Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney is FaZe Clan’s biggest star, and now he is coming after his own organization.
According to a report from Hollywood Reporter, Tfue alleges that FaZe Clan is violating California law with its contract.
Tfue alleges that FaZe Clan takes a high percentage of his earnings (up to 80% in some cases) and has pushed him into making decisions that aren’t in his best interest personally.
Tfue signed his deal with FaZe Clan in April of 2018, well after he had begun gaining popularity in Fortnite. The immediate details of that contract are private, but according to Tfue, FaZe Clan has violated their end of the deal.
“That Gamer Agreement is grossly oppressive, onerous, and one-sided,” writes attorney Bryan Freedman in the official complaint according to Hollywood Reporter. “Faze Clan uses its illegal Gamer Contracts to limit Tenney to deals sourced exclusively by Faze Clan and to prevent Tenney from exploring deals presented by others; deals that are potentially superior to deals procured by Faze Clan; and deals that are not saddled with an eighty percent (80%) finder’s fee.”
What exactly is illegal about the gamer contract is not clear. If Tfue’s contract states he can’t explore other deals not procured by FaZe, then it is tough to see what is in violation.
Contracts that take advantage of players are common in esports, thanks to the relatively young age of esports players and the lack of an official legal structure in many games and organizations.
But one-sided contracts aren’t necessarily illegal.
What is illegal, is giving alcohol to people under the age of 21. That, along with illegal gambling, is another allegation Tfue is making against the esports organization.
“Not only does Faze Clan take advantage of these young artists, it jeopardizes their health, safety and welfare,” writes Freedman in the petition to determine controversy obtained by the Hollywood Reporter
The article goes on to state: “Tenney says FaZe Clan pressured him to live in one of its homes in the Hollywood Hills with other young YouTubers, where he says he was given alcohol before turning 21 and encouraged to illegally gamble.”
Also overshadowed in this story was confirmation of a controversy making the rounds on Fortnite boards a couple of months ago.
Tfue alleges that FaZe signed an 11-year-old gamer and pressured him to lie about his age. In all likelihood, that player is H1ghSky1 – who is different from RBG HighSky – a young player who signed to FaZe over a month ago.
At that time, many people mentioned him being younger than the 13 years old FaZe Clan claimed. It seems that may have been true and will be another key point of Tfue’s suit.
Update: 11:51 AM PT. FaZe Banks has responded to the lawsuit and lashed out at 100 Thieves owner Nadeshot for comments. Banks response and the ongoing controversy can be found here.
This is a developing story that will be updated throughout the day.
Update: 4:30PM EST – May 21st – Tfue has followed @Morrison on Twitter. Morrison is a prominent lawyer for esports players and streamers. He founded the law firm ‘Morrison-Rothman’ which serves clients like Tfue on a plethora of cases.
Reactions to Tfue suing FaZe Clan
One of the preeminent video game lawyers, Ryan Morrison, who goes by the name Video Game Attorney on Twitter, was quick to point out this issue is something facing all of esports, not located just to FaZe Clan and Tfue.
This was a long time coming in esports. The industry has shown little to no respect to actual labor or fair competition laws. Faze getting the blame for what has become industry standard. Repeated to death, but all players should have an agent and a lawyer. https://t.co/0qfiwve5yT— Video Game Attorney (@Morrison) May 20, 2019
If there was ever a perfect story for KEEMSTAR’s Drama Alert, this would have to be it. He is going to have a longer in-depth breakdown of the situation later today.
No one else has been able to get a statement from FaZe today, but if someone can, KEEMSTAR is a decent bet.
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Tfue’s Dad went to Instagram to comment on the post and call FaZe Clan “bully’s.”
Tfue’s playing partner and fellow World Cup qualifier Cloak tweeted that there are “big stuff on the horizon.”
Big stuff on the horizon!— Creator code:fazecloak (@cloakzy) May 20, 2019
That may have nothing to do with the lawsuit, but tweeting that out after the news broke that your playing partner is suing your organization is definitely interesting.
TSM’s Dakotaz also chimed in, mentioning that this issue is wider for all of esports, and California law may need to be updated to account for the ever-growing esports/gaming/streaming industry.
This @TTfue case is absolutely massive for the gaming industry.— dakotaz (@dakotaz) May 20, 2019
It’s going to set precedent for every Gaming Org that is based within California
World Showdown of Esports Commissioner also believes this is the beginning of a shift in talent representation in this space.
It begins … the battle of talent looking to fight for their own value proposition while orgs look to hold onto to justify big valuations and clinch revenue opportunities. Will we see a shift to how talent in traditional sports look for representation?— Christian Bishop (@mrcbishop) May 20, 2019
This story has not been independently confirmed by us and all quotes and references are identified by their source.
Tfue sets Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 record for the most kills
Tfue returned to Fortnite in Chapter 3, and hasn’t looked back ever since. He now holds the record for most eliminations in a Squads game.
Tfue’s return to Fortnite has been no less than a highlight reel so far. He’s won several Zero Build tournaments and made the record for the most kills in a Squads game recently.
Tfue played a major role in making Fortnite the biggest Battle Royale title ever. Back in the day, he was the face of the game and fans could not believe it when he quit in Chapter 2.
However, Tfue is finally back and he’s causing mayhem in the newly introduced Zero Build mode.
Tfue and Zemie drop 68 eliminations in a Fortnite Squads game
Tfue and fellow Twitch streamer Zemie have participated in several tournaments together. Fans are well aware of their skills and synergy which has helped in yielding great results consistently.
In a recent live stream, Zemie and Tfue tried to drop 50 bombs in every game. This basically means that they were trying to get over 50 kills collectively. A Squads lobby is definitely better to attempt such challenges because it is easier to find groups of players.
