League of Legends unbans ‘reformed’ toxic player called a ‘humunculus’ by fired employee

Among last year’s toxicity-in-gaming stories was the one that taught the internet an important lesson: how to spell homunculus. No, that wasn’t it. It was “don’t be a game dev who insults and jokes about your toxic players’ deaths,” or at least, don’t get caught, because at the end of it all, the toxic players will still be playing and you’ll be out of a lucrative job.

We’re talking here, of course, about Tyler1, who was banned by Riot Games from League of Legends back in 2016 for toxicity – in his case, specifically verbal abuse, harassment, and outright cheating. Even though he kept streaming, you probably forgot all about him until October 2017, when Riot’s Lead Experience Designer apparently drank a little bit too much joy and then called him a “humunculus” in public, remaking that it’d be “gucci” if Tyler1 were to “die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.” Though Tyler1 (wisely) stated he wasn’t upset and had no hard feelings over the insults, Riot still fired the employee.

And while the whole ordeal did cause a noticeable spike in google searches for the word homunculus, which continues to amuse me, it may have also influenced Riot’s decision to unban him, news that he announced on his twitter account yesterday and which appears to have been confirmed obliquely by Riot.

We love the “reformation” narrative – who doesn’t love watching a comeback like that? – but we’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether we’ll be back in a few months reporting on a renaissance or a fresh ban.

Source: Kotaku
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Crowe

I’m sure it doesn’t really matter to them in the grand scheme of things but I just lost a lot of respect for Riot. Make a call and stand by it. Good or bad, I’ll at least respect you for being consistent.

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lordcool86

So they un-ban Tyler1 even after being an incredible douche saying horrible things to many many different people yet they fired some guy who talked some shit because he was drunk? Makes sense to me(sarcasm).

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Zora

The lesson of the day is: unless you are a big shot in your company’s hierarchy to the degrees of a Jeff Kaplan, don’t antagonize your players… especially the overly popular ones that “bring in” media exposure to your company’s flagship game.

If you are, bombs away… you are always right and eventually apologizing later is easier than watching your mouth to begin with <3

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possum440 .

Simply another reason esports needs to stay out of the real world and remain in kiddy game land. Weak minds and lax enforcement of rules for the sake of views or popularity override common sense and respectable gaming. Publishers and producers look at views as being more important than actual morals and honorable game play.

As long as the weak minded producers and publishers keep doing this esport will remain a laughing stock and toxic to any real business ventures by legitimate businesses.

Once someone is punished for an infraction, once proven, regardless of whether the offender had their feelings hurt by anyone or having super viewership, they should be gone for good.

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Bryan Correll

Homunculus (yes, that’s the spelling) is clearly a term of endearment as seen below. I don’t think you can spin hoping for death from testicular cancer as a positive.

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Utakata

*Pigtails mumble something about being influential, big babies and behave badly, tend to get their way*

/sigh

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Bruno Brito

The onus of being an humanitarian is to believe in reabilitation.

I just hope for the best. Let’s see if it works.

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Dobablo

How can anyone not know the meaning of the word humunculus? Did they not watch Babylon 5: Crusade?

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Chosenxeno .

I watched Full Metal Alchemist:)

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Armsbend

I was part of that search I wont lie.

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Sorenthaz

“outright cheating” What? Pretty sure he never “outright” cheated, but he did intentionally feed on numerous occasions (starting the “run it down mid” meme), i.e. intentionally kept killing himself over and over again to end games faster.

Also I think part of it is simply that Tyler1 gives more exposure to LoL as well because he generated like 150-250k viewers watching this “Tyler1 Championship Series finals” back in November, actually challenging the viewer numbers for weekly EU LCS and NA LCS matches that aren’t TSM vs CLG or whatever. Dude has still been trying to do LoL content even when he’s been banned, and it’s been quite successful even if he’s unable to log into the game proper.

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Armsbend

He has used bought accounts on his streams. Clear cheating. He’ll say when he is using a bought account.

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Sorenthaz

Most streamers who have multiple alts either bought them or had someone else (bots or friends) level them up for them. That’s cheating in the super stretchiest term, but it’s not like he was using scripts or anything that’s actually cheating. Buying accounts is nothing new, especially when used for climbing on alternate accounts.

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cursedseishi

Honestly? I think he just tired out Riot from all of the whack-a-mole. This wasn’t a 613 day ban from the game for him, this was 613 days banned from his main account while continuing to play. He actively advertised as much as he’d continue to stream and boast about playing still after the ban.

I give him a month tops.

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antheriel

Hooray for rehabilitation and forgiveness! I hope he is doing a lot better and is able to enjoy the game responsibly now. I hope the same degree of forgiveness is extended to the fired employee, if he is also ready to be responsibly back in action.