Gamer TenZ shares advice on merch, brand deals and more

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This week we spoke to Tyson Ngo, aka TenZ (@TenZofficial), a content creator, streamer, and professional gamer. Ngo is known for his funny videos and live streams, love for manga and professional gameplay in first person shooter games. Ngo started his professional gaming career with Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) before moving to Brave.

Ngo is very popular on Twitch where he has over 3.2 million followers. He has another 5 million cumulative followers across the country Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Discord. In 2021, Ngo took a break from professional gaming to focus on development as a creator. In 2022, Ngo returned to both professional gaming and content creation.

Ten Z has partnered with a number of high profile brands including GFuel, Crunchyroll, Finalmouse and Xtrfy. Ngo, who is also known for his passion for manga and anime, recently teamed up with merchandising company Warren James to create a limited-edition line called “Project T,” which will feature an 11-page manga and a stylish clothing line includes. In July 2022, Ngo also worked on a limited edition product launch with Finalmouse, a company that makes gaming mice, to release a new wireless mouse called the Starlight-12 in a campaign that Dextero says has grossed over $7 million brought in.

Ngo is under contract with a professional Brave Team Sentinels, although his contract expires at the end of 2022. In an interview with Passionfruit, Ngo offered advice on reviewing contracts, choosing clothing designs and more.

The following interview has been edited and shortened for clarity.

After you have decided to temporarily withdraw from competitive play, you can said that you wanted to see if it’s something you really wanted to pursue to be a creator. What have you learned about being a creator in your absence?

I basically learned during this time that I’m not ready to stop just yet. I still want to compete and I want to win.

After changing from CS:GO to Bravehow do you think the online communities of games differ?

My opinion between the communities of CS:GO and Brave I would say BraveThe community just feels more welcoming and definitely has a much larger casual player base. CS:GO has super die-hard fans who can express their opinions very strongly, which is probably why people see this community as more toxic, but I guess so Brave is also not free from toxicity.

What have been some of the best ways you have been able to interact with fans?

Things I notice about fans are when I meet someone and they honestly say they appreciate what I’m doing and will cheer me on, or when they say I’m an inspiration to them.

What led to your decision to join Sentinels?

Looking at the lineup of the new Sentinels team, I trust the system the trainers have now and want to see how it feels to play in a structured environment. The players are all great players and I hope we can do some damage in the upcoming VCT [Valorant Champions Tour] Season.

Do you have any advice for other young gamers and developers who are looking at contracts and want to make the best move in their careers?

When it comes to contracts, I would like the younger generation to have an agent or someone knowledgeable handle it. That’s huge, especially for someone signing their first contract with a large organization. Learn from the mistakes of others and not from your own mistakes.

Why did you choose Project T and your recent merch drop to partner with Warren James?

Warren James initially had really good, high quality products when I first reviewed my options. After meeting them, I just knew it was a perfect fit. The last merch drop went super well, but just wait and see what else we have in store later because the future drops are something I’m really looking forward to.

As someone known for gaming, why did you choose manga?

I just love anime, I grew up watching anime and I know I will for the rest of my life. I’m very passionate about a few things, but when it comes to anime, I could talk about it forever.

How did you come up with the designs for your merch?

For the first merch drop, I wanted something much simpler and cleaner and didn’t want it to be branded just “TenZ” everywhere so people wearing it wouldn’t feel like a walking billboard.

What are some of your aspirations as a creator?

For me, I just want to go with the flow and see where that takes me. A personal dream of mine is that I really wanted to get into designing mouse molds and mouse pads, maybe one day I can make it a reality, but my partnership with Finalmouse has been a super awesome experience and something I’ve used as a springboard for the can consider future.

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Grace Stanley

Grace Stanley is a reporter for Daily Dot’s Creator Economy newsletter Passionfruit. You were previously the social media manager for Nautilus Magazine and attended the University of Texas at Austin.

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