CS:GO pros apEX and s1mple lock horns following scrim debacle - Dexerto

CS:GO pros apEX and s1mple lock horns following scrim debacle

Published: 28/Jun/2019 0:41 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 12:47

by Alan Bernal


Tensions between CS:GO stars Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire have flared up once again, this time after Natus Vincere apparently failed to show up to a scrimmage on time.

Fans of the Global Offensive pro scene know that the space isn’t without its dramas. While players tend to try to keep things within Valve’s servers, disagreements can sometimes spill over onto social media.

This time around, the two pros in question have had their history of Twitter jabs aimed at each other and neither one was backing down for the next installment in their publicized bout.

In a June 27 post, apEX was clearly heated since his team’s latest scrim partners had been late, and was not shy about shining the light on the org at fault.

“I wish a team could be on time at least once in a year,” apEX said in a since deleted tweet. “But it feels like respecting the opposing team isn’t normal. Natus Vincere.”

Not one to take a hit lying down, s1mple chimed in with a simple “yes yes yes,” which set apEX off. Fans think the Vitality pro’s next reply was alluding to a comment made by s1mple in years past in a separate spat with apEX.

“Biggest r*tard on earth,” apEX replied to s1mple. “Don’t tell (your) manager to come to me next event to shake hands.”

apEX TwitterA section of the since deleted tweets from apEX.

S1mple then pointed out that the comment seemed unwarranted: “Do you understand what  you just wrote? I respect you but don’t disgrace yourself. Yes we were late but it’s not a reason to start insulting me.”

The reply prompted two Vitality players in apEX and Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin to call out the CS:GO superstar for trying “to be the victim,” recalling a previous comment made by s1mple on private in-game servers.

apEX TwitterThe closing thoughts from the online exchange.

“Didn’t you say something else?” apEX said, before repeating what s1mple had apparently typed in-game. “Sh*t player, sh*t person.”

“Don’t play this card on twitter man,” ALEX said. “Say what you said on the server and don’t try to be the victim on Twitter.”

While the last comment by apEX sent fans in a flurry of confusion as to why he would burst out like that, the pro later clarified that he was simply reiterating what s1mple allegedly said prior.

The entire spat didn’t seem to end on a conclusive note of understanding or lament, but hopefully the pros settle their differences before their next matchup.


BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch


Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.