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

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Armsbend

loltyler is the most famous League of Legends troll – a game famous for having some of the most skilled trolls in all of gaming. He is a complete shithead. Being a shithead is his entire schtick and he has made money on it. The developers just said what everyone else was thinking.

There are 7 Billion humans on earth. Wishing one of them was dead – oh the horror. I care more about the trees in my life than I care about 99.99% of all human beings on the planet. I’d likely save one of them before I did of a random human in peril – much less one that had spent years trolling me.

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Bruno Brito

Developers don’t wish people to be dead.

Period.

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Schmidt.Capela

Nor any employee whose words can be taken (or mistaken) as the official corporate position. IMHO, if it’s done intentionally it’s ground for firing the employee, and if done unintentionally is grounds for disciplinary action.

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Bruno Brito

Pretty much. Sanjuro’s irritation is understandable, but his outburst isn’t. Drink some tea, get a time off, breathe and go back to work.

Don’t EVER be this PR nightmare. We don’t need more toxicity than the cesspool called “gaming community” have already.

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Sorenthaz

Well Sanjuro did end up getting fired, so…

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Utakata

Nothing like feeding the troll when becoming the troll you feed. /sigh

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cmdr_cotic

I hate those sort of apologies, where they make it more about them rather than the person/people they insulted.

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venatis

He basically goes “he’ll die hahaha” and then acts like a victim when people call him out https://imgur.com/a/QECGG

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Simon F

Treat him the same as players who act that way. Ban him. If Riot has 0 tolerance to that stuff from their players, they surely should be even tougher on their staff. I’ve seen some Riot staff act very questionably in a few videos, and although I understand why, their preferred action should’ve been to not use chat at all. If someone talks to them in a way that’d make them act inappropriately, they should mute that person, not respond.

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A Dad Supreme

Had to look up “humunculus”.

Not afraid to admit it.

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s a word that nowadays is usually only used when dealing with medieval scenarios where alchemy works well enough to create sentient human simulacra.

Like, for example, Magic the Gathering.

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Utakata

I keep thinking of Full Metal Alchemist when I see that word. o.O

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Hirku

I was in the know having already seen Jim Sterling’s Cornflake Homunculus

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Richie K

For a second there I thought it was this guy, but his name is Humungus, not humunculus.
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