Popular e-sports organization Faze Clan is suing professionalFortniteplayer Turner “Tfue” Tenney, claiming that he’s violated his contract by disparaging the company and trying to form a rival e-sports organization. It’s a countersuit toTenney’s attempt to leave the organizationover money concerns back in May. Faze is now saying that Tenney made more than $20 million from streaming, gaming endorsements, and sponsorships, and “shared almost none of this income with Faze Clan.”
Theoriginal lawsuit filed by Tenney’s lawyersclaimed Faze failed to pay Tenney his share of brand deal revenue that he was owed and that the organization grossly undercut his earnings. The lawsuit claimed Faze had the right to take up to 80 percent of his earnings in some situations, although the organization claimed it had never done so when the suit became public. Tenney’s lawyers argue that Faze Clan took financial advantage of him by way of an exploitative contract and unlawful behavior.
The countersuit now claims Tenney’s actions have caused “serious damage and stands to do more” that could affect members of Faze Clan’s team. Faze Clan’s countersuit also claims that Tenney’s goal is to set up a rival e-sports company, alleging that “Tenney is taking the valuable information he learned from Faze Clan, which he is obligated to keep secret, and using it to create a rival to Faze Clan or otherwise support rival gamers and gaming organizations.”
Concerns about Faze Clan’s roster sprung up in the weeks following Tenney’s lawsuit. Tenney’s gaming partner and roommate, Dennis “Cloakzy” Lepore, isleaving the organization. Even though Leporetold fans on Twitterthat Tenney’s lawsuit and departure was “not the case what so ever” for his own leaving, it did lead to speculation within the community.
Tenney first signed a contract with Faze in April 2018. The contract specifically stated that Faze gets 80 percent of all revenue that Tenney makes through sponsored videos on Twitch and YouTube. Tenney has become one ofTwitch’s most popular and subscribed-to streamers, and heboasts more than 10 million subscribers. Faze’s countersuit claims, however, that Tenney experienced a boost in popularity that helped him earn millions of dollars and that Faze is a large part of the reason why he became successful.
“Faze Clan taught Tenney how to be more than just a skilled gamer,” the countersuit reads. “Faze Clan taught him to be a professional. It schooled Tenney in the business, social media and gaming practices that have made Faze Clan successful. And he certainly has been successful. It is understood that Tenney has earned over $20 million since joining Faze Clan in April 2018, when he was earning virtually nothing.”
The language is similar to Faze Clan’soriginal statement regarding Tenney’s lawsuit in May. The e-sports collective claimed it “collected a total of $60,000 from our partnership, while Tfue has earned millions as a member of Faze Clan.”
“While contracts are different with each player, all of them — including Tfue’s — have a maximum of 20 percent to Faze Clan in both tournament winnings as well as content revenue, with 80% to the player,” the statement reads. “In Turner’s case, neither of those have been collected by Faze Clan.”
There are other issues that are brought up in the lawsuit. Faze Clan’s argues that Tenney breached his contract and disparaged Faze Clan over the course of the lawsuit. The organization also claims that Tenney directly leaked confidential information about his contract to media publications, violating their terms. The full lawsuit can be read below.
Tenney has not commented on the countersuit at this time.