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Esports uncovered – Part 3: The biggest risk factors facing the industry

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 By Andrew Nixon, Daniel Geey, Chris Paget , Jonny Madill, Tim Davies, Rahul Gandhi (Paralegal)

This article aims to demystify the esports ecosystem, its structure and landscape, as well as map out some of the present and future trends, and risk factors associated with it.

The article is split into three parts: 

  • Part 1 (available here) – looks at the current esports ecosystem, including: facts, figures and forecasts for the sector; what has fuelled the recent expansion;and who the key stakeholders are.
  • Part 2 (available here) – gives a snapshot into the key participants in the sector and compares them to those in the football industry.
  • Part 3 (below) – looks at the biggest risks currently facing esports, and again offers a comparison to the football industry

The following are some of the most important issues that will shape the development of the esports industry.

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Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon is a Partner in the Sport Group at Sheridans. Referred to in this year's Legal 500 as a “very bright and talented sports lawyer” Andrew's practice focuses principally on regulatory, governance, disciplinary, arbitration and dispute resolution within the sport sector. Andrew's clients include governing bodies, sports clubs, sports agencies and individual athletes.

Daniel Geey

Daniel Geey

Daniel is a Partner in the Sport Group.

Daniel’s practice focuses on helping clients in the sports sector, including rights holders, leagues, governing bodies, clubs, agencies, athletes, sports technology companies, broadcasters and financial institutions.

Chris Paget

Chris Paget

Chris is an Associate in the Sport and Music Groups.

Chris acts for a broad range of clients within the entertainment sectors. He advises clients on a range of commercial issues related, in particular, to the sports and music industries. He has experience acting for musicians, athletes, talent agencies, independent recording and publishing companies and sports governing bodies.

Jonny Madill

Jonny Madill

Jonny Madill is an Associate in the Sport Group.

Jonny advises on commercial, technology, regulatory, governance, disciplinary and dispute resolution matters within the sports sector.

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Tim Davies

Tim Davies

Tim Davies is an Associate in the Computer Games and Digital Media Groups.

Tim specialises in advising clients on the various commercial and intellectual property issues, including brand protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, within the interactive entertainment, digital media and creative sectors.

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