Massively popular Fortnite Battle Royale pro Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has taken legal action against esports organization FaZe, which CEO Lee Trink attributed to him wanting to start his own team - but Tfue had a hilarious response to Trink’s theory.
Tfue addressed the rumor during an episode of the Konkrete podcast on May 29, where he claimed that he’d never mentioned wanting to start his own organization and wouldn’t have the time to, even if he did.
“I never said that once,” Tfue said of the matter. “Hell no, I don’t have time to run a company. I’m too stupid, dude. I can’t even read a contract, what makes you think I can run an esports organization?”
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Tfue likewise spoke out on the drama surrounding his “oppressive” contract with FaZe, calling himself a “complete and total fucking dumbass” for signing the agreement while simultaneously arguing that he shouldn’t have been given “an illegal contract to begin with.”
“Whether you’re in the music industry or in the gaming industry, you need your own lawyer,” Tfue advised. “You need somebody to watch your back. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, I think it’s worth it to burn a little bit for some legal advice.”
Tfue’s contract was found to have major splits in favor of FaZe, with the org getting 80% of brand deals brought in by themselves and 50% of appearance fees, in-game merchandise, and brand deals brought in by Tfue - prompting him to take legal action against the esports giant.
The gaming pro’s subsequent lawsuit made waves across the internet, with even the likes of YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg speaking out on the matter, confused as to why FaZe won’t simply release Tfue from the contract in wake of the drama.
“Tfue clearly wants nothing to do with FaZe Clan, so what kind of relationship are you preserving," Kjellberg speculated. "The culture and the relationship of gaming in general if they drop him would be hurt, what the fuck are you talking about? That culture is ruined because you didn't drop him."
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Tenney has since announced plans to move in with Duos teammate Dennis 'Cloak' Lepore, who has also hinted at leaving FaZe.