Texas Lawbook recently published an article by KRCL attorney Johnathan Jordan entitled “Gamer’s Lawsuit Highlights Issues in Esport Player Contracts.” The article focuses on employment law considerations, discussing the all-too-common classification of the player as an “independent contractor” and “non-compete” provisions.
Excerpt from article:
The esports industry recently experienced its first significant (and high-profile) legal dispute when Turner Tenney, known in the gaming community as “Tfue,” sued his gaming organization, FaZe Clan.
The lawsuit alleges that the player contract he signed with FaZe Clan in April 2018 is “grossly oppressive, onerous, and one-sided.” A few days after the lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court, the confidential contract was purportedly leaked on celebrity news site The Blast. If the leaked contract is, in fact, the actual player contract between Tfue and FaZe Clan, there are some questionable provisions in the contract, both in their enforceability and their effect.
Read the full article on Texas Lawbook (subscription required)