FaZe Clan has issued an official response following Turner “Tfue” Tenney’s lawsuit filing, in a post on their Twitter. The company is alleged to have taken 80 percent of the esports player’s earnings from a variety of sources, as well as violating several California laws.
The statement disputes some of the claims laid down in the original lawsuit filing, which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter this morning. In particular, it takes aim at the Twitch, YouTube, and social media earnings. FaZe asserts that the organization has not collected withheld these earnings from Tfue, and rather than an 20/80 split in favor of themselves, their contracts usually stipulate a 20/80 split in favor of the player.
Members of the esports community were quick to weigh in on the response, including prominent Fortnite leaker Lucas7yoshi, who pointed out that even if FaZe is truthful in their statement, it doesn’t answer all the allegations laid before them.
Prior to the statement, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, former Call of Duty pro player and owner of 100 Thieves esports organization publicly condemned FaZe and their business practices in a now-deleted tweet.
This tweet clearly rattled Ricky “FaZe Banks” Banks, a YouTuber, FaZe Clan member, and part of the Clout House. His now-deleted response is both an overreaction, and the perfect example of how not to respond to criticism.
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Eventually, cooler heads prevailed, and Banks posted a more measured response. This lines up with FaZe’s later statement, but like the official response, zeroes in on the payment issues, rather than addressing other aspects of the allegations.
Players, owners, and other esports personalities have taken the opportunity to express their own experiences with owners and payment. Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma was quick to praise Steve “LiQuiD112” Arhancet, co-owner of Team Liquid, while Joseph “Mang0” Marquez expressed similar sentiments about Cloud 9.
But even with the confusion and uncertainty about the claims and allegations, it’s essential to take time to reflect on the most important thing: the memes.