Banks shares FaZe's side of the story on Tfue lawsuit in emotional interview - Dexerto
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Banks shares FaZe’s side of the story on Tfue lawsuit in emotional interview

Published: 20/May/2019 21:06 Updated: 26/Mar/2020 12:51

by Eli Becht

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FaZe Clan founder Ricky “FaZe Banks” Banks went on KEEMSTAR’s Drama Alert in an attempt to set the record straight about the recent lawsuit Turner ‘Tfue‘ Tenney filed against FaZe Clan.

The lawsuit, which was filed on May 20, alleges that the organization signed him to an oppressive contract that included an 80/20 split in favor of FaZe Clan for the revenue from Tfue’s branded content on social media.

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Following the announcement of the lawsuit, FaZe Clan denied the allegations, stating they have actually only taken $60,000 total through their partnership with the Fortnite Battle Royale pro and have taken nothing at all from his YouTube or Twitch revenue.

FaZe ClanTfue filed a lawsuit against FaZe Clan.

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After vehemently denying the allegations and getting into a Twitter beef with 100 Thieves CEO Nadeshot, Banks echoed those earlier statements during his interview with KEEMSTAR on the May 20 edition of Drama Alert.

“We have collected a grand total of 0% from Tfue’s prize winnings,” he said. “We have collected nothing from his Twitch, his YouTube, absolutely nothing.”

He then goes on to explain where the $60,000 the team collected from Tfue came from, which was noticeably absent from FaZe Clan’s official statement on Twitter.

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“Where the $60,000 comes from are two brand deals that we brought Tfue that we have taken 20% of,” which falls in line with FaZe Clan’s statement that they are only taking 20% of “content revenue” as opposed to the 80% Tfue’s suit alleges.

Moving away from the specifics of the lawsuit, Banks turned his attention to the “snakes” on Twitter discussing the situation.

“I’m not going to name drop because I’m pretty emotional right now,” he said. “This situation specifically with Tfue really fucking fires me up because I’ve been so invested in this kid since the day I fucking met him.”

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Banks additionally claims that FaZe Clan have indeed offered Tfue a salary but he has not taken it.

In response to the allegations Tfue was given alcohol before turning 21 and illegally gambling, Banks said he had no idea what that means.

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“Illegally gamble,” he asked. “[I] don’t know what that means, illegally gamble? I don’t have a thought in my head about what that could be about.”

Banks then went into how Tfue only had about 100 viewers on Twitch and was a “nobody.”

“One of my earliest memories of Turner was me in his DMs like ‘Yo, you wanna play Fortnite?’ when he was a nobody.”

FaZe Banks, YouTubeFaZe Banks and Tfue.

He goes on to explain how another one of his memories, before Tfue signed with FaZe, was him drinking on a boat before he was 21.

“One of my earliest memories is him coming back home after being on a boat on all day,” he said ” And he was drinking all day on a boat. This was far before we met him. Turner’s drank far, far before we got together with him. He was never pressured to drink.”

Banks says Tfue was drinking the night he met Corinna Kopf, his current girlfriend, at a FaZe party where he was drinking.

FaZe ClanTfue and Cloak are one of the most popular Duos in Fortnite.

In response to the injury allegations, Banks says Tfue was doing stunts that could hurt himself before he ever signed to FaZe and argued he even pressured other people to do it.

“Listen, this is just leverage for Turner to get out of his contract,” he says.

Banks argues he made Tfue happen by watching Ninja and Myth play and comparing them to Tfue.

“250,000 people were watching these people [Cloak and Tfue] yesterday and I made that happen,” he said. “You can ask them that, I was the person who made that happen.”

In doing so, Banks also revealed what Cloak supposedly first thought of Tfue.

“That kid’s garbage, he doesn’t know how to build and he’s not who we want to pick up,” Cloak said according to Banks.

Despite all this, Banks still wishes the best for Tfue and just wants a phone call.

There will certainly be a lot more to the story but now we have Banks’ side of the story.

Other than the lawsuit, Tfue has not released a statement since the story broke.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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