in general | June 9, 2021
Recently a Twitch streamer conducted an interview with a fake Rioter (Riot Lillith) and it led to quite a situation. The goal of the Twitch streamer (HypoTube) was to interview someone about what it’s like to be a Lead of Operations Client Development for Riot Games. This fake Rioter in the interview was later caught by an actual member of the Riot Games team, Riot Swimbananas (Influencer Manager). Instead of accepting that and backing down, RiotLillith instead doubled down with a Twitlonger.
HypoTube seems like a really nice guy. When this interview took place, they had a little chat, and then HypoTube asked the fake Rioter to watch a clip on Discord. This recorded video was with HypoTube and Riot Swimbananas, where they were specifically talking about this bogus employee of Riot Games. Swimbananas highlighted there is a RiotLilith, but it’s with an L, and they’re playing Legends of Runeterra. RiotLillith then said they couldn’t see the stream, so they missed the video of being exposed as a fraud.
HypoTube also spoke about it on Twitter:
“I was really flabbergasted during that man. When they doubled down I’m sure you could see the shock on my face. I expected them to dive in about 10 seconds flat. It was awesome though, hope that was at least solid content! As my community said, at a glance I seem to be the perfect target for a catfish. Turns out the neck beard was the ultimate reversal that was waiting to happen Riot logged me in with 10,000 Riot Points for the problem.
So what happened when the two were streaming?
“So how long have you been posing as a rioter?” Was the question put directly to the fake RiotLillith. This person was continually denying it, no matter what. HypoTube said this could very well be a mistake, but he followed up on real Riot employees about this situation. It’s a very strange story that needs to be discussed. This person, known as RiotLily on Twitch, claims to be an employee of Riot Games for an undetermined period of time.
Riot Swimbananas was also in the chat during this conversation. Live on the stream, HypoTube also performed a reverse image search of RiotLillith’s image on the stream, leading to a random person on Twitter. You can watch the full video here. RiotLillith wanted to clear her name instead of answering the questions she was about to answer in the first place. The bogus rioter claimed there was a “riot code” (which Swimbananas denied).
RiotLillith’s Twitter is now private, but there was a Twitlonger posted on the situation. Lilith said this:
“To those who have just witnessed an unprofessional attempt at comedy, I would like to make sure I clear the tune with everyone who follows me and supports me.
It was not that long ago that it was claimed that I am not a rioter, with “evidence” to prove it. The problem here is that this “proof” is not verifiable, while my credentials are. Plus, there was even someone who pretended to be a rioter and had no credentials. With further research done by myself, a few people I trust, as well as my own boss within Riot, we found that there was no connection to Riot Games for this person making these claims.
The problem is that Riot Bananas is a longtime member of Riot Games. If HypoTube has a recording of this person telling members of Riot Games, then it is clear that it is a fake. There would be nothing to be gained by denying someone to be a colleague. The Twitlonger’s final statement simply read, “This account, along with all of my known accounts, will continue to remain online and active. I don’t back down from enemies or skeptics, I never did and never will. See you on the Rift! “
The reason why Swimbananas is part of this situation is that she is the influencer manager for NA / OCE. When a streamer wants to interview a Riot Games member, it’s their job to hook them up. This ensures that everything on both sides is legitimate. Riot Bananas made it clear and let it be known that his door was open in a pair of Tweets:
“Hi. As Riot Swimbananas, the Riot employee in question here, I’m happy to speak anytime. My door, slack, emails, DM are open. However, as an influencer manager for NA / OCE, it’s part of my job to connect with streamers who do interviews with Rioters. Both to validate the streamer in question, as well as Rioter. As I said, the doors are open internally though. you want to discuss “
It’s a really embarrassing and unfortunate situation, but it has a very clear side. It’s unclear why this person pretended to be a member of Riot Games, but hopefully it comes to a clear resolution with as few hurt feelings as possible.