Update, February 2: Tyler 1 is having a pretty good time.
Controversial League of Legends streamer Tyler 1 has hit quite the milestone. After his triumphant return to the game last month, the streamer has hit 30,000 subs on Twitch, and a total of one million on YouTube.
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Those would be good numbers for anyone, but for Tyler1, they're doubly impressive, as his return to the League of Legends spotlight (after a lengthy identity ban was lifted by Riot), only occured earlier this month.
The higher number is obviously the million YouTube subs, but in the era of PewDiePie and the Paul brothers, those are rooky numbers (not really, but thanks to constantly-changing advertisment laws on the platform, it's not necessarily the big time anymore). What's more notable is the number of Twitch subscribers. Twitch themselves claim half of the $5 per month subscription fee, but that means that Tyler himself could very easily be netting around $75,000 a month before tax.
Understandably, that had Tyler pretty excited. The tweet below was accompanied by footage of him dancing to Celebration by Kool and the Gang in front of his computer.
hit 30k subs on twitch and 1 million on youtube!!! T1 ALPHA AS FUCK WOOOOOOOO !!!!!!— loltyler1 (@lol_tyler1) January 31, 2018
(thank you everyone) pic.twitter.com/WzeJIoNUIH
Update, January 8: Tyler1 has begun streaming League of Legends again.
At one point, Tyler1 declared himself League of Legends “most toxic player,” but now his Twitter profile declares that he’s the game’s “most reformed player.” Either way, Riot have elected to rescind his ID ban, and now Tyler’s back to publically streaming League. And there’s no shortage of interest, either—the stream has already surpassed 360,000 concurrent viewers as of this post, a new record for an individual streamer, and that number’s continuing to climb.
He was a few minutes late on his 3:00 PM CT start time, but showed up in full Draven cosplay shortly after, along with some symbolic chains around the wrists. He says Riot begged him to come back in an effort to save their “dying” game. So he made a deal with the studio: “If I get Draven every time, I’ll come back to play your dying, boring game.”
That was perhaps somewhat facetious on Tyler’s part, but he did end up saying thanks to Riot along with a message about his ban that “anything is possible if you have the willpower.” If you want to see for yourself if Tyler’s rehabilitation has stuck, you can check out his stream below.
Update, January 4 2018: Alternately known as the game's "most toxic" and "most reformed" player, League streamer Tyler1 is getting unbanned.
League of Legends’ most notoriously toxic player is back in the game. Streamer Tyler1 was ID banned in 2016 for a series of offenses that 20 of his accounts barred from the game, and he was essentially unable to play the game publically. In the meantime, the controversial streamer has claimed to have reformed, and several months ago Riot said they were considering lifting Tyler1’s ID ban.
Now, it seems Riot have sufficient reason to believe Tyler has changed his ways. Earlier today he tweeted that he would be returning to the game after “intense rehab.”
AFTER 613 DAYS OF INTENSE REHAB I AM FINALLY UNBANNED FROM LEAGUE OF LEGENDS— loltyler1 (@lol_tyler1) January 4, 2018
He also says he’ll return to League streaming on Monday.
Riot haven’t exactly confirmed that this is the case, but they’ve hinted toward it on the game’s official subreddit. Communications lead Ryan Rigney said “we don’t comment on the ban status of ID banned players,” before posting a “totally unrelated” photo of his desk, which features a “Tyler1 Reformed” mousepad.
The decision to review Tyler1’s more recent behaviour came after comments from a Riot employee who said of the streamer that “its fine he’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.” That employee was subsequently terminated, and Tyler himself said “it really sucks that some people still hold a massive grudge” against his old persona.
Original story, October 11 2017: Controversial League of Legends streamer Tyler1 has announced that he may be allowed to play League of Legends again. After a review due to take place in January 2018, the ID Ban against Tyler1 may be lifted.
An ID ban means that any account that Tyler1 is found to be playing on will be automatically ban. The streamer earned this punishment in 2016 for a string of offenses that resulted in over 20 of his accounts being banned.
In a video on Twitch, Tyler1 read a statement that said he is up for review if he can prove that any and all of the accounts he has played on in the month leading up the review are “clean,” or undeserving of a ban. If that’s the case, Tyler1 will be “free to play League publically.”
That doesn’t mean he’ll be getting his accounts unbanned. A Reddit comment from Rioter The_Cactopus says that Riot’s policy on permabans isn’t changing, but it’s Tyler1’s ID ban that is being reversed. He stresses that “nobody is getting special treatment of getting any banned accounts unbanned.”
Tyler1 is keen to show that he’s reformed since his days as the self-proclaimed ‘most toxic player’ on League of Legends’ North American server. Recently, Rioter Aaron Rutledge was fired from the company for implying he hoped Tyler would die, prompting the streamer to tweet saying “it really sucks that some people still hold a massive grudge vs old T1 and refuse to acknowledge I’ve changed.”