Tyler1, a popular League of Legends streamer who recently made a name for himself as a poster boy for toxic behaviour in the game, has been "indefinitely" banned by Riot. Previously a relatively small-timer on Twitch, Tyler1's popularity exploded earlier this month after word got out that his streams featured non-stop trolling, including everything from abusive language to intentional feeding.
(Warning: NSFW language in the video below)
While Tyler1 found that there's a receptive audience for this kind of #content — he has 98,899 Twitch followers at time of writing — some big pro LoL players, like Doublelift, had begun to speak out against his behaviour:
LoL developers Riot, intent on battling the perception that their game is full of toxic players, weren't impressed either. Over the weekend, he was banned indefinitely:
Instant Feedback catches the most unsportsmanlike players in League, but some people go out of their way to continue ruining games for the community. Because of a well-documented history of account bans for verbal abuse, intentional feeding, as well as account sharing/purchasing, evasion of sportsmanship systems, and player harassment, we will not allow Tyler1 to hold a League of Legends account, indefinitely. Any account definitively used by him will be banned immediately upon identification.
We know we're not perfect, and this dragged on too long, but we want you to know when the rare player comes along who's a genuine jerk, we've still got your back.
For his part, Tyler1 does not appear to give a damn.
There are some interesting comments below Riot's statement from players and fans questioning why Tyler1 was banned while other high-profile troll players remain unpunished. Like this:
Riot don't be hypocrites...banning Tyler1 whilst you allow Kaceytron and Nicktron continue to ruin the community for so long now. Why don't you do the same thing for them? Those are bad members (if we can call those two that) of the LoL community. If you are going to show rough Justice on players of this game, be balanced and show it to all. As I said, Kaceytron and Nicktron are still playing this game and yet you've done absolutely nothing agaisn't them. Yet you ban Tyler1? Hypocrisy!
From a player who perhaps isn't used to the idea of someone being made an example of...