The Korean eSports Association (KeSPA) announced Tuesday it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with American law firm Legacy Pro Law in order to offer legal counsel to players on KeSPA teams.
“We are happy to assist the highly esteemed players of Korea be active in the confines of the law,” secretary general Cho Man-su said in a statement. “We hope that players will be able to receive the legal help they need. We plan to continue to protect the rights of not only association professionals but for amateur players too.”
The MOU stipulates that Legacy Law will give legal advice regarding visa acquirement, taxes, contractual concerns, and other areas for players who compete in League of Legends and FIFA Online 3. Players who are active outside Korea and amateur players can also be the benefactors of the agreement, but players who are already on other teams will need the permission of their organization. Players who will be listed as amateurs after this year’s round of tryouts will be the first amateurs to be included into this system.
Legacy Pro Law is a law firm based in Los Angeles that specializes in matters such as copyright, the entertainment industry, workers compensation, and immigration law.
“It is incredibly meaningful to the firm that it will be able to assist in players being active in the global league,” Legacy Pro Law representative lawyer Lee Ki-nam said in a statement. “We believe that our legal expertise and experience will help in players expand further into the global market.”
The partnership is curious because teams are part of KeSPA, and it’s unclear how utilizing an outside (but KeSPA-partnered) law firm would influence negotiations between players and teams. Slingshot has reached out to KeSPA for more information about the partnership.