The Rise of E-Sports Raises a Host of New Legal Issues

The meteoric rise of electronic sports has created a wave of new business opportunities and a host of new legal issues along with them.  In e-sports, participants play online video games and broadcast their gameplay and verbal commentary real-time over the internet while interested fans watch, comment and even bet on outcomes.  The more popular e-sports today are combat games involving a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) with first-person shooters (FPS) and include such games as Fortnite, Overwatch, and Starcraft, among others.[1]

More recently, leading teams of gamers compete head-to-head in