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Tfue suing FaZe Clan over “oppressive” contract

Published: 20/May/2019 17:04 Updated: 1/May/2020 17:03

by Eli Becht

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Fortnite pro player and popular Twitch streamer Turner ‘Tfue‘ Tenney is suing the FaZe Clan organization over an oppressive contract, arguing they took a significant portion of the revenue made from his branded YouTube and Twitch content, among other allegations.

Tfue officially filed against FaZe Clan on May 20 for allegedly limiting his ability to pursue his profession in violation of California law, according to a report by Hollywood Reporter.

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Signing to an esports organization can give the org access to a certain amount of revenue, which varies depending on the contract signed. Tfue alleges FaZe is only leaving him with 20% of the revenue from his branded videos on social media, with the org taking an 80% cut.

Tfue TwitchTfue is suing FaZe Clan.

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Tfue and his lawyer argued esports players’ representatives should be regulated like agents of film or TV stars, saying there is little to no regulation or oversight for how things run right now.

The report reveals that Tfue attempted to terminate his agreement with FaZe back in September, claiming the organization had breached their deal. The attempt was rejected and he remained a member of FaZe.

His lawyer argues that not only is FaZe taking the majority of his revenue from branded YouTube and Twitch content, in addition to his touring and appearance revenue, but he also says the organization is jeopardizing the health, safety, and welfare of its members.

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Tfue said FaZe pressured him to live in one of their homes with other young YouTubers where he was given alcohol before being legally able to drink.

FaZe ClanTfue and Cloak are two of the biggest names for FaZe Clan’s Fortnite team.

“Faze Clan also continuously pressured and encouraged Tenney and others to undertake dangerous stunts while performing in videos,” said Bryan Freedman, Tfue’s lawyer. “During one video, Tenney suffered an injury to his arm while skateboarding which resulted in permanent disfigurement.”

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Tfue also alleges the organization signed an 11-year-old player and pressured him and his family to lie about his age. He’s trying to find out if the contract is unenforceable, which would require FaZe to give the player his full earnings.

“Tfue and my law firm are sending a message,” Freedman said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “The time is now for content creators, gamers and streamers to stop being taken advantage of through oppressive, unfair and illegal agreements. The significant legal actions taken today will be a wake up call that this behavior will no longer be tolerated. The gaming community deserves a safe environment that allows gamers the freedom to control their own careers.”

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You can read the full lawsuit below.

Tenney v Faze Clan by on Scribd

What does FaZe Clan have to say about the lawsuit?

FaZe Clan released an official statement to the accusations, calling them false and saying no money has been taken from Tfue’s tournament winnings, Twitch revenue, YouTube revenue or from any social media platform.

Following the above response, FaZe Clan issued a further clarification on the clause called out by Tfue’s lawsuit stating that FaZe was entitled to 80% of Tfue’s earnings from branded deals.

According to FaZe Clan, not only have they never collected any money from that clause, they state that they have been working to rework Tfue’s contract since every other contract made since last summer has given 80% to the gamer and 20% to the org. They further state that they have offered Tfue several new agreements that featured seven-figure signing bonuses, but Tfue has rejected or ignored them all.

FaZe Clan’s founder Ricky Banks was the first to respond to the situation on Twitter, denying the allegations raised by Tfue.

“The first thing I’d like to say is we do NOT and have never taken 80% of anyone’s prize money,” he tweeted. “Not sure where that came from, but a contract like that has NEVER existed. We’ve collected $0 from Turner’s prize money. ZERO.”

He also added he doesn’t believe Tfue knows the extent of his accusations.

“And to have all this dropped on my head, without any warning,” Banks tweeted. “It blows my mind. I still don’t fully believe Turner knows understands what these claims are. I believe his team put this in front of him and encouraged him to follow through. I’m heartbroken homies.”

Banks continued by saying the situation goes beyond numbers and contracts and refers to how he considered Tfue family.

100 Thieves CEO Matthew ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag commented on the situation on Twitter but was quickly called a “piece of shit” by Banks.

Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem, the host of YouTube’s Drama Alert, says he spoke with FaZe Clan and they say they have only collected $60,000, as mentioned in their official response, from Tfue since he’s been in FaZe. The organization also says the contract for brand deals is 80/20, with Tfue getting the 80%.

How long has Tfue been in FaZe?

Tfue and his partnership with FaZe go back to 2018 when he became the fourth member of the Fortnite team.

As a member of FaZe, Tfue has risen to the top of the Fortnite scene, won back-to-back solo events in the Fortnite Fall Skirmish and won the Fall Skirmish Grand Finals with Cloak. More recently, he qualified for the Fortnite World Cup.

Tfue has since removed all mention of FaZe Clan from his social media accounts.

Last updated on May 20 4:28 PM EST.

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Expert reveals cost of YouTuber watches: PewDiePie, Jake Paul & more

Published: 20/Oct/2020 13:58

by Jacob Hale

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A watch expert on YouTube has taken it upon himself to take a look at the timepieces of some of the platform’s biggest stars, revealing the surprising cost of some of their watches, as well as roasting a few of them, too.

Pride & Pinion is a luxury watch boutique in Belfast, Northern Ireland, run by Dutch-born Nico van der Horst, who in 2020 has taken it upon himself to educate people on watches: most notably, some of the biggest names on YouTube.

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Having previously taken a look at the watch collections of the likes of Logan Paul and KSI, as well as megastars such as Leo Messi, Post Malone and Floyd Mayweather, Nico decided to give his honest opinion on certain YouTubers’ watches, as well as explain how much they cost.

Clearly, Nico knows what he’s talking about, and he thinks some of these YouTubers have made some questionable decisions when forking out tens of thousands on these timepieces.

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Nico knows all there is to know about luxury watches.

The creators he looks at range from Casey Neistat, to PewDiePie, to Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau: and he wasn’t afraid to hold back if he thought they had overspent.

YouTubers’ watch prices

Nico was impressed by some of the watches on display, though, and definitely by the financial decisions some of them were able to make.

Here are all the pieces he evaluated, including how much they cost:

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  • Casey Neistat: Yellow gold Rolex Submariner with black dial — $20,000+
  • True Geordie: Yellow gold and steel Rolex Submariner — $10,000+
  • WillNE: Two-tone Rolex Sky-Dweller — ~$20,000
  • Vikkstar: Hublot Fusion Chronograph — No price stated
  • Trisha Paytas: Chanel J12 — $5,000 pre-owned
  • Tana Mongeau: Fully iced out Rolex Datejust — $15,000 (bought by Jake Paul)
  • PewDiePie: Rolex GMT-Master II — $10,000

Verdicts

Obviously, Nico was a bigger fan of some watches than he was of others. While he was very impressed by that of WillNE, Casey Neistat and True Geordie, he clearly had huge admiration for PewDiePie, especially the reasons for why he chose that watch.

On the other hand, there were some he hated. He said that Vikkstar “needs some help with the watch game,” refers to Trisha’s Chanel piece as “just sh*t” and Tana’s as “aftermarket garbage.”

Clearly, Nico knows a thing or two about watches — and maybe these YouTubers need him to guide them along the right path when it comes to their wrist jewelry.

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