CSPPA partners with two English universities to perform survey of mental health in CS:GO

The Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association has partnered with members of the University of Chichester and the University of Winchester to perform a survey of CS:GO players' mental health.

Conducted by Dr. Phil Birch, Ben Sharpe, and Dr. Matt Smith with the help of the CSPPA and former players and coaches, the research project aims to identify and examine factors influencing mental health in professional CS:GO players and advance the understanding of those issues.

In its continued effort to "develop a sustainable working environment for professional players," the association hopes to be in a better position to support players with issues concerning mental health with the findings of the survey.

Movement in Astralis, FaZe, and Vitality brought issues of burnout and mental health back into the limelight this year

Mental health and burnout have been recurring topics in the saturated CS:GO scene. Recently, the discussion was reignited after several players decided to step down from their teams or take an extended break, citing burnout as one of the main causes.

Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin was among the first this year to take a stance against the busy schedule, having stepped down from Vitality in March after the French side had spent 36 weeks on the road in 2019. In May, Astralis made headlines as Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth took leave to deal with symptoms of stress and burnout, while Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer left FaZe's active roster to recuperate from fatigue.

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1352
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1422
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1675
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
thats good
2020-08-06 15:02
survey for students instead of professional players?? lmao
2020-08-06 15:18
$$$ is the only right answer here i guess No logic
2020-08-06 17:54
if a correlation is found between CSGO players and burnout it will be a little step forward. If the reasons are found from thoses burnouts it will be a step forward. If those issues are exclusives to CSGO players and not found anywhere else in esport that a HUGE step forward.
2020-08-06 21:56
nice
2020-08-06 15:02
niceee
2020-08-06 15:03
ez 5th major for Astralis
2020-08-06 15:03
Nothing checks out
2020-08-06 17:11
ty
2020-08-06 17:12
Nice!
2020-08-06 15:03
nice
2020-08-06 15:03
#7
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Switzerland x676
They can start with Tense
2020-08-06 15:03
#35
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Canada cLutcheR7
HAHHAHA ME SAY ALONE RAMP
2020-08-06 15:50
#45
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United Kingdom Tense1983
Leave me ALON GREEN
2020-08-06 16:02
PogU
2020-08-06 16:31
#56
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Poland Amirek
GREN WONT TO TAKE OVER
2020-08-06 16:17
That would destroy his career
2020-08-06 16:36
>his career
2020-08-06 16:46
kek
2020-08-07 12:18
#8
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Bulgaria cuddleslut
weird
2020-08-06 15:04
WTF
2020-08-06 15:04
#10
NiKo | 
Turkey leame
loooool mental health issues cuz gaming???? they are making money from it wtf is health issue
2020-08-06 15:04
Are you stupid? Listen to the interview of ENCE. Sergej said he would be travelling almost all month all year. He had like 2 days with his family per month
2020-08-06 15:25
Then why did he sign the contract? He knew what he was getting into. He could have went to a college and have a "normal" life.
2020-08-07 18:41
What is this question???? Why do we work? why do we sleep? Why do we eat? why do we breath?
2020-08-07 19:53
U dont sign a contract for sleeping, eating, breathing. For work yes but are accepting the terms. Example : just look footballers.
2020-08-07 21:30
wtf is this conversation even. The deal is the deal for his job, a job brings all those necessities. What else should he do? Flip cheeseburger on mc donalds?
2020-08-07 22:26
I treat every job equaly. Its a good job and u dont have to be ashamed of it. I fliped cheesburgers when i was studying at college first 2 years. Dont look at it like that.
2020-08-08 01:25
Turk brain
2020-08-06 15:50
TURKISH cs - All aim no brain No wonder their scene sucks cuz most of Turkish players focus on aim and are braindead in game knowladge
2020-08-06 15:52
#37
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Canada cLutcheR7
If you think mental health issues is only about autism or going retard then you should educate yourself. Being exhausted, playing and learning for a lot of hours can drive you crazy. (Not like that type of crazy you see in the Asylum) Just that having a small amount of time to rest and meet your family can make you lose motivation. It can also makes you play bad thats why players have their off days. (I mean its natural not to do well but sometimes we play like we are out of our minds because we played too much games the past few days)
2020-08-06 15:52
+1111
2020-08-06 15:53
#42
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Canada cLutcheR7
pwede ba kantutin kta mamayang gabi. MECQ kasi so no SOGO
2020-08-06 15:54
Fakeflagger KEKW so gross bruh go jerk off somewhere else
2020-08-06 16:01
#55
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Canada cLutcheR7
i am residing at croatia right now. out of boredom i chose the serbia flag
