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―Tyler's description on his videos
He's best known for his League of Legends gameplay, though his videos stretch out to any and every genre. Sometimes he doesn't do gaming videos, such as one stream where he parodied Bob Ross's The Joy of Painting or his "CHEF TYLER1" videos where he streams himself cooking food. The most amusing thing about him is his fanbase, who ridicule and mock him at every single turn, which is why there's almost always a Twitch chat taking up a sum of the video.
Tyler was born on March 7, 1995, in Missouri. He studied computer science at Central Methodist University before withdrawing to focus on his streaming career. While at Central Methodist University, he played as a running back for the university's football. Tyler attended Central Methodist University where he got his doctorate in Computer Science and is known for his past as a professional football player. He lives in New London, Missouri with his girlfriend, Macaiyla, who got him banned on Twitch for one day by "flashing" the audience.
Popularity and ban
Tyler ranked 14th on the North American League of Legends ladder in 2014, but his stream had a modest following until 2016. Tyler originally became known in the League of Legends community for toxic behavior shown on his stream, which included personally attacking others, encouraging players to commit suicide, and intentionally losing the game to the detriment of his teammates. This behavior eventually led to permanent bans on 22 unique accounts over several years.
Tyler's stream rapidly grew in popularity in April 2016, when he publicly announced that he had "reformed." His Twitch channel reportedly increased from around 5,700 followers before the announcement to over 92,000 followers by the end of the month. His improved behavior quickly lapsed but his following continued to grow, prompting several high profiles and professional players to condemn his behavior. Those opposed to Tyler's behavior believed his popularity would encourage and normalize player toxicity, and criticized developer Riot Games for not taking action to prevent this behavior.
On April 30, 2016, Riot Games employee "Riot Socrates" announced that due to "a well-documented history of account bans for verbal abuse" and player harassment, Tyler would no longer be allowed to own a League of Legends account, saying "we want you to know when the rare player comes along who's a genuine jerk, we've still got your back." Under a Riot Games practice known as ID Banning, accounts Tyler played publicly on stream would be immediately banned, even if rules had yet to be broken on the account. To date, this type of ban has only happened a few times in League of Legends history.
After becoming banned, Tyler was forced to branch out from playing League of Legends, continuing to grow his fan base as his stream became more eccentric. His stream gained media attention when he acted out a 45-minute action parody of his life in front of a green screen for April Fools' Day in 2018 called "A Day in the Life of Tyler1". He also continued to stream other games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
In October 2017, Riot Games employee Aaron "Sanjuro" Rutledge made insulting remarks about Tyler in the official r/LeagueOfLegends Subreddit's Discord server, saying he looked like a "homunculus" and that he would die "from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids." The company responded saying "what was said is NOT okay, and we take it extremely seriously", apologizing to Tyler and to the League of Legends community. Tyler responded to the incident saying, "It really sucks that some people still hold a grudge... and refuse to acknowledge I've changed." A few days later, investigative esports journalist Richard Lewis reported that Rutledge no longer worked at Riot Games.
In late 2017, Tyler announced on stream that he received an email from Riot Games that his ban would be lifted at the end of the year if the accounts he played in the last month were "clean" of abusive behavior. In January 2018, Tyler announced that he had been unbanned, which was later confirmed with Riot Games by Kotaku. Tyler's first stream after he became unbanned in January 2018 peaked at over 382,000 viewers, breaking the record for the most concurrent viewers for an individual streamer on Twitch set by Faker in 2017. This record was broken a month later by Dr DisRespect's first stream after returning from a 2-month hiatus, although due to conflicting media reporting and technical issues with Twitch, sources disagree whether the record was actually broken.
During an angry rant about recent changes to the game, Tyler admitted he was addicted to League of Legends, prompting other members of the community to share their addiction stories and share advice from Riot Games employees.
Tyler is a popular League of Legends online personality. In February 2018, he surpassed 30,000 paid subscribers on his Twitch channel. As of September 2018, Tyler's Twitch channel has nearly 2 million followers and more than 80 million views, and his YouTube channel has more than 1 million subscribers and nearly 200 million views.
In November 2017, Tyler hosted an online League of Legends tournament called the Tyler1 Championship Series (TCS). A parody of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), Tyler streamed in front of a green screen to images of LCS stadiums and a commentators' desk. The tournament peaked at over 200,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch and was viewed by professional players and LCS casters. The winning team was awarded $10,000, funded from Tyler directly and without any sponsors.
In November 2018, the Tyler1 Championship Series made its return, this time with an increased prize pool of $50,000, funded again by Tyler directly. Rift Herald particularly praised its improvement in quality compared to the previous tournament, stating "What started out as a meme... has morphed into something resembling a real online third-party tournament. There are impressive graphics, sleek and seamless replays and a parade of community talent that's been brought in to help host and cast the event."