eSports - the new frontier for sports lawyers? Video
It was estimated that approximately 71 million people worldwide watched competitive eSports in 2013. This figures is said to have increased to over 134 million people 2015.
On Wednesday 24 February 2016 LawInSport hosted a panel discussion as part of the Understand the Rules of the GameTM conference with leading figures from eSports to discuss the regulatory, legal and commercial issues and opportunities in the eSports industry.
The panel discussion focuses on:
- What is involved in hosting an eSports tournament? What are some of the unique characteristics of eSports?
- What are the similarities between governance in eSports and traditional sports?
- How is eSports organisations approaching some regulatory challenges such a doping, match-fixing and sponsorship for a young audience?
- How does the approach differ from transitional sports when tackling these problems?
- How does the game and player data available in eSport help tackle issues problems of doping and match-fixing?
- What does the future of eSports look like? What is the role of the lawyer in eSports?
The panel includes:
- Andrew Nixon, Head of Sport Group, Sheridans
- Ian Smith, Director, Sports Integrity Matters
- James Watson, eSports Product Manager, Sportradar
- James Lampkin, Vice President Pro Gaming, ESL