League of Legends studio Riot fires employee over controversial comments

League of Legends studio Riot fires employee over controversial comments

The company behind MOBA blockbuster League of Legends Riot Games has apologised and fired a developer who made controversial comments about a streamer.

As reported by Eurogamer, Aaron Rutledge, better known as Riot Sanjuro, took to Discord to let off some Steam about streamer ‘Tyler1’.

Said streamer is said to be one of the most toxic in the League of Legends community, with in-game chat erring towards abuse towards both team mates and opponents, as well as generally being a pain. Riot itself has banned him from League of Legends on multiple occasions.

Tyler1 claims to be reformed; but Rutledge begs to differ.

"He looks like a damn homunculus.
Honestly... it's fine he'll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids... then we'll be gucci."

He continued after users responded to his posts:

"You know how much bullshit he's caused me? Personally?
I've spent many many hours of my work day dealing with his bullshit.
If games had terrorists.
I mean I get it, I get the comedy of his streams.
And his 'brand'.
But it's at the expense of a lot of other innocent people.
And that's not cool.
He's had over 20 accounts permabanned.
All content gone... all rank gone.
What kind of sociopath does that?
He only does it for the views and the % $"

Rutledge has since taken to Reddit to apologize, while another Riot employee, wrote in the same thread saying that what Rutledge initially said was ‘NOT okay’.

This episode once again shows the difficulties of working in games development with a toxic community; something Blizzard has run into with Overwatch.

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