On July 2016 the French National Assembly adopted a final version of what has been named “the Bill for a Digital Republic”. While the Bill still has to be approved by the Senate before it is enacted into law, its general outline should not be significantly modified.
Video games publishers, e-sport organisations and gamers alike should all welcome the Bill, because for the first time it creates a specific legal framework for competitive video gaming, or “e-sport”. Until now, the very legality of e-sport has been questionable under French Law. The new Bill does three important things :
1- E-sport competitions involving the physical presence of the competitors are no longer illegal
2 – Minors can compete in e-sport competitions
3 – A new legal status is created foe e-sport organisations and the professional gamers they employ