Olswang on eSports: Regulation, Doping and Dispute Resolution

The eSports industry is currently growing at a tremendous speed. With irresistible commercial opportunities on offer for an increasingly diverse array of interested parties, it is perhaps inevitable that the industry will see an exponential growth in the number of disputes which occur. In this article we explore the extent to which the eSports industry is currently governed, discuss the industry’s problem with and reaction to doping, and also share our thoughts on the future development of dispute resolution in this area …


TMT: latest regulatory changes and jurisdictional developments

The Corporate LiveWire Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2015 Virtual Roundtable is a platform for TMT experts from around the world to discuss the latest regulatory changes and jurisdictional developments. Head of Olswang’s Telecoms practice Purvi Parekh, discusses the latest changes and developments in TMT, with highlight topics including: market consolidation, IoT services and new technologies such as wearables and 3D printing, piracy, and the key trends expected for the year ahead..


New rules will make it easier to run fundraising lotteries

Following our previous article where we discussed plans to reform the regulation for society lotteries, the Government has proposed draft legislation which will relax the rules surrounding the holding of small lotteries for fundraising purposes. If passed, this will apply from 6 April 2016.


Olswang on eSports: opportunities for the gambling sector

As explored in the first instalment of the Olswang on eSports series, the eSports industry has undergone rapid expansion in recent years and, with such growth set to continue, the commercial world has begun to take notice of what was once deemed little more than a subculture. In this article we delve deeper into the opportunities that eSports offers to the gambling sector and analyse some of the obstacles that operators face in monetising the vast following that eSports has accumulated to date.


Olswang on eSports

For the uninitiated, eSports is the term used for organised, competitive computer gaming. Much like traditional sports, players (often in teams) battle each other virtually (as opposed to on the pitch) for large cash prizes. For Olswang, eSports sits at the intersection of many of our core areas of expertise, including sports, media, advertising, technology, video games and gambling. In this series of articles, specialists from the Olswang team explore some of the industry’s potentially lucrative revenue streams and most interesting opportunities - and look at the legal and commercial questions that are still to be answered...

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