August 28, 2014

Foster Pepper White Paper - Player Contracts: Defining Expectations to Avoid Conflict

In the last few years, eSports have grown at an astonishing rate. For this growth to be sustained, the legal infrastructure must also grow. As with other professional sports, the most significant aspect of this infrastructure is the contracts the parties enter into with one another, particularly the contracts that players sign with their teams. What should all eSports contracts address? Why are player-team contracts so important? How can players and teams work to mutually improve contracts to bring about a reliable—and profitable—work environment? Since many League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) player contracts are expiring this offseason, and League of Legends (LoL) is more popular than ever before, now is the critical moment to answer these questions to ensure these contracts do not obstruct the growth of the game and its professional leagues.

Foster Pepper’s Media, Entertainment and Games group is pleased to present our fourth White Paper (PDF) covering hot topics related to the rise of competitive video gaming.

Player Contracts: Defining Expectations to Avoid Conflict

Don’t miss the other articles in our eSports series: Streaming and Copyright Law: A Fast-Developing Area of the Law published earlier this month, Collective Bargaining published in March and The Rise of eSports published in January.

Questions? Contact Stephen Fisher or Yan Perng.  

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