|S1mple Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||October 2, 1997|
S1mple is a Ukrainian professional gamer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in history. He has represented teams such as Hellraisers (2014-2015), Flipsid3 Tactics (2015), Team Liquid (2016), and Natus Vincere (2016-Present) in his career. He has been consistently ranked in the ‘Top 20’ by HLTV, a news website and forum which covers professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports news, tournaments, and statistics. S1mple was ranked 1st in 2018 and 2nd in both 2019 and 2020. He was honored with the ‘PC Player of the Year’ award at the 2018 Esports Awards. He has a dedicated fanbase on social media with more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram and more than 500k followers on Twitter.
S1mple, after his high school graduation, had joined a local university in Ukraine where he was studying the Chinese language. He had, however, dropped out of the course in 2016 and had moved temporarily to the United States to further his professional gaming career by joining Team Liquid, a multi-regional professional esports organization.
- Father – Oleg Kostyliev
- Mother – Anzhelika Kostylieva
- Siblings – Alexey Kostyliev (Older Brother)
He self-manages his bookings and inquiries.
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
S1mple has dated –
- Arina Berdnikova
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Ukrainian descent.
- Mildly stocky frame
- Side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Often sports a thin chinstrap beard
- Has his left hand covered in tattoos
- He had started playing the multiplayer first-person shooter video game Counter-Strike from the age of just 4 after he was introduced to the game by his older brother Alexey. He had bought Counter-Strike: Global Offensive immediately after its release in 2012 and had joined his first professional team a year later, in 2013.
- In January 2015, he was expelled from the primary membership of the Hellraisers team after he had made inflammatory comments about Germans.
- He had also earned an ESL wire ban for cheating around this time which too had hastened his exit from the team. This ban was extended to 2016 as he had tried to evade the original ban through underhand means.
- Later in 2015, he was signed by Flipsid3 Tactics, a US-based esports organization. However, he did not stay there too long after the team’s semi-final exit in the ESWC 2015 event. Although it was initially understood that he had departed the team due to the disappointment of the tournament exit, it was later revealed that his behavior with the team members and other players was a key factor in his exit from the team.
- He has been named the ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) in several tournaments/events such as DreamHack Winter 2017, StarSeries Season 4 (2018), StarSeries Season 5 (2018), ESL One Cologne 2018, Dreamhack Masters Marseille 2018, CS: GO Asia Championships 2018, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018, StarSeries Season 7 (2019), IEM Katowice 2020, and BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020.
- S1mple was also named the EVP (Exceptionally Valuable Player) at events/tournaments such as FACEIT Major: London 2018, MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016, ELS One Cologne 2016, and IEM Katowice 2019.
- He was once nominated in the category of ‘Best ESports Athlete’ at The Game Awards.
Featured Image by S1mple / Instagram