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h1ghsky1 spotted inside Clout House amid FaZe Clan legal battles

Published: 15/Jun/2019 23:56 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 12:50

by Virginia Glaze

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Fortnite Battle Royale pro Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has filed a lawsuit against esports giant FaZe Clan over his “oppressive contract” – but that is far from the only legal battle the org is facing, with one of their youngest players admitting to lying about their age to secure a spot on the team.

FaZe’s Patrick ‘h1ghsky1’ stirred controversy in late May, after Tfue’s lawsuit alleged that the player was a mere 11 years old upon signing with the group, who had touted him as a 13-year-old Fortnite aficionado.

The young pro’s Twitch and Twitter accounts were suspended shortly thereafter, with h1ghsky1 later admitting during a YouTube stream that he had, indeed, lied about his age to “follow his dreams” – but the drama didn’t mark the end of his stint with FaZe.

H1ghsky1, InstagramH1ghsky1’s involvement with FaZe Clan stirred up controversy after Tfue’s lawsuit alleged that he was signed at the young age of 11 – an accusation that was later confirmed by the youngster.600

H1ghsky1 was later seen inside the Clout House (the California-based mansion shared by members of FaZe Clan) in the midst their legal scuffles, as evidenced by a video uploaded by FaZe Kay on June 15.

In the video, the youngster can be seen running about the house, elated about the reinstatement of his Instagram account, which was also suppressed in light of Tfue’s lawsuit.

With reports confirming that h1ghsky1 was 11 years old as of being signed to the group in mid-March, many critics began to question the legality of his signage, prompting FaZe co-owner Ricky Banks and Drama Alert’s KEEMSTAR to stake $10,000 each on the legitimacy of the operation.

With California labor laws requiring a special permit for performers under the age of twelve, matters are a bit murky in regards to h1ghsky1’s involvement with the group, especially considering that he doesn’t actually live in California – although it could be argued that much of his work for FaZe takes place in the state.

FaZe Banks, YouTubeH1ghsky1 has had a roller coaster of a time with FaZe Clan, with co-owner Ricky Banks taking the youngster to meet such celebrities as Marshmello and rapper Lil Yachty.https://www.dexerto.com/entertainment/faze-banks-surprises-13-year-old-fortnite-pro-h1ghsky-celebrity-meet-up-504534

It has since been revealed that other contracts offered to Tfue by FaZe were illegal, as stated by his lawyer, Bryan Freedman, during an interview with theScore Esports on June 14.

“Those contracts provide for illegal procurement without a talent agency license,” Freedman said of the matter. “Even worse, those contracts attempted to get Turner to waive the California Talent Agency act. No one could possibly sign something like that because it would be so illegal.”

While h1ghsky1’s adorable enthusiasm quickly won hearts across the net, his situation is now being met with ample criticism in wake of Tfue’s legal action against FaZe.

TV + Movies

Ellen Page starring in controversial new movie about sexism in esports

Published: 31/Oct/2020 17:04

by Luke Edwards

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Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page is set to star in an esports feature film ‘1UP’. The comedy features an athlete who, with the help of a veteran coach, forms an all-female esports team after she’s forced out of her college’s roster.

Page won an Oscar nomination for playing the title character in the 2007 hit ‘Juno’ and has appeared in movies like Inception and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She also featured alongside Willem Dafoe as telepathic teenager Jodie in the 2013 game Beyond: Two Souls.

The new movie, 1UP, is set to include Paris Berelc as the excluded gamer. Berelc is probably best known for her role in Adam Sandler’s spooky comedy Hubie Halloween.

This is Buzzfeed Studios’ first-ever feature-length film, so they’ll be desperate to make sure it’s a hit to put their name on the map as a legitimate studio.

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Ellen Page was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2007 movie Juno

What we know about ‘1UP’ so far

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berelc’s character, Vivian, quits her college esports team after being subject to sexism from her male teammates. With the help of Page’s “enigmatic coach”, she assembles an all-women’s team to compete with the boys.

Which esport the movie is set around remains in question, but it’s all part of Buzzfeed’s mission to create “socially relevant” movies for “millennial and Gen Z audiences.”

Studios creating movies like this is another sign of esports moving further into the mainstream – provided it’s successful, of course. But, whether this movie is a very positive reflection on esports or not remains to be seen.

Reactions to ‘1UP’

The premise has provoked some controversy, with some fearing the comedy elements could detract from a serious issue.

Games and comics writer Zoë Quinn sarcastically labeled it “fun” – when the topic at hand isn’t.

Production is expected to begin in November, meaning we’re going to be waiting a while to see it on our screens. Regardless, as one of the first major feature films based around esports, it’s going to be worth keeping an eye on.