A top Fortnite player sues his gaming organization for allegedly limiting his business opportunities with a "repressive, cumbersome, and one-sided" contract.
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"These players are in no uncertain way artists, entertainers and content creators – they perform, they act, the direct they edit and they stream," Turner's lawyers wrote in the complaint filed Monday in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
"Because the industry is so new, there is little to no supervision," the complaint said of which a copy was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "As a result, these young content creators / streamers are susceptible to being exploited and exploited – often by those who should see their best interests."
Los Angeles-based Faze Clan did not promptly respond to a request for comment.
Fortnite, one of the largest free-to-play games on consoles ever, took off in 2018 by storm. The game became a cultural phenomenon and raked in $ 3 billion to develop Epic Games across all platforms last year.
Professional players also receive a. Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja, told CNN in January that he in 2018 to play Fortnite: Battle Royale. Blevins has more than 12.5 million fans playing streaming service Twitch and more than 20 million streaming gigantic YouTube subscribers.
"Faze Clan uses its illegal Gamer contracts to restrict Tenney to deals solely acquired by the Faze Clan and to prevent Tenney from exploring offers presented by others; offers that are potentially better than offers purchased by the Faze Clan and offers not saddled with an 80% viewfinder fee, "the complaint says.
Tenney attempted to terminate his contract with the Faze Clan in September based on its many breaches of contract, but Faze Clan denies that the agreement was terminated and claims that Tenney still owes contractual obligations, the complaint said.