A 'Fortnite' Player's Lawsuit Against His Own Team Is Taking on the 'Wild West' of Esports - NBC New York
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

A 'Fortnite' Player's Lawsuit Against His Own Team Is Taking on the 'Wild West' of Esports

Tenney filed a complaint in a California district court against FaZe Clan alleging the company is violating California’s Talent Agency Act

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    A 'Fortnite' Player's Lawsuit Against His Own Team Is Taking on the 'Wild West' of Esports
    Chesnot/Getty Images
    This February 19, 2017, file photo shows a team competing during an electronic video game tournament at the eSports World Convention (ESWC) in Paris.

    In the young and lucrative world of video game streaming, few groups are as popular as FaZe Clan. And few streamers are as popular as Turney Tenney, 21, who goes by Tfue, NBC News reports. But just last spring, Tenney was just another anonymous streamer — until he was invited to join FaZe Clan, an esports group that houses and builds teams with some of the biggest names in esports.

    Now, Tenney and FaZe are embroiled in a very public lawsuit over how the money he generates is divided, a battle that shines a light on what esports lawyer Andrew Gordon calls “the Wild West.” Gordon compared the esports streaming industry to the early days of baseball before players unionized, when team owners had all the bargaining power.

    “When you’re a new guy that has no followers, what are you going to demand?” Gordon said.

    Behind the drama is a larger story: a labor dispute in a burgeoning and largely unregulated $1.1 billion industry ripe with questionable contracts agreed to by people who often aren’t yet of legal drinking age.

    Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    [NATL] Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    American astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history Friday with NASA's first all-female spacewalk. The astronauts walked outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)