S1mple crowned CS:GO Player of the Decade by ESL

Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz also recognized for his multiple accomplishments and becomes a close runner-up

S1mple crowned CS:GO Player of the Decade by ESL
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Earlier this year, ESL introduced the unique Player of the Decade Award to honour ten years of one of the most popular esports games – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). 

A panel of the 75 most accomplished CS:GO players voted for who, in their eyes, has achieved the most in the last ten years. The player with the most votes received the award right before the semi-finals of the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Rio CS:GO Major Championship on Saturday, November 12, 2022. 

In front of a crowd like no other, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev was announced as the winner and officially crowned the best player of the last ten years. Due to countless achievements, his dedication to constant growth, and his influence on the esports scene – among many other things – the Ukrainian player received the celebratory CS:GO Player of the Decade award.

For a long time, s1mple has been an inspiration to many aspiring players. His professional journey began when he was only 16 years old as he became a rifler at the LAN Dodgers. One of his first big successes was during DreamHack Winter 2014 when he and his team defeated one of the most successful CS:GO teams at that time: Fnatic. During the following years, s1mple was a part of several other teams, including HellRaisers and Team Liquid. While many people already recognized his talent and skill, joining Natus Vincere in 2016 was a dream come true and allowed s1mple to unleash his full potential.

Together with the Ukrainian team, he obtained the Intel® Grand Slam III and won first place in ten of the most prestigious esports events, including ESL One New York 2016, IEM Cologne 2021, and the PGL Stockholm Major in 2021. S1mple himself has been awarded a record number of MVP titles, becoming indisputably one of the greatest players of all time. Winning the CS:GO Player of the Decade award is yet another milestone in s1mple’s career and sums up all of his achievements from the last years.

“I feel good about getting the award although the Major trophy was important for me this time,” said Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev. “And I still think that there is one player that deserved this award as much as I did – dev1ce. I will try my best to achieve the same results as he did. There’s no limit to perfection.”

When referring to the most influential players of the last decade, it is hard not to mention Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz as well. Dev1ce is known for winning the highest number of CS:GO Majors and receiving the most MVP CS:GO Major titles. For over eight years, he is having an enormous impact on the esports scene while representing some of the best teams, like Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas. His numerous achievements and dedication to the community made him a very close runner-up in the vote for the CS:GO Player of the Decade award.

With IEM Katowice 2023 on the horizon, CS:GO fans from around the globe can now look forward to  the first annual CS:GO Player Awards in the following categories:

  • Player of the Year

  • Breakthrough of the Year

  • Team of the Year

Visit the dedicated CS:GO Player Awards website for more details.