The recent announcement of Stranger Things star Grace Van Dien joining FaZe Clan as a content creator has ignited a flurry of discussion and reactions across social media. Following our previous article that unveiled the addition of Van Dien to FaZe Clan's esteemed roster, the gaming community and fans alike have taken to various platforms to express their thoughts and opinions. The ensuing conversations have shed light on contrasting viewpoints, unveiling a controversial debate surrounding the direction and legacy of FaZe Clan. In this follow-up article, we delve into the discussions and social media reactions that have emerged in response to the news, highlighting the various perspectives and concerns expressed by individuals, including FaZe Santana, FaZe Banks, and FaZe Apex.
FaZe Santana, a member of FaZe Clan, took to Twitter to express his disappointment at certain individuals, particularly girls in the gaming community, who were exhibiting hostility towards the newest FaZe recruit. His tweet sparked a wave of responses, with one user named Frenzicks questioning Santana's credibility and his status as member of FaZe Clan. Although Santana initially replied with a now-deleted tweet asking, "Where are they now?", it was later removed. However, the interactions had already caught the attention of FaZe Banks.
Really disappointed is some people I call friends hating on the new FaZe Recruit. Especially girls in the gaming community. You all hate on eachother the most and it’s sad.— FaZe Santana 🇵🇷 (@TheBoiSantana) May 25, 2023
FaZe Banks Defending the Legacy
FaZe Banks, the OG member of FaZe Clan, swiftly responded to Santana's deleted tweet with a scathing critique of the current state of FaZe Clan. Banks asserted that the name FaZe only held any semblance of meaning due to the foundation built by the original members.
"Not participating in the sell-out, clown show that FaZe Clan has become. Not sure what these takes say about you, but the name FaZe only has any sliver of meaning left because of what we built and you're using it. This is the problem, you're all just here to squeeze every last dollar $$$ out of FaZe and have ZERO respect for the brand. It's all shameless promotion, pandering to a nonexistent audience and pretending like it's a team effort. Nobody would ever argue in favor of this version of FaZe. It's so disingenuous to the point it makes us all sick and we're the only ones, unfortunately, who are interested in preserving the history and protecting the brand." says Banks.
Not participating in the sell-out, clown show that FaZe Clan has become. Not sure what these takes say about you, but the name FaZe only has any sliver of meaning left because of what we built and you're using it. This is the problem, you're all just here to squeeze every last…— FaZe Banks (@Banks) May 25, 2023
He expressed concerns about the perceived lack of respect for the brand and accused some individuals of engaging in shameless promotion and pandering, rather than fostering a genuine team effort. Banks also touched upon the ongoing efforts to regain control and stressed the irreplaceable role of the original members in FaZe Clan's legacy.
FaZe Apex's Surprised Reaction
FaZe Apex, another OG member of FaZe Clan, responded with surprise to Santana's deleted tweet. He was surprised his involvement. Apex revealed that he had put a pause on creating content since 2018, devoting his energy to the brand and creating opportunities for new talent. Apex stated that he was content with the role he had played and didn't feel the need to publicly justify his actions. He expressed his confusion at Santana's tweet, showcasing his genuine surprise at the situation.
"Yessir I stopped content basically since 2018 to put my energy solely into the brand and creating opportunity for the new talent we recruited. Santana knows more than most, thats why im surprised I dont care to talk publicly about what I do and dont do etc.. im content with the role ive played and I know what ive done for the brand. Anyone involved knows too, and I dont care to convince anyone either way. Def just surprised by the tweet lmao", says Apex.
Amidst the discussions, a user named GRIMMZZZZZZZ raised questions regarding the presence of female gamers in FaZe Clan. Specifically, they mentioned the absence of previous members like Lizz and Jenny, whom they considered strong choices for representing "female gamers." In response, Santana's tweet.
Later the above tweet was also deleted by Santana.
The announcement of Grace Van Dien joining FaZe Clan as a content creator has sparked an intense debate within the gaming community. The diverse perspectives expressed by FaZe Santana, FaZe Banks, and FaZe Apex, among others, highlight the complex dynamics at play within FaZe Clan and the larger gaming industry. The discussions have shed light on concerns surrounding the brand's direction, its legacy, and the representation of diverse gamers. As this controversy unfolds, it prompts a broader conversation about the importance of open dialogue, collaboration, and preserving the unique identity that FaZe Clan has forged over the years.