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Tfue's lawsuit against FaZe has been a long time coming


Added 05-21-19 05:09:02pm EST - “Welcome to the latest esports craze -- contract disputes.” - Engadget.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Engadget.com: “Tfue's lawsuit against FaZe has been a long time coming”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Turner Tenney is the most popular Fortnite player in the world. He plays as Tfue on YouTube and Twitch, where there's a small red logo for FaZe Clan, the esports organization he signed with in April 2018, built into the border of his selfie box. At 21, Tfue has earned millions playing Fortnite. He has more than 10 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.65 million followers on Twitter, where his bio says simply, "Professional athlete."

Yesterday, news broke that Tfue was suing FaZe for violating California labor laws, specifically the Talent Agency Act, and he was looking to sever ties with the organization. The esports sector of the internet promptly imploded, with FaZe trending worldwide on Twitter for hours.

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The complaint labels Tfue as an artist, not an athlete, in order to take advantage of the TAA, which is designed to protect entertainers in California from raw representation deals. It says FaZe essentially acted as Tfue's agent, even though the organization isn't a licensed talent agency, violating the state's Labor Code.

FaZe is one of the most recognizable esports brands on the market, though it's a strange organization when compared to its contemporaries. Many esports organizations, such as Cloud9 or Team Liquid, focus on preparing players for competitions, but FaZe is more concerned with streaming, branding and cultivating loud online personalities. The $30 million Fornite World Cup prize pool is more of an afterthought.

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