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Thursday, February 27, 2020

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  1:00pm Registration 
  1:25 Welcome and Introductions

An Overview of the Esports Industry and Its Intellectual Property Issues | Huffman

Esports is big, even if you aren't paying attention. More than half of NBA ownership groups have invested in esports teams and ventures. The industry is interdisciplinary, with issues arising in labor and employment, contract, corporate, securities, immigration, tax and more. But, unlike traditional sports, the esports industry involves underlying copyright interests held by the developers and publishers of the games being played. This session provides an overview of the industry, the copyright and other intellectual property issues at play, and how those issues inform decisions, negotiations and power in the industry.

  2:30 Break 

Esports: Player Contracts and Disputes | Fairchild

Agents, managers, practice, coaches, signing bonuses, free agency and endorsement deals are all terms you expect to hear with professional athletes in traditional sports, but esports players also encounter the same considerations when negotiating and entering into deals with esports teams and sponsors. However, there are some major differences between traditional sports and esports — an industry that notably lacks collective bargaining agreements and has a discrete flow of intellectual property rights — that change the dynamics of these deals. This session examines the constituent parts of an esports contract between a player and team, as well as other typical deals, how these contracts differ from those in traditional sports, and the disputes that are beginning to arise in and around these contracts.

  3:35 Break 

Esports: Labor and Employment Issues | Scholl-Tatevosyan

As more states show aversion toward the independent contractor (IC) model, entertainment-facing industries like esports that rely on contract labor must adjust to remain in compliance with the law. This change also impacts unionization capabilities, as only employees (not ICs) can unionize. Although it is similar to traditional sports in some respects, esports faces different hurdles to unionization, which comes with its own set of rules. This session provides information on the changing IC landscape, discusses labor law as it applies to esports, and reviews other labor and employment topics impacting the industry, such as arbitration agreements and child labor laws.

  4:40 Adjourn


FEBRUARY FINALE SCHEDULE | Pick and choose your sessions
Monday, February 24

Securities Regulation


Tuesday, February 25

Immigration Law

Brew Law

Wednesday, February 26

Privacy and Data Security

Ethics, Technology and Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Thursday, February 27

Air and Space


Friday, February 28

Labor and Employment Law

Hemp Law

Web Event Information
Start Time:
February 27, 2020 1:25 PM Eastern
12:25 PM Central, 11:25 AM Mountain, 10:25 AM Pacific
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Estimated Length:
3 hours, 15 minutes
Registration Time Remaining:
3 days, 22 hours
Registration Fee:
February Finale: Esports
TUITION RATE. Membership discount automatically applies at checkout. 
Standard: $175
NCBA Member: $145
CLE Premier Pass: $0


North Carolina Bar Center

8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513 | 800.228.3402

HOTEL INFORMATION. Contact hotels directly for reservations at the special NCBA room rate. Rates are based on availability and may sell out. 

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
120 Sage Commons Way, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday-Thursday)
  • Reservations | 919.678.0005 (Please ask for the NCBA corporate rate)

Embassy Suites
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $174 single/double
  • Reservations | Click here to book online (Group Code 2691626)

Speaker Information
Ryan C Fairchild   [ view bio ]
Brandon J Huffman   [ view bio ]
Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 3.00
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