Krista Hiner, ESG Law
In the esports world that is rapidly developing, Krista Hiner is helping keep burgeoning leagues and dynamic teams on track legally.
Hiner is an attorney for the Los Angeles-based ESG Law, one of the most prominent esports-focused law firms in the country. Originally from Minnesota, Hiner joined the firm and moved to L.A. in 2017 to pursue her passion at the nexus of law and competitive gaming after previously practicing employment law in her home state.
Between the number of deals in the esports space and the newness of franchised leagues, Hiner stays busy working with ESG’s dozen-plus clients, which include several of the biggest teams in the competitive gaming world.
“It feels like the Wild Wild West in regard to the law a lot of the time right now, because we have to juggle the uniqueness of an industry that operates across many jurisdictions,” said Hiner, who is a gamer and grew up playing Halo. “If a team is based in California, they are going to be competing all over the country or even world, so that creates lot of challenges there.”
Hiner helped found the Esports Bar Association to help esports law professionals network, discuss industry issues and bring about more diversity and inclusion in the industry.
“Our clients are constantly doing deals that are in other countries, so I really have to do a lot of creative schedule maneuvering to get all the work done,” she said. “Esports operates on such short timelines, so the deadlines are a lot more demanding; it can be easy to get discouraged, but I try to remind myself how great it is to work in such a dynamic industry.” — Adam Stern