Popular streamer Ashkan ‘TF Blade’ Homayouni has been suspended from the League of Legends Partner Program until at least June 2021 after Riot deemed that his behaviour had not improved throughout a probationary period.
TF Blade revealed during a Twitch stream that his LPP privileges would be taken away until next year because Riot’s review of his LoL account, social media platforms, and content had not found “marked improvements” in his behaviour since his initial infringement in March 2020. The email informing TF Blade of his suspension also says that Riot even gave the streamer an extension to his probation period to give him more time to work on how he conducts himself.
Showing his stream the email he received, TF Blade says he doesn’t care about losing his partnership, but is frustrated with Riot’s lack of evidence and specific reasoning in regards to his behaviour.
“I don’t care about this [the suspension], I just care about Riot explaining why,” he says. “The thing is they can’t just come accusing me of being this guy that hasn’t improved his attitude and is toxic – they haven’t even said why I got banned they’re just accusing shit. I just don’t like to be accused.”
TF Blade is the latest streamer to be booted out of the LPP in recent weeks in what looks to be a serious crackdown on toxicity and inappropriate behaviour by the program. In June, the community was up in arms after ex-pro player Hai ‘Hai’ Du Lam received an extremely harsh suspension from the LPP for inappropriate comments made in the League of Legends in-game chat. After fellow creators rallied around him and criticised Riot’s ruling, his suspension was reduced.
On the same day, Twitch’s most popular League of Legends streamer Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp was also suspended from the program.
Then last week an emotional Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera was handed a one year suspension for failing to “foster a safe and inclusive community.” Like TF Blade, IWillDominate was informed of the decision without a specific example or proof of when he broke LPP policy.