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CSGO community raises money for player who passed away

Published: 19/Sep/2019 22:54 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 16:42

by Scott Robertson


After an Irish Counter-Strike player passed away during a trip to Holland, the Ireland and United Kingdom CS:GO communities came together to raise money for a small tournament in his honor.

At the end of the day, despite any amount of toxicity or drama, an esports community is still a community. And recently, a small section of the Counter-Strike community that is rarely talked about demonstrated exactly what it means to be a community.

Earlier this month, an Irish CSGO player and member of the Irish Challenger League hub on FACEIT, Pat ‘PDOGG’ Kelly passed away, at only 23 years old. Kelly was traveling near the town of Tilburg in the Netherlands when he was struck by an automobile.

Players who had the opportunity to play with him regarded him as one of the most fun people to play Counter-Strike with. 

The UK Circuit and the ICL asked each player who planned to compete to donate €2, with a goal of reaching £300 before the tournament begins to give to Pat Kelly’s family. The UK Circuit are providing the resources and playerbase for the tournament.

Still two days away from the tournament, the JustGiving crowdfunding page has already doubled their goal.

£600 isn’t a large amount of money, but it’s not the financial value that means something to these players and this community. Irish CS is very rarely talked about up at the highest level, and the biggest LAN event seemingly held in Ireland was held at a small university.

But two relatively small FACEIT hubs in a part of the world where esports is nowhere as big as it is in places like the U.S. and China and Korea, came together to honor a fallen friend in a way that would surely make him proud.

The Pat Kelly remembrance tournament takes place on Saturday, September 21st, and you can still donate to the crowdfunding page before then. A number of streamers, such as Zerpherr, Ferexx, and kas will be streaming the event and donating their proceeds to Pat’s family.

RIP Pat. May the road rise up to meet you.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.