Turner Tenney, popularly known as FaZe Tfue or simply Tfue, is an American professional gamer, Twitch streamer, YouTuber, and a former member of the famous FaZe Clan. He is primarily known for his Fortnite videos and is considered by many fans to be the best Fortnite player in the world. He also plays other games, such as ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’, ‘Destiny’, ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ (PUBG), and similar.
While following in the footsteps of his older brother Jack of his, famous for his YouTube channel ‘JOOGSQUAD PPJT’, he has already surpassed him in popularity to gain more than 12 million subscribers on YouTube and more than ten million followers on Twitch. He holds several world records as a gamer, including Fortnite’s record for the most squad kills on PC, which he achieved with his friends Nick Eh 30, One_shot_GURL, and FaZe Cloak. An experienced surfer, he also holds a world record in skimboarding.
- Channel Type: video games
- Country: US
- Active since: 2014
- Total Subscribers: 12+ million
- Total visits: 1.3+ billion
- Subscribers in 30 days: 170,000+
- Daily visits in a month: 1.7+ million
How Much Money Does Tfue Make?
Tfue, as a well-known YouTuber gamer, has a total of 12,1 million subscribers and an impressive 1,386,814,087 total video visits on his YouTube channel. It is estimated that Tfue earns $14,200 / $229,956 per month with a total of 51,944,100 visits in the last month.
This makes him have an average of $472 / $7,617 daily earnings and a total annual income of $172,843 / $2,780,624. It is also estimated that he has been able to earn between $561,790 / $3,363,512 in his entire career solely as a content creator on YouTube.
Tfue created his YouTube channel on 05/23/2014. Since he created his channel, he has gained an average of 4,584.57 subscribers per day and has averaged 421,355.22 visits per day. He has obtained these figures by uploading an average of 6.89 videos uploaded per week since the channel was created.
- Tfue estimated earnings in total: $561,790 / $3,363,512
- Tfue estimated earnings in 7 days: $3,600
- Tfue estimated earnings in 30 days: $4,600
Apart from having a YouTube channel, Tfue also has a Twitch channel, which doesn’t bring him nearly as much money as YouTube, but still makes additional cash through subscriptions. It is unknown how much Tfue has made on Twitch, but it is estimated at around 500,000 dollars a year.
By being a gamer, professional tournaments bring cash prizes as well. It is estimated that Tfue has made around $700,000 from Fortnite prize money alone, not including other game tournaments that he was a part of.
Of course, sponsors are a big part of eSports and YouTube culture, and while it is unknown how much really Tfue earns from them, it is surely in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
All in all, it is estimated that Tfue earns 15-20 million dollars a year.
For a large majority of people, it is more profitable to pursue a political career than to try to earn money playing video games. However, a few have found a way to make more profit in games than a president or prime minister of a rich country.
Techguided launched a study comparing the income of the 500 most successful esports players with the salaries of their respective state leaders. And despite the fact that many presidents are fairly well paid, their salaries are not on par with those of their country’s stars in eSports.
In fact, in 70% of the countries taken for the study, the players earned more than their presidents. Former professional Dota 2 player Jerax earned $2.3 million in 2018 while his president, Sauli Niinistö, earned $141,367. It seems that having good results in the International helps a lot in this list since the Chinese Dota 2 player Somnus earned 500 times more than President Xi Jinping.
Of the 20 countries that entered the study, 80% of the top-earning players are Valve DotA veterans. This trend will continue this year with a $40 million jackpot for this year’s main event.
The only thing that can break with this year’s trends is the Fortnite World Cup, which will award $20 million to the winner. Speaking of Fortnite, Turner “Tfue” Tenney earned $478,000 in 2018, slightly more than the $400,000 that President Donald Trump earned in salary. However, considering that Tfue retired from the competitive scene, it is unlikely that any eSports player will earn more than the new president of the United States this year.
Turner Tenney started playing video games when he was about 12 years old. Although he and his brother had very different game preferences, he took every game he played very seriously. Halo was the first game that he immediately became addicted to and he started playing competitively. By then, his brother had launched his YouTube career by posting pranks, challenges, and sports videos on his channel titled ‘JOOGSQUAD PPJT’.
From the beginning, Turner was a part of his brother’s YouTube channel and appeared in videos featuring trampoline stunts, surfing, and skating. He later moved on to other games like ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Destiny’, the latter being the first game that he played professionally. He was very successful with the game and started his professional career by partnering with Twitch to stream the game on that platform. He then set a world record on ‘Destiny’ and eventually branched out onto YouTube to post ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Destiny’ game videos.
Turner Tenney’s first YouTube video was a ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ game, which he posted on November 16, 2014. In a very short period of time, he started to earn a decent amount of money by posting videos on YouTube and streaming them on Twitch. When the ‘battle royale’ format was introduced by games like ‘PUBG’ and ‘H1Z1’, he started streaming those games on Twitch. He also attended professional ‘H1Z1’ tournaments, where he met another popular player, Ninja, with whom he would continue to compete in the future. By the time Fortnite was released, he had already established himself as an experienced Battle Royale gamer and was one of the first players to master the new game. Riding on the success of Fortnite, he joined the FaZe clan on April 30, 2018, after which his YouTube and Twitch channels began to gain fans exponentially. In one month, his YouTube channel saw almost a million new subscribers, while his Twitch account also gained around 400k new followers.
Turner Tenney is as infamous for getting into controversy as for his playing skills. He initially wooed the controversy after uploading the ’40 kill solo game (King of the hill)’ video, in which he placed sixth, on June 19, 2017. Since his rise to fame in early 2018, he has been drawn into controversy time and again.
He got banned from Twitch for a month starting May 17, 2018, for using racial slurs. The banning term was finally shortened to a week after he explained his innocence and apologized. Then, on June 22, 2018, his Fortnite account was permanently banned for trying to sell an account to another user. He later created the new account ‘Not Tfue’ and vowed to never buy Fortnite masks or dances. A month and a half later, on August 7, 2018, all of his social media accounts were hacked. What the hacker did was changing the Twitter name, now to ‘FaZe Gurv’ and posting insulting tweets about other Fortnite streamers, including Ninja, Keemstar, and Myth. In mid-2018, his YouTube channel was taken down by hackers and his Twitch account was suspended for harassment on August 23, 2018. Both accounts were reinstated on September 5, 2018.
FaZe Clan Lawsuit
One of the most popular professional Fortnite players and streamers Turner “Tfue” Tenny has sued the organization he played for, FaZe Clan, and the main reason for the lawsuit was the restriction in concluding sponsorships and taking a large percentage of profit from earnings. The Fortnite game has brought him huge popularity. This popularity also attracted large companies that wanted Tfue to advertise them, and that is where the conflict occurred.
The indictment filed by Tfue states that FaZe took as much as 80% of his sponsorship money, as well as that they forbade him to cooperate with HyperX, which is a direct competitor of SteelSeries, the sponsor of FaZe Clan.
Shortly after the information about the lawsuit saw the light of day, the FaZe Clan issued an official statement stating that they never took a dollar from his tournament prizes, earnings on Twitch, and profits on any social network. The statement said Tfue was earning millions of dollars as a member of FaZe, and that they had earned exactly $60,000 from the two sponsorships, which they decided to donate to the Friday Fortnite tournament.
Although the drama resolved very quickly, at least on social media, a large number of players who had played for FaZe Clan in various games in the past followed up and defended the organization stating that they were satisfied with the conditions they had while playing for them.