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Esports and Videogames

Welcome to our CMS Insights section dedicated to esports and videogaming.

From 5G utilisation to cross platform experience, the videogame phenomenon provides ample opportunity to explore new experiences for end users. And its ever-growing audience represents one of the future. Seeking high levels of engagement and hyper- personalisation, what esports followers want now, we’ll all want tomorrow.

However, questions remain about how best to unlock value and secure sustainability in this fast-growing industry, not least when considering the multiple stakeholders involved in the esports tournaments that draw thousands both in person and online. We are keen to stimulate the esports legal and commercial debate and to help provide guidance to our clients. As an international legal powerhouse at the forefront of the gaming revolution, the intersection of many of our core areas of expertise including sports, media, advertising, technology and gambling, means we are able to advise the spectrum of stakeholders active in the exciting world of esports.

10/02/2021
Top 10 trends in the video games in­dustry and 2021 in­sights
2020 was a big year for the video games in­dustry. It saw in­nov­a­tion, col­lab­or­a­tion, in­dustry-shap­ing de­cisions and a shift­ing mind­set to­wards how games are made and how they’re played. Now that we’ve...

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30/07/2021
Ro­mani­an par­lia­ment to re­ceive Es­ports law as early as Septem­ber 2021
Dur­ing the Es­ports Sum­mit held in Bucharest on Ju­ly 20, a Ro­mani­an gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial an­nounced that a draft of the law on Es­ports (elec­tron­ic sports) is ready to be in­tro­duced to par­lia­ment for ex­am­in­a­tion...
30/06/2021
CMS ad­vises FC Schalke 04 Es­ports on sale of LEC slot for EUR 26.5 mil­lion
Co­logne – FC Schalke 04 Es­ports GmbH has sold its slot in the League of Le­gends European Cham­pi­on­ship to Swiss e-sports or­gan­isa­tion Team BDS for EUR 26.5 mil­lion in the con­text of a struc­tured bid­ding...
29/04/2021
CMS ad­vises Sports En­ter­tain­ment Ac­quis­i­tion Corp on com­bin­a­tion with Su­per...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Sports En­ter­tain­ment Ac­quis­i­tion Corp, a pub­licly traded spe­cial pur­pose ac­quis­i­tion com­pany, on its agree­ment to com­bine with SGHC Ltd. (Su­per Group), the par­ent...
11/02/2021
Glob­al league for es­ports es­tab­lished: CMS ad­vises Elec­tron­ic Sports League...
Co­logne – Fol­low­ing two years of ne­go­ti­ations, the Louvre Agree­ment has now es­tab­lished the first glob­al league between sig­nat­or­ies Elec­tron­ic Sports League (ESL) and the twelve lead­ing in­ter­na­tion­al...
10/02/2021
Top 10 trends in the video games in­dustry and 2021 in­sights
2020 was a big year for the video games in­dustry. It saw in­nov­a­tion, col­lab­or­a­tion, in­dustry-shap­ing de­cisions and a shift­ing mind­set to­wards how games are made and how they’re played. Now that we’ve...
10/12/2020
The Gambling Act Re­view – what do we know so far?
Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment on 8 Decem­ber 2020 that the Gov­ern­ment has launched its re­view of the Gambling Act 2005, the Terms of Ref­er­ence and Call for Evid­ence have now been pub­lished, to­geth­er with...
28/09/2020
UK Gov­ern­ment launches con­sulta­tion on loot boxes
The De­part­ment of Di­git­al Cul­ture Me­dia and Sport (“DCMS”) has launched a call for evid­ence on the im­pact of loot boxes in video games to help it de­term­ine wheth­er they should be clas­si­fied as gambling...
18/06/2020
Gov­ern­ment re­sponds to the DCMS Se­lect Com­mit­tee’s Re­port on Im­mers­ive...
On 8 June 2020, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its re­sponse (the “Re­sponse”) to the Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport Se­lect Com­mit­tee’s (the “Com­mit­tee”) Re­port on Im­mers­ive and Ad­dict­ive Tech­no­lo­gies...
16/03/2020
CMS ad­vises Bede Gam­ing on its sale of a ma­jor­ity stake to Gausel­mann
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Bede Gam­ing, the UK headquartered de­veloper of on­line gam­ing plat­forms for casi­nos, sports bet­ting and lot­ter­ies, on the sale of a ma­jor­ity stake to the Gausel­mann...
18/09/2019
CMS gets in the game on launch of Play Ven­tures I LP
CMS Singa­pore has ad­vised Play Ven­tures on the launch and clos­ing of their de­but gam­ing-fo­cused VC fund, Play Ven­tures I. The fund was over­sub­scribed at $40m and in­cludes a num­ber of gam­ing stal­warts...
29/08/2019
Es­ports view­er­ship – a closer look
Es­ports view­er­ship – a closer look Over the last few years more and more people are say­ing “es­ports is the next big thing in en­ter­tain­ment” – but why, and why now? The an­swer to both ques­tions...
23/08/2019
How block­chain will re­volu­tion­ise the gam­ing in­dustry
Block­chain’s re­volu­tion­ary po­ten­tial reaches far bey­ond the fin­an­cial sec­tor. The gam­ing in­dustry, ever-hungry for change, is now em­bra­cing block­chain – and the new tech­no­logy looks set to dis­rupt...