ESports Star Tfue Sues "FaZe Clan" For Restricting His Earning Potential

Joanna Estrada
May 21, 2019

Ironically, the team that won the most Friday Fortnite tournaments past year was the FaZe duo of Tfue and Cloakzy, who won it four times while no other player managed to win more than one.

A leading eSports professional going by the gamer alias Tfue is suing his team for limiting his bag outside the State of California. Besides the alleged gambling and underage drinking, FaZe Clan also "continuously pressured and encouraged Tenney and others to undertake risky stunts while performing in videos".

Freedman argues that "these gamers are artists, entertainers and content creators - they perform, they act, they direct, they edit and they stream".

Los Angeles-based Faze Clan didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fortnite, one of the biggest free-to-play games on consoles ever, took 2018 by storm. The game became a cultural phenomenon, and raked in $3 billion for developer Epic Games across all platforms past year. Players may have little choice but to accept the contracts they get, even if they're well-known enough to have success outside of the competitive realm.

First introduced in May of 2018, Friday Fortnite is a double-elimination duos tournament that features the most prominent streamers, YouTubers, and pro players of the battle royale community. Blevins has more than 12.5 million followers on game streaming service Twitch and more than 20 million subscribers on streaming giant YouTube.

Yet, in the case of Tenney's lawsuit against the organization, the 21-year old claims that FaZe have tied him down to a contract that limits his ability to realize his full-earning potential through sponsorships, and other gaming ventures.

The complaint says that Tfue tried to terminate his contract in September, alleging that FaZe Clan had breached the deal.

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