Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros are usually cool under pressure, but one caster claims they take their emotions out on furniture.
According to prominent CSGO caster Mohan “launders” Govindasamy, CSGO players rack up tens of thousands of dollars in fines over the course of major tournaments partially due to destruction of property. These massive penalties are also due to lateness, absences, and other rule infractions.
The information came out during a stream on September 21, 2022. While watching interesting player cam moments, Launders paused to explain that banging on desks or punching walls has happened at major CSGO events.
“You guys don’t know how much players get fined. Tens of thousands of dollars get handed out as fines every tournament, to different teams, because of damage to things, lateness, content days… They just rack them up. And they don’t care because they make so much money,” said Launders.
This revelation may come as shocking to many CSGO fans. The majority of pros seem cool, calm, and collected at tournaments. The idea of them trashing hotel rooms and throwing televisions out of windows seems absurd, though it isn’t always outbursts like this that lead to the vast majority of fines. In fact, the strict rules for behavior may be to blame.
CSGO pros have damaged property at tournaments before, but the majority of fines likely come from less violent rule infractions.
Launders didn’t specify exactly what kind of property damage CSGO pros are allegedly doing, but he did go on to list some common causes for fines. One of the most understandable is a fine for smashing the table, which pros often do after a failed clutch or frustrating whiff.
Organizers apparently encourage pros to take out their frustration on easily-replaceable chairs, but it’s easy to forget that after a rough clutch.
In addition, Launders clarified that many fines are unrelated to property damage and instead come from other sources. He listed player lateness as one common fine, which many CSGO esports fans are already well aware of.
Launders didn’t elaborate on the nature of these penalties, but they probably involve players either not showing up or being late. All these things and more could stretch well into the five figures for teams at a CSGO tournament.