One of the most talked about issues this week involves two of the most iconic names in competitive, streaming and content creation in video games specifically in Fortnite. Part of what makes this issue really interesting comes from the entire context of the dispute which from the looks of it is slowly being molded into an intricate scheme that will affect independent content creators, teams, and eSports organizations in the long-run. But before we get into that, let's take a quick look on the issue.
streamer/competitive player Turner “Tfue” Tenney is suing Faze Clan for allegedly taking 80% of his earnings. In addition to that are other forms of nefarious activities such as illegal gambling and giving alcohol to minors. The lawsuit has caused one of the clan's founder Faze Banks to go on a Twitter rampage disputing every allegation thrown against their organization.
Faze Banks, in his tweets, has provided interesting facts that are worth noting. One of which is the demographics of TFUE's rise to fame. There is no doubt that Tfue is one of the best Fortnite players on the planet, however, the statistics clearly show that his affiliation with Faze Clan has been a major factor in his success in both YouTube and Twitch. With that said, based on the data available, it seems that this lawsuit could have been avoided and settled in a more discreet manner. However, Tfue has chosen the opposite not knowing that his decision of "playing the victim" will greatly affect small independent content creators and teams. It does not mean that Tfue does not have the right to complain or sue his organization but there are other ways to resolve this type of issues.
Two things, this could either help independent teams, streamers, creators, etc. get properly organized and get proper representation or this will open the gates of eSports to the vicious wolves itching to take control of the industry. Tfue's attorney argues that eSports has “little to no regulation or oversight,”
that phrase alone is already oppressive and scary by itself. The last thing eSports need is a ruling party who will eventually undermine independent creators. Stay tuned for more gaming news and updates.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter, Twitter