|€ 7.2 million
|Country of origin:
|United States of America
|Source of wealth:
Tfue, real name Turner Tenney, is an American eSports gamer, YouTuber and Twitch streamer. He gained fame 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 2nd, 1998 in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. At the age of 12 he started playing video and computer games more intensely. His first competitive game was Halo. At the same time, he made his first appearances on YouTube. He appeared in various videos on the channel of his brother Jack Tenney, who is a professional skimboarder. At that time, the videos were not about games, but about stunts while skating, surfing and with the trampoline.
In 2014, Tfue opened its own channel on Twitch. He regularly streamed Destiny and Call of Duty there. Due to his growing popularity, he was added to the Twitch partner program. He subsequently expanded the number of games streamed on his channel to include titles like PUBG, H1Z1 and Fortnite Battle Royal. Especially in the latter, he was able to draw attention to himself with his outstanding skills. Among other things, he managed to set the world record in Fortnite for most solo kills. In addition to his channel on Twitch, Tfue also opened his own YouTube channel, on which he uploaded previous streams. Both channels gained massive numbers of viewers due to his popular videos.
In 2018 he joined the clan FaZe Cloak, one of the best known and best eSports groups in the world. Together with FaZe, Tfue participated in a number of eSports tournaments. He had to put up with slight dampers when his Fortnite account was temporarily blocked in 2018 due to alleged account trading. After a short time, however, the ban was lifted. In August of the same year, all of his social media accounts were hacked.
In May 2019, Tfue sued his clan FaZe on the grounds that they had forced him to enter into a unilateral contract, under which he would have to give 80% of his income to them. FaZe then accused Tfue of the lie and announced that it had only received 20% of an advertising deal, which they had also arranged for Tfue. The said deal was worth $ 300,000, which was equivalent to a $ 60,000 stake. All other money, its earnings from YouTube and Twitch, prize money at tournaments and money from other advertising deals were said to have been kept entirely by Tfue.
In 2019, Tfue managed to establish its Twitch channel as the most popular channel for a single streamer across the entire platform. At 88.05 million hours watched, his Twitch channel was about 20 million hours ahead of the second most viewed channel. With this, Tfue was able to present itself as the new face of Twitch after the departure of the previous top streamers Ninja. His YouTube channel meanwhile has 11.4 million subscribers. Financially, Tfue has been on the upswing in recent years. Extrapolated, he earns $ 4.4 million a year from his YouTube channel. His Twitch channel earns him about $ 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, Tfue is also known for spending an extravagant amount of money. For example, as part of his 21st birthday, he published a vlog on YouTube in which he spent around one million dollars.
In his career as a professional eSportsman, Tfue has so far been able to achieve first place in 10 tournaments. 8 of these 10 wins many in 2018, the other two in 2019. All his first places were won 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 playful highlight at Fortnite was 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 take the time to do it. ”
Regarding his negative experiences with his contract with FaZe, Tfue advises prospective pro-e-sportspeople to keep a cool head when it comes to contract offers from well-known clans and companies. It was more important to focus on improving personal skills and not just signing the first contract that was presented to you. In his opinion, e-athletes in Fortnite should first qualify for the World Cup before signing a long-term contract. Only then would they have any idea what value they actually have.