League of Legends streamer Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp seems to cause a scene every time he fires up his computer. This time his bravado has started a feud with Counter Logic Gaming League streamer Hammoudi “Yassuo” Abdalrhman, and $10,000 is on the line.
The two influencers entertained their followers with some heated trash talk that soon evolved into a bet. Starting on new accounts completely from scratch, each streamer spent 10 days climbing the League of Legends competitive ladder in an attempt to see who could reach a higher rank in that time. The winner would get $10K from the loser.
The catch? Neither streamer could use their best champion. That left Yassuo without Yasuo, and Tyler1 without Draven.
While Tyler1 is a top notch entertainer who always draws in views, Yassuo has been easily outdoing him thus far, getting steadily closer to the $10K while gaining an even bigger fanbase.
Of course, there were a few small negative side effects after the first ten days of the streaming extravaganza.
“I took two weeks off of Yasuo for the bet. I decided to see how rusty I was. The sad thing is it wasn’t even intentional. I was just booty,” Yassuo said.
Accompanying the announcement was a screenshot of Yassuo getting zero kills and 18 deaths in a ranked solo match.
The high volume and high intensity drama has accumulated about 6 million hours watched since March 4, showing just how much interest fans have both in the players and in the ongoing contest.
Since the drama began, Tyler1 has been averaging more than 30,000 concurrent viewers, with a high of over 60,000. While impressive, Tyler1 is no stranger to such fame. Yassuo, on the other hand, skyrocketed from an average of 4,600 concurrent viewers to a shocking 37.6K.
This type of Twitch drama is nothing new to Tyler1. In the past, Tyler1 has started similar drama and competition with Michael “imaqtpie” Santana, which led to the two competing alongside professional wrestlers from WWE on the LCS stage. Tyler1 came out on top of that affair.
UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect the ongoing nature of the competition.