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Earlier this month, popular streamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney announced that he would be taking a break from streaming. However, it seems that his hiatus was short lived. The Fortnite pro recently took to Twitter to announce that he would return to streaming on Twitch and YouTube on October 1.
The Fortnite streamer recently took to Twitter to announce his return. As part of the announcement, he shared a video showing him jumping off a bridge (shouting the date of his return), to celebrate his “jump” back into streaming.
Before he took his hiatus, Tfue was one of the biggest streamers on Twitch. TwitchMetrics still ranks his channel as the second most followed channel on Amazon’s service, behind that of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, with almost seven million followers.
With this in mind, it came as quite a surprise to some that he announced his hiatus back on September 12. Tfue didn’t state the exact reasons for his departure. However, he did open up stating that he “wasn’t happy” despite his success, while explaining that he “felt trapped in a negative crawl space” in his mind.
Of course, some fans may have seen this coming, as Tfue had been involved in some trouble in recent months. Earlier this month, the Fortnite pro got embroiled in controversy when he tried to cover up the fact that he said a racial slur on stream. This kind of behavior isn’t exactly new for Tfue, however, with the streamer having done the same thing last year.
Meanwhile, he’s also been involved in a spot of legal trouble. Tfue left esports team FaZe Clan earlier this year over contract disputes, with the former claiming that the team had taken up to 80% of his earnings. This eventually led to both parties taking each other to court. Tfue sued FaZe, stating that the contract they made him sign was illegal. In response to this, FaZe counter-sued, with the team stating he was still under contract, and that his contract had a non-disparagement clause which he had violated.
All of the above, alongside his recent breakup with YouTuber Corinna Kopf, seems to have been what pushed Tfue to take a break. However, it turns out that that break wouldn’t be for long after all.
Response to Tfue’s return has been mostly positive, with fellow Fortnite pros such as Evil Geniuses’ Chance “MoNsTcR” Duncan congratulating him on his “nice little reset.” Others, however, didn’t seem to be as amused with his stunt of jumping off the bridge. A number of followers have pointed out how he complained that “FaZe made me do crazy stunts” when he split with the team.
While it was short, Tfue’s hiatus, combined with Ninja leaving for Mixer, led to a number of interesting changes in Twitch’s streamer hierarchy over the past few weeks. Controversial streamer Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa briefly became the fastest growing streamer on the platform after her account was briefly banned. However, Amouranth was later overtaken by Fortnite streamer Nicholas “Nick Eh 30” Amyoony who had recently made the move to Twitch from YouTube. The latter may have actually been boosted by both Tfue’s hiatus and Ninjas departure.
More importantly, however, is the fact that a Fortnite player is no longer the most-watched streamer on Twitch. WoW Classic streamer Asmongold became the most-watched streamer on Twitch just shortly before Tfue left. Since then, Asmongold has built up a massive lead which now sits at a whopping 16,133,974 viewer hours, according to TwitchMetrics. Meanwhile, Tfue slid down to fourth place position (not counting big organizations and companies) with only 5,190,326, putting him behind a few other notable streamers such as Michael “shroud” Grzesiek and Felix “xQc” Lengyel.
Will Tfue’s return shake up Twitch’s streamer charts once again? Fans will find out when he returns to streaming in just a few days.