Twitch Bans Counter-Strike Pro S1mple

S1mple's Twitch channel appears to have been banned.
S1mple's Twitch channel appears to have been banned. | Photo by Adela Sznajder/DreamHack

Twitch banned Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev from the platform Wednesday afternoon. The reason and length of the ban are unknown.

"Champions Club," s1mple wrote on Twitter, "Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision... Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time. While I’m enjoying my ban we can all enjoy my other streams with 'great' giveaways that everyone can 'easily' win."

The ban appears to have been confirmed by a Twitter account that tracks streamer bans.

Twitch banned streamer Guy "DrDisRespect" Beahm on June 26 and declined to publicize the reason for the ban. S1mple's tweet riffs on that ban, referring to his own fans by the name DrDisRespect assigned his followers.

S1mple's tweet also refers to the many phony active Twitch accounts impersonating him in service of shady CS:GO giveaways.

DBLTAP has reached out to Twitch for further details.

UPDATE 6/29/20 4:04 p.m. ET: A Twitch spokesperson declined to comment on the specifics of the ban, directing DBLTAP to its community guidelines around hateful conduct and affirming the company would take action against accounts that violate those rules.

Twitch previously banned s1mple in Aug. 2019, reportedly for using a Russian-language slur against gay people.