Twitch scammers are impersonating s1mple after CSGO pro's ban - Dexerto

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.


CSGO legend FalleN gets down on one knee for romantic proposal

Published: 18/Nov/2020 15:22

by Alex Garton


Brazilian CS:GO star Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo has proposed to his girlfriend, Letícia Lorena, sharing the happy moment on social media.

Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo has been a part of the Counter-Strike professional scene for over a decade. As a player, he is regarded as one of the godfathers of the competitive scene and has a large trophy cabinet to back it up.

Despite stepping down from MIBR’s active roster, a post made by FalleN on Twitter has revealed some more positive news for fans, on a more personal note.

FalleN won the MLG Major Columbus with Luminosity.

FalleN engaged

FalleN has got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. He revealed the news to fans on Twitter with a romantic picture of his proposal. The post is captioned “Ela disse ROGER THAT,” (meaning she said roger that), and confirms the couple is now happily engaged.

The couple have been together for over five years, and Lorena has followed FalleN through the ups and downs of his CS:GO career.

Fans of FalleN shared in the excitement posting messages congratulating the couple on their engagement: “you’re so god damn amazing buddy congrats on finally asking the question great job!”


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A post shared by Letícia (@leticia.lorena)

Other fans, of course, couldn’t resist making a few congratulatory jokes related to CS:GO including “a tremendous clutch” and “the bomb has been planted.”

A number of replies to the post brought up FalleN’s departure from MIBR’s active roster and questioned when he will be returning: “Congratulations! I wonder when you gonna play on MIBR again.” It’s obvious fans are excited to see him back in the active roster, however, as of yet, we’re still unsure when that may be.

Known for his impressive leadership skills and ability with the op, FalleN has become a household name in the Counter-Strike community.

FalleN is currently a part of the Brazilian esports organization, MIBR. However, he stepped down from the organization’s active CSGO roster in September. Although still part of the team, he is not participating in tournaments and is currently inactive.