Fake Rioter Interview Exposed by Riot Swimbananas
Recently, a Twitch streamer conducted an interview with a fake Rioter (Riot Lillith) and it’s led to quite the situation. The purpose of the Twitch streamer (HypoTube) was to interview someone on what it’s like to be a part of the “Lead of Operations Client Development” for Riot Games. This fake Rioter in the interview was then caught by an actual member of the Riot Games team, Riot Swimbananas (Influencer Manager). Instead of accepting this, and backing down, RiotLillith instead doubled down with a Twitlonger.
Hypotube x Riot Lillith
HypoTube seems like a genuinely nice guy. When this interview went down, they had a bit of small 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 talked specifically about this fake Riot Games employee. Swimbananas pointed out there is a RiotLilith, but it’s with one L, and they play Legends of Runeterra. RiotLillith then said they couldn’t see the stream, so they missed the video of being exposed as a fraud.
HypoTube spoke about this on Twitter as well:
“I was genuinely so flabbergasted during it dude. When they doubled-down, I’m sure you could see the shock in my face. I fully expected them to dip in about 10 seconds flat. Was awesome though, hope it was solid content at least! As my community said, at a glance, I seem like the perfect target for a catfish. Turns out the neck-beard was the ultimate reversal waiting to happen. Riot hooked me up with 10k Riot Points for the trouble.”
So what happened when the two were on stream?
“So how long have you been impersonating a Rioter?” was the question asked directly to the fake RiotLillith. This person continually denied it, no matter what. HypoTube said it could very well be a mistake, but he followed through with actual Riot employees about this situation. It’s a very weird story to have to discuss. This person, known as RiotLily on Twitch, has been pretending to be a Riot Games employee for an unknown period of time.
Riot Swimbananas was also in the chat during this conversation. Live on stream, HypoTube also did 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 answer the questions she was about to answer in the first place. The Fake Rioter claimed there’s a “Riot Code” (which Swimbananas denied).
RiotLillith’s Twitter is now private, but there was a Twitlonger posted about the situation. Lilith had this to say:
“To those who may have just witnessed whatever unprofessional attempt at a comedy bit that may have been, I would like to make sure to clear the air with everyone who follows and supports me.
Claims were made not long ago that I am not actually a Rioter, with “evidence” to prove that. The problem here lies that this “evidence” is not verifiable, where as my credentials are. Furthermore, there was even someone making their own claim of being a Rioter as well who did not have credentials. With the additional research done by myself, a few trusted individuals as well as my own superior within Riot, we have found that there is no tie to Riot Games from this individual making these claims.”
The problem is that Riot Swimbananas is a long-time member of Riot Games. If HypoTube has a recording, talking to members of Riot Games about this person, then it’s clear they are a fake. There would be nothing to gain in denying someone as a fellow employee. The final statement of the Twitlonger simply reads, “This account, along with all of my known accounts will continue to stay online and active. I don’t back down from haters or doubters, never have and never will. See you on the Rift!”
The reason Swimbananas is a part of this situation is that she’s the Influencer Manager for NA/OCE. When a streamer wants to interview a member of Riot Games, it’s her job to connect them. This makes sure everything on both sides is legit. Riot Swimbananas made this clear, and made it known her door is open in a pair of Tweets:
“Hi. As Riot Swimbananas, the Riot employee in question here, I’m happy to talk anytime. My door, slack, emails, DM’s are open. However, as the influencer manager for NA/OCE, Its part of my job to connect with streamers doing interviews with Rioters. Both to validate the streamer in question, as well as Rioter. Like I said, doors are open internally if you want to chat”
It’s a really awkward and unfortunate situation, but one that has a very clear side. There’s no telling why this person has faked being a member of Riot Games, but hopefully it will come to a clean resolution with as few hurt feelings as possible.