Twitch scammers are impersonating s1mple after CSGO pro’s ban

Published: 6/Dec/2019 2:30

by Andrew Amos


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional player Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev is currently banned on Twitch, but that hasn’t stopped impersonators trying to take advantage of his fanbase with scam streams.

S1mple is one of Counter-Strike’s most accomplished pro players, highly regarded for his incredible mechanics in-game. While he’s a good player, he’s also a great personality, fooling around at tournament and at home on stream.

However, he’s been taken offline for the time being after being banned on Twitch in November. S1mple labelled the ban “a joke” and asked for Twitch to remove his partnership, with the intention of stopping streaming on the platform.

Dreamhacks1mple has been banned from Twitch, making it a perfect time for impersonators to cash in on his popularity.

While he’s off the platform for now, scammers are taking advantage of the Ukrainian’s misfortune by hosting streams in the player’s name and trying to exploit his fans. Streams have popped up in the CS:GO category on Twitch showing s1mple’s videos with a more nefarious intent.

They run with names similar to the CSGO pro player’s handle to try and give it a more authentic look. However, the scam is incredibly obvious with bright banners bordering the stream telling viewers about an upcoming $10,000 skin giveaway.

If players follow the links in these streams, they will be directed to log into their Steam accounts on a look-alike site, and expose their account details.

With access to the player’s accounts, scammers can trade away skins to their own accounts and make profit with the stolen cosmetics.

While streams are being taken down when Twitch are alerted, the scammers start again on a new account and boost themselves right back to the top of the category with view bots.

S1mple is aware of the issue, tweeting out on December 3 asking Twitch to take action against the accounts.

“I see my live fake profiles on Twitch scamming people everyday,” he said. “Isn’t it your responsibility to protect your own people?”

Twitch scammers often impersonate popular personalities to try and take advantage of their fanbase and make a quick buck. Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has had to deal with his fair share of impersonators on Twitch since moving to Mixer, but shared that there’s not much he can do.

The best thing Twitch users can do when they see a scammer impersonating a popular account is to report the stream so that it’s brought to the platform’s attention and can be taken down quickly.


Can Anyone Beat Astralis at BLAST Global Finals?

Published: 16/Jan/2021 23:11 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 23:15

by Bill Cooney


The Counter-Strike calendar is kicking off on all cylinders to start 2021, with 8 of the game’s finest professional teams facing off at BLAST Premier’s Global Finals. Astralis has been dominant as of late, so will anyone be able to take them down?

Each and every org in attendance will be looking to kickstart 2021 with success at the BLAST Global Finals starting on January 19, but Astralis is a lot of people’s favorite to walk away with the lion’s share of the $1 million dollar prize pool, and rightfully so.

You couldn’t ask for a better in-game leader than Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and there’s no question he brings out the best in Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz, and Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif round after round.

One player to keep an eye on though will be Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth, who struggled to get his player average above 1.0 before the end of the year and lately hasn’t seemed to be the same crusader of clutch we’ve come to know and expect.

While plenty of teams have had a tumultuous few months leading into the new year, the French squad of Vitality has remained stable and could pose a real challenge to the Danes if Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut can provide the spark his team needs.

To follow along with the action be sure to check out our BLAST Global Finals hub for all the latest scores, results, and more.