H3H3's Ethan Klein explains why Tfue's FaZe contract is "evil” - Dexerto
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H3H3’s Ethan Klein explains why Tfue’s FaZe contract is “evil”

Published: 25/May/2019 0:22 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 12:52

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Fortnite Battle Royale pro Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has been the talk of the gaming community, after suing esports organization FaZe over his contract – an binding agreement that YouTuber and commentator Ethan Klein feels is “disgraceful.”

Klein discussed Tfue’s contract drama during an episode of the H3 Podcast on May 24, where he called the agreement “evil” and “predatory,” noting the 80/20 and 50/50 splits in favor of FaZe – as well as the clause that would prevent Tfue from competing for six months after termination.

“That kind of clause has no place in a contract,” Klein said of the matter. “In the real world, that would be so illegal, so wildly inappropriate. For them to even include this is shocking, it’s appalling, it’s a shame. It’s a disgrace. It’s an embarrassment.”

Klein went on to call for more regulation in the esports industry, arguing that the gamers involved in building up the enterprise are largely young, hungry, and “vulnerable rising stars.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Klein has spoken out on the issue, either; he even called for Tfue to release the contract himself, claiming that one of FaZe co-owner Ricky Banks’ Tweets on the subject was a breach of NDA.

“This tweet seems like a breach of confidentiality, which could void any NDA you may have signed Tfue, meaning you could release the contract yourself,” Klein wrote.

FaZe has since claimed that they offered Tfue a number of new contracts with far more lucrative deals for the gaming pro, which included such benefits as a seven-figure salary with no splits, whatsoever.

However, FaZe CEO Lee Trink claims that Tfue never wanted to sign a new contract, alleging that their Fortnite Battle Royale star hopes to ultimately be freed from FaZe to begin his own esports organization – hence his lawsuit.

Tfue’s move has since been met with mixed opinions on both sides, with some fans finding the sudden lawsuit a major betrayal to FaZe Banks and the organization that aided in his current popularity, while others applaud Tenney for calling out his oppressive contract.

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Twitch streamer banned after being denied partnership over age

Published: 23/Jan/2021 5:00 Updated: 23/Jan/2021 5:52

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Twitch streamer AverageHarry has been permanently banned after his partnership application was denied, and they discovered he allegedly signed up while under the age of 13.

AverageHarry has been through a bit of a roller-coaster ride lately. It started back in October 2020 when a video of him getting mocked by strangers and crying on stream went viral.

Since then, his popularity skyrocketed, and he applied to become a Twitch partnered streamer. However, the application was denied in January 2021 after discovering he made the account when he was less than 13 years old, which didn’t align with his account details.

But the drama doesn’t end there. Twitch also said he could lose access to his account because of the restriction. Now, it appears they have doubled down on that claim and made it happen.

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Twitch: AverageHarry
AverageHarry went viral after some strangers laughed at him in public while he was streaming.

“I have just been permabanned on Twitch,” said AverageHarry. “For anyone wondering, this is why. He shared a previous tweet, which included a screenshot of the email he received when they denied his application.

“You’ve listed your age as 15, although this doesn’t appear to align with your account details,” said Twitch. “Please get in touch with Twitch support in order to see whether you can update your birthday to be accurate. Otherwise, you may need to make a new account with correct details.”

However, AverageHarry hasn’t given up yet. “I’ll have a video out tomorrow talking about it all,” he said. “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

He might try and have the ban overturned, which could happen if enough people rally behind him. And it seems like they are, with many people sharing their support on social media. “He genuinely seemed like a good kid,” wrote one user. “Hope he makes a new account and stuff.”

“That Twitch account was made by his parents and given to him by his parents after he was 13 and provided proof for that,” wrote another. “But [he] still got his account removed. [I] hope the best for him.”

In the end, though, Twitch is treating it as a serious matter and won’t want to set a precedent. So, it will be interesting to see what happens and whether their decision is final.