Cloakzy claims he's trapped in a "really bad" contract with FaZe Clan - Dexerto

Cloakzy claims he’s trapped in a “really bad” contract with FaZe Clan

Published: 6/May/2020 22:15 Updated: 6/May/2020 23:20

by Alan Bernal


FaZe Clan are reportedly holding one of their biggest streamers, Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore, to a “really bad” contract and he’s already explored options for getting out of the deal.

A rift between the streamer and the popular org is taking shape as Cloakzy revealed multiple attempts to try and communicate a buyout. But without a response from FaZe Clan, the streamer has been looking forward to the end of his arrangement to walk free.

“I’m reading this like a book,” Cloakzy said of the possible outcomes that could come as his contract expires. Since the org has been “ghosting” him on requests to discuss his contract, he’s now convinced that the best option will be to ride out the deal until it expires on March 1, 2021, according to the Fortnite star.

During his May 4 stream, Cloakzy revealed his embattled situation with his org, though not mentioning them by name.

“Am I signed to an org?” he replied to a Twitch message. “I signed to an org three years ago. They gave me a really bad contract and I didn’t want to be a part of them anymore, but they’re not letting me leave. So I am still on an org.”

Specific details of the four-year deal are unknown, but as the contract enters its last year, the streamed looked back in regret about signing on to the terms.

FaZe Clan
Cloak and FaZe have been talking mutual departures since mid-2019.

“Why did I sign a four-year contract? I don’t know man, I don’t f**king know,” he said. “I got a whole other year bro. A whole f**cking year.”

The only prominent brand Cloakzy has been attached to for his biggest years as a Fortnite competitor and streamer has been FaZe.

According to him, communication with the org has been minimal but amicable, and he suspects FaZe won’t be open to talking about his deal until it nears its end.

“They haven’t really answered me. I know what’s going to happen. I’m reading this like a book, it’s either: everything’s been extremely under the radar, no legal stuff. Just like a friendly [relationship] and then they don’t answer me when I message them. FaZe hasn’t messaged me when I want to buy myself out [of the contract]. Then the second it gets within a month or two of my contract expiring and I’m going to be free, they’re either going to immediately answer me and try getting into contact with me, they’re going to try selling me so they can get some sort of money off me, or they’re going to say some stuff and then take me to court.”

We have reached out to FaZe Clan for a response to Cloakzy’s recent comments.

He is still associated with the prominent esports organization, but only as far as the contract is concerned. There are no logos, brand association, or anything relating to FaZe throughout his social media accounts or his Twitch channel.

Back in 2019, the 25-year-old star revealed that he was working for months to split with FaZe, which the org confirmed that was the case on June 22.

Those discussions must not have materialized since Cloakzy is now looking toward the spring of 2021 to become a free agent again.


Cloud9 look to tap into collegiate esports with new initiative

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:53 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 19:00

by Adam Fitch


North American organization Cloud9 have announced their collegiate initiative after partnering with Uconnect in August 2020.

A range of events and resources with their new partner will run from November in an attempt to foster the “next generation of esports talent.”

Cloud9 University is described as a celebration of collegiate esports and includes panels, a League of Legends tournament, a community Discord server and a college fair.

Sponsorship marketplace Uconnect partnered with the organization in August following an initial activation at the LCS that featured 16 collegiate esports teams.

Cloud9 Uconnect Partnership
They initially announced their collaboration in August.

The Cloud9 Panel Series will take place in November, and will be broadcasted live on the org’s Twitch channel. The two-day event aims to provide insights into the different departments of an organization, how they operate, and what other career opportunities are up for grabs in esports.

The League of Legends Intercollegiate Tournament will follow the panel in December, with more details set to be released nearer that time. The competition will be hosted on Uconnect’s platform.

Eight universities from the United States will be chosen as affiliates for the program, receiving perks such as early job and internship opportunities and access to exclusive events and resources.

The Collegiate Fireside initiative will see the eight affiliates be assigned with a Cloud9 mentor that will help them host Q&A sessions, resume workshops, and participate in panel discussions.

“Collegiate esports is thriving – we at Cloud9 recognize its potential and want to be a part of uplifting these hard working students with resources and opportunities,” said Cloud9’s CEO Jack Etienne when the partnership was first announced. “We’re excited to see this generation of esports professionals grow.”

The final aspect of Cloud9 University is a youth initiative program called Training Grounds College Fair. Affiliate institutions will be given a chance to show their esports programs to the org’s players, who are stated to have “expressed a growing interest in considering esports programs when selecting colleges.”