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Tyler1's emotional stream ending confuses viewers - was he trolling?

by Matt Porter

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Popular League of Legends streamer Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp’s reaction at the end of his September 4 Twitch broadcast has left viewers concerned and confused, unable to tell if he’s pulling a joke on them or not.

Tyler1 is well known for his brash personality and hilarious clips, regularly screaming and shouting his way through his broadcasts, often voicing his frustrations at LoL, a game which he streams almost exclusively, at opponents who have annoyed him, and sometimes even at his own chat as he entertains his audience.

The end of his September 4 stream has left many confused though, with his appearance and demeanour leaving many wondering if he was playing another trick on them, or if it was a reflection of his true feelings.

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After telling his viewers that he would catch them later in typical Tyler1 fashion, the 24-year-old gave a massive smile straight down the camera, waving emphatically with his left hand as he used his right to put up an end slate and play some music.

As a song from the Naruto anime called ‘Sadness and Sorrow’ played, a sad-looking Tyler1 put his head in his hands, rubbing his eyes, before seemingly realising that his camera was still showing him, and quickly firing his end slate back up before going offline.

The short view of the LoL star moments after the end of his stream sent viewers into wild discussions, with some stating that he looked like a man who had just finished “a shift at a job you hate.”

Others pondered whether it was playing League of Legends constantly for five years was the source of his annoyance, or perhaps that he was just exhausted after finishing his broadcast.

Comment from discussion T1 Reality.

Comment from discussion T1 Reality.

Comment from discussion T1 Reality.

Others weren’t buying into the clip, with one user mentioning that the sad music made it clear that it was a joke, while another simply wrote: “Because of Tyler’s persona, I can’t tell if he’s faking anymore.”

Comment from discussion T1 Reality.

Comment from discussion T1 Reality.

The Twitch star streamed briefly on September 5, but didn't mention the incident, so fans remain in the dark as to how Tyler1’s feeling, and it’s possible that he may never address it, leaving viewers permanently confused as to whether he was trolling them or not.