note: Thomas Terraz is a third year LL.B.
candidate at the International and European Law programme at The Hague
University of Applied Sciences with a specialisation in European Law. Currently
he is pursuing an internship at the T.M.C. Asser Institute with a focus on
International and European Sports Law.
surge of e-sports has stimulated a lively discussion on the essential
characteristics of sport and whether e-sports, in general, can be considered a
sport. However, one should not overlook the fact that e-sports encompass a
broad range of video games that fundamentally differ from one another. Thus, as
one commentator recently underlined, “the position of video games and the
e-sport competitions based on them should be analysed on a case-by-case basis.”
In this spirit, this blog aims to provide a concise analysis of one of these
e-sports, League of Legends (LoL), and one of its main competitions, the League
of Legends European Championship (LEC), to assess whether it could be
considered a sport in the sense of EU law. The LEC offers a fascinating
opportunity to examine this issue especially since the previous European League
of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) was rebranded and restructured this
year into the LEC. More...