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.
SypherPK, Loserfruit, and other Fortnite Creators receive mysterious DVDs of Crop Circle footage
Several DVDs containing crop circle footage have been sent out to Fortnite creators following the leak of an imminent alien invasion.
Just after Fortnite update v16.50 revealed an impending alien invasion, content creators started to receive mysterious DVD players containing DVDs of crop circle footage.
Fortnite v16.50 threw players a curveball once dataminers revealed that aliens would be invading the game. Starting towards the end of Chapter 2 Season 6, UFOs will randomly abduct players and teleport them to different locations on the map. There are also various quests that point towards the existence of extraterrestrial lifeforms.
A lot of fans are speculating that this means Season 7 will be themed around aliens. However, there’s more than just datamined files that suggest this. A few Fortnite content creators have received packages in the mail containing portable DVD players and a DVD titles “They’re Coming”.
Crop Circle DVDs might be related to Fortnite
Creators AussieAntics and Martyn Littlewood were among the first to post about the mysterious DVD players. According to them, there was no indication it was from Epic Games or related to Fortnite. However, only people who are notable Fortnite creators received these packages.
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It was later confirmed that LoserFruit, a creator who has her own Fortnite skin, also received a similar package. She shared footage of the DVD while streaming on Twitch. Streamer SypherPK also received a DVD player and shared the crop circle footage with his stream as well. Interestingly enough, each creator’s DVD showed a different crop circle located somewhere in the real world.
While there hasn’t been any confirmation from Epic Games or Fortnite that this is related to the game, this wouldn’t be the first time Fortnite dabbled in alternate-reality teasers. For Fortnite Chapter 1 Season 5, Epic Games erected several real-world statues and riddled secret codes within the game. This is seemingly another stunt to raise anticipation for Chapter 2 Season 7.
With Season 7 being a few days away, Fortnite is starting to hype up its arrival. It’s no coincidence that the discovery of aliens coming to Fortnite occurred simultaneously to creators receiving crop circle footage. Season 7 starts on June 8 when Fortnite is invaded by aliens.
Clix promises change following backlash from controversial laxative tweet
Cody “Clix” Conrod promisesto be more mature while streaming and on social media following his Fortnite Creator Code being disabled.
After Pro Fortnite player and Cody “Clix” Conrod had his Support-a-Creator code disabled, he promises to start being more mature while streaming and on social media.
16-year-old Conrod posted a tasteless tweet on May 11, 2021, that involved putting laxatives in a girl’s drink without her knowledge. While the tweet was meant as a joke, Epic Games saw it as unacceptable behavior from someone representing its platform.
As a result of the tweet, Epic Games disabled Clix’s Fortnite Creator Code and also removed Clix’s name from featured creative maps. Soon after facing these repercussions, Clix posted a series of remorseful tweets stating that he knew what he had tweeted was wrong.
Clix promises to be more mature
A few days after his Creator Code was disabled, Clix posted another tweet promising a change. He stated that he would be more mature during streams and on all social media platforms. Clix stated, “I just love f*cking around and being myself, but with the huge community I have, I needa start setting an example.”
Clix has amassed 3.9M followers on Twitch and 1.7M on Twitter. Many of his followers believe his actions weren’t “that bad” or that they should be excused because of his age. However, Clix now seems to understand the responsibility that comes with having such a massive following.
As of right now, Epic Games hasn’t re-enabled Clix’s code, and his name is still removed from several featured maps. It’s unknown how much Clix will suffer financially from the loss of his code. Fellow NRG member and Fortnite streamer Ronaldo recently revealed that he hadn’t even seen $1M from his creator code. Yet, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins claims he was able to make $5M from his code in a single month.
It’s too early to see if Clix will keep his promise to become a more mature streamer. His sorrowful tweets could be a knee-jerk reaction to facing backlash. Or, it could be the product of self-reflection. Only time will tell whether Clix is really turning over a new leaf, or if his immature sense of humor will get the best of him.
Ninja claims he made $5M from his Fortnite Creator Code in a single month
During his return to Fortnite, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins claimed he once made $5M in a single month from his Creator Code.
During a recent stream on Twitch, gaming superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins claimed that he made $5 million in a single month through Fortnite’s Creator Code program.
Epic Games first introduced the Support-a-Creator code program back in 2018. In the middle of Chapter 1 Season 6, players could enter a code while purchasing items from the shop. A small portion of each sale would then go to the creator whose code was used.
This eventually branched out into other games owned by Epic Games. Rocket League content creators and streamers have their own codes that can be used in the item shop. While it isn’t too difficult to qualify for a Fortnite Creator Code, it takes a lot to turn a decent profit.
Ninja makes $5M from Fortnite Creator Code
Yesterday, May 13, 2021, Ninja returned to Fortnite live for the first time in months. While playing with pro-player NRG Ronaldo, the two started to discuss wages earned from their Creator Codes. Ninja stated, “I think the most I’ve ever made in a month off of the Creator Code was like five-mil. I’m not joking.“
While there hasn’t been any physical evidence showing that Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has made this much money, it wouldn’t be surprising. Ninja was once the largest streamer on Twitch and has made multiple million-dollar deals since his peak.
Ninja has proven in the past that he is more than capable of taking advantage of situations like the Fortnite Creator Code program. When Twitch introduced its Prime Subscriptions, fellow streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek accused Ninja of sub botting. When in reality, Ninja continuously plugged and encouraged his viewers to sign up for Twitch Prime and use their free subscriptions on his stream.
Since returning to Twitch after being bought out of his contract with Mixer, Ninja has seemed quiet compared to his career’s peak. He’s no longer flossing by himself in Time Square or playing Fortnite at Coachella.
That being said, Ninja’s remarkable gaming career has yet to be matched by someone else. Even with the likes of Grefg pulling millions of viewers in a single stream, or Dr. Lupo who raises millions of dollars a year for charity. Ninja’s presence in the media outside of gaming is what separates him from the rest of the gaming community.
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