Riot Games teams up with Tyler1 for exhibition
At the 2018 summer split finals, Riot hosted a showmatch that caused League of Legends fans everywhere to rejoice.
After TSM earned victory over 100 Thieves in the NA LCS third-place match, the stage revealed Tyler1 and Riot Games’ Phreak standing together. Phreak is well known as one of Tyler1’s biggest critics, but dutifully filled in as his support in the showmatch against the appropriately named Meme Stream Dream Team.
Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp earned a reputation as League of Legends’ most toxic content creator and was banned from public play in 2016, but in early 2018 was unbanned after proving, both in the eyes of the community and to Riot’s judges, that he had changed his negative tendencies.
In the past, Riot has been scrutinized for its lack of content creator support, discouraging many vocal fans from continuing to create new content related to League of Legends. Personalities like Uberdanger have expressed their dissatisfaction, and many remember Videogamedunkey’s famous break from League of Legends content creation.
New games like Fortnite have proved much more adept in supporting content creators. So it was a pleasant surprise when Riot welcomed a controversial but entertaining person like Tyler1 into the NA LCS finals venue.
Just days before, Riot also announced their new Content Creator Partnership Program. The program is designed to allow video content creators special access to things such as early information and unique social media integration with Riot Games. With this and the community giving overwhelming support to the new showmatch, many fans hope it’s indicative of more community outreach to come.
T1 has reportedly been sent funeral flower wreaths from furious fans
League of Legends All-Star 2019 sees viewership drop
Riot Games launches new official LCS store
Twitch Rivals is Riot's next step in supporting entertainers
NFL jerseys come to Fortnite
Immortals disbands Dota 2 team
Florida Mayhem release six of nine OWL players
OpTic Gaming Dota 2 roster revealed
TNC welcomes Gabbi and NinjaBoogie
First DPC Major arrives in Kuala Lumpur
OWL gets six new teams
Virtus.pro part ways with Dota 2 coach Artstyle
OG and PSG.LGD will battle for aegis at TI8
Dendi denies retirement rumors
OWL's Uber wins Esports Casting Award
London Spitfire bring in new OWL coach
Dynasty, Uprising, Outlaws release OWL players
Team Liquid looking to defend NA LCS title in Oakland
Philadelphia Fusion release three players from roster