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Qualifying for the FACEIT London CS:GO Major Was an Incredibly Emotional Moment for NiP

Published: 23/Jul/2018 13:17 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 17:39

by Ross Deason

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Ninjas in Pyjamas’ players have qualified for a CS:GO Major for the first time in two years and it clearly means the world to them.

Only two members of the team that played at that ESL One Cologne 2016 Major now remain on the roster: Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg and Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund.

However, the pain of failing to qualify for every major since has had an impact on all of the current players and their coach, as was evident in their reaction to making it through the European Minor and qualifying for the FACEIT London Major in September.

GeT_RiGhT and Faruk ‘pita’ Pita can be seen embracing, close to tears, after NiP defeated a strong ENCE team in the losers bracket final, securing the very last spot at the New Challengers Stage of the $1,000,000 event which will run from September 5 – 23.

Pita coached NiP to their one and only Major title at ESL One Cologne 2014 but left the team in 2015 to pursue other opportunities. He returned to his old role in February of 2018 and seems determined to help the Ninjas get back on top.

GeT_RiGhT, one of the most dedicated players in any esport, shared an image on Instagram after the crucial win captioned with “Emotions”.

After going through one of the biggest slumps of his career, both as an individual and as a team, it is easy to understand why it means so much for the NiP legend to make it back to the biggest stage in Counter-Strike.

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With the win over ENCE and the pressure of qualification being lifted, NiP moved on to the Grand Final and comfortably defeated OpTic Gaming in two straight maps.

The star performer in that particular series was NiP’s newest member, and in-game leader, Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson.

NiP will compete against the likes of Astralis, Team Liquid, Gambit and OpTic Gaming for one of the last 16 spots at the Major. Waiting for them there will be Cloud9, FaZe, Na’Vi, MiBR, Mousesports, Winstrike, G2 and Fnatic.

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Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 14:23

by Connor Bennett

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Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.

However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot of Twitch showing the CSGO category with fake streams
Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.