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Gaming Law

How Heitner Legal Assisted Andrei Kirilenko

During his playing days, Andrei Kirilenko (AK47) was wurthless on the basketball court. He was a first round pick of the Utah Jazz and played for over a decade in the NBA. In retirement, Kirilenko has served as the commissioner of the Russian Basketball Federation. Part of his role in serving as commissioner has been […]

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Gaming Law

Riot Games Is Not Cool With Anyone Else Using RIOT In The Esports Industry

Is the word “RIOT” now so attached to the company Riot Games that no other company can use the word in its name? Riot Games seems to think so based on its recent initiation of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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Sports Law

Esports Franchising Model Could Entice More High Net Wealth Investors

Zachary Zaggar of Law360 recently wrote an article titled, “Riot ESports League Looks To Align With Traditional Sports.” A subscription is required to read the full article. Therein, the discussion surrounded the League of Legends developer and publisher deciding to adopt a franchise model. The assumption is that it is trying to frame esports in a […]

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Sports Law

First Strictly Esports Fund With Investment From Heitner Legal Client

It was very exciting to read that the BITKRAFT Esports Ventures fund announced a raise of 18 million Euro with a target close of 30 million Euro. The news broke this morning, which I reported on Forbes, and as you will note, there is a disclosure indicating that HEITNER LEGAL assisted in the diligence for one […]

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Sports Law

How ESports Has Become A Worldwide Phenomenon

ESports, also known as competitive gaming, has gone from an industry mostly featuring amateurs to an industry with professional players and now even includes the creation and maintenance of professional teams. Professional gamers on teams may receive a salary, tournament prizes and team sponsors sometimes cover travel expenses as well as gaming hardware. On top of […]