Marian Härtel, a German gaming lawyer specialized in the eSports industry, announced the start of a cooperation with Team Prismatic (www.teamprismatic.com). Härtel will help the team building up all legal constructions, from team contracts to sponsorship agreements.
Berlin, July 17th: Marian Härtel is a German lawyer with 20 years’ experience in the gaming industry and 10 years of legal consulting. announces a consulting agreement for Germany based Team Prismatic. The goal of this cooperation will be to help the team build up internal legal processes as well as further professionalize the organization.
Härtel will support founder Dominik Lupfer on his quest to base the team and its members on a safe and solid legal structure and make the first steps to professionalize eSports as an industry.
Team Prismatic and Marian Härtel also agreed to further evangelize other teams as well as the industry of the need to professionalize. This will include legally checked and fair player contracts as well as mutually beneficial supporter and sponsor contracts.
Marian Härtel adds
„The need of getting help from legal experts is still scarce in the eSports industry and mostly limited to Tier 1 eSports organizations and professional broadcasting and tournament members of the industry. More and more teams are realizing though, that professional habits and structures are the basis for successful growth as well as for attracting sponsors and players.“
Dominik Lupfer agrees
„Team Prismatic is still a young organization, but I realized early on that our rapid growth will only last if we do it the professional way from the beginning on. We are happy to be able to have Marian Härtel as an external advisor for our legal needs and our commercial structures.“
Korea already has a longer tradition to battle botting and cheats in games, esspecially in online games. With the increased popularity of esports, esspecially games like Overwatch, the country passed a law to fine the development of cheat and bot programming. The law will allow penalties of up to 40,000 Euro and up to 5 years of jail.
Obviously the law has to major flaws, because it neither has a legal definition what a cheat or a bot is, and it also has no solution for the internationality of the whole business, not preventing people to produce this kind of software outside Korea and making it available for download in Korea.
A good example for this is the company Bossland, based in Germany. The law will not affect a European company, but will make its software even more relevant and attractive.
Shortly before the launch of this site, I started working on an initial article regarding legal issue in the esport industry. You can find this article here. There will soon be more article regarding this topic as well as unique content for this law focused sub site.