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Tfue’s original lawsuit vs FaZe Clan dismissed by California judge

Published: 12/Jul/2020 12:26 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 9:36

by Connor Bennett

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Fortnite star Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has had his original complaint against FaZe Clan dismissed in California, yet, the esports org’s counter-suit is still moving ahead in New York.

Back in May of 2019, Tfue stunned the internet when it was revealed that he was suing FaZe Clan for over an “oppressive contract” that allegedly restricted his business opportunities and claimed that the org took up to 80 percent of his earnings. 

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Since then, the two parties have gone back and forth between cases in both California and New York. In March of 2020, a New York judge dismissed several claims in the case – including FaZe’s argument for “intentional interference with contract,” given that Tfue had allegedly encouraged other players to follow in his footsteps and leave the esports org. 

However, in the newest update to the ongoing cases, it appears as if their dispute will be settled on the East Coast and not in California.

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Tfue stunned everyone when it was revealed that he was suing FaZe.

Per Hollywood Reporter, on Friday July 10, Californian Judge David Cowan issued an order dismissing Tfue’s claims that the case should be fought on the West Coast.

Tfue’s side had made the argument that FaZe violated the Talent Agencies Act – which would help esports athletes fall under the same banner as actors and other artists. 

FaZe Clan’s chief legal officer, Philip Gordon, said, “We are very pleased with Judge Cowan’s decision to dismiss Turner’s case. This is one of many moments throughout this legal process when the courts have ruled in our favor. We haven’t wanted to argue this in the press because we don’t want to attack Turner. We care about him and our gamers who have been hurt by this process. The reality is we support Turner and invested heavily in his career — we simply want an outcome that is fair. We look forward to continuing the N.Y. case and feel confident in its outcome.”

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Tfue at the Fortnite World Cup.
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The Fortnite star’s lawsuit will move forward in New York where he competed in the Fortnite World Cup.

Tfue’s lawyer Bryan Freedman said, “Given the court’s favorable findings on the rulings on summary judgment and the upcoming hearing in front of the Labor Commission concerning illegal procurement, there was no need to have the proceeding in state court. All issues will be resolved in the trial in New York and in front of the California Labor Commission. My client is very confident and looks forward adjudicating these issues.”

While that side of the argument has been put to bed in the state of California, the Fortnite star does have one standing issue on the West Coast in the form of a complaint to the California Labor Commissioner regarding the TAA.

All the other arguments in the case will be moving forward in New York, however, as the argument inches ever closer to a court trial.

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However, it isn’t likely to be resolved anytime soon. A start date for the trail has been penciled in for October 5, though, things could change in the weeks and months leading up to that point.

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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