Who is FaZe Banks? Wiki Bio
Richard Bengtson was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts USA, on 19 October 1991, so under the zodiac sign of Libra and holding American nationality – known by his online pseudonym of FaZe Banks, he is popular for being the chief operating officer of the FaZe Clan, a popular gaming group which competes in the “Call of Duty” video game.
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Childhood and education
Banks grew up playing video games which is something his parents were not happy about – he hasn’t talked about them, as he doesn’t want them involved in media, while he is said to be an only child as he hasn’t mentioned having any siblings. Banks spent only seven years in Lawrence as he later moved to Lowell with his family. He spent most of his free time playing videos games, especially first shooter, and enrolled at the Lowell High School – while most of his peers considered him not to be that social, he had a couple of friends with whom he played video games.
After he matriculated from Lowell in 2010, he completely focused on his career of a gamer, and decided not to enroll at college – he eventually launched his social media accounts, which marked the beginning of his online career.
Career of a gamer and a YouTuber
Banks is mostly popular because he helped found the popular FaZe Clan, which excels at the “Call of Duty” video game. They have participated in numerous gaming tournaments, and won nearly half of them – they have also competed at other games but haven’t achieved any notable results.
Banks launched his YouTube channel on 17 September 2011, and there are currently more than 5.4 million people subscribed to it, while it also counts nearly 390 million views of all his videos combined. He mostly uploads gaming content, while one can also find videos of his everyday life, including challenges and pranks. His currently most popular video is “Crashing FaZe Temperrrs Car” which has so far been viewed nearly 2.6 million times.
While he is mostly focused on his career of a gamer, Banks is also a musician, producer, composer, and a songwriter.
FaZe Clan – formerly called FaZe Sniping – is an esports and entertainment organization, which competes at numerous video games; it was founded by Housecat, ClipZ, Resistance, and Banks in 2010. The clan is mostly popular for competing in the “Call of Duty” video game, while they also compete at “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”, “FIFA”, and “Fortnite: Battle Royale” among others. Their current “Call of Duty” team consists of ZooMaa, Asim, Cellium, Skrapz, Zer0, GRVTY, RJ, EasyMac, and Banks.
“Call of Duty” video game
“Call of Duty” is a first person shooter video game, originally published by Activision – it was released in 2003, and the story follows World War II with later versions being set in the Cold War. The first couple of games were developed by Infinity Ward, the next by Treyarch, and the later ones by Sledgehammer Games. The most recent game “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” landed on 12 October 2018, while the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” game will be released on 25 October 2019.
The game franchise counted 250 million copies sold by February 2016 while topping $15 billion in sales – they also make money by selling action figures, card games, Mega Bloks, and comic books.
Love life and relationships
Banks is somewhat secretive when it comes to his love life, as he hasn’t shared much about his past and present relationships with the public. Banks began dating Alissa Violet in 2017 –she is a model and an Instagram star, and the two met on the internet after Banks sent her a message. She also runs a YouTube channel which counts more subscribers than Banks’ channel – the two were dating for two years before splitting in July 2019, for reasons unknown. They were talking about moving in together and exchanging their wedding vows, so their breakup caught everyone by surprise
Banks hasn’t talked about any other girls he might have dated before Violet; judging by his social media accounts, he appears to be single, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have any kids.
— FaZe Banks (@Banks) August 4, 2019
Hobbies and other interests
Banks might appear to be completely focused on his career of a gamer and a YouTuber, but he has numerous other interests as well.
Banks is very passionate about tattoos, and a big part of his body is completely inked. He enjoys travelling and sees it as his main hobby – he has been all around the US, and traveled to several countries in Europe to attend gaming tournaments. He is a party person and cannot imagine a weekend without visiting his favorite club, often going there with his girlfriend, but has stopped since their breakup.
Banks enjoys watching movies with some of his favorites being “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Harvey”, while his favorite TV series are “Breaking Bad” and the animated “Rick and Morty”. He has a dream of becoming part of the film industry, but it hasn’t worked out for him so far.
Appearance and net worth
Banks is currently 27 years old. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall, while his weight is not known.
According to authoritative sources, his current net worth is estimated to be more than $1 million, and is steadily rising thanks to his career of a gamer and a YouTuber.
Social media presence
Banks is quite active on several popular social media networks as this is very important for his online career.
Banks launched his Twitter account in August 2011, and has gathered more than 2.4 million followers and tweeted over 27,000 times. His Instagram account has more than 2.8 million followers, while he has uploaded over 270 pictures onto it – Banks is running a Facebook page as well, which currently counts nearly 400 fans.