Just a day after Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev announced that he would be missing DreamHack Austin due to visa issues, Team Liquid’s director of eSports has revealed that he has made the decision to remain in Ukraine permanently.

The decision to stay in Ukraine is one that many “Import” professional players can empathize with. Many competitive gamers that travel out of the country, sometimes even across continents, to sign with big-name eSports organizations oftentimes admit to near-constant homesickness, which is what Robin Nymann cites as the reason as to why s1mple is staying home.

“As s1mple spent more time at home with his family, it became even more apparent that he had missed them so much. This, in combination with concern over his in-game role on the team—and consequently the team atmosphere—led him to reach out to us about his desire to play for a European team and not return to the States.”

The announcement means that s1mple will no longer be a part of Team Liquid’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, but Robin Nymann followed up the news by saying that he will be remaining as a sponsored streamer until they can find a new organization for him to sign with. They plan on working closely alongside s1mple so he has an easier time finding a home with a good organization, and they fully respect his decision.

Until they find a proper replacement, Eric “AdreN” Hoag will be subbing in his place.

Team Liquid’s current CS:GO lineup is as follows:

Eric “adreN” Hoag
Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski
Kenneth “koosta” Suen
Spencer “Hiko” Martin
Nick “nitr0” Cannella

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