On August 13, the best Counter-Strike player in the world, Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev was banned on Twitch. Now, following community confusion, the reason as to why he was banned has been revealed.
S1mple’s last stream was on August 7, and it looks like we won't be seeing the Ukranian rifler on Twitch anytime soon.
According to esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau, s1mple has been banned on Twitch for one week following the jokingly usage of a homophobic slur toward fellow Natus Vincere teammate Kirill “boombI4” Mikhailov on stream.
Slasher went on to clarify by stating that Twitch has been banning several CIS streamers for similar comments. Some have even been banned for up to 30 days, which is the maximum a streamer can get before a permanent ban.
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For example, Russian streamer JesusAVGN was banned for 30 days in December 2018 for using a homophobic slur.
On Twitch, streamers can be banned for either 24 hours, 3 days to 30 days, and then permanently, depending on the severity of the rule broken. Twitch has decided that the rule s1mple broke was too severe to be considered a 24 hour ban or a three day ban, so is therefore banned for 7 days.
As the player-break has officially concluded, fans can expect s1mple’s streams to be irregular until the StarLadder Major as he has to practice with his team. Alongside the rest of Natus Vincere, they will be taking part in the StarLadder Major from August 28-September 8, joining the likes of Astralis, ENCE, and Team Liquid in the new legends stage.
Currently, s1mple has not addressed the ban on social media. This article will be updated once more information is known.