"Mat understands the Esports space having immersed himself across various areas. It has been an asset to be able to leverage someone who has strong legal knowledge as well as having the context of both sport and esports"– David Harris, MD, Guinevere Capital, Owner of the 'Dire Wolves' and 'Sydney Drop Bears'
We know esports.
We are trusted advisors to endemic esports stakeholders and inbound brands and investors.
We know the unique legal issues that are key to unlocking the growth in this fast-paced and global sector.
Esports is very sports-like – esports has tournaments, leagues, championships, competition, tours, events, teams, organisations, prizes, prize money and earnings, sponsorship, endorsements, players, esports player contracts, coaches, managers, nutritionists, psychologists, fitness trainers, equipment managers, training, high performance centres, the application of physical reflex and input, mental strategy, teamwork, and it has highly engaged fans and a global audience.
However, that said, esports is its own unique sector of the broader entertainment industry, perhaps distinct from ‘traditional’ sports.
Regardless of where esports may or may not fit into your definition of sport, they are entertaining and they are capturing the imagination of the mainstream as the scene expands beyond its core audience of young, digitally-native fans to become an industry forecast to be generating revenues in excess of US$1.5-2 billion within a couple of years.
Along with the inherent uniqueness of esports as a sector (deriving from its structure and the width and depth of stakeholders across various titles as single esports and their many communities), comes a unique set of legal and commercial issues.
With so much at stake for this developing scene, and with systemic changes taking place at a rapid pace, you need a safe pair of hands to guide your investment through the maze of self-regulation, the pot holes of governance, and the multi-layered relationships of esports stakeholders.
The market-leading team at DWF, driven by Sydney-based Supervising Lawyer, Mathew Jessep, is that safe pair of hands for your investment in esports.
Since 2016, Mat has advised esports:
in the local esports scene in Australia, as well as sporting bodies, teams, athletes, sponsors, and rights holders in the local traditional sports space on what esports is and where it is going.
Now, with a focus on advising and assisting teams and organisations, tournament operators and leagues, the EGAA, and investors, DWF has genuine and market-leading strength, track record, expertise, and support for your business in esports.
In the wake of prominent disputes involving player behaviour and actions taken by sports to protect their commercial relationships, we ask if a new visual contract will better manage expectations and obligations.