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Essential reading for esports professionals

Justin M Jacobson’s Essential Guide to the Business & Law of Esports & Professional Video Gaming has been released.

The book covers everything you need to know about the past, present, and future of esports and professional video gaming. The book is written by one of the foremost attorneys and business practitioners in today’s esports and professional gaming scene, Justin M. Jacobson, Esq.

This guide is meant to provide you with an in-depth look at the business and legal matters associated with the esports world.

  • Includes coverage of the stakeholders in the esports business “ecosystem,” including the talent, the teams, the publishers, and the event organizers.
  • Explores various legal fields involved with esports, including intellectual property, employment and player unions, business investments and tax “write-offs,” immigration and visas, event operation tips, social media and on-stream promotions, and much more.
  • The most current book on the market, with actual contract provisions modelled on existing major esports player, coach, shoutcaster, and sponsorship agreements.

 Jacobson said:

I felt there was a huge knowledge void as most of this pertinent information is not publicly available or compiled in any usable fashion. I felt as one of the few professionals consistently handling this type of work at the highest level, I was compelled to act as a bridge to bring some most needed knowledge and structure to provide a little glimpse “behind the curtain” of what was really going on in the industry.

I had wished something like this existed when I started when was trying to understand the legal and business matters related to the field. I aimed to create a book that is intended for readers of all ages from high school to college students to industry practitioners, professional gamers and streamers, team owners, event operators, business professionals, attorneys, or really anybody else trying to get an understanding of the esports business. Unique to the book are actual contract clauses and negotiation tactics for major professional gamer, coach, caster and sponsorship agreements. The book also is able to provide information on best practices for organizing an esports event as well as for creating sponsorship and investor ‘pitch’ decks.

Jacobson is an entertainment and esports attorney located in New York City. For the last decade, he has worked with professional athletes, musicians, producers, DJs, record labels, fashion designers, as well as professional gamers, streamers, coaches, on-air talent, and esports organizations. He assists these creative individuals with their contract, copyright, trademark, immigration, tax, and related business, marketing, and legal issues. He is a frequent contributor to many industry publications and has been featured on a variety of entertainment, music, and esports publications and podcasts, including Business Insider, The Esports Observer, Esports Insider, Tunecore, and Sport Techie.

He has positioned himself as a top esports business professional working with talent in a variety of franchise leagues including the Overwatch League, Overwatch Contenders, and Call of Duty Pro League as well as in many popular competitive titles such as Fortnite, CS:GO, Gears of War, Halo, Super Smash Brothers, Rainbow 6, PUBG, Madden, and FIFA and mobile games such as Brawlhalla, Clash of Clans, and Call of Duty mobile. Previously, he worked with various esports talent agencies as well as in an official capacity on behalf of several esports teams and brands. Justin is currently an Adjunct Professor of Esports at University of North Carolina Wilmington and he serves as an Industry Board Advisor for the International Esports Journal.

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