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.
Co1azo shows how to get scroll wheel reset on controller
Fortnite controller pro, Co1azo, has a new attachment that allows him to utilize scroll wheel reset on his controller.
Fortnite controller player, Co1azo, bought a piece of tech that allows him to use scroll-wheel reset on his controller.
The debate of controller vs Keyboard & mouse will likely never end in the Fortnite world. Nerfs to aim assist on PC have calmed the polarizing topic, but there are still players who argue for their input.
There are benefits and disadvantages to KBM and controller. Controller players are known to have superior movement options because of their joystick, while KBM players benefit from more precise editing and, of course, scroll wheel reset.
Recently, controller pro Co1azo showcased a new addition to his setup. He purchased a standalone scroll wheel that attaches to his controller. Since Fortnite allows players to use both inputs at the same time, the device allows Co1azo to use his controller and reset edits with the scroll wheel.
It looks like Co1azo is using a product from Controlla Scrolla, who makes attachments for Fortnite controller players. You can view their products on their Etsy shop.
“It’s really hard to get used to,” Co1azo explained while showcasing his new piece of Fortnite tech.
When a viewer asked him why he’s using it, Co1azo put it simply, “Because scroll wheel is f***ing overpowered as s****.” He went on to say that the new feature is best for “invisible” edits, where you reset a wall that you can’t totally see.
The stock of these parts is limited. At the time of writing, Controlla Scrolla is out of stock on their Etsy shop, with a restock date of April 12.
We’ll keep you updated on whether or not Co1azo sticks with his new scroll wheel long-term, or if any other controller players pick up on the trend. For now, we’ll have to watch him to see how effective the new piece of tech really is.
Clix threatened with Fortnite ban for hosting wagers
Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod received a warning from Epic Games that he would be banned if he didn’t stop hosting Fortnite wagers.
Fortnite star, Clix, recently received a personal warning from Epic Games that they would ban his account if he continued to host wagers with his viewers.
Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod was a part of the second generation of Fortnite pros who came up on Twitch after figures like Ninja and Tfue left the game. Out of the “newer” crop of Fortnite streamers, Clix is among the most popular – if not the most popular – streamers in the game.
The meta of Fortnite streaming changed after the old guard left. Instead of watching lighthearted pub-stomping content, viewers began to watch true pro Fortnite players who would scrimmage, box fight, and compete on-stream nearly every day.
One of the methods of competition was wager matches. Players would join a custom Zone Wars or box fight map and bet money that they’d win. Pros would often play one another with this format, but would also open the door to viewers – allowing them to compete against their favorite streamer.
This practice was relatively common in Fortnite, but Epic Games never supported it – for obvious reasons. There was always talk of a crack-down on Fortnite wagers, but nothing ever happened.
That was until recently when Clix was hosting wagers with his viewers on-stream. According to him, someone from Epic Games reached out to NRG – Clix’s organization – to tell them that if Clix continued to host wagers, he’d be banned.
Clix immediately stopped his wagers and told any viewers who signed up that he’d refund them. Clearly frustrated and dejected, Clix complained that Epic seemed to decide to crack down on him and let other streamers slide.
“I’m not even mad that they’re telling me to stop wagering. I get it,” he said. “The thing is, why me and nobody else? The whole com[munity] does wagers and I get warned.”
This warning comes on the heels of Epic banning high-level paid scrimmages at the beginning of the year. Epic cracked down on some of the biggest scrims in all regions for their format – a pay-to-enter system that Epic didn’t want to see continue.
Now, with the banning of wager matches, a lot of the top pro players feel as though there’s little for them to do in Fortnite. Clix echoed this sentiment in a follow-up tweet, saying that he “won’t be able to play Arena with the amount of f***ing stream snipers.”
The banning of wagers and scrims and the addition of some disliked weapons like the Primal Shotgun prompted Fortnite players to rage on Twitter, with the hashtag #ripfortnite hitting the trending tab – not for the first time.
It’s understandable that Epic don’t want largely underage players gambling money on their game. The combination of wager bans and scrim bans has fueled the frustration of pro players in a game that offers little in the way of official competition formats during the off-season.
With one of the biggest streamers in Fortnite getting a warning, we wouldn’t be surprised to see wagers die-off in the Fortnite community. Hopefully, Epic can replace these unofficial competition settings with some of their own.
Lazarbeam Fortnite skin: release date, first look & more
Lazarbeam is getting a Fortnite skin in the Fortnite Icon Series. Take a look at the new skin, bundle, and release date.
On March 1, Epic Games and Lazarbeam announced that they Australian YouTube star would be the next creator to be included in the Fortnite Icon Series with a new skin bundle.
The Fortnite Icon Series gives creators a way to become immortalized in one of their favorite video games: Fortnite. This began with one of the pioneers of Fortnite, Ninja, and has since expanded to include Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg.
It looks like popular Australian YouTuber and streamer, Lannan “Lazarbeam” Eacott will be the next creator featured in the series. He first teased the announcement with a scheduled video, then showcased his skin at 5:00 PM EST on March 1.
Lazarbeam Fortnite skin release date
Lazarbeam’s Fortnite Icon Series skin should hit the Item Shop on March 4. He also mentioned some giveaways, which could relate to his YouTube channel or a limited-time tournament, similar to TheGrefg’s Floor is Lava event.
The bundle will come with a skin, and additional variant, the Gingerbread construction worker Back Bling, a sledgehammer pickaxe and an emote that may or may not be built into the outfit.
We’ll update you when we get closer to the release date of Lazarbeam’s Fortnite skin. We should see some datamined images of the skin in the next Fortnite patch, so stay tuned for that as well.
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