“Hopefully, He Gets Fairly Compensated”: Shroud Worried About TenZ Making the Same Mistake He Did

Published 07/05/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


In a recent stream, Shroud was seen expressing concern regarding TenZ being well compensated. The Esports industry has a lot of positives but also a few negatives. And one of those negatives is that sometimes organizations and companies will try to goad people into signing contracts that look good on the surface, but a thorough analysis would prove otherwise.

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TenZ is only 20 years old, having been born in 2001. Despite streaming from an early age, he doesn’t have as much experience as Shroud or Ninja. In the video below, viewers can see Shroud voicing his concern for the young star, saying “Hopefully, he gets fairly compensated.

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Player contracts can be brutal

Even though there are organizations that want to make money as well as ensure fair treatment of the player, that is not always the case. Especially with younger players who’re sure to make it to the big leagues in the future.

Over the years, many gamers have found themselves victim to unfair contracts, and some of these contracts would have them streaming over up to 120 hours a month. Meaning, players would have to stream up to 30 hours a week. And if you thought these players must have been well compensated, you’d be incorrect. These players would make a grand total of $0.

In some cases, there are exclusivity clauses put in the contracts to disable the player from signing a deal with another organization. This seems unfair because gamers are usually independent agents. Moreover, players under such contracts will only make money from solo streams. If they get a sponsor then the organization the player is signed under will make all of the profit.

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With contracts also comes into play transfers. Sometimes organizations will even loan players to other organizations with the player’s approval. This is especially bad because an organization based in Singapore could send a player on loan to an American-based organization. Here the player has to uproot their life and travel all the way to a strange land.

Shroud, having been in the industry a while and being 27 years old, knows all of this very well. And he is in the right to be worried about the safety and fair treatment of a budding gamer.

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