Two popular eSports streamers banned from Twitch with no explanation given
Zeus and S1mple have their accounts stripped, leaving their followers to figure out what happened
For reasons that are not yet understood, two popular eSports streamers received bans from Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch yesterday. Zeus and S1mple are facing their third ban on Twitch, which means that the punishment could go anywhere from a few to up to 30 days. They are both two of the best Counter-Strike players out there and have played together for Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) at some point.
For now, Zeus and S1mple won’t be able to stream any content until the site decides to lift their bans. S1imple was banned by Twitch in the past for using a Russian homophobic slur to refer to his Na’Vi teammate Boombl4 in-game. That ban stated that he was “engaging in hateful conduct against a person or group of people,” according to Twitch’s statement. In the same way, former in-game leader Zeus was also banned back in April for using another homophobic slur in Russian.
Those previous bans cost them seven days off the platform, so now that they are enduring their third ban, who knows how many days will pass. The punishment depends on the severity of the issue; therefore, until the reason is made clear, it is hard to figure out when they will be back. Both players have history together, as they have both won CS: GO tournaments together playing for Na’Vi. They have won the BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2018, ESL One: Cologne 2018, and more. But Zeus stepped down from Na’Vi and retired from CS: GO last September.
S1mple took some time to criticize Twitch’s inability to ban fake giveaway channels that impersonate him and other gamers. “While I’m enjoying my ban we can all enjoy my other streams with ‘great’ giveaways that everyone can ‘easily’ win,” he said, referencing imposter sites that offer fraudulent contests.