With more than 30 attorneys across the United States and beyond, our Esports and Gaming practice group brings together legal experience across numerous practice areas critical to these industries. Our forward-thinking team understands all facets of this expanding international market and can confidently guide esports and gaming clients through a variety of potential legal issues.
We represent private and public companies around the globe as well as players and talent. Leveraging our collective experience, we look at the big picture, stay ahead of trends, navigate challenges, and proactively identify opportunities for our clients.
With our breadth of cross-industry experience, we advise clients on issues including:
We counsel clients on all aspects of their labor and employment practices and issues, from drafting employment and professional service contracts, to implementing forward-looking policies and HR practices, to helping players obtain proper visas to compete in international tournaments. 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 and OSHA.
Our attorneys stay ahead of changes to the complex federal and state gambling regulations to ensure developers, publishers, tournament organizers, and teams do not create illegal derivative gambling markings through micro-transactions or other technologies.
We provide guidance and strategic planning to ensure clients comply with international and domestic regulations for cross-border transactions, virtual currencies, international tournament play, gambling restrictions, advertising and endorsement laws, broadcasting and media rights, and data privacy.
Whether you’re creating, backing, franchising, acquiring, or selling an organization, understanding the esports and gaming landscape is key to smart investing. Our experienced Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate groups know all aspects of the space to help clients unpack the complexities of the deal and make smart business decisions.
With the growth in the esports and gaming industries comes the expansion into arenas and brick-and-mortar experiences. Our Public Finance and Real Estate groups guide clients through all steps of public financing, zoning, and real estate transactions.
We have performed current or past work on behalf of these clients:
LegalTech News | November 21, 2019
Los Angeles Labor and Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan talks about the increasing sophistication of esports player contracts, a trend fueled in part by game publishers and investors showing interest in more standardized pacts.
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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