Turner Tenney, a 21-year-old professional gamer known as Tfue, has filed a lawsuit against esports team Faze Clan for allegedly limiting his ability to pursue his profession in violation of California law and the Talent Agency Act. The lawsuit also alleges that Faze Clan has failed to pay him his share of his sponsorship earnings and taken up to 80% of his earnings as a “finder’s fee.”
“In no uncertain terms, these gamers are artists, entertainers and content creators — they perform, they act, they direct, they edit and they stream,” Turner’s lawyers wrote in the complaint, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“Because the industry is so new, there is little to no oversight,” according to the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “As a result, these young content creator/streamers are susceptible to being taken advantage of and exploited — often by those that are supposed to be looking out for their best interests.”
Los Angeles-based Faze Clan didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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“Faze Clan uses its illegal Gamer Contracts to limit Tenney to deals sourced exclusively by Faze Clan and to prevent Tenney from exploring deals presented by others; deals that are potentially superior to deals procured by Faze Clan; and deals that are not saddled with an eighty percent (80%) finder’s fee,” the complaint says.
Tenney tried to terminate his contract with Faze Clan in September based on the organization’s numerous breaches of contract, but Faze Clan disputes that the agreement was terminated and contends that Tenney still owes it contractual obligations, the complaint says.