FaZe Clan
FaZe Temperrr and the rise of a gaming empire

FaZe Clan
FaZe Temperrr and the rise of a gaming empire

FaZe Clan
FaZe Temperrr and the rise of a gaming empire

FaZe Temperrr reflects on life and FaZe Clan’s 10-year anniversary.

When FaZe Clan co-founder Tommy “FaZe Temperrr” Oliveira first entered FaZe Clan, it was a group of first-person shooter game snipers with a humble 500 subscribers. They’d mainly post highlight videos of their in-game escapades.

“I definitely didn’t see it as a business,” FaZe Temperrr says. “I was just some 16-year-old kid looking at this as something that’s just really fun.”

10 years later, Temperrr’s small crew leveled up into a full-on empire. Amassing 230 million followers throughout its network, multiple championship-level gaming teams, partnerships with some of the biggest brands in the world (including a certain headphone company), and even deals with athletes like Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons.

These aren’t your stereotypical, soda-chugging, chip-chomping gamers: You can catch them draped in designer clothes at a $30 million mansion exchanging headshots with your favorite rapper.

FaZe Temperrr reflects on life and FaZe Clan’s 10-year anniversary.

When FaZe Clan co-founder Tommy “FaZe Temperrr” Oliveira first entered FaZe Clan, it was a group of first-person shooter game snipers with a humble 500 subscribers. They’d mainly post highlight videos of their in-game escapades.

“I definitely didn’t see it as a business,” FaZe Temperrr says. “I was just some 16-year-old kid looking at this as something that’s just really fun.”

10 years later, Temperrr's small crew leveled up into a full-on empire. Amassing 230 million followers throughout its network, multiple championship-level gaming teams, partnerships with some of the biggest brands in the world (including a certain headphone company), and even deals with athletes like Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons.

These aren’t your stereotypical, soda-chugging, chip-chomping gamers: You can catch them draped in designer clothes at a $30 million mansion exchanging headshots with your favorite rapper.

FaZe Temperrr reflects on life and FaZe Clan’s 10-year anniversary.

When FaZe Clan co-founder Tommy “FaZe Temperrr” Oliveira first entered FaZe Clan, it was a group of first-person shooter game snipers with a humble 500 subscribers. They’d mainly post highlight videos of their in-game escapades.

“I definitely didn’t see it as a business,” FaZe Temperrr says. “I was just some 16-year-old kid looking at this as something that’s just really fun.”

10 years later, Temperrr's small crew leveled up into a full-on empire. Amassing 230 million followers throughout its network, multiple championship-level gaming teams, partnerships with some of the biggest brands in the world (including a certain headphone company), and even deals with athletes like Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons.

These aren’t your stereotypical, soda-chugging, chip-chomping gamers: You can catch them draped in designer clothes at a $30 million mansion exchanging headshots with your favorite rapper.

I definitely didn’t see it as a business … I was just some 16-year-old kid.

I definitely didn’t see it as a business … I was just some 16-year-old kid.

I definitely didn’t see it as a business … I was just some 16-year-old kid.

It still doesn’t feel real for FaZe Temperrr, who now has 1.95 million subscribers on his personal channel. Seems like just yesterday he couldn’t get a single friend.

It still doesn’t feel real for FaZe Temperrr, who now has 1.95 million subscribers on his personal channel. Seems like just yesterday he couldn’t get a single friend.

It still doesn’t feel real for FaZe Temperrr, who now has 1.95 million subscribers on his personal channel. Seems like just yesterday he couldn’t get a single friend.

Started from the bottom … you know the rest.

Started from the bottom … you know the rest.

Started from the bottom … you know the rest.

FaZe Temperrr reflects on the days when he was just a boy at his mom’s house. A seven-year-old Brazilian kid new to the United States. Shy, gullible and totally susceptible to the cruel nuances of American sarcasm.

“I didn’t have any real friends,” He says. “I didn’t know the language that well.  And then when I finally did learn it, I still didn’t know the culture.”

So he turned to the world of online gaming. In servers and chat parties, he would find the camaraderie he missed in cafeterias and classrooms. 

FaZe Temperrr reflects on the days when he was just a boy at his mom’s house. A seven-year-old Brazilian kid new to the United States. Shy, gullible and totally susceptible to the cruel nuances of American sarcasm.

“I didn’t have any real friends,” He says. “I didn’t know the language that well.  And then when I finally did learn it, I still didn’t know the culture.”

So he turned to the world of online gaming. In servers and chat parties, he would find the camaraderie he missed in cafeterias and classrooms. 

