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Fake s1mple, shroud & Stewie2K CSGO streams are still scamming on Twitch

Published: 19/Jan/2020 0:29 Updated: 19/Jan/2020 12:57

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch has been seeing a growing number of scammers impersonating popular CS:GO players promoting “free” in-game items, and fans are starting to wonder why the trend hasn’t been stopped.

For a long time, these scammers have infiltrated categories like OSRS, DOTA and the like while seemingly using viewbots to climb the ranks and make their channel seem like they’re popular. But for the CSGO category, there have been channels that go so far as to impersonate high-profile figures.

The likes of French phenom Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut, Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, Jake ‘Stewie2k‘ Yip, and shroud have all been featured on the top of the CS:GO Twitch page – sometimes using past clips/streams to keep the content going.

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These scam Twitch channels promote fake giveaways, free skins, and more.

The community is perplexed at Twitch’s response – or lack thereof – to the persistent issue since it could put the younger, more impressionable viewers at risk.

“It has been like that for at least 3 month,” Reddit user ‘SeaszonCSGO’ said. “[Four to five] accounts running every single day on both Dota and CS:GO. Sometimes they get banned and come back in less than 1 hour, it’s all automated and I do believe that lots of people are getting scammed by this otherwise they wouldn’t keep doing it.”

The problem has been happening on other sites like YouTube’s live streaming vertical, but people logging into CSGO were even more surprised to see one scammer promoted under the “Streams” tab inside of the game.

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Though the section seems to just go off what is trending on other sites at the moment, it’s a sign that the scammers are starting to make leeway in extending their reach.

In May of 2019, Twitch responded to flurry of streaming accounts broadcasting the New Zealand mosque terrorist attack on the category for Artifact, Valve’s digital collectible card based on the DOTA 2 universe. The company expunged those accounts and temporarily suspended the ability for new creators to stream, later resulting in a mandatory Two-Factor Authentication.

It’s unclear what action Twitch will take with this growing trend of channels violating the site’s Terms of Service agreement since the scammers have been prevalent for months with new accounts popping up as soon as others are taken down.

The pro players like s1mple being impersonated have even spoke out against the platform for not taking steps to prevent their viewers from being targeted.

“I see my live fake profiles on twitch scamming people everyday, wtf?” s1mple said. “Isn’t it your responsibility to protect your own people?”

How to avoid scammers on Twitch

Audiences should be wary of these scamming channels and avoid clicking out of Twitch’s site for any offer or login prompt that may appear.

top 2 viewed cs:go channels are scams and twitch isnt doing anything about it from LivestreamFail

If your favorite streamer is verified on Twitch, make sure that the channel you’re seeing them on has a checkmark next to their name that says “Verified User” when hovering over it.

Reporting the channels will alert Twitch of their presence to hopefully take them down, but site-goers and streamers will be eager for the company to sort out a long-term solution.

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Chaos EC confirm CSGO exit after IEM Global Challenge

Published: 3/Dec/2020 0:20 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 0:24

by Marco Rizzo

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December 2 update: Chaos Esports Club has officially announced their departure from both CS:GO and Rainbow Six: Siege, effective immediately.

Chaos’ CS:GO squad will continue playing under their banner until after the IEM Global Challenge, set for later this month. Their European Rainbow Six team is already looking for a new organization.

The team claimed the current global situation was the ultimate reason behind dropping the two squads.

“Sadly, despite a great deal of effort, the impacts of this have now hit home with us and put pressure on our organization’s ability to support our rosters and the incredible players behind them.”

Earlier: Chaos Esports Club, the NA-based team owned by The GG Group, which includes Logic and Pusha T, is reportedly looking to depart from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene.

North American Counter-Strike could suffers another blow as the Chaos Esports Club is rumored to be preparing an exit from CS:GO.

According to DBLTAP, the organization is looking pull out from the competitive scene centered around Valve’s famous FPS as investors are looking at a change in direction.

“Chaos Esports Club are exploring potential transfers for all of their professional CS:GO players in an effort to exit the game,” DBLTAP’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis said.

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While Chaos are a team with hopeful prospects, there is now talks of the org leaving CS:GO entirely.

Chaos is just one of a few NA organizations that have recently decided to abandon CS:GO, with most switching to focus on Valorant or Call of Duty.

NA orgs, among others, have been vocal about the unsustainability of the CS:GO open circuit in the online era. More teams are investing in other titles, while slowly distancing themselves from the Valve-developed shooter.

Chaos EC was founded in 2015 and was formerly known as Digital Chaos. They entered the CS:GO scene in late-2018 with a Swedish lineup which included veteran stars like Markus ‘pronax’ Wallsten, Mikail ‘Maikelele’ Bill, and coach Jonatan ‘Devilwalk’ Lundberg.

After acquiring a North American lineup in September 2019, the team led by Josh ‘steel’ Nissan found some modest success and even managed to briefly break into the top 20 of the HLTV rankings.

None of the players from 2019 remain in the lineup, with the team failing to replicate the height reached during steel’s captaincy.

It is not clear whether the players will remain together and be collectively released from the organization, or individually transferred to other teams.