FaZe Clan 'shocked and disappointed' at Tfue allegations
Fortnite pro Tfue has reportedly filed a lawsuit against FaZe Clan, claiming the esports organisation "restrained his business opportunities".
Lawyers apparently acting on behalf of Tfue say his contract was unfair and that industry-wide change is needed. FaZe has refuted the allegations.
Who is Tfue?
Tfue, real name Turner Tenney, is a 21-year-old American who represents FaZe Clan. His main game is Fortnite but he was previously known for playing H1Z1, another battle royale title.
According to esportsearnings.com, Tfue's winnings have totalled almost $520,000 at the time of publishing.
Why is he suing FaZe?
Ffue's allegation, basically, is that FaZe Clan is failing to allow him to maximise his earnings through an "oppressive contract" he signed in April 2018. The lawyers representing Tfue say FaZe prevents Tfue from exploring some commercial opportunities and takes 80% of some of his earnings.
What do the lawyers say?
Tfue has instructed Freedman + Taitelman to represent him in the case against FaZe Clan. Attorney Bryan Freedman wrote: "Faze Clan uses its illegal Gamer Contracts to limit Tenney to deals sourced exclusively by FaZe Clan and to prevent Tenney from exploring deals presented by others; deals that are potentially superior to deals procured by FaZe Clan; and deals that are not saddled with an eighty percent (80%) finder's fee.
"Not only does FaZe Clan take advantage of these young artists, it jeopardises their health, safety and welfare.
"Faze Clan also continuously pressured and encouraged Tenney and others to undertake dangerous stunts while performing in videos.
"During one video, Tenney suffered an injury to his arm while skateboarding which resulted in permanent disfigurement."
How has FaZe clan responded?
A few hours after reports of Tfue's action against them was first reported, FaZe Clan tweeted a long statement refuting the allegations, saying the organisation was "shocked and disappointed".
Freedman says that, because pro gaming is relatively new, alleged unfair contracts are common but it is time for things to change.
Freedman told The Hollywood Reporter: "Tfue and my law firm are sending a message.
"The time is now for content creators, gamers and streamers to stop being taken advantage of through oppressive, unfair and illegal agreements.
"The significant legal actions taken today will be a wake up call that this behavior will no longer be tolerated. The gaming community deserves a safe environment that allows gamers the freedom to control their own careers.”
Picture: Tfue / YouTube