Esports Ecosystem 2020 & FUTURE: Legal Issues for Publishers, Platforms, Teams



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June 17, 2020
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About the Program

With a global audience rapidly approaching half a billion viewers, the esports industry is projected to grow to $1.6B by 2021. Last year, tournament prize pools for the Fortnite World Cup and DOTA 2?s The International had values of more than $30MM, more than twice that of traditional sporting events including the Daytona 500 and the PGA Masters.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, key entities in the vast esports ecosystem continue to thrive and audiences continue to grow as events and tournaments move online. This seminar will discuss hot legal issues in intellectual property (broadcast rights, licensing, etc.), advertising and sponsorships (non-endemic brand deals, influencer contracts), player and team contracts, player education and recruitment at the high school and collegiate levels and gambling, along with some of the more common sources of disputes (noncompete agreements, exclusivity, rights of publicity). We will also cover the effect of the pandemic on future events and how these entities are adapting to a world where social distancing is currently the new norm.

THE ESPORTS ECOSYSTEM: Legal Issues facing Publishers, Platforms, Teams, Leagues and Players in 2020 and Beyond.

Meet the Speakers
Mary Tuck


VP, Legal, Activision
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Erika Georgiou


Associate General Counsel, FaZeClan

As an experienced in-house attorney specializing in IP-focused start-up and growth-stage companies, I have spent the last several years building and/or leading legal departments in preparation for their exits. I ran the legal department at Faze Clan as it grew from a 25-person start-up to its IPO. Then at Boardriders, a private equity owned company, I managed legal operations for Quiksilver and DC Shoes and was actively involved in the company’s M&A process resulting in a successful sale of the company in 2023. The experiences of leading and exiting a fast-growing, nimble company in an emerging field and an established, international household name have been different and complementary. One thing that both companies have in common is a strong IP focus, which aligns with my IP background litigating in a big law firm at Quinn Emanuel after graduating from UCLA Law School in 2017.

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Kevin Yung


Associate General Counsel, Twitch

Kevin Yung is an Associate General Counsel of Twitch Interactive, Inc., an Amazon subsidiary. Twitch is a global community where people come together to create multiplayer entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the interactions of millions. At Twitch, he is responsible for negotiating and supporting the various legal aspects of Twitch’s content initiatives, including talent agreements, production matters, and marketing efforts. Kevin graduated from Cornell University Law School in 2008. After graduation, he began his career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, and Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. 

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Conor Beesemayer


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Jason Woo


Chief Strategy Officer, Next Generation Esports

Jason Woo is the chief strategy officer and general manager for NGE (Next Generation Esports), an esports publisher for video game companies and leading independent producer of premier esports content worldwide. Jason is a lifelong gamer and experienced business leader who has founded companies, successfully fundraised and earned successful exits. He currently leads strategic planning and day-to-day operations for NGE and its many video game partners, including Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, Psyonix, Supercell and Tencent Games.

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