Renowned North American esports organization FaZe Clan has recently found itself amid a heap of controversy after owner Nordan “Rain” Shat raised some concerns about the organization’s latest signing. Actor-turned-streamer Grace Van Dien is known for her role in the TV series ‘Stranger Things’. Following some leaks from Rain himself, she officially signed with FaZe Clan as a content creator on May 26, 2023, and the news was met with mixed reactions from the internet.
Rain initially leaked the signing of Van Dien on May 18, and claimed that the only reason behind her signing is because she had played Chrissy Cunningham on Stranger Things.
“Spoiler alert it’s Grace and the only reasoning I heard was cuz she was on one episode of stranger things,” Rain said in a Tweet when leaking the signing of Van Dien.
Van Dien responded to Rain during one of her own live streams on Twitch.
“I’m sorry sir, were you in the meeting with us? Were you there?” the 26-year-old said.“No, I’ve never f**king met you and that is not why FaZe signed me. That is definitely how I got the meeting, yes, I will give that credit. That is how I got the meeting.”
“But, that is absolutely not why I’ve signed. The things that we spoke about in the meeting are why I have. So, get f**king wrecked to everyone saying that, to Rain saying that. Like, you weren’t there, you have no idea.”
Rain proceeded to reply to her in one of his own live streams. “You’re excruciatingly mid who I would never let touch me on my drunkest nights,” he said towards the end.
When called out on his remarks, Rain admitted that he shouldn’t have said that.
“I actually feel really bad, I wasn’t being serious and I shouldn’t have said that last part,” Rain explained. “I edited it out at first but it just didn’t hit without it lmfao.“
“I already contacted Grace and Ima talk to her and apologize, I have zero problems with her,” Rain continued. “She’s not the problem and I don’t want anyone thinking that or any of this to distract what the real point of all this is.”
Following several days of arguing online, the two finally decided to meet up on May 30th in an attempt to resolve the issue. The video capturing their interaction was posted by Rain on his YouTube channel.
While the conversation between Rain and Grace appeared to have started off on the right foot, things swiftly took a turn for the worse and towards the end of the video, Grace left the room in tears and said that she would leave FaZe if the video was uploaded on the internet.
A day after the incident, the official Twitter handle of FaZe Clan came to the defense of Grace.
“FaZe is no stranger to contrasting viewpoints and passionate opinions on the future of the brand.” the org said in a statement. “Recruitment has always drawn that out. But make no mistake, the mistreatment of our newest member is in no way OK. Grace joined in hopes to bring her voice to FaZe & we stand by her.”
Another day later, Grace made her Twitter account private and changed her bio from ‘faze bluefille’ to simply ‘bluefille.’