Bryce “eSportsLaw” Blum joins me to break down the dispute between Team SoloMid and H2k over the contract status of Svenskeren, and discuss the broader legal landscape of the LCS.
- 3:02 What exactly is H2k accusing TSM of?
- 5:42 Potential effects of the dispute on the pending sale of H2k to outside investors
- 7:45 What are the important questions to ask to know who is in the wrong?
- 9:50 The factors that make a contract binding (under US law)
- 10:59 Do the leaked Skype logs show whether Svenskeren had a binding agreement with H2k?
- 12:34 What’s the difference between a letter of intent (LOI) and a contract? What makes them binding?
- 15:33 What is Riot’s role in the dispute?
- 17:32 What are H2k’s options moving forward?
- 19:43 What is the best-case scenario for each team at this point?
- 21:36 Why is this such a big issue? How is the League of Legends legal landscape different from traditional sports leagues?
- 24:23 Bryce calls for a formal grievances procedure
- 25:41 Why isn’t there a grievances/appeals system already in place?
- 27:20 Other items on Bryce’s wishlist for improvements to LCS contracting
- 31:51 The problems with non-standardized contract end dates
- 34:24 How the LCS is ahead of other esports in its regulation, but with lots more left to do
Music by Bradley Rains