Counter-Strike: Global Offensive launches mental health study
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community wants to know if video games are good for players. So the CS:GO Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) has agreed to a study.
The study will look at mental health. More specifically, how playing a lot of CS:GO affects health. Is it good for your health?
Working with the CSPPA are representatives from two universities in England. Futhermore, those universities are the University of Chichester and the University of Winchester.
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A joint study from the universities was released last year. However, that study examined “the various stressors faced and the associated coping strategies employed by seven esports competitors”.
However, they played at a high level.
Also, the study looked at the stress caused by media interviews. And furthermore, a lack of team goals. Coping strategies were examined.
The study said this: “As esports athletes are competing in highly pressurized and competitive environments that are comparable to more traditional sports. It is likely that stressors exist in an esports performance environment.”
ESports athletes are quitting!
Furthermore, a number of high-profile ESports athletes are quitting these days. This includes League of Legends stars Jian “Uzi” Zihao.
The reason he gives for retiring is that his body is giving out. The reason is that he also suffers from chronic stress. And irregular diet. And staying up late. There are other reasons, as well.
In announcing the study, the CSPPA says the goal is to able to better support players as they navigate the world of ESports. The study of mental health in ESports is the first of its kind.
Data collection will provide a comprehensive examination of the factors influencing mental health. In professional ESports, that means focusing on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It will use the expertise of researchers, the professional players association, and former professional players and coaches.
Furthermore, it will help players in the future cope with the stress of being an ESports athlete.
Remember that mental health is as important as physical health.