CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s Twitch channel has been removed from the platform because the player used a homophobic slur during an FPL game, according to esports journalist Rod 'Slasher' Breslau.
S1mple is a professional CS:GO player for Natus Vincere, widely considered one of the best players in the world.
Fans quickly noticed as his Twitch channel suddenly became unavailable on the platform sometime on August 13, quickly searching for answers.
UPDATE 8/13: Esports insider Slasher tweeted that s1mple had been removed from Twitch for one week for using a homophobic slur during a July 29 FPL game.
s1mple has been suspended from Twitch for one week— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 13, 2019
source with knowledge confirms this is indeed because s1mple used a homophobic slur (pidor) jokingly during a July 29th FPL game to his NaVi teammate Boombl4
here's the clip, a CIS editor even made a meme video two weeks ago pic.twitter.com/pQmx9kk7iR
At the time of writing the exact reason for s1mple’s channel being struck from Twitch is still unknown. Dexerto has reached out to s1mple and Na'Vi for clarification; Twitch does not comment on channel removals.
Twitch bans can happen for any number of reasons or violation of the site’s Terms of Service, Community guidelines or a possible DMCA strike.
According to Twitch stat trackers, s1mple hasn’t streamed since August 7, and the takedown appears to have happened almost a week later.
S1mple’s channel being removed seems to have everyone - from CS:GO pros to fellow Twitch streamers - confused.
“Why is s1mple banned on twitch?” CS:GO Twitch streamer Mohamad 'm0E' Assad asked on Twitter.
why is s1mple banned on twitch?— mOE (@m0E_tv) August 13, 2019
Twitch suspensions typically vary from 24 hours, to three days, to 30 days, to permanent, depending on the severity of the incident or repeated infractions.
We will update this article when more information becomes available about s1mple's Twitch ban.