Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund recently revealed that he often receives death threats from CSGO fans.
Dignitas posted an interview yesterday with GeT_RiGhT after the CSGO team returned from their vacation. The candid conversation discussed the team’s return to practice and how the squad has decided to take part in smaller tournaments in order to accrue more experience together. But the part that really stood out to the community was the alleged abuse GeT_RiGhT and his teammates have received from fans.
The interviewer asked GeT_RiGhT about the community’s opinions of the roster and how they are often seen as the team that “got together to have a comfortable way of retiring.” This made the Swedish CSGO pro open up about the continued verbal abuse the team endures at the hands of Counter-Strike fans.
“The worst thing is that I still get death threats. I get people calling my mother out and other stupid shit that I should die…” GeT_RiGhT said.
He noted that receiving death threats was much more serious than being called a team looking to more easily retire.
GeT_RiGhT also stated that he doesn’t mind if fans have an opinion, but that threats and name-calling has taken a toll on him. The entire team “gets a little bit angry” when they hear such things.
The 30-year-old rifler said the insults are “annoying,” though he acknowledged that people can say “whatever they want” when they don’t see them practicing or “understand what’s happening.” However, GeT_RiGhT did admit that the toxic messages are “not really helping” the team’s morale or performance.
“When we agreed to do this, we knew it was going to be a struggle, it was going to be a long and tough run… We’re not here to just take a paycheck. We want to improve, we want to become better, and we also want to have an opportunity to play in a big tournament, perform well, and win it – that’s the goal for us,” GeT_RiGhT said.
The entire interview was posted on social media, but CSGO fans could only focus on the fact that Dignitas was receiving death threats from the game’s community.
As the discussion continued, it was noted that death threats are something many CSGO pros deal with. A lot of people blamed the anonymity of the internet for trolls’ confidence in saying such hurtful and toxic things to professional players. Other pro players sometimes post screenshots of death threats they got over Twitter DMs.
I’ll use this for motivation https://t.co/rFvsSVR3Sv
— Christopher Alesund (@GeT_RiGhT) March 15, 2020
Despite the frustrating comments from fans, GeT_RiGhT and his teammates are still determined to keep improving.
“In the end, we’re not here to just have fun and play our game. We’re here to perform and play at the level we want to and that we deserve, at least according to us. Sure, it can sound delusional, but at the same time, we’re not here to just have fun. We are here to compete and show the fans that we still got it!” GeT_RiGhT said.