If you’re reading this, you probably already know that eSports is a big deal. So, I’ll save you the usual spiel about its growth, its value as an industry, etc. and jump right into a very important issue: player contracts. These are agreements between the player and the org that set out everything from salary to intellectual property rights. Signing one binds you to the terms of the contract until it expires, so it’s best not to rush into it.
Contracts can be complicated. Let’s start simple and walk through three contract tidbits that you should think about before signing:
If you’re in talks with an org who wants to sign you, chances are you’re really excited. But don’t let that excitement get in the way of protecting your value as a player. Not all orgs are bad, but there have been plenty of horror stories of player contracts gone awry, leaving the player in an impossible (and unprofitable) situation. Before that happens, carefully read and think about what you’re signing. And if you need some guidance, give us a shout – we’re here to help.
Alex is a Lawyer at Spark LLP. Having joined the firm as its first articling student, Alex spearheads the firm’s video game and esports practice.