Rapid technological growth, shifting consumer preferences to online engagement and modernized regulations are bringing unique legal opportunities and challenges to Canada’s sports and gaming industries.
Sports are no longer just played on soccer fields or baseball diamonds. Canada’s sports and gaming industries are now an entirely different ballgame, with bigger stakes and new players from across the globe entering the arena.
From eSports to iGaming, we know what separates a MOBA from an FPS, a straight bet from a parlay, and the leagues, platforms, teams, fan bases and operators associated with the rapidly colliding worlds of traditional sports, gaming, technology and eSports.
Clients count on our gaming and sports law experts as their problem solvers, deal makers, advocates, and legal and business partners.
By combining our experience in gaming and sports law, our national cross-disciplinary team of experts are at the forefront of the laws and regulations impacting Canada’s rapidly-evolving sports and sports wagering, eSports, iGaming, and gambling industries.
Our clients include:
- National and international sports organizations;
- Provincial and municipal governments;
- Casino operators;
- Multinational corporations and start-ups;
- Video game publishers and developers;
- Leagues and teams;
- Professional and amateur athletes;
- Event organizers and promoters;
- Funding partners; and
- Broadcasters and distributors.
Leagues, teams, organizations, athletes, gamers and operators rely on us as their trusted advisor on a wide range of complex mandates, as well as industry-specific issues relevant to their businesses and platforms, including:
- Going public transactions;
- Mergers & acquisitions;
- Purchase and sale of teams/leagues/businesses;
- Compliance with provincial gaming, licensing and contest regulations;
- Privacy and data security regulations compliance;
- Video game development and publishing;
- eSports tournaments and events;
- Video game acquisition and licensing;
- Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration;
- Labour and employment;
- Salary negotiations;
- Commercial and contractual issues;
- Intellectual property matters, monetization and naming rights, licensing and sponsorships, and broadcasting and advertising rights;
- Real estate;
- Concessions and ticketing;
- Competition Review;
- Governance; and