On Twitter, Graham “messioso” Pitt, who manages Complexity’s CS:GO team, revealed the ridiculous travel schedule the team had endured in 2023. For the past several days, members of the esports community have debated whether players in esports should place a greater emphasis on growing their brands and creating original material.
Successful Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams have historically suffered from problems of burnout in the past. This is due to the packed schedule of tournaments across their competitive calendar. Because those players have so little spare time, some say it is unrealistic to expect them to broadcast or create material for their brand or the organization they are representing when they have so little time available.
It’s likely that the travel itinerary of one CS:GO squad doesn’t apply to other esports or other teams competing in the FPS genre, but it does demonstrate one problem with the premise that gamers should prioritize the material they play: players should put their health first. When, exactly, are they going to be able to carry out that task?
Complexity In 2023, CS:GO has reached every corner of the globe
Traditionally, CS:GO esports teams have had a demanding travel schedule because they need to travel all over the world to participate in LAN tournaments, qualifiers, and other events, as well as to practice in other countries to improve their skills. Recently, the manager of Complexity’s CS:GO team disclosed on Twitter the incredible amount of travel his team has suffered in the first three months of 2023.
According to messioso, the crew has recorded over 400 hours of flight time this year and has taken to the skies on 99 occasions. The team has racked up some outstanding figures in the hotel department as well, having spent a combined total of 310 nights (when all of the squad members are tallied together) in five separate cities located in five different cities countries across five different continents.
The team has participated in four offline contests throughout this season, including the ESL Pro League Season 17, the IEM Katowice 2023, and the BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2023. In addition to that, they have participated in online qualifying for both the Rio and Paris Majors.