Controversial League of Legends streamer, Tyler1, may be allowed to play LoL once again.
The final decision rests on Riot, who will conduct a review in January 2018 to determine if the ID ban against him may be lifted. Tyler1’s ID Ban means that any account “definitively used by him” will be banned immediately upon verification, according to Riot Socrates.
Who Is Tyler1?
He was League of Legends’ self-proclaimed “most toxic player”. And more importantly, he’s also a streamer. Tyler1 gained notoriety by feeding the opposition (repeatedly dying on purpose), disrupting games and purposefully messing them up, combined with some chat abuse. Tyler1 was also known for baiting Riot for their inaction.
It took the developers some time, but they eventually responded, slapping him with an indefinite ID ban last year in May. His main account was also deactivated.
Why The Ban Lift?
In recent months, the streamer has claimed he is now reformed, and Riot has allowed him to make alts again to play on League of Legends. This week, Tyler1 announced on his Twitch video that if he can prove any and all of the accounts he has played on in the month leading up to his review are “clean”, he will be “free to play League of Legends” publicly.
But it seems that not all Rioters are convinced of Tyler1’s reformed self. Just last week, Aaron “Sanjuro” Rutledge – lead experience designer in League of Legends – was fired for making a comment about Tyler1 on the Discord channel for LoL’s subreddit: “[it’s] fine [if] he’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids… then we’ll be gucci.”
Riot soon condemned the comments on Reddit, and took action against Riot Sanjuro. Sanjuro later said he “fully respects” the company’s decision to terminate his employment. In an interview with Rolling Stones, he admitted that the comments were made under the influence of “a couple too many whiskeys”. He added that he was checking himself into rehab.
In response to Sanjuro’s comments, Tyler1 tweeted:
It really sucks that some people still hold a massive grudge vs old T1 and refuse to acknowledge I've changed.
— loltyler1 (@lol_tyler1) October 1, 2017
But he quickly followed it up by saying “no hard feelings“.
Sanjuro was “very impressed” by Tyler1’s handling of the situation. “I said some nasty stuff and his response was quite generous,” he told Rolling Stones.
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