FaZe Clan co-owner Ricky 'Banks' Banks has denied claims that the organization broke the law by signing Fortnite streamer H1ghsky1, despite reportedly only being 11-years-old - not 13 as originally claimed.
Since the revelation that the player and organization allegedly lied about his age, H1ghsky1's Twitch and Twitter accounts have both been suspended, with the age requirement for both websites at 13.
The young streamer is now broadcasting live on YouTube instead - although his mother must always be present in the room.
The allegations about H1ghsky1's real age originally came from Tfue's lawsuit against FaZe Clan, which was included as supporting evidence that the organization was not being run in a professional manner.
However, in a series of Tweets on June 10, Banks denies that any of their dealings with H1ghsky1 were unlawful, after KEEMSTAR was willing to bet $10,000 that no laws had been broken.
Very easy $10,000— FaZe Banks (@Banks) June 11, 2019
KEEMSTAR had been arguing with Fortnite YouTuber 'The Fortnite Guy' over FaZe Clan's recruitment of the player, and Tfue's decision to make the allegations initially.
Banks also responded, distancing FaZe Clan's involvement in H1ghsky1's decision to stream on Twitch, and once again reaffirming that no laws had been broken.
“Allowed Highsky to steam and play in the World Cup” what ru even saying dude? I’ve ignored and ignored you but it’s starting to get annoying. 1) Highskys agreement with us is bulletproof and there’s absolutely no laws being broken. 2) We have 0 control in what he does everyday— FaZe Banks (@Banks) June 11, 2019
When challenged on H1ghsky1's plan to represent FaZe at the World Cup (which players must also be at least 13 to take part in), Banks said that ultimately it was up to the player's parents.
So the fuck what? Highsky was doing his own thing, streaming/ playing before we came in the picture. We loved him, brought him in and just supported what he was doing. If his parents are 100% ok with it and they’ve made the decision as a family to do that, who the fuck am I?— FaZe Banks (@Banks) June 11, 2019
Finally, the FaZe co-owner reveals that competing organizations, including Team SoloMid, where also attempting to secure H1ghsky1's signature, and that if it wasn't them to sign the young star, it would have been another brand.
Highsky was a signature away from signing with TSM along with a handful of other orgs. Again you don’t know even half of what you think you know lol— FaZe Banks (@Banks) June 11, 2019
The North American team also have another lawsuit from 2018 still ongoing, as failed social media platform Hubrick is apparently seeking over $1 million in damages, after FaZe members allegedly raided their corporate offices in the night.
H1ghsky1's future with FaZe Clan is now unclear, although with the Tfue and Hubrick lawsuits looming overhead, he isn't even the biggest of the organization's problems.
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