S1mple says he could make CS:GO any better with a few million.
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, a member of the professional esports group Natus Vincere pro, recently sent out a sarcastic tweet saying that he could improve the game for competitive and casual fans if given a few million by Valve.
“Hey @csgo just give me few millions, so I will make your game better, not only professionally, but also for players who rarely log in and want to enjoy the game
Not kidding, at least your numbers will grow,” Kostyliev said on Twitter.
While joking in nature, the motivation behind this tweet is rooted in his distaste for the current state of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The community feels that the game is left somewhat abandoned by Valve since updates are very sparse. Even when updates arrive, it often brings a wave of new bugs, which often take a very long time to fix.
Kostyliev sent another tweet, expressing frustration that the developers of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive weren’t able to fix a bug with the in-game brightness. Despite brightness settings being a basic option of the game, the setting does not function properly on NVIDIA graphics cards.
While some bugs have been addressed on July 13’s patch, many other issues still go unfixed such as players disconnecting from matches and even the entire game’s servers not working for a few hours with no communication from the developers.
This lack of communication from the developers furthers the disconnect between the community and the game. Many Counter-Strike pros have moved over to its competitor VALORANT due to the state of the competitive scene.
New talented players are finding it difficult to compete with established teams and find sponsors as most organizations are looking for top 20 teams. With little communication regarding game issues from the developer’s end and the VALORANT professional scene thriving, many players are extremely dissatisfied with how Valve is treating Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
s1mple’s tweet received over 27,000 likes and earned over 1600 upvotes on the r/GlobalOffensive subreddit, showing that many community members agree with his sentiments. The top reply to the Reddit post has users discussing their current sentiments on the game and what improvements they would like to see for the game.
This discussion is further intensified by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s update schedule. The game receives one major update every year that brings gameplay changes, new maps, and large balance updates. The other updates the game receives trend towards bug fixes and changes to the competitive map pool when necessary.
Kostyliev, also known as “The Undertaker”, is widely recognized by the community as one of the most accomplished and successful players in the CSGO’s competitive scene. He has been active in the scene since 2013 and has earned approximately $1,633,386 from tournaments throughout his career.
The Ukrainian native was crowned as the best player of 2018 and 2021 and was the runner-up for 2019 and 2020. He also has won 21 HLTV MVP medals and numerous S-Tier trophies from various majors and tournaments.
Kostyliev is still active and still consistently performs well in tournaments, with Natus Vincere recently achieving second place at Intel Extreme Masters XVII – Cologne on July 17, 2022.