Video Gaming & Esports

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

Video Game Controller

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
 
 
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