Popular Fortnite Battle Royale pro Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney is suing esports organization FaZe for being signed into an “oppressive” contract - and YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is expressing some sympathy towards Tfue’s situation.
PewDiePie spoke out on the drama during an episode of ‘Pew News’ on May 23, where he warned content creators and esports pros alike to refrain from signing any contracts before hiring a lawyer to review them.
“If there’s one message from this, it’s don’t sign anything, unless you know what you’re getting 100% into,” Kjellberg said of the matter. “...get a lawyer to look after it. I don’t care how small of a YouTuber you are.”
PewDiePie likewise felt that the contract drama was “fishy" as a whole, claiming that he understood Tfue’s concerns over the alleged 80/20 brand deal split while keeping Bank’s feelings of betrayal in mind.
The YouTuber went on to take issue with Tfue’s response video addressing the drama, claiming that it seemed like fans had to “take his word” that his contract was “oppressive.”
PewDiePie isn’t the only major YouTuber to speak out on the drama, either; Ethan Klein, of comedy duo H3H3, called one of Bank’s Tweets addressing the matter as a potential breach of NDA, asking Tfue to release the contract, himself.
“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.
This tweet seems like a breach of confidentiality which could void any NDA you may have signed @TTfue, meaning you could release the contract yourself.
— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) May 23, 2019
Tfue has since asked FaZe to “release the contract” in question, which Banks admitted was “horrible” - but not without calling Tfue a “selfish asshole” for wanting to create his own organization in response to the drama.
“Turner isn't some martyr for the greater good, he's a selfish asshole who doesn't give a fuck about anyone but himself,” Banks Tweeted. “Like, seriously, homie? You're down the street from me. Let's talk.”
It's disgusting and anyone who doesn't see straight past this, sorry but you're a fkn idiot. Turner isn't some martyr for the greater good, he's a selfish asshole who doesn't give a fuck about anyone but himself. Like seriously homie? You're down the street from me. Let's talk.
— FaZe Banks (@Banks) May 23, 2019
The FaZe drama isn't limited to Tfue and Banks, alone: even Tfue's girlfriend, Instagram model Corinna Kopf, has been dragged into the debacle, claiming that some angry fans are blaming her for Tfue's sudden lawsuit.
FaZe is set to release a statement discussing the contract at 5 PM EST via Drama Alert.