H1ghSky became one of the youngest professional gamers in the world when it was announced that he had joined legendary esports team FaZe Clan. At the time, his new organization claimed he was 13, making him eligible to compete in Fortnite Battle Royale tournaments and stream on Twitch.
The player’s age first came under scrutiny following the news that Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney was suing FaZe, with the American claiming in his lawsuit that H1ghsky1 was just 11-years-old when he signed, and that the organization pressured him and his family to lie about his age.
Following weeks of speculation about his real age, HighSky’s Twitch account was removed on June 4. Fans of the streamer are currently unable to access his channel, receiving an error when they attempt to do so.
We have contacted Twitch about the issue, but it has yet to be confirmed whether they have banned or temporarily suspended the account pending an investigation. However, it has been suggested that the company have deleted the channel for broadcasting while the owner is under the age of 13, which is against the platform’s Terms of Service.
The removal of his Twitch account comes days after a report claimed to have proof that H1ghSky1 was 11 at the time he joined FaZe, referring to posts from the player’s family that state he was five-years-old in 2012.
If these claims are true, the youngster would not only be banned from Twitch, but would see his hopes of qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup dashed too, as competitors must be at least 13-years-old to take part.
The revelation that the team lied about H1ghsky1's age could strengthen Tfue’s case against FaZe Clan, as this would be in violation of California Labor Law which states that agencies cannot accept any application for an employment made by a minor. This situation is mentioned specifically in Tfue's lawsuit as he attempts to prove that his contract with them is unlawful and "oppressive."
FaZe and H1ghSky1 are yet to respond to the removal of the player’s account. Dexerto have reached out to both parties for comment.