The Women Driving Esports Tech Apparel

All empires have to start to somewhere and not all foundations are the same. This is one of the beautiful mysteries behind the booming success of the esports industry, opportunity lies behind every door. This is exactly what two non-gamers have proven with their "yet to be rivaled" apparel...
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Esports Continue to Break Ground

Though not the first esports arena in the US, the latest news about Fusion Arena , a 3,500 seat venue that will be home to Philadelphia Fusion, is certainly breaking new ground - 60,000 square feet of it to be precise. This $50M venue is a strong wake up...
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SCOTUS's Special Exception for Copyright Protection

On Monday, March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court  issued a decision that stands as an important reminder to owners of copyrightable works:  registration of a copyright is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit for copyright infringement.  There is, however, a special exception available to the video game industry...
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Increasing Engagement for All Players

The Esports Observer is publishing a five-part series on the role of women in esports.  Today’s feature speaks to how brands can be more effectively engaged in an industry that has over a billion viewers and, unlike most professional team sports, has both women and men participants.
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Investors Join the Game

Unable or unwilling to invest $20 billion or more on a professional sports league franchise? Have you thought about investing in esports? Now, sophisticated investors are looking at esports for, among other things, the lucrative sponsorship deals.  According to The Esports Observer , State Farm is the latest sponsor to join...
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Is Your IP Safe in a $1 Billion Industry?

According to Axios’ article , the eSports market is expected to surpass $1 billion globally in 2019. None of this should be a shock since eSports is proving to be an ideal venue for brand sponsorship, particularly for the often hard to reach younger demographic. This trend in sponsorship...
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Online Gambling is Hot and the DOJ Holds the Cards

Legal Sports Report recently captured the activity surrounding online gambling and it’s clearly heating up. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a controversial opinion that the Wire Act of 1961 prohibits all online wagering and not just online sports betting. While this represents a departure from...
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Licensing Wars: Off the Screen vs On the Field

As the popularity of eSports grows, many of the games are becoming increasing like sports. As the SportsPro’s article reflects, a number of eSports teams are looking for, and finding, places to train which currently house more traditional sports teams. The reason is that eSports players need the physical training...
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Licensing Wars: Bungie vs Activision

Bungie, the company behind “Marathon,” “Halo,” and “Destiny,” recently split from Activision , another major player in the video game industry. The demands from an ever-changing industry and fluctuating sales have put the two companies at odds and now they're in a licensing war over some of their most successful games....
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SMAAASH-ing the eSports Public Market

The public markets are playing a whole new game with the acquisition of Simplicity Esports, LLC by SMAAASH Entertainment Inc. The January 2 announcement caught the attention of the eSports world as we have been watching several other public video game businesses show some ups and downs over the...
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No (eSports) Federation Without Representation

eSports, previously thought of as the wild, wild west, is starting to organize and no sports federation is complete without representation. As Graham Ashton reports in The Esports Observer , these varied governing bodies, which represent the eSports organizations, reflect the needs and concerns in this rapidly growing and evolving...
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2018: The Year of Acceleration

According to  Esports Insider , 2018 was the year of investments, sponsorships, and deals for the eSports industry. From my point of view, the pace of eSports is clearly accelerating. Investors ranging from celebrities like Drake and Michael Jordan to savvy private equity funds are pouring capital into a...
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eSporting Industry is Growing

Welcome to where eSports meets Business. The eSports industry is closing in on US$1 billion dollars through an increasingly global audience of over 300 million fans. Are businesses ready to meet the demand? Now is the time to work with Goulston & Storrs to help you get there.  
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Is Your eSports Business Ready to Go Prime Time?

Ready to Play? The eSports world is exciting and fast-paced. It's a business model that is like none other. Understanding what's under the hood so that it has staying power is critical to its' success. Connect with our eSports attorneys to learn how we can help propel your business for...
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