Q&A: Esports attorney Bryce Blum on ethics, player contracts and the need

Slingshot contributor Amanda “SageGnosis” Stevens talked to esports attorney Bryce Blum about a wide range of topics. Here are a few highlights (with full audio also available):

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Bryce Blum (provided photo)

AS (4:55): Are there a lot of you? Are there a lot of people out there who specify in (esports law)?

BB: There aren’t a lot of us. It’s certainly a growing club, and I’m sure it will continue to grow because I get emails at the rate of 1+ a day from young lawyers or law students or college students or whoever with an interested in the field. So I was the first to market esports attorney. I started practicing at a large, Seattle law firm. Pretty much from Day 1 on the job started doing some writing forecasting the legal future of esports.

AS (25:36): Do you know how much of the players summit is focused on this aspect? How to make sure you have a fair contract…or is that sort of left up to a player being aware enough to contact an attorney?

BB: Obviously, I’m aware of the players summit. I’ve never attended it. I know a lot of players who have, and I’ve talked to them about it sort of in broad strokes…I know these types of issues do come up, but I also know it’s somewhat a sticky situation. Riot does want the best for the players, but they also don’t want to inject themselves between the player/team relationship, and they’re very hesitant to overstep and potentially expose themselves to liability or sacrifice some of their own interests.

Full timestamp:

0:00: Intro
0:45: Origin as a Gamer
3:06: Origin as a Lawyer
4:50: Being an eSports Attorney
17:50: Ethics of being THE eSports Attorney
19:00: A short discussion on contracts
25:15: A long discussion on the need for there to be an independent player symposium
42:00: Twitter Question – Why are teams so bad at social media?
44:20: General Chit Chat
49:41: Outro