Professional CSGO player for Natus Vincere, Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev showed he is more than just a video game player once again.
s1mple posted on Instagram about a series of donations made to the Ukrainian army, which amounted to up to 1 million Ukrainian hryvnias. The amount is equal to roughly 33K USD.
Earlier this week, Ukraine was invaded by the Russian army in a supposed ‘military operation’ which started with the shelling of the capital city of Kyiv.
s1mple is a resident of Ukraine and much like every other Ukrainian, was absolutely distraught after the attack.
He took to the IEM Katowice 2022 stage to send a message of peace and brotherhood, which was greatly appreciated by everyone, an example of how esports brings the world together.
S1mple also reminded the audience that the esports community wants nothing but peace for the world.
“All of us want peace- for Ukraine, and for the whole world. All of us are scared, and all of us need to show an example at this tournament. We need to stay together as a unit, with our fans, with our friends, and with everybody watching. And we all need to stay humans first.”
This was followed by a series of donations for the Ukrainian army, amounting to up to 1 million UAH.
s1mple was in Poland, for IEM Katowice 2022 and with the current situation in Ukraine, it is unlikely that the CSGO Legend would be able to return to his home country.
s1mple played in the IEM Katowice 2022 semi-finals for NaVi but was knocked out by G2 esports.
Casters, analysts and the players – all recognised the circumstances through which NaVi were playing the game and appreciated the fact that they showed up to play, despite the adversities.