New details of 2018 lawsuit vs FaZe Clan emerge amid Tfue legal battle - Dexerto
Esports

New details of 2018 lawsuit vs FaZe Clan emerge amid Tfue legal battle

Published: 5/Jun/2019 14:31 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 16:39

by Calum Patterson

Share


New materials have emerged regarding the ongoing lawsuit against esports organization FaZe Clan, from failed social media platform Hubrick, which could also play a crucial role in Tfue’s legal case.

The report from The Blast on June 5 details that FaZe are accused of “breaking away from the company and raiding the corporate offices in the middle of the night.”

FaZe Clan is currently embroiled in a highly-publicized legal battle with former player Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, who is reportedly pursuing litigation over his contract with the organization.

The corporate offices shared by Hubrick and FaZe Clan were allegedly ‘raided’ by the esports organization.

Hubrick was started by Norwegian entrepreneur Sebastian Guerts, who formed a business relationship with FaZe co-founder Tommy ‘Temperrr’ Oliviera, who later described Guerts as a like a “big brother”. Current FaZe Clan CEO Lee Trink was also recruited as part of the joint venture between Hubrick and FaZe.

Hubrick’s lawsuit, filed in 2018, apparently claims that they were “screwed over”, describing the incident specifically as “a case of an unabashed theft of a business by a group of its employees, officers, directors and joint venture partners. In what amounts to an overnight corporate raid.”

According to documents obtained by The Blast, FaZe stole “dozens of computers and gaming stations, some of the office furniture (…) and left it ransacked as little more than piles of empty boxes”. The Blast also obtained images of the offices following the alleged ‘raid’, which show the presumably empty PS4 and ASUS monitor boxes, and empty desks.

Images obtained by The Blast appear to show the “ransacked” office.

FaZe “owes their success to Hubrick”, claims report

Additionally, Hubrick claim to have “funded FaZe directly” with a $1.3 million deposit into a FaZe bank account, according to the report.

The investment provided by Hubrick is believed to have helped build the most expensive CS:GO team ever, featuring an all-star lineup of five of the best players in the world.

Hubrick is said to be seeking an amount in excess of $1 million for “intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and misappropriation of trade secrets.”

FaZe ClanFaZe Clan’s initial CS:GO team was reportedly the most expensive roster ever.

How does this relate to Tfue’s lawsuit?

Blast sources have also claimed that the Hubrick lawsuit is “important” to Tfue’s legal team, as it serves as an example of “how poorly the business was being ran at the time.”

FaZe co-owner Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks previously admitted that Tfue’s contract was “horrible”, and stated that he had “made the mistake of allowing shit people to run (the) business. We’ve solved those issues and are trying our best.”

The report indicates FaZe Clan are now apparently facing a double-barrel of civil litigation, as both Tfue and Hubrick pursue damages.

The organization are also facing accusations of knowingly recruiting an 11-year-old Fortnite player and streamer, H1ghsky1, claiming he was 13.  His real age would violate Twitch’s terms of service, which stipulate streamers must be aged over 13. 

On June 5, H1ghsky1’s channel was banned, but it is currently unclear if the cause of the suspension was related to his age.

CS:GO

FaZe Clan’s NiKo set to join G2 Esports very soon: Report

Published: 24/Oct/2020 19:18 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 19:23

by Alan Bernal

Share


CSGO star Nikola ‘⁠NiKo’ Kovač is close to a transfer out of FaZe Clan to G2 Esports, which would pair him with cousin and fellow rifler, Nemanja ‘huNter-’ Kovač.

Back in late September, it was reported that the two organizations opened up discussion around the transfer of the 23-year old Bosnian international. The deal was expected to be finalized weeks after the initial report, though now it could be closer to happening.

There would be a lot of pressure for both teams to close the books on a deal soon, seeing as the BLAST Premier Fall Series is around the corner.

The news follows FaZe Clan’s latest event championship at the European Intel Extreme Masters XV New York on October 11; G2 Esports finished that event in 7th-8th place.

G2 Esports kennyS hunter nexa JaCkz
G2 Esports
G2 Esports could bolster their strong lineup with FaZe’s superstar NiKo.

According to HLTV, the deal could include “one of the biggest transfer fees in the game,” which could outdo the $500,000 fee FaZe paid mousesports for NiKo in 2017.

G2 would have to make space in their starting roster for NiKo, which could see French player François ‘AmaNEk’ Delaunay either benched or traded to another team, according to the report. Similarly, FaZe are said to already be on the hunt for someone to replace the star before the $150,000 BLAST Premier begins.

G2 Esports are in the Group C bracket of that event and will face off against FURIA on November 2, while the Group B matchup between FaZe and BIG kicks off on October 29 – so the two sides will be hard-pressed to finalize any proposed deal as soon as possible.

Coldzera Niko FaZe Clan
ESL/ Bart Oerbekke
NiKo could be moving on from FaZe Clan and coldzera.

As successful as NiKo has been on an individual level, his run with FaZe has yet to result in a Major title. While the next Major in Rio has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing crisis, the superstar could be playing under a new banner by the time it rolls around.

If a deal gets done, he will move on from a team with players like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard for the likes of Nemanja ‘nexa’ Isaković and longtime French star Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub.

NiKo has been with FaZe for three years, but all indications are that his spell wearing the red and black jerseys won’t be lasting much longer.