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Richard Lewis gives a damning verdict on OpTic and Infinite’s recent layoffs

Published: 22/Oct/2018 19:14 Updated: 22/Oct/2018 19:29

by Mitch Reames


Infinite Esports, the parent company of OpTic Gaming, has had a string of bad press in October, just one year after a major investment. 

Richard Lewis provided his insight into the recent Infinite issues, including layoffs and unethical negotiations, during a video that focused on OpTic India’s cheating troubles in a recent LAN event.

“Holy fucking shit has it been a real rough month for … Infinite Esports,” the video begins. “It’s another classic example of people from outside of esports thinking their supposed expertise will naturally translate across to esports.”

The company’s reason for the layoffs was that it “grew too fast,” and Lewis thinks that was obvious to people paying attention. 

“No shit, people on the outside looking in could have told you you were growing too fast and were throwing enough shit at a wall to see what would stick,” Lewis says in the video before moving into a more in-depth breakdown of the CS:GO player from OpTic India who was caught cheating.

By now most have heard of Nikhil ‘Forsaken’ Kumawat, the player who got caught using PC hacks at a LAN tournament and was immediately released from OpTic’s Indian CS:GO team. 

Lewis dives into Forsaken’s past history in competitive CS:GO including a ban for account trading that was reduced from two years to six months.

Forsaken’s cheating was so brazen that he went as far as trying to block an admin and push him away when the admin came to investigate Forsaken’s PC.

As a result of his cheating, the entire OpTic India roster was released, even though OpTic denied that other members of the team were aware of his cheating.


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.