KEEMSTAR announces return of Friday Fortnite tournaments, thanks to Banks and FaZe Clan - Dexerto

KEEMSTAR announces return of Friday Fortnite tournaments, thanks to Banks and FaZe Clan

Published: 21/May/2019 1:38 Updated: 26/Mar/2020 12:51

by Albert Petrosyan


Star YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem has announced that his fan-favorite Friday Fortnite tournament series will be returning, thanks to FaZe Clan founder Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks

On May 20, KEEMSTAR put out a tweet notifying fans that his popular tournament series will be returning after nearly a year’s absence.

To help fund the tournaments, Banks and FaZe Clan have offered to donate $60,000, which happens to be the very total they claim to have profited from their star pro Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, with whom they’re currently in a legal battle with after he filed a controversial lawsuit against FaZe.

According to Keem’s tweet, there will be a total of three weekly Friday Fortnite tournaments, with the first one set to take place on Friday, May 31, although that date is always subject to change.

As far as who will be running the events, Keem has confirmed that it will be UMG once again, as they were the hosts of all ten Friday Fortnite tournaments last year.

What is Friday Fortnite?

First introduced in May of 2018, Friday Fortnite is a double-elimination duos tournament that features the most prominent streamers, YouTubers, and pro players of the battle royale community.

The format of the tournament is simple – the duos matched up in each round have to queue into two squads lobbies together, and the team that has the most eliminations after the two matches advances to the next round.

Ironically, the team that won the most Friday Fortnite tournaments last year was the FaZe duo of Tfue and Cloakzy, who won it four times while no other player managed to win more than one.

Seeing as how the prize money will technically be what FaZe profited from having Tfue on their org, it remains to be seen whether the superstar pro player will choose to participate in these three tournaments.

FaZe ClanThe duo of Tfue and Cloak won Friday Fortnite on four different occasions, while no other player managed to win more than once.

Why did Friday Fortnite stop?

The tenth running of KEEMSTAR’s Friday Fortnite series on July 14, 2018 turned out to be the final one, as the YouTube became involved in a very public and drawn out feud with developers Epic Games.

Starting from mid-July, Epic decided to run their weekly Summer Skirmish tournaments on Fridays, which Keem took as a personal insult, leading him to discontinue to fan-favorite series.

While he’s since hinted at bringing back the series on numerous occasions, this is the first time since last summer that plans seemed to have worked out.

Last updated: May 21 – 1:50 PM EST


Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney


Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.