E-sports has been on the news lately for the most bizarre reason—a legal reason. That comes with the territory regarding groups, franchises, sponsorship and more, but no one ever was prepared for something as simple as Fortnite becoming a legal battlefield, but when we’re talking about brands, that’s the case. Notably, the Tfue-FaZe Clan dispute has come to a head—

The Lawsuit Regarding Tfue Involves “Oppressive” Agreement Clauses Within FaZe’s Contract

No doubt there’s a disagreement there, and the player known as Tfue (Tyler Tenney) will be taking the dispute to court for deliberation. The Hollywood Reporter, in fact, detailed the allegations further as “oppressive, unfair and illegal agreements” with a lopsided share of the revenue of branded videos on social media cited as an 80/20 split. In other words, this is a money issue, which to be fair Tfue has every right to dispute given this is his work and his work alone on a channel ran by FaZe Clan.

At first glance, you’d think this doesn’t sound or even feel like anything overtly serious except for one simple fact: this could affect the situation involving the Fortnite World Cup Duo—as in Tfue may not be competing. The issue here is that FaZe is inextricably linked with Tfue—one can’t participate without the other, essentially, from a certain perspective. Therefore, if there is a dispute, which there is, a popular figure may not be showing up for one of Fortnite’s biggest tournaments ever: the World Cup Finals.

However, Tfue’s Actual Partner Cloak Stated That the Plan Is Still On to Win the World Cup—With or Without FaZe Onboard

“As of now, I am still on FaZe…. Me and Tfue are still going to be a duo, we are still going to qualify and win the World Cup, move in together and take this streaming thing to the next level.” – Cloak, interviewed on TwitLonger  

As it stands, it seems to be based on Cloak’s statement that they will still compete along with FaZe’s support for the Battle Royale genre, segregating the legal side from what this is all about: competition, e-sports, and the joy of it all. In short, the courtroom and the e-sports battlefield will remain separate, as it should be.

More Independence and Ownership for Gamers, Basically

It’s a welcome trend we may be seeing more of with professional e-sports players. It’s not simply about just playing the game and enjoying it. It’s about competition. It’s about sponsorship. It’s about revenue. And let’s be honest: they’re devoting their time (which they could be instead doing to focus on some regular job) and especially expenses for Internet, maintenance, and upkeep of gaming systems and such to continue broadcasting. Professional gamers really do need support, especially regarding fairness of rev shares and the like, no doubt. This may be one cornerstone toward the fact that professional gaming can be truly a valid sports career of its kind.