It looks like Riot Games has fired a senior employee for insulting a notoriously toxic League of Legends streamer.
According to Esports host Richard Lewis, Riot lead experience designer Aaron Rutledge is no longer at the company.
That's likely because of a number of statements Rutledge made about popular LoL streamer "Tyler1" on the League of Legends Discord.
Tyler1 has a reputation for being a huge pain in the ass to play with or against thanks to his fondness for trolling and abuse, and Riot has banned him many times – once permanently, although apparently it went back on that.
Since he began streaming LoL again, Tyler1 has claimed he is reformed, but Rutledge isn't buying it.
"He looks like a damn homunculus," Rutledge wrote on Discord.
"Honestly... it's fine he'll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids... then we'll be gucci."
When questioned about the comments, he doubled down.
"You know how much bullshit he's caused me? Personally? I've spent many many hours of my work day dealing with his bullshit," wrote Rutledge.
"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."
The next day, Rutledge apologised on Reddit.
"Reddit, League Players, Tyler - I displayed a gross error in judgement last night and whole-heartedly apologise for my comments," he wrote.
"They were out of line, and not what any of you deserve to hear, especially from a Rioter. I'll be taking time away from Reddit, discord and in-game chat to reflect on how I communicate with players. Sorry again for the insults and the language."
Tyler1 responded via Twitter.
With that being said I have no hard feelings towards the guy. Shit happens.— loltyler1 (@lol_tyler1) October 1, 2017
He also addressed the accusations during a live stream.
"I do not do steroids. I have never taken any kind of drugs like that. I don't do cocaine," he said.
"I do not drink alcohol. I do not drink soda. I don't do any of that. None of it. Never have. Never will. I haven't drunk a soda since eighth grade. I do not have cancer in my nutsack. And I never will, hopefully."
Later, Riot senior writer Ryan "Cactopus" Rigney issued a statement on Reddit:
"To be very clear here: what was said is NOT okay, and we take it extremely seriously. I'd like to apologise on behalf of Riot to both Tyler1 and the community for this. We will be taking action internally to address this (although it would not be appropriate to go into specifics here)."