Part One - Let the games begin: German IP law in the world of esports

Growing numbers of viewers and rising profits are making esports increasingly interesting for event organizers, sports leagues, sponsors and with traditional sports clubs even establishing their own esports divisions. Almost everyone who has an interest in sports or technology will have encountered some of the most high profile examples such as "Counter-Strike", "League of Legends" or "FIFA". It might be more surprising to hear that it is becoming the norm for organizers to distribute six-digit cash prizes at competitions, with more and more in the millions each year.

In the esports context, intellectual property law plays a role that is not to be underestimated by those becoming active in esports.

Copyright and Ancillary Copyright

With regards to esports, copyright law is probably the most discussed subfield of intellectual property law.

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