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A high-profile lawsuit between one of the most successful Fortnite streamers in the world and the esports company that signed him to a promotional deal has brought new attention to the industry. The lesson is that esports can no longer be treated as a fringe extension of the entertainment industry but rather as another component just as legitimate as film and theater.
Tfue, whose given name is Turner Tenney, is a popular Fortnite player whose live and recorded streams of himself playing the game draw millions of viewers. Tenney is able to monetize that content via Twitch and YouTube Gaming revenue share programs along with third-party endorsement deals for products endemic to his art.