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S1mple ‘leaks’ next CSGO Major location in chat with Neymar Jr

Published: 1/Nov/2019 16:48 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 17:49

by Kamil Malinowski

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Natus Vincere star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev may have leaked the location of the next CSGO Major.

CSGO Majors are the biggest and most prestigious events of the game, hosted only two times a year and boasting an impressive $1 million prize pool.

They are hosted all around the world and always provide an electric atmosphere, with fans jumping at a chance to attend a Major in their home country. Normally, they are revealed by the tournament organizer in a special announcement, but S1mple may just have leaked the next one.

StarLadderS1mple is widely considered to be one of the best CSGO players in the world.

Reddit user wellwellsky shared that the Ukranian was broadcasting on his Instagram and popular soccer player Neymar Jr tuned in.

He then greeted the player, before sharing that the next Counter-Strike Major will be played in Brazil and that he hopes Neymar will go to watch and enjoy it.

s1mple leaked location of next CS:GO major – hello Brasil from r/GlobalOffensive

Not much has been confirmed about the next Major, however, it is scheduled to be played in May 2020 and with a fairly lengthy qualification process, it is likely that the location has already been chosen and some players may have heard about it.

The most recent Major, hosted by StarLadder in Berlin, was announced in February and began in August. S1mple’s ‘leak’ came in November, once again seven months before the start of the event, so it may be more than coincidence.

DreamhackS1mple may have leaked the next CSGO Major location.

If the next Major is hosted in Brazil, then it will be the first to be hosted in all of South America, as well as only the fourth outside of Europe.

No official announcement has been made by Valve or any tournament organizer, but with the scheduled date looming ever closer, it’s only a matter of time until something is revealed.

This isn’t the first time that Neymar has been involved in CSGO, the player is known to play the game in his spare time and is close friends with the MiBR squad, playing with them on multiple occasions in recent years.

Perhaps he will make a special appearance if the event is hosted in his home country.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.