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FaZe Clan (formerly FaZe Sniping) is an American esports and entertainment organization that competes in various video game tournaments. The organization was founded as a gaming clan on YouTube by players known as Housecat, ClipZ, and Resistance in 2010.

FaZe Clan
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NicknameFaZe
Games
FoundedMay 30, 2010 (2010-05-30) (9 years, 190 days old)
LocationHaverhill, Massachusetts, United States[citation needed]
ColorsRed, white
         
Owners
  • Thomas Oliveira (FaZe Temperrr)
  • Yousef Abdelfattah (FaZe Apex)
  • Richard Bengtson (FaZe Banks)
  • Nordan Shat (FaZe Rain)
[1]
PresidentGreg Selkoe[2][3]
CEOLee Trink[4][5]
Partners
Websitefazeclan.com Edit this at Wikidata

History

During the life cycle of Call of Duty: Ghosts, FaZe saw roster changes resulting from personal issues between Parasite and his teammates. Parasite was subsequently benched, but shortly after a very professional ordeal coming out of Censor, his actions were quickly undone as Dedo was traded to Evil Geniuses in exchange for the temporary loan of Karma, and Parasite returned to the active roster.[7]

As Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare continued to move along, a deal was struck between FaZe and Denial Esports. FaZe reportedly found that Huke and Slasher were unsettled at FaZe and were seeking other teams. As a result, the organization and key members, ZooMaa and Enable, traded Huke and Slasher for Denial CoD Champions James "Clayster" Eubanks and Dillon "Attach" Price.[8] The deal established FaZe as a top-three team, and the new squad made strong showings in the Pro League, as well as multiple LAN wins, their first of which being the UMG Dallas 2015 event, where they beat OpTic.[9] Soon after, the squad traveled to Europe to try to win the Gfinity Summer Championship 2015. FaZe ran through the tournament with ease and were pitted, once again, against OpTic in the finals. OpTic picked up a 3-0 lead in the best of seven; however, FaZe made a 4-3 comeback to win the LAN event.[9] Doubts resurfaced about the FaZe team after a poor showing at UMG Washington DC 2015. These did not last for long after they won MLG Pro League CoD AW Season 3 Playoffs.[10]

On July 29, 2019 during the Fortnite World Cup, FaZe Clan announced they had signed their first female pro-gamer, Ewok.[11]

Legal issues

In May 2019, FaZe member Turner 'Tfue' Tenney filed a lawsuit on FaZe, alleging that the group had deprived him of business opportunities, failed to pay him his share of sponsorship money, and taking up to 80 percent of his earnings. Tenney also claimed that some members had encouraged him to gamble and drink while underage. FaZe released a statement denying the claims and stating they have not collected any money based on Tenney's tournament winnings or social media revenue.[12][13][14] Tenney later recanted the claim regarding underage gambling and drinking.

References

  1. ^ "List of FaZe Clan Members". Ranker. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Migos star Offset buys a stake in esports crew FaZe Clan". Musically. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Faze Clan, 100 Thieves, And How Hip-Hop And Video Games Collide With Esports". Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Nissan levels up into the world of esports with FaZe Clan and OpTic Gaming partnership". Nissan Online Newsroom. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Fitch, Adam (April 6, 2019). "FaZe Clan brings HTC Gaming sponsorship into reality". Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Cowen, Trace William (April 17, 2019). "FaZe Clan Releases New Collection With Champion". Complex. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Stuart, Keith; Perkin, Ben (March 29, 2015). "Call of Duty championships 2015: Optic Gaming drops out on day of upsets". The Guardian. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  8. ^ Lingle, Samuel (June 17, 2015). "Final two members of CoD Championship winners leave team, join FaZe". The Daily Dot. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Duwe, Scott (August 3, 2015). "FaZe Defeats OpTic in Gfinity Summer Championships". Red Bull eSports. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "FaZe wins third season of MLG Pro League, setting the stage for the World Finals". Dot Esports. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "FaZe Clan gets its first female pro-gamer". BBC Newsround. BBC. July 29, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Alexander, Julia (May 20, 2019). "Faze Clan and Tfue's legal dispute could reshape e-sports and YouTube contracts forever". The Verge. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Esports Pro Sues Gaming Organization FaZe Clan Over "Oppressive" Contract". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Chalk, Andy (May 20, 2019). "Faze Clan is being sued by one of its top Fortnite players over 'oppressive and predatory' contracts". Retrieved May 22, 2019.

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