Gaming and esports

Our gaming lawyers provide guidance to a wide range of clients on various aspects of game production, promotion, exploitation, regulation and management.

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Our gaming law team combines their specialist legal skills with an active involvement in the industry. We are committed to ensuring that clients can make the most of exciting new opportunities.

We know that the interactive entertainment industry is diverse, fast-paced and that no two days look the same. Our team is equipped to deal with the wide variety of issues our gaming and esports clients come across, whether that be addressing their day-to-day business needs, exploiting their IP, managing their personnel, providing guidance on regulation, or advising on their next fundraise, exit, merger or acquisition.

Our cross-sector team is particularly skilled at advising on projects that span different formats and types of media, including the use of gaming IP in Film & TV, the exploitation of music in your game or at your event and the overlap between esports and traditional sports. We know that legal clearance can be complicated and we are experienced in advertising compliance and music licensing.

We are equipped to advise clients across all aspects of the interactive entertainment space, including developers, publishers, broadcasters, event organisers, talent, investors and financiers, as well as clients that support the technology ecosystem.


Our areas of expertise include the following:

  • Financing options, fundraising and shareholder agreements
  • Sales, mergers and acquisitions
  • IP exploitation, including multi-media and metaverse projects
  • Development agreements
  • Publishing and distribution agreements
  • Merchandising
  • Consumer documentation, including terms & conditions and EULAs
  • Privacy policies and data protection measures
  • Music licensing
  • Regulations and compliance
  • Employment issues
  • Supplier contracts
  • Influencer collaborations
  • Sponsorship and endorsements
  • Intellectual property rights and brand protection
  • Talent agreements
  • Event staging and venue hire
  • Ticketing
  • Distribution agreements
  • Advising on streaming rights
  • Tournament rules



Our lawyers have in-depth gaming and esports expertise and deliver high-quality, pragmatic and commercial advice.

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