Riot apologizes for League of Legends dev who joked about streamer’s hypothetical death

Over the weekend, a Riot Games developer made a Terrible Mistake: Lead Experience Designer Aaron “RiotSanjuro” Rutledge insulted a banned streamer in League of Legends’ public Discord using an official Riot account, saying the streamer “looks like a damn humunculus.”

“[H]e’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.. then we’ll be gucci,” he wrote. That caused community uproar as some players interpreted that as not just an insult but a wish for the streamer’s death.

Sanjuro has since apologized for the comment.

“I displayed a gross error in judgement last night and whole-heartedly apologize for my comments. They were out of line, and not what any of you deserve to hear, especially from a Rioter. I’ll be taking time away from Reddit, discord and in game chat to reflect on how I communicate with players. Sorry again for the insults and the language.”

Riot has says it’s addressing the situation “internally,” though it declined to say exactly how. “To be very clear here: what was said is NOT okay, and we take it extremely seriously,” Riot’s Ryan “Cactopus” Rigney wrote on Reddit. “I’d like to apologize on behalf of Riot to both Tyler1 and the community for this. We will be taking action internally to address this (although it would not be appropriate to go into specifics here).”

The streamer in question, Tyler1, is well known to the community, having been banned in the past for excessive toxicity as part of Riot’s then-ongoing efforts to clean up its community from the bottom up. But he posted on twitter that he’s reformed and wishes people would drop their grudges, which he then did himself. “I have no hard feelings towards the guy,” he tweeted. “Shit happens.”

Source: Reddit. With thanks to Timothy.
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socontrariwise

He looks to be in his 40th. What adult speaks like that??
What does “we are all gucci” even mean? What has the fashion brand to do with anything?
Man I feel so old suddenly.

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Sorenthaz
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Robert Mann

What? This is kinda how their base of players mostly express themselves, the guy was just trying to be relatable.

No, seriously, this is stupid and wrong. But welcome to competitive PvP trashmouth.

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Mr Poolaty

Wow what an asshole…

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rafael12104

Anybody else read this title and think the streamer was already dead? Just wondering.

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Bruno Brito

Yes.

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Witches

Not me! *cough*

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Armsbend

At first yes. I cared at first but when I realized it was tyler and then he was still alive my care went to 0%.

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ShivanSwordsman

“GUYS GUYS GUYS WE’RE GONNA FIX PLAYER TOXICITY *Proceeds to make a joke about someone dying*”

Is it just me or are the biggest proponents of censorship and “curving toxicity” the biggest ones that do it themselves? Seriously both Blizzard and Riot tend to throw so much mud, yet act like they’re fighting the good fight. Practice what you preach or unban all the people that shitposted (not including threats or suicide taunts). Sheesh.

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Sorenthaz

Considering the former head of the Toxicity Crusade, aka Riot Lyte, turned out to be pretty… something or another… after his ex dumped a bunch of stuff on Twitter exposing him? Yeah of course there’s a lot of hypocrisy.

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Robert Mann

Yes, they are terrible about it. As to bans… well, I’d like to see certain devs take those players and others keep them away, so that I can stick with that second set of devs.

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Greaterdivinity

Yowza, that’s embarrassing. Definitely a serious slap on the wrist for him, especially in light of Riot’s longterm efforts to combat toxicity within their own community.

Some of the responses from players are pretty hilarious though, the 5 stages of grief gave me a hearty chuckle.

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Joshua Dickerson

This “trolling” culture needs to stop. Its starting to become way to common place in professional settings or from people who are employed in a professional position.

Geez, use your brain before you say things out to the public sphere.

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Knox Harrington

We elected a troll for our President. The trolling culture is here to stay lol

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A Dad Supreme

“We elected a troll for our President. “
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“We” nothing.

I can say “they” with a clear conscious. :P

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Knox Harrington

We the People.. whether you voted for him or not… he is your President

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Sorenthaz

I’m pretty sure the whole “we’re all Americans at the end of the day” line of thinking died years ago with how much the media loves to create further division, which has only grown worse over time to the point where now there’s a bunch of people throwing massive hissy fits over Trump and acting like he’s not their president.

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Robert Mann

Right on, I avoided voting for either troll… :P

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Knox Harrington

As Nietzsche said, “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” But I think I’ve found the Nietzschean Ubermensch hero that online gaming so desperately needs:

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Greaterdivinity

Hey now, Toxie was a good guy! He may look terrifying, due to being thrown into toxic waste by bullies, but he does good work cleaning up baddies.

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Knox Harrington

Right that’s why I said he’s the hero we need. He’ll clean up the toxic gaming community. If he can’t do it, maybe Captain Planet can.

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Hirku

Only if it’s Don Cheadle’s CP, turning the trolls into f*cking trees.

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Sorenthaz

Tbh Tyler1 is nowhere near as bad as he once was, and he’s apologized several times admitting that his past behavior was inexcusable. Supposedly a week or two ago Riot reached out to him and it’s possible that he’ll be getting his “indefinite” ban lifted in the near future.

Though I think at this point his unban is pretty much a given since Riot now has to save face for Sanjuro ironically saying incredibly toxic stuff to someone who was banned for toxicity.

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kgptzac

I think people are paying way too much attention to trolls. Whether thinking they can actually “get better”, or becoming a troll oneself by trolling the other troll. On the Internet one should not believe someone becoming less an asshole being an improvement to oneself, but rather getting better at hiding it. That streamer should be kept permabanned and that employee should have his salary deducted as a formal form of punishment.

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Armsbend

Late nights on stream will revert him back to the old Tyler. It is part of a troll’s nature. He just wants his LoL back.

Like you said, he’ll get it now. Have you seen the things people get his ventrilio to say on his stream? What sanjuro said is nothing :P