Earlier this week Riot Games whipped out their banhammer to remove one of the community’s poster children for toxicity. That streamer and YouTuber was Tyler1, who didn’t appear to mind a great deal when the ban first landed.
In a follow-up video, Tyler1 has come out and questioned why Riot didn’t move earlier.
“I’ve been toxic for about five years, I started in season 2,” Tyler1 begins the video by saying. He went on to chuckle that Riot was “nice to him” for not punishing his behaviour sooner — and Riot made a mistake in allowing his actions to fester within League of Legends for so long.
The removal of Tyler1’s important because his abusive gaming manner carries a lot of traction with others. His Twitch channel has 109,879 followers at the time of writing, more than 10,000 more since the ban was put in effect.
The creator went on to say how Riot banned 9 League of Legends accounts he had access to, some of which he hadn’t used and hadn’t misbehaved on in a while. But he argues that Riot only issued the ban after a public outcry from other notable streamers and top players.
He’s since turned his stream to Overwatch, and he won’t be returning to League of Legends any time soon — because if he plays the game on stream, he’ll not only get banned from League but Twitch as well.
The saga is one of the few instances in League where a player has been indefinitely banned from having any involvement with a game, casually or competitively. Twitch getting into the fray by holding Tyler1’s career over his head is another intriguing twist as well. Hordes of gamers might enjoy streamers burn everyone and everything around them to the metaphorical ground, but that doesn’t mean Twitch does.