Riot Games Developer Resigns After Tyler1 Drama

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Riot Sanjuro no longer on the Riot Team

The league of legends developer, Aaron Rutledge, a.k.a. “Riot Sanjuro” parts ways with Riot Games after a few angry words regarding the League of Legends streamer, Tyler1. If you don’t know who Tyler1 is, long story short:
He is a League of Legends streamer/youtuber known for playing Draven on the Challenger Tier. However, if he’s gets denied his pick, Tyler1 quickly morphs into possibly the most toxic player in the ranked community. He does this by intentionally feeding the enemy midlaner, verbally abusing his teammates and opponents in chat and generally just wasting everyone’s time. He’s been permanently banned by Riot. But this doesn’t stop him from trying. He has over 20 account that’s been banned and he’s still actively streaming.
So the story with Riot Sanjuro starts out in the official League of Legends Discord server. The community was talking about streamers and Tyler1 was mentioned. People start throwing their own comments in about the “Freeing Tyler1”, which basically a movement trying to get Tyler1 off Riot’s permaband list. Riot Sanjuro was very much against this idea. His comments were as follows:

“free tyler one to make 100k+ a year on being a dick in a game he didn’t make”
“He looks like a damn humunculous”
“honestly.. it’s fine he’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.. then we’ll be gucci,”
“u know how much bullshit he’s caused me? personally?”
“i’ve spent many many hours of my work day dealing with his bullshit. if games had terrorists…”
“i mean i get it… i get the comedy of his streams” “and his ‘brand” “but it’s at the expense of a LOT of other people” “and that’s not cool”

Backlash from the community

The full conversation has been uploaded to imgur and reddit, sparking outrage from the community. This prompted the Riot dev to defend himself on reddit, stating:

“Dude cmon. That’s my personal take on the situation. I don’t speak for the company on live chat.. I’m my own person.”

Rutledge attempted to brush the comments off as a joke but the situation degraded quickly and soon Rutledge called it a “witch hunt“. Eventually, Rutledge issued an official apology:

“Reddit, League Players, Tyler – 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.”

The former developer’s reddit account has since been deleted. This was followed by Riot Games’ own official apology:

“To be very clear here: what was saiad is NOT okay, and we take it extremely seriously. 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).”

It was shortly revealed to the community just what actions were taken when Richard Lewis tweeted out a screen cap of Rutledge’s facebook status.

It is unclear if Rutledge had quit because he felt like he was being treated unfairly or had been dismissed by Riot Games as both parties have yet to issue an official statement. We only know that Riot Sanjuro is now off the Experience development team.

Tyler1’s response

The streamer himself was aware that this happened and his tweeted a response:

“It really sucks that some people still hold a massive grudge vs old T1 and refuse to acknowledge I’ve changed.”

What we should all understand from this is that words, just like actions, have consequences and this is especially important when you’re in a position where you represent an organization. Although, it would seem a dismissal is a bit harsh. What do you guys think?

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