Little did the streamers know that they would end up creating a record for the most kills in a Squads game. The fact that they accomplished this feat as a duo is even more impressive. Tfue racked up 38 kills while Zemie had 30 eliminations under his name.
A total of 68 elimination in a single game is as unreal as it sounds. There is no denying the fact that Tfue and Zemie are two of the most skilled players out there, but eliminating 70% of the players in a lobby also requires a ton of luck.
Fortnite community reacts to Tfue and Zemie’s record
Interestingly, Tfue’s latest Fortnite record has received a mixed response from loopers around the world. While some creators have praised the duo, others believe that they created the record in a bot lobby.
A bot lobby includes a ton of AI. It’s easier to get kills in a bot lobby because the AI can randomly spawn close to the player.
On the other hand, several fans also pointed out that famous streamers get a ton of free/easy kills because of stream snipers.
Amidst the contrasting opinions, Tfue and Zemie proudly hold the record for most kills in a Fortnite Squads game. It is safe to assume that no one will be able to break this record for a long time, let alone in Chapter 3 Season 3.
Fortnite player reaches Level 400 in Season 3 already: Here’s how they did it
A Fortnite YouTuber has achieved the unimaginable by reaching Level 400 of the Chapter 3 Season 3 Battle Pass within the first week.
While the majority of the community is struggling to get XP in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3, a dedicated XP grinder has already surpassed level 400. Here’s how they pulled it off.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the XP grind in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 is merciless. Epic Games has repeatedly nerfed the XP system and loopers are nervous about completing the Battle Pass and unlocking their favorite skins.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s a player named LootStation who is on his way to reaching level 1000 in Chapter 3 Season 3.
Fortnite player finds the best ways to get XP in Chapter 3 Season 3
It is no surprise that LootStation is constantly accused of buying Battle Pass tiers. However, even if that’s true, the YouTuber could have purchased a maximum of 100 levels and still managed to get 300 more levels even before the Week 2 challenges go live.
LootStation is no stranger to unlocking ‘impossible’ Battle Pass levels. Ever since the release of Impostors, he has relied on the LTM for XP. However, in Chapter 3 Season 3, playing Team Ruble in Squads is LootStation’s go-to tactic for XP.
In a recent video, the XP grinder claimed that he’s making the most out of the buffed Accolade XP. In each game, looting from chests and ammo boxes grants him 30,000 XP while quests hand out over 5,000 XP.
Loot Lake is one of the best locations to get XP from chests and looting. There’s an abundance of chests and the OG POI also allows players to fish. Fishing has always been a reliable XP method and LootStation recommends it as well.
The Fortnite community reacts to LootStation’s grind
It is evident that LootStation is not a casual player. He’s summarized the location of every chest in Loot Lake and has a fixed looting routine. In the meantime, his team focuses on competing in the Daily, Weekly, and Milestone quests that are a stable source of XP.
Even though the Team Rumble looting strategy is effective, LootStation has put in countless hours to reach level 400 with it. While his supporters love the grind, others find it unnecessary as there are no rewards after level 200.
LootStation’s goal is to prove his worth as an XP grinder and always discover the best ways to get XP. The YouTuber is certainly succeeding in doing so, and considering his current level, he should be able to reach level 1000 easily before the end of Chapter 3 Season 3.
Fortnite star SypherPK quits Zero Build tournament after losing to cheaters
The Zero Build tournaments in Fortnite have been hijacked by cheaters, and streamer SypherPK eagerly wants Epic Games to fix it.
Fortnite veteran SypherPK has always been vocal about cheaters and stream snipers in the community. The streamer’s latest encounter with hackers in a Zero Build tournament compelled him to quit.
Multiplayer games, especially Battle Royales, have always had trouble with cheaters. Brilliant titles like Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone became unplayable owing to the rise of hackers and have lost innumerable players so far.
From the looks of it, there has been a surge of hackers in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 as well following the introduction of Zero Build mode.
Fortnite pros are encountering more hackers than ever in Zero Build tournaments
Fortnite caught a second wind with Zero Build as a ton of new players joined the community. Moreover, big names like Ninja, Dr. Disrespect, and Tfue returned to the game and appreciated the non-sweaty mode.
The developers then hosted Zero Build tournaments that received an overwhelmingly positive response initially. However, hackers have now plagued such tournaments.
SypherPK recently took part in the NA West Zero Build finals and he was well aware of the fact that some teams are abusing aim bot and wall hacks.
Soon after, the streamer reported that hackers eliminated him in the very first game. It is no surprise that this incident led to him quitting the cup. He asked Epic Games to work on a live bans feature or atleast a new anti-cheat system that is dedicated to competitive playlists.
Zero Build mode in Fortnite has helped in exposing cheaters
Previously, Fortnite compelled players to build which significantly increased the skill gap between newcomers and veterans. On one side, there were players with the skill set to make a skyscraper within 30 seconds. On the other end of the spectrum, there were beginners who struggled in every game because the SBMM system rarely matched them with equally skilled/experienced players.
Amidst such issues, we are witnessing the growing use of cheats and devices like the Cronus Zen. This allows cheaters to win more comfortably than ever, but naturally, at the cost of the ruined experience of every player they face.
Until Chapter 3 Season 1, it was harder to track cheaters because mechanics like building and editing were an integral part of the meta.
In contrast, aim and mobility are the deciding factors of a Zero Build game. Accordingly, players can now easily identify cheaters using aim bots and wall hacks.
Countless other players, streamers, and pros have similar opinions on the current state of Fortnite and Epic Games would certainly want to come up with a solution before the Cash Cups commence in Chapter 3 Season 3.
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