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Esports – a booming industry with unique legal needs
The Esports ecosystem has evolved in terms of professionalism, economically as well as legally.
Through its rapid growth in the last few years Esports has shifted into the public focus and has become a new relevant industry generating revenues of $1.1 billion globally in 2019.
Home to one of the Esports leagues ESL – Electronic Sports League, and other relevant Esports companies, leading teams and players, Germany has played a vital role in this development. Besides its rapid growth, the esports ecosystem has also evolved in terms of professionalism, economically as well as legally.
A significant milestone in this regard was the establishment of the German esports association ESBD – ESPORT-BUND DEUTSCHLAND e.V. in 2017 which was initiated in the offices of act legal Germany. Since then, major legal steps have been taken, such as the introduction of the German esports visa in 2020, a dedicated visa category for esports.