FaZe Temperrr reflects on the days when he was just a boy at his mom’s house. A seven-year-old Brazilian kid new to the United States. Shy, gullible and totally susceptible to the cruel nuances of American sarcasm.

“I didn’t have any real friends,” He says. “I didn’t know the language that well.  And then when I finally did learn it, I still didn’t know the culture.”

So he turned to the world of online gaming. In servers and chat parties, he would find the camaraderie he missed in cafeterias and classrooms. 

I didn’t have any real friends. I didn’t know the language that well. And then when I finally did learn it, I still didn’t know the culture.

I didn’t have any real friends. I didn’t know the language that well. And then when I finally did learn it, I still didn’t know the culture.

I didn’t have any real friends. I didn’t know the language that well. And then when I finally did learn it, I still didn’t know the culture.

“Gaming was my safe haven,” he says.

The friendships and skills he gained as a gamer would forever change his fortunes. Not only giving him that sense of community, but also leading him to that scrappy little clan of snipers who would soon become a dynasty.

“Gaming was my safe haven,” he says.

The friendships and skills he gained as a gamer would forever change his fortunes. Not only giving him that sense of community, but also leading him to that scrappy little clan of snipers who would soon become a dynasty.

“Gaming was my safe haven,” he says.

The friendships and skills he gained as a gamer would forever change his fortunes. Not only giving him that sense of community, but also leading him to that scrappy little clan of snipers who would soon become a dynasty.

Gaming Pioneers

Gaming Pioneers

Gaming Pioneers

Think of FaZe Clan as a two-sided enterprise: part professional gaming organization, part lifestyle influencer team.

FaZe Temperrr focuses mostly on the lifestyle content. He lives full time at the FaZe House, a $30 million dollar mansion in Los Angeles, where he and other members of FaZe create content and hijinks that bring in droves of likes, follows, ad revenues and clout.

A day in FaZe Temperrr’s life consists of waking up, working out, producing videos, live streaming game sessions, and even touring around the world for events. It’s a wild life where he’s constantly in the public eye, constantly pressured to come up with great content.

Think of FaZe Clan as a two-sided enterprise: part professional gaming organization, part lifestyle influencer team.

FaZe Temperrr focuses mostly on the lifestyle content. He lives full time at the FaZe House, a $30 million dollar mansion in Los Angeles, where he and other members of FaZe create content and hijinks that bring in droves of likes, follows, ad revenues and clout.

A day in FaZe Temperrr’s life consists of waking up, working out, producing videos, live streaming game sessions, and even touring around the world for events. It's a wild life where he’s constantly in the public eye, constantly pressured to come up with great content.

Think of FaZe Clan as a two-sided enterprise: part professional gaming organization, part lifestyle influencer team.

FaZe Temperrr focuses mostly on the lifestyle content. He lives full time at the FaZe House, a $30 million dollar mansion in Los Angeles, where he and other members of FaZe create content and hijinks that bring in droves of likes, follows, ad revenues and clout.

A day in FaZe Temperrr’s life consists of waking up, working out, producing videos, live streaming game sessions, and even touring around the world for events. It’s a wild life where he’s constantly in the public eye, constantly pressured to come up with great content.

It’s a glamorous life, but it can get exhausting.

“I definitely faced one point where I was just burnt out from it,” Temperrr says. “It can get like really, really tough. If you’re overdoing it, then eventually you’ll get sick of it.”

Now he seems to have a better handle on things, saying he works a more manageable 8-10 hours a day. The house also has many meetings to organize and plan their release schedule and sort out future plans, giving them opportunities to support each other as they figure out their content release dates.

When he’s not streaming, traveling and gaming, FaZe Temperrr has a love for sport and competition. He and other members at the FaZe house spend tons of time in their gym and playing sports to keep themselves in shape. They even have several videos of them working out with professional athletes. From football, to mixed martial arts, to soccer.

FaZe life isn’t all joysticks and mouse clicks. It’s as dynamic as internet itself. Tapping into music, sports, fashion, marketing, and anything and everything popular. FaZe’s melding of worlds has done so much to bring video games to the mainstream. Thanks to their collaborations with superstars and cultivating of gaming’s lifestyle lane, gamers aren’t just nerds in basements anymore: they’re entertainers, rappers, athletes and influencers.

It’s almost strange to call it “gaming culture” now. Gaming culture IS culture.

“We’re pioneers in this space,” FaZe Temperrr says. “We were the first people doing this.”

It’s a glamorous life, but it can get exhausting.

