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Tfue, whose real name is Turner Tenney, is an American esports gamer, YouTuber and Twitch streamer. He gained notoriety through gaming streams from Halo, Call of Duty and PUBG. Most recently, he focused on Fortnite. In 2019 he was the most viewed single streamer on Twitch.
Turner “Tfue” Tenney was born on January 2, 1998 in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. At age 12, he began playing video and computer games more intensely. His first competitive game was Halo. At the same time he had his first appearances on YouTube. At the time, he appeared in various videos on his brother Jack Tenney’s channel, who is a professional skimboarder. At that time, the videos were not yet about games, but about stunts while skateboarding, surfing and trampoline.
In 2014, Tfue opened his own channel on Twitch. He regularly streamed Destiny and Call of Duty there. Due to his growing popularity, he was accepted into the Twitch affiliate program. He subsequently expanded the number of games streamed on his channel to include titles such as PUBG, H1Z1 and Fortnite Battle Royal. Especially in the latter, he managed to draw attention to himself through his outstanding skills. Among other things, he managed to set the world record in Fortnite for the most solo kills. Besides his channel on Twitch, Tfue also opened his own YouTube channel where he uploaded previous streams. Both channels gained massive viewership as a result of his popular videos.
In 2018 he joined the FaZe Cloak clan, one of the most famous and best eSports groups in the world. Along with FaZe, Tfue participated in a number of eSports tournaments. He had to accept slight setbacks when his Fortnite account was blocked in 2018 for alleged account trading. The ban was lifted after a short time. In August of the same year, all of his social media accounts were hacked.
In May 2019, Tfue sued his clan FaZe, alleging that they forced him into a unilateral contract that required him to give 80% of his income to them. FaZe then accused Tfue of lying and announced that they had only collected 20% of an advertising deal, which they had brokered for Tfue themselves. Said deal had a volume of $300,000, which corresponded to a participation of $60,000. All other funds, his earnings from YouTube and Twitch, prize money from tournaments and money from other advertising deals, Tfue allegedly kept to himself.
In 2019, Tfue managed to establish its Twitch channel as the most popular channel by a single streamer on the entire platform. With 88.05 million watched hours, his Twitch channel was around 20 million hours ahead of the second most watched channel. This allowed Tfue to emerge as the new face of Twitch following the departure of previous top streamer Ninja. His YouTube channel now has 11.4 million subscribers. From a financial point of view, Tfue has also been on the upswing in recent years. Extrapolated, he earns 4.4 million dollars a year with his YouTube channel. His Twitch channel brings him around $600,000 annually. In 39 tournaments in which he participated with his clan, he won a total of $601,350 in prize money. There are also numerous sponsorship deals. At the same time, however, Tfue is also known for spending extravagantly a lot of money. For example, on the occasion of his 21st birthday, he published a vlog on YouTube, in which he spent around one million dollars.
In his career as a professional esports player, Tfue has managed to win first place in 10 tournaments. 8 of these 10 victories were in 2018, the other two in 2019. He won all his first places in Fortnite. His most lucrative win was winning the Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series with his clan FaZe, for which he received $255,000 in prize money alone. In the Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019, however, he only came in 64th place. His personal gaming highlight in Fortnite came in February 2018 when he set the world record for most solo kills in a single game. A short time later he defeated Ninja, currently the best Fortnite player in the world.
“There is no such thing as being too busy. If you really want something, you make the time for it.”
tips for success
Regarding his negative experiences with his contract with FaZe, Tfue advises aspiring pro eSports players to keep a cool head when it comes to contract offers from well-known clans and companies. It is more important to concentrate on improving personal skills and not to sign the first contract that is presented to you. In his opinion, eSports players in Fortnite should first qualify for the World Cup before signing a long-term contract. Only then would they have an idea of what value they actually have.