Esports lawyer explains how Tfue’s lawsuit could damage FaZe Clan - Dexerto

Esports lawyer explains how Tfue’s lawsuit could damage FaZe Clan

Published: 21/May/2019 21:53 Updated: 22/May/2019 1:22

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney’s lawsuit against the FaZe Clan organization made headlines this week, leaving people questioning how a scandal this big will affect the industry.

Fortnite Battle Royale pro player Tfue filed the Complaint against FaZe Clan on May 20, stating that he was under an ‘oppressive’ contract that allowed the organization to take 80% of his earnings made from branded content posted to social media.

There were also allegations of underage drinking and that pressure was put on an 11-year-old to lie about his age so that he could play.

FaZe Clan/TwitterTfue is suing FaZe Clan amid ‘oppressive’ contract allegations.

Lawsuits of this size aren’t a common feat in this industry so it’s unsurprising that the biggest question on people’s lips is ‘how will all of this end?’

Roger Quiles, an attorney specializing in esports, tells us how the vast majority of lawsuits like this never make it to the courtroom because it’s easier to resolve cases outside of court so a settlement between Tfue and FaZe could happen “though it is still far too early to tell.”

If they did reach a settlement agreement, it would put the situation to bed right there and then, which is the simplest outcome.

But then there are the allegations of underage drinking and pressuring an 11-year-old to lie about his age, both being violations of the Talent Agency Act.

Claims like that carry hefty weight and if found to be true, could have devastating consequences for FaZe Clan.

“The reference to underage drinking and other dangerous/illegal acts being encouraged is another way of attacking FaZe’s contract on the Talent Agency Act grounds,” Quiles explains. “Several statues in the Act reference specific kinds of activities that Agents cannot engage in.”

Instagram: BanksFaZe owner Banks appeared on Keemstar’s Drama Alert to get his side of the story out.

FaZe owner Ricky ‘FaZe Banks‘ Banks appeared on Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem’s Drama Alert after the suit was filed and admitted that he knew underage drinking occured at the FaZe house in Hollywood.

This doesn’t exactly look good for FaZe Clan and only serves to back up Tfue’s claim.

“Generally, it’s not the best of ideas for an owner to discuss elements of ongoing litigation, especially on social media,” Quiles states. “These statements can certainly be used against you in court if the opportunity arises. If, and how, they’re used, will determine the impact of Banks’ statement.”

It is impossible to say what would happen to FaZe Clan if Tfue won the lawsuit, whether they could simply afford to compensate him and move on, or whether it would harm their reputation beyond repair is unknown.

When questioned on FaZe’s future, Quiles simply said that it’s unrealistic to expect to know that now and that “we’ll need to see how things continue to play out first until the fate of FaZe is determined.”


Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

Shroud Twitch DMCA Unite
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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?