A new esports-centric survey released last week by the firm of Foley & Lardner projects that esports revenues will climb above the $1 billion mark this year. But the increased stakes and growing sophistication of the industry will likely not be without their headaches.
Survey responses were collected from more than 200 executives working in esports, traditional sports, media companies, agencies and industry consultancies. When asked which intellectual property issues were likely to drive disputes and litigation within the industry, 68% of respondents said noncompete and exclusivity agreements between players and teams or publishers and teams. Another 39% selected rights of publicity.
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