Earlier today former FaZe Clan member Teeqo posted a scathing video on his YouTube channel accusing the esports organization of not caring about him or other creators. In the video, Teeqo detailed his experience with FaZe Clan and called for the organization to make a statement explaining its actions.
Teeqo, otherwise referred to as Jacob, was a member of FaZe Clan for nearly five years before leaving in early 2023. In his video, he claims that he was never paid his fair share of the revenue generated by FaZe Clan’s content and merchandise sales. He also alleges that the organization showed little interest in promoting his content or helping him grow his personal brand.
“Everyone has made it very clear that I’m not an owner and I’m not even near any of the top dogs and I don’t matter for s—. You have shown me over and over and over again that I don’t mean shit to you all,” Teeqo ranted. “I know my place and they’ve made it very sure what my place is.”
He said: “I always thought I was just building, so I never asked for anything. But either you have to include me with you guys at a smaller scale or pay me. You can’t even pay me a little bit for the Champions photoshoot? I never asked for anything and just said yes and yes and yes because I thought I was going to be included with y’all.”
This issue is not unique to FaZe Clan, as other esports organizations and content platforms have faced similar criticism in recent years. However, the fact that these allegations are being made by such high-profile creators within the industry is indicative of a larger problem.
Professional CSGO player for FaZe, Finn “karrigan” Anderson appreciated Teeqo’s effort for the team and Tweeted the following:
As the esports and content creation industries continue to grow, it is important for organizations to prioritize the well-being and success of their creators. Without these individuals, these organizations would not exist, and it is crucial that they are compensated fairly and given the resources they need to thrive.
In the case of FaZe Clan, it remains to be seen whether Teeqo’s allegations will have any lasting impact on the organization. However, the fact that they are being made at all should serve as a wake-up call for all esports organizations and content platforms to examine their own practices and ensure that they are treating their creators with the respect and fairness they deserve.
In conclusion, Teeqo’s accusations against FaZe Clan highlight a larger issue within the esports and content creation industries. It is essential for organizations to prioritize the success and well-being of their creators, as they are the driving force behind their success. While the outcome of this investigation remains to be seen, it is important for all organizations within the industry to examine their practices and ensure that they are treating their creators fairly and transparently.