A Reinvigorated Tfue Is Enjoying Fortnite Once Again

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A Reinvigorated Tfue Is Enjoying Fortnite Once Again

Tfue’s brief hiatus from Fortnite has ended. He’s found a new balance Twitch.

Twitch streamer and professional Fortnite player Turner “Tfue” Tenney has been around since the beginning of the game's unpredictable increase in attention. He saw one of the most significant popularity spikes in the history of the Twitch streaming platform, rivaling only that of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Before Fortnite, Tfue made a career for himself back in 2015, speedrunning the popular Bungie title Destiny on his YouTube channel. He then moved into competitive gaming with Battle Royale title’s PUBG and H1Z1. He soon became one of the world’s most recognizable gamers as a result of his success in Fortnite.

As of late, Tfue had struggled with Fortnite and became one of its more boisterous critics. His issues with Fortnite initially spawned discussions of whether Tfue needed a break, or was planning to move away from the game that helped him grow altogether.

Tfue’s history in Fortnite

In 2017, Epic Games released Fortnite: Battle Royale to an insane amount of praise. Tfue was one of the many players and personalities who took part in its initial boom. Millions of players watched as the likes of Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff, Ninja, Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Tfue and countless others streamed Fortnite daily.

Tfue’s competitive career in Fortnite began with the Keemstar UMG Friday Fortnite tournaments. He and eventual duo partner Dennis “Cloakzy” Lepore won several of these “bot race” tournaments. Tfue and Cloakzy eventually joined popular esports organization FaZe Clan. The two remained atop the Fortnite world, earning $400,000 at the Fall Skirmish Finals back in October of 2018. The Twitch superstar spent just over a year with FaZe Clan, before filing a lawsuit against them alleging unfair contract terms. Since then, Tfue’s been on a solo road with tens of thousands of viewers tuned into his daily streams.

Tfue continued to perform in high-level tournaments to this very day. Some achievements include qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup and the Fortnite Champion Series Finals in Season X, Chapter 2 Season 1 and Chapter 2 Season 2. He eventually replaced former duo partner Cloakzy with an up-and-coming controller player by the name of Scoped. Despite moderate success in tournaments, Tfue has made his opinions clear on the current state of Fortnite.

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Dissatisfaction with Fortnite

The former FaZe Clan player has had a love-hate relationship with Fortnite throughout his streaming career. The turning point for Tfue occurred in Chapter 2 Season 2. His criticisms of Fortnite relate to its favoritism toward controller players, noncompetitive nature and the presence of mythic weapons amongst many others. Toward the end of the season, Tfue partook in the FNCS Invitational solo tournament.

The competition allowed entrance to all prior FNCS Finalists. He struggled to compete with the multitude of stream snipers, professional players and in-game issues. After the tournament, Tfue slowly moved away from Fortnite in favor of Call of Duty: Warzone in what seemed, at the time, to be a permanent decision.

Brief hiatus from Fortnite

Fans and personalities wondered whether or not Tfue would return to play or compete in Fortnite until Epic Games changed their ways. Despite a recent aim assist nerf, Tfue continued streaming Warzone exclusively instead of its counterpart. Tfue’s duo partner Scoped indicated during Tfue’s break that he would team with the Twitch star for trios in Chapter 2 Season 3. However, it would depend on if Tfue decided to play Fortnite competitively next season.

Since the FNCS Invitational’s Reboot Round, Tfue had streamed only 3.6 hours of Fortnite on his Twitch channel up until the release of Arena Trios. Compare this to the 46.5 hours of Warzone he streamed. Tfue had found another Battle Royale title that piqued his interest. Warzone did not enrage Tfue quite like Fortnite. It seemed serious for Fortnite, considering that Tfue had no real urge to dive back into Fortnite at the time. It would not last long, however, his break did give Fortnite fans a glimpse into a world without one of its most iconic players.

Broadening horizons

One of the positives to come out of Tfue’s recent move to Warzone was his ability to collaborate. He has teamed up with the likes of Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, Dr Disrespect, Mason “Symfuhny” Lanier and even former Fortnite duo partner Cloakzy. Tfue seems to be having fun with Warzone and the opportunities that it presents. He even competes in Warzone tournaments regularly.

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In terms of Twitch viewership, Tfue remained a top streamer on the platform despite the decision to move away from Fortnite temporarily. He still averaged anywhere between 20 and 40 thousand viewers on any given stream. If nothing else, Tfue found comfort in knowing that his fan base cares more about the personality than the game he is playing.

Return to Fortnite with motivation

The leaderboard for Fortnite Trios showing Tfue's squad in fifth place

After what appeared to be a much-needed break, Tfue returned to Fortnite with the release of the Arena Trios playlist. His comeback prompted him to form a trio with his duo partner, Scoped and innocents, another top controller player. The double controller, keyboard and mouse combination seem to be having fun while also finding success in Elite Trio Scrims. Although the Mayhem leaderboard is undoubtedly not gospel, Tfue, Scoped and innocents are racking up a whole lot of eliminations. This trio will be a formidable one in Trio Cash Cups next season.

Not done after all

People were genuinely unsure if Tfue would ever come back to Fortnite either competitively or casually. Yes, the background and viewership are there, but Tfue seemed to be experiencing a burnout with the game. The move to Warzone might have been his best decision after multiple years of streaming, mostly Fortnite. His criticisms of the game consumed him, and returning to trios with two outstanding controller players has Tfue in the right headspace.

Regardless of what you think of the Twitch star, he pulls a lot of viewers, which puts eyes on competitive Fortnite. Tfue is now mixing Fortnite with Warzone, which has worked well for him. With Chapter 2 Season 3 less than one week away, we will surely see Tfue back in the competitive fold, looking to dominate The Grotto yet again. The video below will show you what dominance means in Fortnite.

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Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.