The FeSR and von appen I jens legal cooperate on eSport
The Research Center for Esports Law of the University of Augsburg (“FeSR”) and the law firm von appen I jens legal concluded a cooperation agreement in April 2020 to pursue research in esports law jointly. The main focus of the collaboration is the dialogue between practice and academia as well as joint projects on topics relevant to both traditional sports and esports.
The FeSR is an independent institution of the Faculty of Law of the University of Augsburg under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Maties. The aim of the institution is to conduct legal research in the field of esports. Furthermore, the FeSR sees itself as a contact for politics, ministries, associations and companies.
von appen I jens legal is one of the leading sports boutique law firms in Germany. The firm provides advice to federations, leagues, clubs and athletes from the entire sports industry including football, handball and basketball. eSport belongs to the field of activity for years as the law firm advises some of the leading eSport organizations on various legal aspects such as commercialization as well as employment and transfer of players.
„Our general aim is to transfer our experience gained in more than in 25 years in traditional sports into eSports for the benefit of our clients. We are more than happy that the cooperation with Research Center for Esports Law escalates this approach to the field of university science – together forming one of the driving forces in eSports.”
“For some years now, researchers from various scientific disciplines have been discussing whether esports can be qualified as sports and which findings can be transferred from analogue to digital. It is evident that both ecosystems have structural similarities, but also structural differences,” says Prof. Dr. Martin Maties, director of the Research Center for Esports Law. “This is an ideal situation to gain new insights for both industries. The importance of cooperating with leading experts in the practice is self-explanatory. We are delighted to have partnered with von appen I jens legal; experts who have been advising in both industries for years and therefore understand similarities and differences like hardly any other law firm.”