Welcome

Welcome to British Affiliation for Sports and Law. We are a team of sports enthusiasts: Jake is our eSports specialist; Shinina covers individual sports and Bruce team sports. Between us we have more than three decades of experience in Sports law as well as active participation in, and enthusiastic spectators of, individual and team sports.

Here we will help you stay in touch with upcoming events in sports and eSports both in the UK and worldwide, as well as providing useful information about sports law.


eSports

At the heart of eSports is a global, young, diverse and passionate community of professional and casual gamers, enthusiasts and collaborators. There are increasing numbers of gamers and spectators in the UK spending almost £3.3 billion on computer games in 2016, whilst the winners of eSports competitions can win thousands of pounds in prize money. Exciting changes are happening and as technology improves eSports are expected to continue to grow, particularly now that traditional sports clubs, like Premier League football teams, are buying eSports players to represent them in competitions.

eSports also act as a great marketing tool and an additional way to gain exposure for brands to the difficult-to-reach demographic of relatively affluent, young men aged 18-34.

eSport regulation

Sports Regulation

In March 2016, the official governing body for eSports, the World eSports Association was launched to bring together all those involved with eSport to create universally accepted regulation within the industry. In December the UK launched the national British eSport Association to regulate eSport within England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are dedicated to provided more detailed information on eSport regulation.


upcoming sport events
Apr 21-30 World Masters Games, New Zealand
May 5-21 IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany / Paris, France
May 6 Kentucky Derby, Kentucky, USA
May 12-22 Islamic Solidarity Games, Azerbaijan
May 29-Jun 5 World Table Tennis Championships, Germany
May 28-Jun 11 French Open
June NBA Finals, USA/Canada
Jun 13-16 Summer X Games, Minnesota USA
Jun 15–18 US Open Golf, Wisconsin USA
Jun 17-18 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans, France
Jun 17-27 America's Cup
Jun 17-Jul 2 Confederations Cup, Russia
Jul 1–23 2017 Tour de France
Jul 4-18 Maccabiah Games, Israel
Jul 14-30 World Aquatics Championships, Hungary
Jul 16- Aug 6 UEFA women's Euro
Jul 20-23 British Open Golf
Jul 20-30 The World Games, Poland
Aug 7-13 US PGA
Aug 9-26 Rugby Women's World Cup, Ireland
Aug 19-31 South-East Asian Games, Malaysia
Aug 25 – Sep 3 AIBA World Championships, Germany
Aug 28-Sep 10 Tennis US Open
Sep 17-24 UCI Road World Championships, Norway
Sep 23-30 Invictus Games, Canada
Sep 23-Oct 1 World Rowing Championships, Sarasota, USA.
Sep 27-Oct 9 World Gymnastics Championships, Canada
Sep 30 AFL Grand Final in Melbourne, Australia
Oct 26 – Dec Rugby League World Cup
Nov 7 Melbourne Cup
Nov 28-Dec 5 IWF World Championships

eSports gaming events

The Dot A 2 International August 7-12, Seattle USA

An annual double-elimination LAN tournament hosted by Valve. Sixteen invited professional DotA teams fight for the title of best DotA 2 team. Winners of The International are awarded large sums of money raised by the community, as well as the Aegis of Champions.

2017 League of Legends (LoL) World Championship, September 23 – November 4, China

A 24 team-tournament in China with teams from all thirteen LoL professional leagues participating across multiple stages, including a Play-In Stage before the Group Stage. The three Korean seeds will be auto-seeded into the Group Stage. As with 2016 the regional seeds placement at Worlds 2017 can be impacted by the MSI 2017 results.

2017 StarCraft II World Championship Series, April 28 – November 4, Anaheim, Ca. USA

The WCS Circuit begins in April with a simplified structure offering 4 championship events with direct seeds into the year-end WCS Global Finals on November 3-4. Each of these events will have straightforward paths to qualification via open brackets or regional challenger events that can be qualified into easily, with ladder qualification returning in certain regions.

The Evolution Championship Series (Evo), January 26-28 2018, Japan

The largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world, Evo is an open tournament. Players are divided into pools of 8 or more people that are run as a double elimination bracket, until there are only two players left, who advance to the Semifinals. The top eight players in the Semifinals advance to the Tournament Finals. Losses are carried over.


Upcoming UK sport events
May 27 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London
Jun 3 UEFA Champions League final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Jun 26 – Jul 23 One Day International Cricket World Cup for Women
Jul 3-16 Wimbledon Tennis Championship in London, England
Aug 4-13 IAAF World Championships at the Olympic Stadium, London UK
Aug 21–27 BWF World Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland
Betting Guide

eSports:
Betting Guide

DotA 2 is one of the biggest eSports. Place a bet on the team you believe will win or draw. Handicap bets are also possible or bet on the end score of a match or bet on who will win a specific map. You can place a bet on a team to get at least one map win. These can either be safer bets on the favourites or more reasonable bets for underdogs that are unlikely to win the match, but can take a map from the favourites.

Regulatory Concerns

esports:
Regulatory Concerns

This eSports league regulator was founded in March 2016. A number of eSports leagues including Major League Gaming (MLG) and the eSports League (ESL) and some of the most renowned, industry-leading eSports teams spent more than a year in intense negotiations in an effort to create a professional, open and inclusive organisation to oversee standardised tournament regulations, player representation as well as revenue sharing for teams.