The Fortnite Guy hits back at Keemstar over “scamming” accusations
The Fortnite Guy responds to Keemstar’s claims that he’s been “scamming” the professional players on his organization, Kungarna.
For those who don’t know, The Fortnite Guy (TFG) is a YouTuber who covers Fortnite (duh), the pro scene, drama, and everything going on in the community.
He and the infamous Killer Keemstar occupy surprisingly similar niches on YouTube. Keemstar covers broad topics while TFG focuses on Fortnite – but both traffic in catchy headlines, recognizable faces in thumbnails, and drama in their respective communities.
Recently, The Fortnite Guy has landed himself in a bit of controversy. It all began when he didn’t mention the third-place FNCS team in one of his videos. The internet got mad at him, but it spiraled into something completely different after that.
100s of people are telling @KnightFN_ to strike my video because I didn’t mention him getting 3rd in FNCS finals. You guys realize none of his content was used in the video right? His name appeared for 5 seconds when I showed the top 10 standings. He can’t legally claim my vid..
— The Fortnite Guy (@The_FortniteGuy) April 20, 2020
The momentum of this controversy took people into TFG’s organization, Kungarna, who has signed Fortnite pros who later went on to become stars; people like EpikWhale and UnknownxArmy, who are now both signed to NRG.
Keemstar jumped in on the situation and called TFG a “lowlife scumbag that has basically terrorized the whole Fortnite community with fake news clickbait for over a year.” He followed that up with a leaked screenshot from one of Kungarna’s prospective players.
According to the screenshot, TFG was offering the player a six-month Kungarna contract for $100 a month along with a YouTube editor. In return, the player would offer 30% of their YouTube and Twitch earnings to the organization.
Keemstar and The Fortnite Guy have had their differences in the past – specifically in the FaZe Clan vs. Tfue situation. As TFG outlined in his video, Keemstar sided with FaZe and TFG sided with Tfue.
When it’s put this way, it can seem like TFG and Kungarna may be taking advantage of these players.
The Fortnite Guy clarified on Twitter, saying, “You have 50-2000 followers, would you sign a 6-month KNG contract for $100 a month, a full-time editor, & a full-time designer uploading 3-5 vids weekly for you? If your channel grows and gets monetized in those 6 months you share 30% of the money you make on it Is this terrible?”
You have 50-2000 followers, would you sign a 6 month KNG contract for $100 a month, a full time editor, & a full time designer uploading 3-5 vids weekly for you? If your channel grows and gets monetized in those 6 months you share 30% of the money you make on it Is this terrible?
— The Fortnite Guy (@The_FortniteGuy) April 22, 2020
Some Fortnite pros and creators like Issa, LeTsHe, Diego criticized the contract while others like Motor and Arab came to TFG’s defense.
Motor may have had the best take on all of this. “If you said you were giving someone with 0-2000 followers a full-time editor + designer for 30% of his ad revenue than no one would have said anything,” he wrote. “Adding the +100 dollars makes you look like a piece of s**t while it’s just a bonus.”
I’m not the biggest fan of TFG but in what way is paying an unknown player $100 for 6 months & giving them an editor for 3-5 videos a week in exchange for 30% of revenue a bad thing?
That revenue would never be made without the editor. Its win win?
— RBK Arab (@YourFellowArab) April 22, 2020
The Fortnite Guy clarified all of this in a follow-up video. He is giving small creators and pro players a YouTube editor, a bit of walking-around money, exposure, and a chance to grow in exchange for a short-term contract and 30% of their ad revenue if they get monetized.
Players like EpikWhale, UnknownxArmy, Jay, and others have gone through this program and went on to sign with big-name organizations like CLG and NRG.
This appears to be a bit of a contrived controversy. The Fortnite Guy has a target on his back because of the content he makes. He’s easily hateable for some people, and they’ll jump on an anti-TFG bandwagon if they see one.
When you combine this with the high-profile Tfue vs. FaZe contract disputes, you get the controversy we have, here.
Kungarna is a small organization that gives players a chance to get noticed by one of the big guys. They aren’t trying to hang onto players for several years into their careers. They aren’t FaZe Clan or NRG, as current Kungarna member, PumpShottyRush, put it on Twitter.
People have to understand Kungarna isn’t a FaZe or NRG, it’s the stepping stone to get you to that point, it’s not about money. Having the dedication to use what you are given aka FULL TIME EDITORS.
If you do you should definitely see succuess like Epikwhale, Unknown and Jay.
— KNG PSR👑 (@PumpShottyRush) April 22, 2020
Esports contracts continue to be an issue. Big-name organizations attract young video game talent with the allure of their brand. They sign them to predatory, one-sided contracts that are difficult to break if the player outgrows the organization.
Kungarna is not that. They have open tryouts, offer completely unknown players short-term deals, and freely release their biggest names to explore deals with other orgs.
There are problems in esports, but they don’t apply in this situation. Let us know what you think in the comments and on Twitter.