Ninja explains why Tfue shouldn't try to create his own esports org - Dexerto

Ninja explains why Tfue shouldn’t try to create his own esports org

Published: 29/May/2019 19:16 Updated: 30/May/2019 8:21

by Albert Petrosyan


There have been a lot of rumors that Fortnite Battle Royale star Turner ‘Tfue‘ Tenney wants to create his own esports organization, but Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins isn’t so sure that’s a good idea, at least right now. 

After Tfue rocked the esports world by filing a lawsuit against FaZe Clan, many began to speculate that his true intentions were to try and get out of his contract so that he could kick start his own org.

This was further fueled when FaZe CEO Lee Trink claimed that had been Tfue’s mindset all along, and that the young star had used the org and Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks to gain knowledge about how to successfully run an esports operation.

Many prominent figures within the online gaming community have given their opinion on this, the latest being Ninja.

Unlike some other of his fellow star streamers, like Dr Disrespect, Ninja doesn’t think it would be the right decision for Tfue to try and create his own org right now. 

Ninja TwitterNinja and Tfue go back to their days in H1Z1, when they competed for Luminosity and Denial Esports respectively.

Ninja believes that if Tfue was to embark on the long journey that is creating an esports org, it would require a full investment of his time, which would inevitably hurt his streaming career that’s been so successful thus far.

“If Turner wants to make his own organization, I don’t think he realizes how much time it’s going to take,” Ninja said. “I mean, if he wants to truly be a part of it, from day one, and be part of all of the decisions, and meetings, and fundraising, and getting investors, that’s going to take a long time man. A lot of time away from his stream, a lot of time away from competing.”

Tfue - YouTubeMany believe that Tfue’s true intentions behind the lawsuit were so he could leave FaZe and create his own esports org.

Ninja then went on to cite the career of Matt ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag, reminding everyone that he gave up virtually all of his regular content creation when building and then running 100 Thieves.

“Like Nadeshot basically stopped content creating when he started up 100 Thieves,” he explained. “But if he knows that and still wants to do it man, then more power to him. I just felt like it wasn’t time, you know what I mean?

“I know it’s expensive, I know you need investors. You have to pay for houses if you want a gamer house. You have to pay for all the contracts, all the lawyer fees. You have to pay salary. You have to pay for travel.”

Why hasn’t Ninja started his own esports org?

Speaking further on the subject, Ninja revealed that he had given thought to possibly starting up is own esports org, but ultimately thought better of it.

“It’s difficult dude, and it’s not necessarily that profitable right off the rip,” he said. “For me personally, it’s something I’ve thought about, and something I might do in the future, but not in the foreseeable future.”

He also touched up on his contract with Luminosity Gaming, offering a contrast to Tfue’s contract situation with FaZe Clan, which is very much still a hot topic.

“I waited out my contract for LG,” he revealed. “We thought about trying to get out and doing what … you know. But we decided that it would be best if we just played nice and let the contract run its course. And there were more restrictions than necessary; there shouldn’t be any restrictions.”


Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze


TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.


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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.


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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking, Press Kit
Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.