Taxation of eSports in Finland should be clarified

While eSports is classified as sports in Finnish taxation, it involves several interpretative factors within the field of tax law. One issue that gamers face, is the versatile stream of income which cause uncertainty under the current tax regime. For many, the most important source of income are tournament prizes,...

The Epic Battle Continues

In September 2020, we discussed the Epic Games vs. Apple (and Google) case in our blog post. To cut a long story short, Epic Games introduced a new payment system for its best-selling mobile game, Fortnite, offering an alternative in-app purchase method. The new payment system bypasses the 30 %...

Labor law questions in startup companies

There are many specific questions in the field of labor law that startup companies should take into account gladly already when planning the actions of the company. In the beginning, the financial resources of the company can be limited, and the need for permanent employees can vary from time to...

Loot Boxes – the next level

We have already covered some basics relating to loot boxes in our article. After writing the article there have been some major developments in the gaming world - so let’s take a look at the recent issues regarding the infamous in-game reward mechanism.  What exactly is going on? During the fall of 2020,...

Enforcing your intellectual property rights

How to protect your intellectual property There are several forms of intellectual property that your company may own, for example trademarks, patents, designs, utility models or copyrighted works. Although confidentiality laws may protect some of these assets, it is crucial that your company remembers to take active measures and look...

What will happen to EU trademarks after Brexit?

EU law will stop applying in the UK on 31st December 2020 due to Brexit. This will of course have its implications on the EU trademark system as we know it. The UK officials have given guidelines regarding the applicability of trademarks registered within the EU. If you already have a...

Is Epic Games reshaping the future of in-app purchases?

Well that escalated quickly. Apple didn’t like Epic Games’ new payment system and removed Fortnite from the App Store. This might have a big impact on the future of in-app purchases. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, one of the most popular online video games at the moment, recently announced...

How to build an independent eSports league on solid legal ground

As we spend more and more time at home playing games, the thought may come to mind “Should I test my metal in an online tournament? Or maybe our friendly group tournament could be something bigger...”  Due to gaming in general becoming more mainstream and becoming more than just a hobby, as shown by the explosive growth of the eSports industry during...