Riot suspended popular writer amid discussions over revamping newsroom
A popular writer for Riot-owned website LoL Esports was suspended last week following an argument with Team Dignitas owner Michael “ODEE” O’Dell on Dec. 23. Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger, well-known for his colorful tweets, was informed that his services would no longer be required for at least five months, and was suspended to the end of the Spring Split. That suspension was later changed to a month, pending a review, a Riot spokesperson told the Daily Dot.
The argument on the surface seemed a fairly innocuous exchange. O’Dell had posted that he had “just signed the largest contract” he had ever signed, prompting a joking response from the writer: “pleasure to do business with you.” From there, the Team Dignitas owner asked who Erzberger was and this was followed with a comment surrounding the payment Team Dignitas staff writers are given.It seems that the joke was particularly ill-advised. The writer temporary deleted his entire Twitter account pending an investigation into the exchange, according to . When Riot noticed, it requested the writer temporary delete his entire Twitter account pending an investigation into the exchange. . O’Dell himself never suggested this was necessary. When the writer’s account was reinstated, however, the offending tweet was removed and the writer issued an apology.
He added: “Today I learned the harsh reality of eSports. Guess it's time to write the best possible articles wherever I can” suggesting he may be looking for employment elsewhere.