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S1mple slams Twitch during first stream back after ban

Published: 11/Dec/2019 14:59

by Kamil Malinowski

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev had a lot to say about Twitch during his first stream back after a ban he was less than pleased with.

S1mple was banned from Twitch for a second time on November 28 for allegedly using a homophobic slur directed towards a player in one of his CSGO games. This came just a few months after his first ban for a similar incident in August.

He wasn’t impressed with the decision, claiming that the word he used has “different meanings in different contexts”, before slamming the platform for being “stupid” and “terrible.” He went on to ask Twitch to remove his partnership.

Many fans speculated that it was the end for s1mple and Twitch, however, the Ukrainian unexpectedly returned to the platform on December 10.

The Natus Vincere star didn’t comment on his return on Twitter, where he made his initial complaints, but simply chose to provide a link to his stream.

On his stream though, he spoke freely, suggesting that Twitch are “out of their minds” for banning him and arguing that he doesn’t use the word with homophobic intent. “Are they idiots? Have I ever said that I don’t like any particular people?”S1mple later added, once again explaining that he does not use the word to offend or insult.

He then continued (translated from Russian): “What, I can’t say on my stream words that I want? Are you f***ing idiots? If I want to say something I will say it, If I don’t I won’t. Why the f**k are they forbidding people saying certain things. Hmph, really funny, these little people.”

Some fans have suggested that the Ukrainian could potentially be planning to move to YouTube, where he will stream and upload video content, however, he has not confirmed any future plans.  

So far neither Twitch nor s1mple have made any further comments, but its possible another sanction could be incoming, after he used the word he was previously banned for again, while his concerns. On this occasion, it wasn’t directed at anyone, but Twitch could still deem that it breaks their community guidelines.

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How CSGO caster Anders dealt with mental health issues I The Richard Lewis interview

Published: 27/Oct/2020 1:25

by Alan Bernal

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Renowned Counter-Strike caster, Anders Blume, sat down with Richard Lewis to talk about his bout with mental health issues and how he was able to cope with it all throughout the years.

Blume has been the gold-standard for on-air talent in esports. Whether it’s the amount of events he attends or the game’s he casts, his career has been a great example for others who want to follow.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t come without its hardships. Whether it was personal matters at home or a packed schedule of responsibilities, Blume was hit with a flurry of stresses that seemed to pile on at times.

This is something that Blume and Lewis recognized affects everyone, but something many don’t talk about – or even admit to themselves.

On the job, there are some times when people can invest too much of themselves into the craft, which can start to have adverse effects on their health. Outside of the job, influences from social media or the internet just adds to the mess if you let it consume you.

While there aren’t glamorous or catchy solutions to these issues, Blume found respite in everything from diet, exercise, and even meditation to start dealing with the issue head-on.

Self-control in practicing good habits and having the mental strength to cast aside negativity doesn’t come easy for all people, but it could be something everyone can work on.

Through years of practice, Blume eventually found a routine that works for him even when life gets thick, and is hoping more people can find a way to do the same for themselves.