Video Gaming & esports

Latham advises clients throughout the video game and esports ecosystems on major transactions, investments, controversies, and operational matters.

Why Latham

We have helped clients navigate the rapidly evolving game development and publishing process, and, increasingly the transactional opportunities inherent in the burgeoning global esports scene. We draw on the market-leading capabilities of our interdisciplinary team to deliver sophisticated commercial advice and representation tailored to clients of every size and stage of development, anywhere in the world.

We Advise Every Industry Player

Latham advises key video game and esports industry players of all sizes including:

  • Athletes & Streamers
  • Broadcasters & Other Media Companies
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Financial Institutions & Lenders
  • Game Developers, Publishers, Operators, & Distributors
  • Payment Service Providers
  • Software, Hardware, & IT Infrastructure Providers
  • Casinos & Traditional Gaming Organizations
  • Teams, Leagues, Franchises
  • Venture Capital, Financial, & Strategic Investors 
Plug-In To our Global Platform

Leveraging our global platform, we address the industry’s full scope of needs. We help clients acquire and invest in video gaming and esports companies. We negotiate key media, music, licensing, talent, and other commercial agreements on behalf of game publishers, esports teams, and talent. We protect strategic intellectual property assets, including, when necessary, in court. We structure capital raising transactions. We guide the establishment of esports leagues and ventures. We resolve disputes and navigate complex regulatory, commercial, and governance issues throughout the industry. In the physical world we advise on environmental and land issues related to data center operations and real estate issues that may arise when developing esports venues. 

Clients rely on Latham’s video game and esports industry knowledge and relationships to provide expertise on:

  • Antitrust Litigation & Counseling
  • Broadcast & Media Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Risks
  • Data & Intellectual Property Licensing Arrangements
  • Employment Matters
  • Environmental Land Use
  • Financial Services Regulatory Matters
  • Financing, Acquisitions & Dispositions
  • Fintech & Virtual Currencies
  • Franchise Model & Revenue Stream Development
  • Game Development & Publication Agreements
  • Hospitality & Real Estate 
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Investment Transactions & Capital Raises
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Music Licensing
  • Regulatory Investigations
  • Sponsorship & Marketing Arrangements
  • Strategic Alliances & Joint Ventures
  • Talent Representation

Our Experience

Awards & Rankings

  • Bay Area Corporate Partner Named a Trailblazer-West - July 01, 2021
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media Team Profiled in Variety's Legal Impact Report - July 19, 2020
  • Firm Wins 4 Practice Honors at China Law Awards - May 20, 2020
  • Three Entertainment, Sports & Media Partners Again Named Power Lawyers - April 21, 2020
  • M&A and Private Equity Practices Top 2019 League Tables - February 05, 2020

Latham “has aptitude in a broad array of issues relating to the broadcasting and media space, including the acquisition of sports distribution rights.” Clients note that "Latham has, unquestionably, the preeminent entertainment practice,” and “they add huge value due to their depth of experience."

Chambers USA 2020

Media Coverage

Tech M&A to Drive Busier 2021 For Deal Lawyers Sports & Entertainment Trailblazer: Latham's Adam SullinseSports Gaming Company Inks Deal With Madison Square Garden With Latham's Help


Latham & Watkins Advises Zynga and Rollic on Acquisition of NanoTribeLatham & Watkins Advises FACEIT on Merger with ESL and Acquisition by Savvy Gaming GroupLatham & Watkins Advises on Sorare’s US$680 Million Series B

Thought Leadership

PE Goes GamingThe Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – UKMedia: Industry Overview

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – PE Views: Is Gaming the Next Level for Private Equity?Sports Business Journal’s 2021 Esports Rising