There is no doubt that, for the past day, the biggest storyline in esports has been the lawsuit that Tfue filed against FaZe Clan, which was officially made public news on May 21.
The news sparked major debates across social media, drawing out reactions from top members of the online gaming community, including Ninja.
Commenting on the controversy during his livestream, Ninja revealed that FaZe played a major role in helping Tfue gain a lot of success early on, since it was thanks to the org that the pro player was invited to exclusive Fortnite BR tournaments.
“I’m literally in a group chat with KEEMSTAR,” he said. “And he said that the only reason Turner was invited to compete in those tournaments, like the Friday Fortnite tournaments, was because he was on FaZe.”
YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem’s Friday Fortnite tournaments during May and June of last year were one of the first truly popular competitions organized for the popular battle royale.
Tfue and his FaZe duo Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore dominated the series, winning four tournaments together while no other player ever won more than one.
With those competitions gaining massive viewership and coverage on Twitch and across esports, Tfue’s legend as a dominant force continued to grow.
The point that Ninja and many others have tried to make is that being on FaZe was instrumental for Tfue to become the mega star he is today, which he should have taken into account before agreeing to file the lawsuit.
Why is Tfue suing FaZe Clan?
Tfue’s lawsuit against FaZe Clan is based on the grounds that the org violated California law by allegedly limited his ability to pursue his profession.
According to his lawyer, the org took 80% cut of all the revenue from his branded videos on social media, a claim which has been vehemently denied by FaZe founder Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks.
In addition, the lawyer also accused FaZe of “jeopardizing the health, safety, and welfare of its members,” which includes serving alcohol to members before they’re legally allowed to drink, and pressuring newly signed underage players to lie about their age.