Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has been described as the “Jake Paul of gaming”. Originally featuring on his brother’s YouTube channel, JOOGSQUAD in pranks and sports videos, he went on to start his own YouTube channel focused on gaming. He then ended up becoming a Twitch streamer, and has risen to one of gaming’s most talked about influencers. Often compared to Ninja, who he shares a friendly rivalry with, Tfue has been described as the best Fortnite player in the world.
Tenney started his career on YouTube as part of his brother’s sports and prank YouTube channel. He then became a gaming YouTuber in his own right, before going on to become a successful streamer. In the early days of his online presence, he mostly played COD Advanced Warfare, Destiny, and Destiny 2.
His first battle royale game was H1Z1, just like Ninja, which is where their “rivalry” began. If H1Z1 was his freshman year, PUBG was his Junior year. Tfue began setting world records and racking up thousands of views on his YouTube channel. This was the game that helped him begin to make a name for himself on Twitch. At the beginning of 2018, had 65k subs on YouTube, and was streaming to over 200 viewers at any given time on twitch.
Fortnite came out in late 2017, and Tfue discovered it at the beginning of 2018. As we all know, the game took the world by storm, and was on everybody’s lips. Early into his Fortnite career Tfue met FaZe Banks, who invited him to join FaZe Clan.
From there, the sky was the limit. In just three months Tfue’s Twitch follower count went from 90k to over 1 million Twitch followers. As a result, he was invited to Keemstar’s Friday Night Fortnite league, and then Epic’s Summer Skirmish, cleaning up and dominating the competition in each of the weekly events. Together with FaZe Cloakzy, Tfue quickly became known as the best Fortnite player in the world. He currently holds the world record for solo kills, with 29 kills in a single Solo round, as well as setting a record for 54 kills in a single squad round.
Tfue is no longer a part of FaZe Clan, following contract disputes.
Tfue’s competitive career started relatively recently, in May of 2018. Since then, however, he has taken home more than $500,000 in prize winnings, and has consistently ranked at the top of leaderboards, barring the odd loss here or there.
The highlights of his professional career (i.e. placing in the top 3) can be seen below, and a full list here:
|2019-04-28||1st||» Fortnite World Cup 2019 – Week 3 – NA East||$5,000.00||Fortnite|
|2019-02-14||3rd||Team-based Tournament » Fortnite Secret Skirmish Series 2019 (Duo)||$6,500.00||Fortnite|
|2018-12-22||2nd||Team-based Tournament KEEMSTAR and UMG Creative Destruction Tournament||$15,000.00||Creative Destruction|
|2018-10-28||2nd||Team-based Tournament » Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series – Clubs Standings||$10,000.00||Fortnite|
|2018-10-28||1st||Team-based Tournament » Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series – Week 6 – Grand Finals||$255,000.00||Fortnite|
|2018-10-12||1st||» Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series – Week 4 NA||$37,500.00||Fortnite|
|2018-09-28||1st||» Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series – Week 2 NA||$47,500.00||Fortnite|
|2018-09-27||2nd||Team-based Tournament » Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series – Week 1 Trial||$6,250.00||Fortnite|
|2018-08-17||2nd||Team-based Tournament » Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series – Week 6 NA (Day 1)||$6,150.00||Fortnite|
|2018-07-27||WIN||Team-based Tournament » Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series – Week 3 NA||$1,625.00||Fortnite|
|2018-07-13||3rd||Team-based Tournament » UMG Friday Fortnite 2018-07-13||$1,500.00||Fortnite|
|2018-07-08||1st||Team-based Tournament NerdOut’s Anything Goes Tournament||$5,000.00||Fortnite|
|2018-07-06||1st||Team-based Tournament » UMG Friday Fortnite 2018-07-06||$5,000.00||Fortnite|
|2018-06-29||2nd||Team-based Tournament » UMG Friday Fortnite 2018-06-29||$3,500.00||Fortnite|
|2018-06-22||1st||Team-based Tournament » UMG Friday Fortnite 2018-06-22||$5,000.00||Fortnite|
|2018-06-08||1st||Team-based Tournament » UMG Friday Fortnite 2018-06-08||$5,000.00||Fortnite|
|2018-05-25||1st||Team-based Tournament » UMG Friday Fortnite 2018-05-25||$5,000.00||Fortnite|
Of 28 total competitive events, Tfue ranked in the top 3 in 18 of those events. This means that Tfue ranks in the top 3 in 64% of the competitive events he enters, compared with Ninja’s 20%, it’s easy to see why Tfue is considered to be the top Fortnite player in the world.
On April 15th 2019 Tfue announced that 2019’s Fortnite World Cup will be his last competitive event.
Tfue is, at the time of writing, estimated to have a net worth of around $10 million. Considering his Twitch and YouTube channels only started blowing up in April 2018, Tfue has done very well for himself in a short amount of time.
Just over $500,000 of that has come solely from winnings in competitive Fortnite competitions, and all that was in a single year, between May of 2018 an dMay of 2019. With his skills, Tfue tends to do very well in competitive Fortnite.
His prize winnings, however, are merely a bonus. Tfue’s regular income comes from Twitch and YouTube. Twitch subscribers earn money through ad revenue, fan donations, fan subscriptions, and Twitch cheers.
Tfue is estimated to have just over 45,000 subscribers, which should translate into revenue of an estimated $112,500 a month, or $1.35 million a year. He tends to receive between $500 and $3,000 in donations per stream, which would end up being in the region of $200k to $1 million a year.
In terms of his YouTube channel, Tfue is estimated to earn around $12,000 a day (or $4.4 million a year) from his massive following of over 13 million subscribers. He has accumulated over 1.5 billion views on the channel so far, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Most of that income is likely from ad revenue, though a small amount of that could also be from YouTube Premium subscribers too.
In addition to the eSports, Twitch, and YouTube revenue, Tfue and other influencers like him also earn money off of brand deals and appearances. While we know that Ninja likely earned over $1 million for his deal with EA for their game Apex Legends, we currently don’t have any information on how much Tfue is earning from his brand deals. With such large followings on Twitch, YouTube, and Instagram, however, it’s likely that he’s drawing in figures that could be described as substantial.
Finally, Tfue also earns money from Fortnite itself. Players can enter a content creator’s code into the Fortnite shop and earn commission from sales. It’s estimated that every 10,000 V-Bucks (Fortnite’s currency) spent using a creator code earns $5 for the creator. Considering his influence and massive following, it would be logical to assume that Tfue might be getting a better deal than that from Epic. However, even if he wasn’t, with the amount of followers Tfue has, it’s likely that his Creator Code is responsible for a significant portion of his net worth.
Tfue has played a few different games as a streamer, starting out with Destiny 2, moving on to H1Z1 and PUBG, though the game that skyrocketed his career is none other than Fortnite.
For a steamer like Tfue, Fortnite was the holy grail. His first-in-class abilities as a gamer and his “frat bro” antics combined with Fortnite’s explosive popularity and nods to Millenial and Gen Z culture allowed him to blossom as an entertainer and influencer.
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