“I definitely faced one point where I was just burnt out from it,” Temperrr says. “It can get like really, really tough. If you’re overdoing it, then eventually you’ll get sick of it.”

Now he seems to have a better handle on things, saying he works a more manageable 8-10 hours a day. The house also has many meetings to organize and plan their release schedule and sort out future plans, giving them opportunities to support each other as they figure out their content release dates.

When he’s not streaming, traveling and gaming, FaZe Temperrr has a love for sport and competition. He and other members at the FaZe house spend tons of time in their gym and playing sports to keep themselves in shape. They even have several videos of them working out with professional athletes. From football, to mixed martial arts, to soccer.

FaZe life isn’t all joysticks and mouse clicks. It’s as dynamic as internet itself. Tapping into music, sports, fashion, marketing, and anything and everything popular. FaZe’s melding of worlds has done so much to bring video games to the mainstream. Thanks to their collaborations with superstars and cultivating of gaming’s lifestyle lane, gamers aren’t just nerds in basements anymore: they’re entertainers, rappers, athletes and influencers.

It’s almost strange to call it “gaming culture” now. Gaming culture IS culture.

“We’re pioneers in this space,” FaZe Temperrr says. “We were the first people doing this.”

It’s a glamorous life, but it can get exhausting. 

“I definitely faced one point where I was just burnt out from it,” Temperrr says. “It can get like really, really tough. If you’re overdoing it, then eventually you’ll get sick of it.”

Now he seems to have a better handle on things, saying he works a more manageable 8-10 hours a day. The house also has many meetings to organize and plan their release schedule and sort out future plans, giving them opportunities to support each other as they figure out their content release dates.

When he’s not streaming, traveling and gaming, FaZe Temperrr has a love for sport and competition. He and other members at the FaZe house spend tons of time in their gym and playing sports to keep themselves in shape. They even have several videos of them working out with professional athletes. From football, to mixed martial arts, to soccer.

FaZe life isn’t all joysticks and mouse clicks. It’s as dynamic as internet itself. Tapping into music, sports, fashion, marketing, and anything and everything popular. FaZe’s melding of worlds has done so much to bring video games to the mainstream. Thanks to their collaborations with superstars and cultivating of gaming’s lifestyle lane, gamers aren’t just nerds in basements anymore: they're entertainers, rappers, athletes and influencers.

It’s almost strange to call it “gaming culture” now. Gaming culture IS culture.

“We’re pioneers in this space,” FaZe Temperrr says. “We were the first people doing this.”

The next FaZe of gaming

The next FaZe of gaming

The next FaZe of gaming

What’s the future of this cultural phenomenon? FaZe Temperrr says more massive events, celebrity collabs, and insane technology. He waxes poetically about a world reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, where everyone’s a gamer and VR headsets give humanity a whole new world to play and interact in. While we’re probably a few decades away from anything on that level, a future where gaming tournaments rival the impact of sports leagues could be a real thing.

Just imagine it: your whole family waking up early on Sunday, putting on team gear and tuning into the pregame before your favorite gaming team goes head to head with their conference rivals. It’s weird today — but it might be tomorrow’s reality.

“I want to live for as long as possible just to see the evolution of all of it,” says FaZe Temperrr. “The potential is limitless.”

What’s the future of this cultural phenomenon? FaZe Temperrr says more massive events, celebrity collabs, and insane technology. He waxes poetically about a world reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, where everyone’s a gamer and VR headsets give humanity a whole new world to play and interact in. While we’re probably a few decades away from anything on that level, a future where gaming tournaments rival the impact of sports leagues could be a real thing.

Just imagine it: your whole family waking up early on Sunday, putting on team gear and tuning into the pregame before your favorite gaming team goes head to head with their conference rivals. It’s weird today — but it might be tomorrow’s reality.

“I want to live for as long as possible just to see the evolution of all of it,” says FaZe Temperrr. “The potential is limitless.”

What’s the future of this cultural phenomenon? FaZe Temperrr says more massive events, celebrity collabs, and insane technology. He waxes poetically about a world reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, where everyone’s a gamer and VR headsets give humanity a whole new world to play and interact in. While we’re probably a few decades away from anything on that level, a future where gaming tournaments rival the impact of sports leagues could be a real thing.

Just imagine it: your whole family waking up early on Sunday, putting on team gear and tuning into the pregame before your favorite gaming team goes head to head with their conference rivals. It’s weird today — but it might be tomorrow’s reality.

“I want to live for as long as possible just to see the evolution of all of it,” says FaZe Temperrr. “The potential is limitless.”