In an lengthy interview with Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
touched on subjects ranging from the impact of age, money, and success on motivation, to his favorite teammates and coaches.
Two-time best player of the year, in 2013 and 2014, Major winner, and member of NiP from the start of CS:GO, GeT_RiGhT, sat down with Russian personality OverDrive to discuss his legacy, as well as miscallenous topics, for an interview published on VPesports.
The 28-year-old Swede talked about movies and books, the origin of his nickname, how much his salary changed since he started playing, how that affects him, and what he plans to do when he retires. You can find some outtakes from the interview below:
Until what age is it possible to play on a high level?
[...]I don't think age matters. What really matters is your motivation.
I saw a lot of people be really great in this game, but they start having a lot of different things going in their lives. Starting families and finding more enjoyable things to do, to name two. So the age thing is not a question. If everything is good in your life, if your girlfriend and people around you accept your CSGO interest, then you can fully focus on playing CS. If they are not, you will have problems being on a high gaming level. It's a tricky question for these players because they need to choose what they want to do more. I'm lucky enough to have a girlfriend, friends, and family who fully accept my job.
When were you in your best form as a player?
I think it was between the ages of 20-25. I wasn't born talented, it was always really hard work. I played a little bit more than other pro players. That was my edge.
Having won a Major, how do you keep your drive and motivation alive to compete afterward?
Well, I need to remember that feeling, it has been a while. Anyway, my motivation never went down. To be on top you need to work as hard as you can. As I said, I always played a lot to become better. I couldn't just stop playing because I won something. My motivation never sinks. I always want to get back to the game and play it more because I always want to win. I always want to be the best. I already built my legacy, but I want to make it bigger, I want everyone to know that GeT_RiGhT is the hardest working pro and that even if they aren't talented, they can work hard and achieve good results.
Look at s1mple. A few years ago he was good, but nothing special. When he put hard work together with his talent, he became literally the best player in the world along with coldzera, device, etc. Every night I see him play. Most players go to sleep after practice and he goes to play some FPL mixes. I feel very motivated watching players like him.
Why you are still very nervous during the game?
Nerves are my strength and my weakness. I prefer being nervous. When I'm not nervous I play worse.