Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, a Ukrainian professional CS:GO player for Natus Vincere and arguably one of the best in the world, was temporarily banned from Twitch on August 13 for allegedly using a homophobic slur while streaming.
The news first broke when fans noticed that his Twitch channel was unavailable on the platform, which led them to speculate about what might have happened.
Citing an esports insider, Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau was the first to reveal the reason for s1mple’s ban on Twitch, tweeting on August 13:
“S1mple has been suspended from Twitch for one week. Source with knowledge confirms this is indeed because s1mple used a homophobic slur (p****) jokingly during a July 29th FPL game to his NaVi teammate Boombl4.”
s1mple has been suspended from Twitch for one week
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
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 13, 2019
On August 14, the Ukrainian took to Twitter to issue an apology and attached a picture that explains his ban, confirming it was due to homophobic slur.
“Twitch is a joke, sorry for such a hatred @Boombl4CS.”
— Sasha (@s1mpleO) August 14, 2019
What is interesting is that the ban occurred almost a week after his last live stream, which had a lot of people and fellow CS:GO players asking s1mple has been banned.
Twitch has yet to confirm the reason for the penalty, and it seems unlikely the platform will do so. The reasons can include a violation of the terms of service, community guidelines, or the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). Based on the severity of the transgression, a player can be banned for a few hours, days, weeks, months, or even permanently.