Updating: Tfue is suing FaZe Clan over contract issues that have limited his ability to pursue other opportunities with other brands, as well as an uneven revenue sharing plan.
Tfue Sues FaZe Clan Over “Oppressive” Esports Contract.
One of the biggest names in Fortnite, Tfue, is suing FaZe Clan over an “oppressive” contract. Hollywood Reporter has reported that FaZe Clan has been “taking up to 80 percent of his earnings”. Tfue has filed a complaint also stating that “esports players’ representative should be regulated like agents of film and tv stars”. This has struck as a bad time for the Fortnite community as one of the biggest events in Esports is right around the corner; the Fortnite World Cup.
Details of Tfue Lawsuit
Turner Tenney, who is known by his gamer name “Tfue” is a professional Fortnite gamer that has stated FaZe clan is allegedly limiting his ability to pursue his profession. According to California Law, they are violating his ability to seek out other brand deals due to a conflict of interest. He’s also alleged that FaZe is failing to give him his share of sponsorship earnings. Tfue signed with FaZe Clan back in April 2018. The contract Tfue signed seems to be one-sided, and that FaZe Clan is abusing their power with the contract.
What Was In Tfue’s Contract?
Tfue’s contract details were slightly mentioned in the lawsuit. From what we know so far, Turner Tenny says that he would only have 20% of the revenues from the branded videos that were posted on Twitch, YouTube and other social media channels. He would also only get half of his revenue from touring, which would make sense now why Tfue quit playing Fortnite competitively.
Attorney Bryan Freedman of Freedman + Taitelman said,
“That Gamer Agreement is grossly oppressive, onerous, and one-sided,” writes Freedman. “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.”
According to the complaint, Tfue tried to cancel his agreement back in September stating that FaZe Clan have breached their deal. He also went into detail about FaZe Clans unlawful ways in handling their talent pool. Freedman went to say, “Not only does Faze Clan take advantage of these young artists, but it also jeopardizes their health, safety, and welfare”. Tfue says that the esports organization pushed him into moving to Hollywood Hills and live with other content creators. He also says he was given alcohol and encouraged to gamble.
This is just the beginning of Tfue VS Faze Clan. So far, Tfue has removed everything in association with FaZe Clan from his social media accounts.
FaZe Clan Responds to Tfue
There has been an official response from FaZe Clan, in which they write,
“We’re shocked and disappointed to see the news of Tfue’s press article and lawsuit. Over the course of our partnership with him, which began in April 2018, FaZe Clan has collected:
$0 – Tournament Winnings
$0 – Twitch Revenue
$0 – YouTube Revenue
$0 – from any social platform
In fact, we have only collected a total of $60,000 from our partnership, while Tfue has earned millions as a member of FaZe Clan. While contracts are different with each player, all of them – including Tfue’s – have a maximum of 20% to FaZe Clan in both tournament winnings as well as content revenue, with 80% to the player. In Turner’s case, neither of those have been collected by FaZe Clan.
We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past year with Turner and will continue to support him“.
This official response contradicts Tfue’s lawsuit which claims that FaZe is collecting 80%, and giving him 20%.
FaZe Clan’s response to today’s press article regarding Tfue: pic.twitter.com/eVdRVMnRpl
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) May 20, 2019
When Did Tfue Join FaZe Clan?
Tfue joined FaZe Clan back in April of 2018 to be part of FaZe Clan’s Fortnite elite. It was one of the biggest moves by FaZe Clan as Tfue was an up and coming super star in Fortnite. He was welcomed with opened arms.
WELCOME, FaZe Fortnite’s new 4th: FaZe Tfue.
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) April 30, 2018
The official FaZe Clan tweet has 12 likes, close 2k retweets, and 570 comments as of this writing, most of all FaZe Clan fans welcoming Tfue to the organization. Since Tfue has joined FaZe Clan, he’s amassed close to 6 million followers on Twitch, has won countless Fortnite esports tournaments, and has toured with the organization around the world.
Details of Tfue’s Lawsuit from Freedman + Taitelman
All the details of the lawsuit can be found in the official document below.
Tenney v Faze Clan by on Scribd
Reactions Around The Streaming Community
Many popular streamers have shared their thoughts about Tfue suing FaZe Clan. Here is Dr Disrespect’s reaction:
Faze Bank’s Reaction to Lawsuit:
Yo this whole thing with @TTfue is pretty unbelievable. The first thing I’d like to say is we do NOT and have never taken 80% of anyones prize money. Not sure where that came from, but a contract like that has NEVER existed. We’ve collected $0 from Turners prize money. ZERO.
— FaZe Banks (@Banks) May 20, 2019
I’m pretty bummed out man. Like fuck all the business stuff, the money stuff.. like this is gunna fuck with me personally for a really long time. I met @TTfue when he was getting 100 viewers on Twitch. I attached myself and fully committed to helping him succeed, and it worked.
— FaZe Banks (@Banks) May 20, 2019
And to have all this dropped on my head, without any warning. It blows my mind. I still don’t fully believe Turner knows understands what these claims are. I believe his team put this in front of him and encouraged him to follow through. I’m heartbroken homies 💔
— FaZe Banks (@Banks) May 20, 2019
FaZe Cloakzy Tweet After News:
No stream today.
— Creator code:fazecloak (@cloakzy) May 20, 2019
Love both @FaZeClan and @TTfue ! Just weighing in on our experience with FaZe. They let us and our entire team move in to the house for free and have never once even came close to pressuring us into any sort of deal or percentage type thing.
— NELK (@NelkFilmz) May 20, 2019
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) May 20, 2019
Nadeshot Makes Controversial Tweet in Wake of Tfue Suing FaZe
A lot of players and owners in the space have been sharing their opinion on the whole ordeal. One tweet seemed to have bothered FaZe Banks more than anything. Nadeshot, who is the owner of 100 Thieves, made a tweet in wake of all that was happening between Turner Tenney and FaZe Clan. He said, “I hope recent news doesn’t affect the broader gaming community’s perception of esports teams. There are plenty of organizations in the space whose top priority are their professional players and content creators.”
This didn’t sit well with FaZe Banks, who’s been on Twitter defending his company’s image. He went on to say:
“You’re a piece of shit dude, and when my side of this is heard you’ll see why. Way to fkn jump on the bandwagon and chase the clout. You must be dancing right now. Matt I’m going to personally make sure you regret tweeting this and adding to this bullshit dumpster fire.”
FaZe Bank Makes a Video For Tfue
Towards the end of the day after news surfaced that Tfue was suing FaZe Clan, FaZe Banks put together a video that was directed to Tfue. He starts off the video saying that he was blind-sighted by the whole lawsuit and that he hopes Tfue will watch his video. Here’s the video in its entirety.