Tyler Steinkamp, known as Tyler1, T1 or Loltyler1 on social media, is an American Twitch streamer and gamer best known for his League of Legends gameplay videos. Tyler is one of the most popular League of Legends players online and has earned the nickname “The Most Toxic Player in North America” after his disruptive player towards other players.
On Twitch, Tyler quickly became known for his toxic, over-the-top, tough guy persona, which includes attacking others, encouraging players to commit suicide and purposly losing the game to damage his teammates. It’s this behaviour that would cause many issues through his career, including bans on more than 20 unique accounts over a span of several years. In 2020, Tyler signed with South Korean eSports team T1 as a content creator.
Tyler Steinkamp, known as Tyler1, T1 or Loltyler1 on social media, was born on March 7, 1995 in Missouri, the United States. At Central Methodist University, Tyler studied computer science but later dropped out to focus on his streaming career. At the university, he was a running back for the university’s football team. His brother Eric is also a streamer on Twitch under the name erobb221.
As of September 2021, Tyler has more than 4.5 million followers on Twitch, 2.69 million subscribers on YouTube, 623,700 followers on Twitter, 702,000 followers on Instagram and 72,300 followers on TikTok.
Tyler started climbing the ranks in League of Legends in 2014 when he ranked 14th on the North American League of Legends ladder. However, until 2016, he only had a modest following growing at a small rate.
On Twitch, Tyler quickly became known for his toxic, over-the-top, tough guy persona, which includes attacking others, encouraging players to commit suicide and purposly losing the game to damage his teammates. It’s this behaviour that would cause many issues through his career, including bans on more than 20 unique accounts over a span of several years.
In 2016, Tyler’s followers started to grow on Twitch when he announced he had “reformed.” The so-called “reform” turned out to last only a short period of time, and several high-profile players called him out for his behavior. Many criticized game maker Riot Games for not taking action against Tyler and said his behavior would encourage bad behavior from others too.
In mid 2016, Riot Games announced that, because of “a well-documented history of account bans for verbal abuse” and player harassment, Tyler would be banned from owning a League of Legends account. This meant that under ID Banning, accounts that Tyler played publicly on stream would be banned, even if he had not broken any rules. To this day, Riot Games has only done this a handful of times.
Tyler began to branch out and grow his fan base as he streamed new types of content. For example, on April Fools’ Day 2018, he acted out a 45-minute parody of his life called “A Day in the Life of Tyler1.” He continued to stream other video games, like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
In 2017, Riot Games employee Aaron “Sanjuro” Rutledge (who was later fired) made disgruntled comments on the official League of Legends Discord server. The employee said, among other things, that Tyler would die “from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.” The company apologized to Tyler and the gaming community. In response, Tyler said: “It really sucks that some people still hold a grudge… and refuse to acknowledge I’ve changed.”
Later that year, Riot Games lifted his ban at the end of that year if his accounts were clean of abusive behavior. In 2018, Tyler streamed League of Legends against for the first time and streamed the game with nearly 400,000 viewers, breaking a record at the time for the most concurrent viewers by an individual streamer on Twitch. This record was later broken a month later, though technical issues have made it unclear whether the numbers were accurate.
Tyler later came out and admitted he is addicted to League of Legends, which prompted his followers to share their addiction stories and share advice from employees of the game.
In 2020, Tyler signed with South Korean eSports team T1 as a content creator.
You can buy Tyler’s merchandise on his official website. https://www.loltyler1.com/