First esports-dedicated law firm is launched

The crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Linus Escandor II for ESPN

Seattle-based lawyer Bryce Blum has launched the first esports-only law firm, Electronic Sports & Gaming Law, he announced Tuesday.

"I will be transitioning my existing esports practice to ESG Law, where I will continue to represent industry-leading esports teams, talent, and institutions," Blum told ESPN in a statement.

Blum, an ESPN contributor, said his goal is "to continue creating legal solutions for a constantly evolving set of challenges throughout the esports space."

Blum began to make his name in esports in early 2015 by posting legal opinions and articles on esports subreddits regarding controversial situations. Since then, he has become a regarded esports lawyer, representing teams like Team SoloMid, Fnatic, Team Dignitas and Team Liquid, as well as on-air talent such as Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles, Paul "Redeye" Chaloner and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist.

Many other firms that cover gaming and entertainment, such as well-known firm Morrison / Lee, handle esports but also handle a wide array of other business, too.