Governance challenges in esports: a best practice framework for addressing integrity and wellbeing issues

Kelly, Sarah J., Derrington, Stephanie and Star, Shaun (2021) Governance challenges in esports: a best practice framework for addressing integrity and wellbeing issues. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 14 (1). pp. 151-168. ISSN 19406940

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The exponential growth of esports gives rise to a number of regulatory and governance issues which expose a number of different stakeholders, including vulnerable, young participants, to potential harms. This paper examines critical challenges which currently exist in the esports ecosystem, namely integrity and participant wellbeing, with the aim of addressing the knowledge deficit in relation to best practice governance and policy process aimed at protecting relevant stakeholders in esports. Using a corporate governance framework previously developed by Burger and Goslin, this paper also generates governance reform options in relation to the identified critical issues whilst having regard to the inherently commercial and networked nature of the sector. The paper proposes an integrated policy process model to address the practicality of developing and implementing a robust, dynamic governance system with a focus upon close engagement with stakeholders to influence legitimacy of protectionist policy. This paper builds upon earlier literature on governance and policy process in sport and proposes a research agenda to address the need for governance in this burgeoning landscape

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Athlete Welfare | Esports | Governance | Policy | Regulation | Sports Integrity
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 08:53
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 10:30
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