Riot apologizes for League of Legends dev who joked about streamer’s hypothetical death
“[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.”