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Cryptic Tfue tweets spark Twitch to Mixer conspiracy theories

Published: 30/Oct/2019 18:23 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 19:29

by Brent Koepp

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With the latest streaming giant Michael ‘shroud’ Grziek leaving Twitch for Mixer, everyone is wondering which big personality will jump ship next, and some cryptic tweets have sparked fan speculation that Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney could be next.

Shroud shook up the streaming world when the former CSGO pro announced he was leaving Twitch for their competitor Mixer on October 24, following in the footsteps of Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins who made the same deal three months prior.

Now all eyes are on the remaining top streamers on Twitch, as speculation rages as to who could be the next one to make the move to the Microsoft platform. After some cryptic tweets, fans think it could be Fortnite star Tfue.

Instagram: @tfueThe Fortnite star is the biggest channel on Twitch, with over 7 million followers.

Fans think Tfue could be next to join Mixer

Following shroud’s surprise announcement that he had joined Mixer, Tfue sent his fans into a frenzy when he asked who would be the next streamer to jump ship on his Twitter account on October 27. “Ninja Shroud now Goth! Who’s next?” he said.

The Twitch star’s tweet fueled speculation among his fan base as to whether it was a sign that he was willing to deal with Microsoft, or possibly even a tease that he would be the next one to join the streaming platform. Even Fortnite pro Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop joined in the speculation and replied “Tfue!”

Twitter: @TTfueThe Fortnite pro sent his fans into a frenzy with his tweet on October 27.

Adding fuel to the fire, Mixer’s own Twitter account replied to the Twitch star, and posted a gif of the ‘thinking face’ emoji.

This only furthered the conspiracy theories and speculation that he might be in talks with Microsoft to join their streaming platform.

CouRage wasn’t the only prominent figure to speculate – fellow streaming giant Brett ‘dakotaz’ Hoffman also replied to the Twitter thread with a gif showing a man holding wads of cash up to his face in the shape of a phone. 

“HELLO? IS TFUE THERE WE GOTTA TALK,” the tweet said.

While there have been no official signs that Tfue is in talks with Microsoft to join their platform, the social media account for Mixer has not been shy to tease the idea, replying to streamers with cryptic tweets.

Only time will tell if Tfue will leave Twitch, but as of the time of writing this article, he is the most popular channel on the platform with over 7 million followers.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.