The 21-year-old gaming personality has gotten the ball rolling with the California Superior Court in Los Angeles and has stated that the team takes up to 80 percent of earnings brought in from third-party sources for his services.
Tfue is claiming that the organization - which has pro teams participating in contests for games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Counter-Strike - has their players sign agreements that make it so they're essentially owned by FaZe.
The Fortnite pro recently qualified for the battle royale's $30 million World Cup Finals set for July in New York. He has over 10.7 million subscribers on YouTube, upwards of 6 million followers on Twitch, and 5.5 million on Instagram.
It is claimed that "anti-competitive provisions" in his deal with FaZe prevent him from wading into other deals. And the suit alleges that the organization is violating state law by acting as a talent agency while bereft of "the requisite talent agency license."
The complaint also states that Tfue was forced to drink alcohol at parties before his 21st birthday. Tenney, who signed his deal with FaZe back when he was 20, wants the contract voided by the court and is also seeking to be awarded suitable damages.
"Until now, FaZe Clan has enjoyed the fruits of this illegal business model with impunity because no one could or was willing to stand up to Faze Clan," a section of the suit reads. "Those days are over. Through this action, Tenney seeks to shift the balance of power to the gamers and content creators/streamers, those who are actually creating value and driving the industry. As a result of this action, others will hopefully take notice of what is going on and help to clean up esports."
FaZe has since released a statement in their defence, denying having ever collected any money from Tfue's tournament earnings, YouTube revenue, or any social platform.
This was a long time coming in esports. The industry has shown little to no respect to actual labor or fair competition laws. Faze getting the blame for what has become industry standard. Repeated to death, but all players should have an agent and a lawyer. https://t.co/0qfiwve5yT— Video Game Attorney (@Morrison) May 20, 2019
"We're shocked and disappointed to see the news of Tfue's press article and lawsuit," FaZe's statement reads.
"In fact, we have only collected a total of $60,000 from our partnership, while Tfue has earned millions as a member of FaZe Clan. While contracts are different with each player, all of them – including Tfue's – have a maximum of 20% to FaZe Clan in both tournament winnings as well as content revenue, with 80% to the player.
"In Turner's case, neither of those have been collected by FaZe Clan. ...We're proud of what we've accomplished together over the past year with Turner and will continue to support him."