2020-08-06 16:12
0 iq m8
2020-08-06 15:53
#67
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Denmark Notallama
It's what most of the users on this site have.
2020-08-06 17:08
#81
NiKo | 
Turkey leame
i get no mental issues if i play all day cs or month.. idc if idiot esport players get effected
2020-08-07 00:45
Then why even bother viewing the thread in the first place? Seems like a brain dead move to me.
2020-08-07 03:55
mental health very important guys, dont abuse your mentals health
2020-08-06 15:04
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Poland Hanse
It's like, first serious thing CSPPA ever did
2020-08-06 15:04
csppa doing something somewhat "good"? That's new
2020-08-06 15:04
#22
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Romania Xyst
I don't follow much of the news, can you tell what "bad" things they did.
2020-08-06 15:07
They didn't do nothing "bad", they just don't do sh*t Here are some news if you wanna follow them (they're from July) hltv.org/news/29931/flashpoint-csppa-in-.. hltv.org/news/29947/the-csppa-is-acting-..
2020-08-06 15:13
This actually cause it benefits astralis the most also maybe send data to astralis to find out how to tilt other teams
2020-08-06 17:59
Pog
2020-08-06 15:04
Pog
2020-08-06 15:04
#16
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United Kingdom jackshki
both universities are like 30 mins from me lol
2020-08-06 15:04
#58
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Syria LONE_8122
they any good?
2020-08-06 16:29
Def not tier 1.
2020-08-06 20:27
#91
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United Kingdom jackshki
Neiter of them are especially bad, I have friends at both and they enjoy it. But nowhere near the top of the UK league tables, if you look on UCAS or other UK uni websites with tables you can see for yourself
2020-08-22 01:37
#18
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Hungary fasomlul
fake
2020-08-06 15:05
ok i guess?
2020-08-06 15:05
#20
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United Kingdom Geocon
why not my university, SAD
2020-08-06 15:06
The 2 Who either Asked for least money or none at all
2020-08-06 15:08
hopefully no one interview average hltv users, rip studies
2020-08-06 15:10
#25
OK | 
United States Bioax
impossible
2020-08-06 15:12
Interview mibr and their fans
2020-08-06 15:15
+1
2020-08-06 15:18
#32
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Poland SebL
That's a great thing. Good job, it's really good that someone finally is interested with players problems.
2020-08-06 15:25
#33
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Sweden Lagge15
Probably gonna claim the university owe them money and discredit the report
2020-08-06 15:38
Interesting
2020-08-06 15:46
np Oxford creates vaccine to allow for LANs ASAP, Chichester and WINchester will help these pros with their mental health IS THERE ANYTHING THE UK CANT DO AT THIS POINT???!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!
2020-08-06 15:54
vote for the correct candidates
2020-08-06 16:10
Keep the empire from shrinking
2020-08-06 16:33
brush their teeths
2020-08-06 16:39
not have yellow teeth, not drink tea, not be toxic
2020-08-06 16:45
#46
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United Kingdom KemNG
TOP UNIVERSITIES AHAHAHAHAHHAHA what a joke
2020-08-06 16:05
nice!
2020-08-06 16:05
lmao stfu . these guys literally crying cuz other guy outfarged them in videogame ... go get a real job and u'll see whats really depressing
2020-08-06 16:06
bad bait
2020-08-06 16:10
ye but at least i tried :/
2020-08-06 16:11
Good idea but should I still trust CSPAA at this point...
2020-08-06 16:08
no
2020-08-06 16:47
are ya winning son
2020-08-06 16:09
first good thing the CSPPA has done so far
2020-08-06 16:10
The schedule has been crazy since real money started coming into the game. I'd rather see 10 great tournaments than 25 tournaments with tired teams recycling strats and using standins.
2020-08-06 16:19
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Israel BIG_SMOKER
XAXAXAXAXA
2020-08-06 16:30
good
2020-08-06 17:17
muh mAmBA mEnTaliTY - Thorin
2020-08-06 17:24
after this do matchmaking
2020-08-06 17:32
CSGO HAS BECOME A SERIOUS SHIT, MOST SERIOUS E-SPORTS RIGHT NOW
2020-08-06 17:32
monkaW CS:GO cancelled.
2020-08-06 17:46
this is totally ridiciulous, pro gamers are such crybabies they are playing a computer game ffs and they are paid 20k/month for it no matter what results... busy schedule? most pros are 20-25 yrs old you can travel for free around the world... stressful? yeah right , because most pros are grown 25yo ´´kids´´ who played 10-15k hours their whole childhood and now complaining about everything, they probably never worked in normal job for few bucks for example: some slovakian/polish/romanian truck driver is driving 6 weeks around europe and 1 week home, day and night eating trash food, sleeping on highway resting areas... he can be crashed any second on the road by another car and earning nothing compared to these crybabies in front of pc´s - pathetic...
2020-08-06 18:33
even worse bait than the guy above
2020-08-06 22:25
Shitty analogy. Driving for 6 weeks is different than staring at a computer for pretty much your whole life. And the other one is way worse.
2020-08-07 03:58
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United States Gryff1n76
only good thing that csppa has done
2020-08-07 05:58
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