Our firm’s size, geographical reach, cross-practice capabilities and established connections with esports industry leaders enable us to help our clients achieve their most strategic goals.
With more than 30 attorneys, our Esports Industry group brings together legal experience in areas critical to esports, including contract, employment, copyright, trademark, advertising and compliance matters. Our forward-thinking team truly understands all facets of this expanding international market and can confidently guide esports clients through a variety of potential legal issues it may present.
We represent private and public companies around the globe, as well as individuals in the gaming industry. Leveraging our collective experience, we look at the big picture, stay ahead of trends, navigate challenges and proactively identify opportunities for our clients.
We strengthen our connections in this space by sharing our knowledge through hosting and sponsoring esports events, speaking at industry conferences, and authoring articles about the issues facing the esports industry.
Esports continues to draw millions of viewers and additional revenue, creating new opportunities for a variety of participants and investors. From attracting major corporations seeking endorsement, to sponsorship opportunities, merchandising and branding deals, the rights associated with your brand, logo and/or games are critical assets.
We help teams, publishers and virtual reality developers build their brands, protect and monetize their intellectual property and provide strategies for handling infringement. We counsel on manufacturing, co-branding, endorsement and licensing agreements, as well as copyright, trademarks and patents for brands and merchandising. And if these rights need enforcement, we have experienced IP litigators with software copyright, trademark and other relevant experience at the ready to address IP-related disputes.
We assist esports clients with all aspects of labor and employment issues, from drafting employment and professional service contracts to helping players obtain proper visas to compete in international tournaments. We provide employers forward-looking advice relating to unionization and other sensitive issues in the workplace, such as harassment, wage and hour compliance, employee classification and workplace safety and health (OSHA). Our experienced nationwide Labor and Employment Litigation team represents employers in state and federal court in single-plaintiff and class action suits, as well as before administrative agencies such as the NLRB, OSHA, etc.
Due to esports’ inherently international character, it is subject to federal and state laws and regulations in the United States and a host of other laws throughout the world.
Already, enforcement actions against esports stakeholders have resulted in millions of dollars in fines and the potential for criminal prosecutions. We expect regulators to increase their scrutiny as esports increase in popularity. Our Government Investigations & White Collar Defense attorneys can help our clients navigate and defend against criminal and civil enforcement actions brought by government investigators.
In addition, we understand the FTC’s endorsement guidelines and the complexity of merchandise manufacturing and licensing and advertising.
Our attorneys also stay ahead of changes to the complex federal and state gambling regulations to ensure developers do not create illegal derivate gambling markings through micro-transactions or other technologies.
Whether you’re creating, backing, acquiring or selling a team, understanding the esports landscape is key to smart investing. Our experienced M&A counsel know all aspects of the space, from teams and players, to keeping abreast of technological developments impacting esports, to understanding DDoS attacks and more. We help clients unpack the complexities of an esports deal and make smart business decisions.
Esports Insider | August 06, 2019
Intellectual Property associates Jason Kunze of Chicago and Jennette Psihoules of Washington DC participated in the latest edition of the regular feature “Ask the Esports Lawyers.” In this edition, Jason and Jennette look at how the European Union copyright directive may impact esports.
LegalTech News (Law.com) | August 05, 2019
This article highlights Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Ben Kim and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan for leading the e-sports practice at Nixon Peabody, one of only a few such practices at large law firms.
Esports Insider | June 11, 2019
Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office hosted the second annual Esports Insider Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday night, strengthening the firm’s position as a top legal resource in this burgeoning industry.
Esports Insider | June 07, 2019
Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Ben Kim and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan discussed the most pressing legal issues in esports in this Q+A with Esports Insider.
November 05, 2018
Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler is featured in this Loyola Law School article on the path she took to becoming the go-to lawyer for YouTube content creators and social media influencers seeking to expand their brand.
Los Angeles Daily Journal | June 24, 2018
Los Angeles corporate partner Ellie Altshuler was named as one of the top 40 attorneys in California under the age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
TechCrunch.com | January 23, 2018
Los Angeles commercial litigation associate Brianna Howard weighs in on new patent questions arising at the intersection of virtual reality and esports—two rapidly growing industries.
Forbes | October 23, 2017
Los Angles commercial litigation associate Brianna Howard is featured in this Q&A about the legal implications of incorporating virtual reality and other new technologies into the esports industry, specifically intellectual property rights.
Medium.com | October 22, 2017
Rochester IP counseling and transactions associate Colleen Raimond authored this article about how esports players and teams can create and protect their brands.
VentureBeat | August 22, 2017
Los Angeles commercial litigation associates Brianna Howard and Jessica Walker and Chicago IP litigation associate Jason Kunze contributed this article on how licensing agreements can protect online streaming platforms from copyright infringement in the gaming industry.
Forbes | May 18, 2017
Associates Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, Matt Morris, Chris Queenin and Brianna Howard co-authored this article about legal issues the booming eSports industry should consider.
Forbes | May 17, 2017
Boston labor and employment counsel Courtney New contributed this article about how the U.S. immigration system’s lack of a definition for “athlete” in the P-1 visa category presents challenges for the booming esports industry.
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