League of Legends developers Riot Games sent a gift to one of the game’s best known streaming personalities, Tyler ‘tyler1’ Steinkamp, with a special message just for him.
Tyler1 is a massively popular Twitch streamer, best known for playing, and raging at, League of Legends, and has had a rocky relationship with Riot in the past.
For a long time, he was considered ‘toxic’, to the point that Riot indefinitely banned him from holding any LoL account, calling him a “genuine jerk.”
However, amends were made in 2018, when tyler1 returned to Twitch – a comeback which at the time broke records for concurrent viewership – and later even attended and played in a showmatch at the NA LCS Summer Finals.
Now welcomed back into the community, tyler1 has been making efforts to curb his ‘toxic’ behavior, and it seems Riot want to help him, judging by this unexpected gift.
“This is a package from Riot,” Steinkamp told his viewers, “I wonder what could be inside?” After some fumbling with the packaging, he found out – and it wasn’t what he expected.
A framed image showing tyler1, wearing a shirt which says ‘reformed’ on the back, while writing lines on the chalkboard which read: “I will not be toxic next season.”
League of Legends season 9 begins on January 23, but tyler1 doesn’t think he needs to be reminded about toxic behavior after a mild season 8 for him personally.
“Riot, I was not toxic this season, number one,” the streamer said after unboxing the gift, “sure, we got an unjust chat restriction for saying my team was fucking dogshit, and then AFK’d the game – but that does not mean I was toxic.”
Whatever their past grievances, it seems Riot are now embracing one of their game’s most popular content creators, rather than shunning him as a “genuine jerk”.