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A New Lawsuit Could Transform How the Influencer Industry Is Regulated

The plaintiff’s lawyer says that “the time is now for content creators, gamers and streamers to stop being taken advantage of through oppressive, unfair and illegal agreements.”
Source: Tfue / Youtube

Turner Tenney makes his living playing video games. More specifically, he’s a celebrity on the video-game-streaming platform Twitch, where he streams as a member of the video-game and online-creator collective FaZe Clan.

But now the 21-year-old Tenney, who goes by the handle Tfue, is suing FaZe Clan for allegedly exploiting him, taking up to 80 percent of his earnings and violating California law by illegally operating as a talent agency. The lawsuit could dramatically reshape how millions of online-content creators and influencers structure deals going forward.

, argues that e-sports players’ representatives should be regulated like agents of film and TV stars. It alleges that FaZe Clan

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