Tfue has issued a statement following the announcement of his lawsuit against esports organisation FaZe Clan. In a video published last night, the Fortnite pro, whose real name is Turner Tenney, said that he “never wanted to upset anybody.”
Tfue says that his lawsuit is an attempt to get out of a contract that he “signed when I didn’t know any better. I’m an idiot, I should never have signed in the first place.” The suit alleges that FaZe took up to 80% of Tfue’s third-party deals and sponsorships. Tfue says that he was locked into the contract for three years, and that he “tried multiple times for months to get out of this contract.”
Tfue also says that his lawsuit is an attempt to shed light on business practices within the wider esports industry. “What I’m trying to do here is serve justice to the esports community. These kids are getting ripped off, they’re getting taken advantage of. These contracts are not ok, and this needs to never happen again. And there’s tonnes of people in contracts this bad, just like me. And I’m the first person to stand up and say this is fucked.”
The video, which you can watch below, closes with an appeal to FaZe Clan to make the contract public. Tfue says he’s unable to disclose the terms of the agreement, but ends the video by saying “show the fucking contract FaZe, release the fucking contract.”
Tfue’s statement comes in response to a lengthy video from FaZe Clan co-owner Ricky Banks. He appeared on Keemstar’s ‘DramaAlert’ show earlier this week, saying that Tfue’s allegations were “absolutely 1,000 percent untrue.” In a follow-up video, entitled ‘Dear Tfue’, Banks discusses the emotional toll of the lawsuit, and how much he contributed to the start of Tenney’s career.
In a series of tweets following Tfue’s video, Banks says that Faze Clan is “releasing the contract momentarily.” He also responds to Tfue’s comments, saying that “this wasn’t about standing up for what’s right, it’s manipulative to suggest that. This was about what Tfue’s dad believed was in his best interest (leaving Faze) and stopping at nothing to accomplish it.”