104. Esports: The Next Great Sporting Frontier
DATE: Thursday, July 20, 2017 TIME: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 119
The Staples Center. Madison Square Garden. These iconic venues sold out seats as fans scrambled a chance to witness the crowning of a world champion. The game? League of Legends. Competitive video gaming, or esports, is the sport that you may have never heard of but has caught the attention of big players from traditional sporting industries around the world. With predicted global revenue numbers of more than $500 million in 2016, esports is growing and always poised to explode. An influx of capital and press brings with it an influx of legal issues and considerations. Learn what matters to a legal professional hoping to get in on the ground floor of this nascent industry, interesting recent developments, and how to provide value to big-name clients from some of the attorneys and professionals at the forefront of the esports industry.
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Principal Attorney, Law Office of Jason K. Yee
Jason Yee 余家揚 is a graduate of the University of California Hastings and is licensed to practice law in California. Jason is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has slowly built his practice along with developing and managing his family's businesses.
Jason is active in the Asian American Bar Association as a Membership Committee Co-Chair, as well as an active volunteer in various nonprofits including the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach as well as the Justice and Diversity Center.
Privacy and Consumer Protection Counsel, Electronic Arts
Joe Newman is Privacy and Consumer Protection Counsel at Electronic Arts. He advises EA business partners on a variety of complex matters, including the development of EA's new Competitive Gaming Division. Joe works with game designers, tournament operators, third party licensors, and many others on issues facing EA's players and the competitive community. Prior to joining Electronic Arts, Joe clerked at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has worked on legal issues facing the videogame industry at organizations such as the Future of Privacy Forum, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Knowledge. Outside the law, Joe is both an avid gamer and musician, and loves to play the saxophone and piano.
Corporate Counsel, Twitch Interactive
Kevin Yung is Corporate Counsel at Twitch, supporting a variety of teams across multiple commercial and business matters, including the esports and partnerships teams. He has been active in digital content space in the past couple years, working at the video platform startup Vessel prior to Twitch. In a prior life, he was a corporate securities lawyer, practicing in New York and San Francisco law firms.