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© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 912-4823 / ifrahlaw.com(202) 524-4140
Legal Perspective:
Emerging eSports Can Learn from Lessons (and
Mistakes) of Gaming and iGaming Industries for
Successful Gaming Expansion
Jeff Ifrah, Firm Founder
eSports Conference, Los Angeles, CA - September 8, 2016
Esports = Opportunity
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
It’s Not All Fun and Games
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
Lessons Learned
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
Community Building
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
Fan Engagement
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
Trust
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
Fair and Safe Play
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
Fraud
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
Keep it Entertaining
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
A gambler knows that the money he puts
in the pot is at risk. . . If he loses $50 he
may well say to himself “I’d rather have
won, but $50 wasn’t too high a price to
pay for a night of gambling, and en route
to losing $50 I did after all win some nice
pots and get compliments from the guys I
was playing with.”
-PokerStars opinion by Judge Posner
Moving Forward
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
eSports company owners need to:
1. Push integrity message through
their organization
2. Audit for internal compliance
3. Police suppliers, business partners,
payment processors, etc.
© Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com / IfrahOniGaming.com

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  • 1. © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 912-4823 / ifrahlaw.com(202) 524-4140 Legal Perspective: Emerging eSports Can Learn from Lessons (and Mistakes) of Gaming and iGaming Industries for Successful Gaming Expansion Jeff Ifrah, Firm Founder eSports Conference, Los Angeles, CA - September 8, 2016
  • 2. Esports = Opportunity © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 3. It’s Not All Fun and Games © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 4. Lessons Learned © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 5. Community Building © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 6. Fan Engagement © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 7. Trust © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 8. Fair and Safe Play © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 9. Fraud © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com
  • 10. Keep it Entertaining © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com A gambler knows that the money he puts in the pot is at risk. . . If he loses $50 he may well say to himself “I’d rather have won, but $50 wasn’t too high a price to pay for a night of gambling, and en route to losing $50 I did after all win some nice pots and get compliments from the guys I was playing with.” -PokerStars opinion by Judge Posner
  • 11. Moving Forward © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com eSports company owners need to: 1. Push integrity message through their organization 2. Audit for internal compliance 3. Police suppliers, business partners, payment processors, etc.
  • 12. © Ifrah PLLC. Proprietary and Confidential. / (202) 524-4140 / ifrahlaw.com / IfrahOniGaming.com