyright law – publisher’s rights in an esports title controls the flow of rights and revenue.
•   Labor and Employment Law – from independent contractors to the emergence of franchised leagues
•   Player-team contracts – considerations in contracting in an emerging but global industry
•   Dispute resolution – from self-help to league discipline to the first of esports litigation

Date / Time: December 4, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: March 30, 2020

Ryan Fairchild, Esq. represents esports players, organizations, and stakeholders in negotiating and drafting contracts, structuring intellectual property deals, addressing corporate matters, and more. Ryan is one of the premier attorneys in representing players, leading the industry in representing Dota 2 players while also representing top players in League of Legends, CS:GO, Call of Duty, the fighting game community, and others. His passion for esports derives from being a lifelong gamer who plays many of the games at the forefront of esports. Ryan understands the esports ecosphere and the various esports cultures and dynamics, and he leverages this understanding and his legal expertise to help his clients address any challenge they might face.

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    Live Video Broadcasts

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Section I. Industry Overview
a) What is esports?
b) Why should you care?
c) Examples
d) Stakeholders
        i. Puublishers
        ii. ii. Leagues (franchised and open circuits)
        iii. Teams
        iv. Players and Talent
        v. Broadcasting
        vi. Venues
        vii. Ancillary organizations
                • Lawyers/Accountants
                • Agents/Managers
                • Insurance
                • Research and other

Section III. Copyright – 17 U.S.C. § 106
a) Publishers
b) EULAs
c) Flow of Rights

Section III. Labor and Employment law
a) Independent Contractors
b) Employees
c) Dynamex and AB5

Section IV. Player-Team Contracts
a) What does the Player get?
        i. Money
        ii. Platform
        iii. Other
b) What does the Team get?
        i. Intellectual Property rights
c) Risk management
d) Other considerations

Section V. Dispute resolution
a) Self-help
b) League governance
c) Litigation

Section VI. A brief touch on other issues
a) Immigration
b) Gambling
c) Talent Agency Act
e) Taxes
f) FTC

Section VII. A view of the future
a) Collective Bargaining, Antitrust and Unions