Tyler1: Riot Games unbans Gamer & Streamer
In 2016 it was one of the most discussed topics in the League of Legends community: Due to numerous violations (including account sharing and insulting other players) the well-known streamer and player “Tyler1” was banned from League of Legends by Riot Games. Now he is back and immediately reached more than 380,000 viewers with his first stream. He even broke the audience record of Faker (approx. 360,000) and most likely crashed Twitch. But who is he and what makes Tyler1 so special? We will clear you up!
The US American Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp has become known as the “most toxic player” and successfully played the popular MOBA League of Legends until 2016. He stood out above all for sabotaging games by deliberately sacrificing (feeding) himself to the opposing team and insulting opponents and teammates alike. Further violations, such as the sharing of his account, led to a blockage of it. Despite this behavior, he had a large fan community back then who obviously enjoyed watching him playing his games.
When nothing helped, Riot Games stepped in and gave him a lifelong, extraordinary ID ban (Zeit Online reported (German Article)). This caused lively discussions in the Riot forums and on other platforms. Many discussion threads, petitions and surveys called “free Tyler1” were started (for example here on change.org).
Tyler1 then switched to other games such as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and worked on his public image. He reformed his image from “most toxic player” to “most reformed player” and massively expanded his fanbase again, which accepted his change quite positively. His current statistics on Twitchmetrics are clear: People want Tyler1!
During his absence from League of Legends, many LCS professionals and important people from the community commented positively on the former “most toxic player”. His image change seemed to pay off. Then last fall, the “Tyler1 Championship” had nearly 200,000 viewers in the final and Tyler1 received the long-awaited news from Riot Games that his case would be reviewed.
The case Sanjuro
However, he didn’t only receive positive feedback at this time, but also insults and threats. Most of them came from Riot Games employees who were and are critical of Tyler1’s return to the League of Legends community.
Last autumn, the argument with Riot employees reached its peak. In October 2017, a Riot Games employee called “Riot Sanjuro”, attacked Tyler1 personally on a Discord server and even wanted him to die (It would be “guchi” if he’d “die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids”). Riot then apologized to Tyler1 and fired Sanjuro. The case caused new discussions within the community, for example here on the League of Legends Board.
Now Riot Games has unbanned Tyler1. This was announced by the streamer on Twitter. In further postings he explained that he wanted to start playing League of Legends again immediately. Even at the time of his ban, Riot didn’t exclude the possibility of lifting it. Of course, only under the condition that Tyler1 drastically changes his behaviour. He has now proved this long enough.
His first stream broke all records and reached an audience of over 300,000 after only 20 minutes. Let’s hope that the reformation of his personality will continue, so that he can keep on streaming LoL for his fans. Otherwise, the next ban is likely to last a lifetime.
Who trolls too much gets banned (Zeit Online from 2016) (German article): http://www.zeit.de/digital/games/2016-05/league-of-legends-tyler1-ban
This is not a drill – Tyler1 has been unbanned from League of Legends: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/tyler1-unbanned-lol-19929
League of Legends: Riot Games unbans Tyler1 (PC Games) (German article): http://www.pcgames.de/League-of-Legends-Spiel-11721/News/sperre-tyler1-spieler-riot-games-moba-1247321/
Reactions to Tyler1’s unban (Summoners Inn) (German article): https://www.summoners-inn.de/de/news/64171-die-reaktionen-zum-tyler1-unban