Streamer Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp signed with T1 as an official content creator last week, and it didn’t take long for this move to make an impact.
According to the Korean organization, Tyler1 already has a lot of fun content in the works to help T1 gain an audience in the United States. Currently, T1 is a big name particluarly in South Korea, in part thanks to veteran League of Legends pro Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Partnering with Tyler1 allows Faker to focus on winning while Tyler1 helps the organization to further build an international audience with his larger-than-life personality.
Even though Tyler1’s mission is to introduce his western audience to T1 as they pursue esports in North America, the popular League of Legends player thought the signing was already making him a superstar in Korea.
During a stream last night, Tyler1 received a donation that came with a Korean message. Tyler1 started to happily read the message, which was translated into English as well.
But at the end of the message, the fan told Tyler1 that they actually spoke English and had used Google’s translation tool to write up the message in Korean. Tyler1 started popping off with profanities immediately.
“I got so excited. I was like, ‘Wow, a nice Korean fan is watching and is happy for me.’ But it’s fake. You motherfucker!”
Tyler1 followed up the rant by admitting that the joke was “well played.”
It seems that Tyler1’s infamous outbursts and obsession with winning are most popular in North America and Europe, and perhaps not as much in Korea. Hopefully his partnership with T1 will grow his name both in Korea and elsewhere in Asia, especially with the addition of his annual LoL tournament, the Tyler1 Championship Series.
At that rate, Tyler1 might soon actually receive some real donations and messages from viewers in Korea.