Tfue is arguably the best Fortnite player in the world when you combine competitive results and community impact.
So when he takes to his soapbox to give advice to young players, it makes sense to listen to him.
Tfue is part of an elite group of players who have qualified for the Fortnite World Cup.
Many other players who are known in the community have also qualified, but so have a group of amateur players in the middle of their first big break into professional Fortnite.
For these amateur players, Tfue wants them to make sure they aren’t being taken advantage of by organizations.
Many players primary goal is to be signed to an organization like Tfue’s FaZe Clan. But once you qualify for the Fortnite World Cup, you need to be very careful about the terms of a deal you sign.
The Fortnite World Cup has a $30 million prize pool. There are 200 players competing, 100 in solos and 50 duo groups.
That means the average payout to a competing player is $150,000.
Obviously it is scaled higher towards the top, but the point is that these players have a great chance to make it big. But it also means that organizations have a lot of incentive to get you to sign a sketchy contract.
FaZe Clan recently signed two players who qualified for the Fortnite World Cup in Dubs and Megga. According to Tfue later in that VOD, FaZe Clan doesn’t take any cut of competitive winnings, but that isn’t true of every organization.
Why joining an organization still makes some sense
I do feel like Tfue undersellls some of the benefits to being in organization.
If you don’t already have a big following, organizations can help bring viewers and followers to Twitch and YouTube, pair you with other players on the roster and provide various amenities including gear and equipment.
The other thing organizations bring is consistency. While every player who competes will walk away with something, having a consistent salary you can count on each month is important.
It all depends on the amount of the salary vs. the percentage of prize money taken. There is definitely a range where the trade-off makes sense.
So it makes sense to amend Tfue’s advice. You can join an organization if you want to up your platform in that way, but you need to be very aware of shady organizations trying to part you from your winnings.
Hire a lawyer to look over the contract and know how much value you are bringing to the org.