Why do some CS:GO pro players burn out?
Looking back at the CS:GO pro scene in 2020, several players, including Glaive and Xyp9x, from the Danish team Astralis had to take a break from CSGO due to the stress and burnout symptoms they felt. A big reason why this happens is because of for this the heavy load of stress that comes from playing many hours, traveling to various tournaments around the world, and the high pressure and competition between the teams.
Traveling a lot can be stressful due to jetlag and constantly changing environments. In the earlier years, CSGO pro players would sometimes travel directly from one tournament to the other. All this time away from home gives less time to rest and take care of one’s body and mind. The high workload builds up stress and fatigue and if players don’t manage the stress they eventually burn out.