Scoped, a long-time free agent, signs with Team Liquid.
Team Liquid's presence in Fortnite Battle Royale has withered significantly over the last few months. After a few critical roster changes, the once prolific and heavily involved esports organization seemed unsure of its standing in the competitive scene. Team Liquid essentially cleaned house and allowed Fortnite World Cup Finalist River "Riversan" Handley and two-time Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Finalist Evan "Cented" Barron to leave. These moves left only Stretch, Dmitri "Mitr0" Van de Vrie and Thales "Pulga" Henrique as the remaining professional remnants of a brand that went all-in on Fortnite at the beginning.
That remained the case until today when Team Liquid revealed a new member of their resurging Fortnite roster. The organization announced the signing of Tyler "Scoped" Appleby, a popular Twitch streamer and competitive Fortnite player. After going an unfathomable amount of time without a brand to represent, Scoped has finally found a home.
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) April 14, 2021
Liquid produced a three-minute video to welcome the 17-year-old professional Fortnite player to the team. Interlaced throughout the video is a series of Fortnite clips from many months of impressive gameplay. Scoped appeared in the flesh as well to say a few words about the signing.
"So, I'm a 17-year-old high school kid. I do online school at the moment while I take on streaming and YouTube videos full-time, and I've grown a pretty big following so far," he said. "I've waited a long time to join an org, and once I found it Liquid was interested me, I think it was my time to sign to an org and I've only heard good things about Liquid."
Scoped then stated that he wants to make more in real-life (IRL) content and perhaps even some face cam streams. It seems that Scoped is joining Liquid as an all-around content creator as opposed to a strict competitive player. Regardless, he will certainly be competing in tournaments moving forward.
Rise to Stardom
— Tfue (@TTfue) April 14, 2021
Scoped's competitive Fortnite history dates back to 2019 around the game's World Cup era. He remained somewhat unknown until Twitch superstar Turner "Tfue" Tenney decided to run with Scoped as a duo partner. Tfue had been looking for a suitable replacement after he and Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore parted ways. Scoped and Tfue went on to find success in Duo Cash Cups and eventually qualified for FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 2 Finals, where they secured a 16th place finish. Since then, Scoped regularly pulls around 5k viewers per stream, where he flashes his Fortnite abilities on controller.
Some of Scoped's singular achievements include two Solo Cash Cup victories and a fourth-place in the FNCS Invitational. With over 400k followers on Twitter, 549k YouTube subscribers and a consistent Twitch stream, Scoped is an outstanding Team Liquid pick-up as they march forward in the Fortnite scene.