The Editorial Board in association with IKIGAI Law invites submissions for the RSRR Blog Series on “Regulating E-Sports: Paving the Road Ahead”.
E-Sports are increasingly growing in terms of popularity as well as lucrative sports entertainment. The booming rise of industry, at Indian as well as a global platform, has witnessed a spectacular evolution. Infrastructure to hold competitions at a national and international level, as well as coming into existence of rule-making bodies is paving the way further for e-sports. Due to the advent of e-sports at worldwide level, the youthful obsession of multiplayer gaming has now become a unique professional endeavour. With the inclusion of e-sports as a demonstration sport in Asian Games, 2018 and the potential inclusion of e-sports into the 2024 Olympics, it is vying with the ‘conventional’ sports. The expansion of e-sports combined with big sponsorships and large audience-base has brought with itself an array of legal complexities and policy considerations. The instant blog series aims to facilitate discussion related to the legal and regulatory policy considerations for E-Sports in India. The blog seeks to inquire onto depths of the unexplored issue and highlight the potential obstacles for the industry.
- Legal Recognition of E-Sports as a Sport and medal event at international events;
- Need for Regulation of E-Sports (Eg: Statutory, Self-Regulatory etc.);
- Determining the distinction between E-Sports and Gambling;
- E-Sports and Intellectual Property Protections (Issues related to thin line difference between adaptation and copyright infringement, competition law principles vis-à-vis game publisher’s IP rights, etc.);
- Regulation of Online Streaming and Broadcasting Rights For E-Sports;
- The menace of betting, match-fixing and cheating over E-Sports;
- Skill building and learning through engagement in E-Sports;
- Understanding ‘E-Doping’ and the need for fair competition in E-Sports;
- Intermediary liability vis- à-vis E-Sports hosted on gaming platforms;
- Legal implications of Foreign Court’s decisions on E-Sports in India: Critical Analysis;
- Professional E-Sport athletes: Need for recognition of ‘professional athletes’ in E-Sports, immigration classification and legal protection;
- E-Sports and monetization of data: The privacy rights of players, data localization, biometric data, leasing out data, unregulated usage of such data and ownership of metadata;
- E-Sports and Contract Management and Enforceability (Eg: Employment, Sponsorship etc);
- E-Sports and Free Speech: Creative freedom in developing and usage of E-Sports;
- Taxation issues in operation of E-Sports;
- Competition law in E-Sports vis- à-vis Right to Trade
The submissions are, however, not restricted to the aforesaid sub-themes, provided they fall within the ambit of the main theme.
Submission Guidelines and Procedure
- All submissions must be in Garamond, font size 12, spacing 1.5.
- All endnotes should be in Garamond 10, single-spaced.
- Margins: Left 1.5 Inch, Right 1 Inch, Top 1 Inch and Bottom 1 Inch.
- Word Limit for each post is a maximum of 1800-2100 words (exclusive of endnotes).
- Please ensure the inclusion of endnotes instead of footnotes. A uniform style of citation is necessary for acceptance.
- The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter specifying the author’s name, designation, institute, contact number, and e-mail for future reference. [Participants are requested to not put their name anywhere in the main manuscript]
- All entries should be submitted in .doc or .docx format.
- The manuscripts must be e-mailed to email@example.com
- The subject should be titled “Submission for RSRR Blog Series: E-Sports”.
- All selected entries shall be e-published on the RSRR Blog Series.
- E-certificates will be awarded to the authors of each published blog.
- Co-authorship of a maximum of 2 is permitted.
- The author(s) bear sole responsibility for the accuracy of facts, opinions or views stated in the submitted Manuscript.
- In the case of gross plagiarism found in the contents of the submitted manuscript, the manuscript shall be subject to rejection.
- Copyright of all blog posts shall remain with RGNUL Student Research Review and IKIGAI Law. All Moral Rights shall vest with the author(s).
For further details, please visit https://rsrr.in/call-for-blogs/.
The last date of submission is 30th June 2019. In case of any query, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furthermore, the Editors-in-Chief can be contacted:
- Aryan Babele (9926041054)
- Shrey Nautiyal (7988767598)
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