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Banks responds to claims that FaZe Clan broke the law by signing H1ghSky1

Published: 11/Jun/2019 15:23 Updated: 26/Mar/2020 12:49

by Calum Patterson

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FaZe Clan co-owner Ricky ‘Banks‘ Banks has denied claims that the organization broke the law by signing Fortnite streamer H1ghsky1, despite reportedly only being 11-years-old – not 13 as originally claimed.

Since the revelation that the player and organization allegedly lied about his age, H1ghsky1’s Twitch and Twitter accounts have both been suspended, with the age requirement for both websites at 13.

The young streamer is now broadcasting live on YouTube instead – although his mother must always be present in the room.

FaZe ClanH1ghsky1 was reportedly only 11 when he signed for FaZe – under the required age for both Twitter and Twitch.

The allegations about H1ghsky1’s real age originally came from Tfue’s lawsuit against FaZe Clan, which was included as supporting evidence that the organization was not being run in a professional manner.

Tfue‘s lawsuit claims that FaZe pressured the then 11-year-old aspiring pro player, and his family, into lying about his age, in order to secure his signature.

However, in a series of Tweets on June 10, Banks denies that any of their dealings with H1ghsky1 were unlawful, after KEEMSTAR was willing to bet $10,000 that no laws had been broken.

Banks calls Highsky1 deal “bulletproof”

KEEMSTAR had been arguing with Fortnite YouTuber ‘The Fortnite Guy’ over FaZe Clan’s recruitment of the player, and Tfue’s decision to make the allegations initially.

Banks also responded, distancing FaZe Clan’s involvement in H1ghsky1’s decision to stream on Twitch, and once again reaffirming that no laws had been broken.

When challenged on H1ghsky1’s plan to represent FaZe at the World Cup (which players must also be at least 13 to take part in), Banks said that ultimately it was up to the player’s parents.

Finally, the FaZe co-owner reveals that competing organizations, including Team SoloMid, where also attempting to secure H1ghsky1’s signature, and that if it wasn’t them to sign the young star, it would have been another brand.

The North American team also have another lawsuit from 2018 still ongoing, as failed social media platform Hubrick is apparently seeking over $1 million in damages, after FaZe members allegedly raided their corporate offices in the night.

H1ghsky1’s future with FaZe Clan is now unclear, although with the Tfue and Hubrick lawsuits looming overhead, he isn’t even the biggest of the organization’s problems.

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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.